Oct. 26 2011 12:00 AM

Canine costumes return to Old Town Friday


When Tim Barron started his costume contest for dogs 23
years ago, it was considered a novelty. These days, he says, “Its a
Lansing institution.”

“It was not as popular to dress up your critters 23 years
ago,” said the WLMI-FM morning show host. “Now, you can get
store-bought costumes at Meijer.”

But Barron said its almost always the handmade outfits
that impress the crowd. “Its just like when we were kids: It was
always better when we had to work with old clothes and make our own.”

The tradition continues Friday in Old Town, with Barron,
WLMIs Melik Brown and WLNS meteorlogist Jake Dunne doing the judging.
Doggie Trick or Treat begins at 4 p.m., followed by the contest at 6
and a post-show Yappie Hour at Preuss Pets, 1127 N. Cedar St., from 7
to 9 p.m.

Costume Contest for Dogs

4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

Corner of Turner St. and W. Grand River Ave., Lansing