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Rhi. Chamber of Commerce taking Halloween costume suggestions for HodagSubmitted: 10/23/2018

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RHINELANDER - More and more people want to get into the holiday spirit now that Halloween is just around the corner. This year, that even includes Rhinelander's Hodag.

On Monday, the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce made a Facebook post asking what the Hodag's costume should be for Halloween this year.

After receiving a good response, the chamber has decided it will pick one of the suggestions and dress the giant statue.

"I prefer to think of the kind of goofy and lovable side of him, some people like the scarier side," said Event and Program Coordinator Evan Verploegh. "But I think he's just funny and we should take advantage of this personality we've kind of built for him."

The chamber is looking for ideas that will look good on the Hodag, but will also be feasible to do. 

"Anybody who has any sort of experience making Halloween costumes or anything potentially on this scale on Monday and Tuesday I think we're going to be working," said Verploegh. 
 
If you'd be interested in helping dress up the Hodag just send the chamber an email or give it a call. 

People can comment costume ideas on the Facebook post or email their ideas to the chamber. They plan to make a final decision by noon on Friday.




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