Halloween 2018 is just around the corner, and to celebrate we’ve fetched news of a few of the most frightfully fun Fido-centric festivities taking place across the country that you and your dog can enjoy together! Do you know of a Halloween event for real party animals that’s not on the list? Let us know in the comments below!
Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
When: October 28th at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Marina Vista Park at 5355 E. Eliot Street in Long Beach
Known as the world’s largest Halloween event for our four-legged friends, more than 400 Fidos dressed in spook-tacular style will promenade along the parade route, with the day’s ‘top dogs’ winning prizes for their apparel. Pet parents who step out with Spot in Halloween attire can also aspire to win a prize. The real winners of this Halloween happening with heart, however, will be the adorable adoptables at the pet adoption fair, as well as Operation Santa Paws and the various spay/neuter programs and rescue groups that will receive funds raised at the event!
Fright Fest Pet Parade
When: October 13
Where: Elitch Gardens in Denver
Celebrating its 20th year, the promenade of apparel-clad pooches lets Fido get in on some of the park’s annual Fright Fest fun! Canines can compete in the categories of Funniest, Most Original and Best Pet/Owner Combination Costumes, with all of the event’s registration proceeds benefiting PawsCO.
HOWL-O-WEEN Dog Walk and Canine Costume Contest
When: October 27th from 9 a.m. – noon
Where: Secret Lake Park in Casselberry
Enjoy a constitutional with your costume-clad canine companion and help a paws cause in the process! All of the proceeds from the promenade in the park and a parade of Halloween puppy apparel benefit Franklin’s Friends, and all volunteer non-profit which offers aid to local nonprofits and government agencies which work in areas of shelter/rescue, spay/neuter or educating the public on animal issues.
Spooky Walk-N-Wag Dog Walk and Costume Parade
When: October 6th at 11:15 a.m.
Where: Six Flags over Georgia
The popular amusement park has resurrected its annual Fright Fest’s Fido-centric Halloween fete for 2018! Costume-clad canines (and our barking buddies who just want to wear their birthday suit) can promenade along a one-mile course in the park, with stops to take sips of water if necessary from water bowls set up at stations and to pose for photos with their families. Next, dogs in disguises can try to win prizes when they gather on one of the back roads behind the park for the Dog Halloween Costume Parade. A paw-ty with a higher purpose, to take part pet parents should donate a five pound bag of dog food, which will be presented to an animal rescue.
Chicago Botanical Garden
Spooky Pooch Parade
When: October 20th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe
Pups in cute costumes will look pretty as a petal as they promenade past the floral finery at the Chicago Botanical Garden (or should that be the Chicago BOOtanical Garden?) during the Spooky Pooch Parade! The annual treat for our tail-wagging chums also includes costume contests with categories such as Best Horticultural Interpretation, Best Puppy in Costume and Best Senior in Costume, and vendor booths brimming with pet-related products.
When: October 27th from noon – 2 p.m.
Where: Charles River Esplanade on Fielder Field in Boston
Raising awareness of park improvements while raising people’s spirits, our barking buddies from the Boston area will stroll a 1/2 mile in spooky style with their Daddy (or Mummy!) by their side…and dogs who don a disguise could win a prize, with awards handed out for Best Costume and Best Duet (person and pet). The afternoon will also include demonstrations, activities, giveaways and gift bags and treats presented to all the participating pups.
Dog Walk of the Dead 6
When: October 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Sussex County Fairgrounds at 37 Plains Road in August
Transform into a creeper and take your canine companion on a creepy constitutional– each step you take will help One Step Closer Animal Rescue! Along with the zombie-themed stroll, Fido-loving fright fans who are driven to help animals get a second chance in life can add donations of pet food, leashes, collars, pet beds, dog or cat bowls and cleaning products to the back of a hearse! The event will also include animal adoptions, costume contests, live music, a blood drive, “trunk” or treat with retro rides, and an array of vendors.
Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party
When: October 28th from noon – 5 p.m.
Where: Entire block around Sean Casey Animal Rescue in New York City
Celebrating 11 frightfully fun years, this boo bash will feature dogs in disguises trying to win prizes and adorable adoptables hoping to win the heart of a forever pet parent! The event, which will also include a Doggie Kissing Booth, face painting for animal-loving little ones, live performances and more than 50 raffle prizes, will benefit the companion animals in the care of Sean Casey Animal Rescue.
Halloween Dog Costume Contest
When: October 28 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Arch Plaza in Washington Square Park in New York City
Fashion forward Fidos decked out like puppy pirates, barking bats and four-legged fortune tellers will file past Washington Square Park Fountain in the hope that their Halloween wardrobe will make them top dog in the costume contest!
When: October 27th from 10- a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Josey Lake in Bridgeland
Celebrating its 10th year, this tail-wagging good time is a real treat for our our barking buddies! Pets and their parents can applaud the abilities of The Canine Stars stunt dog show, while clothes conscious canines can step into the spotlight in their Halloween-themed attire during the pooch fashion show and costume contest. Pint-sized devotees of pups can go trick-or-treating, hop around on bounce houses and get their face painted, and Dad and Mom can mull over merchandise at vendor stalls brimming with pet-related products. Those looking to add a new member to their fur family can meet adorable adoptables from area rescue groups, which will receive all of the proceeds raised from Howl-o-Ween Fest.