Bertrand Judges Haunted Highwood Pets Costume Contest

Read the story behind-the-story, how WGN Radio's Steve Betrand wound up co-emceeing a Halloween costume contest for pets in Highwood.

This was one of the many events held in the suburb's

What is your dog going to be for Halloween? A costume contest for pets is among the many events going on in Highwood The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest 2012 (October 18-20). The contest for best costumes benefitted Placing Paws from Libertyville. Cindy Falstad of the rescue group was a contest judge.

Other judges included Marius Geykman, a Karen Pryor Academy trainer. I had no idea I was on stage with a KPA dog trainer who's presented at conferences with people I know quite well. Talk about being your dog expert. And he represented Sara McLoudrey's Root Dog Training (the only Victoria Stilwell certified trainer in the area).

Also, judging David Eisendrath of Camp Dogwood. This is actually what it sounds like - a camp to go with your dogs, where dogs can be dogs....It's a lot of fun. I know - we've done it many times.

Apparently, this event is also featured in  HGTV "Pumpkin Wars,"which airs October 31, 7 p.m. CDT. That is, in part, because of the 32,000 jack-o-lanterns on Pumpkin Walls lining the streets of Downtown Highwood,

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