Pets Invade Elitch Gardens 13th Annual Pet Parade


Tail-Waggin’ Good Time Benefits Dumb Friends League during Fright Fest on Saturday, Oct. 8

DENVER, CO (September 20, 2011)—Get those costumes ready and tails wagging for Elitch Gardens’ 13th Annual Fright Fest Pet Parade! Denver’s furry friends will strike a pose from noon – 2 pm on Saturday, October 8 competing in costumes for great prizes in the categories of “Funniest,” “Most Original” and “Best Pet-Owner Combination.” All types of domestic pets in costume are welcome.

Local celebrities will help judge the event and rumor has it they’re total softies when it comes to cute pets in irresistible costumes. Pugs dressed as ladybugs? Enough said.

“The annual Fright Fest Pet Parade becomes more popular every year and the costumes keep getting better and better,” said Tracy Durham, Marketing Director for Elitch Gardens. “The creativity is amazing. And watching those adorable pets and their owners hit the runway is hysterical. Our guests love it!”

Deadline for early registration is Sunday, September 25. For a registration form, visit The entrance fee is $20 per pet for early registration and $25 per pet day-of event. And the Pet Parade isn’t just for your viewing pleasure, it goes toward a great cause—100 percent of the registration will benefit the Dumb Friends League, which is a national leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned animals; rescuing sick, injured and abused animals; adopting pets to new homes; helping pets stay in homes; and educating pet owners and the public about the needs of companion animals.

Elitch Gardens’ Fright Fest, Denver’s largest Halloween event, will be open to the public from Oct. 1-31 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (closed Friday, Oct. 7th). In addition to all the ghastly fun, guests can take one last spin on their favorite thrill rides! Buy daily admission tickets online – just $37.99 for guests 48” or over; $27.99 for guests under 48” or over 62 years.  Children ages 3 and under are free. Some attractions during Fright Fest will have an additional fee, but making you scream is priceless!

Dare to visit for all the creepy details and discounted tickets.


Located in the heart of Downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens Theme Park features the most thrilling rides and family entertainment in a five-state region. From coasters to haunted houses there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Visit for more information.


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