Halloween isn’t just for humans anymore! Our four-legged friends are joining in on the spooky festivities with a line-up of tail-wagging, dog-friendly Halloween events that are set to make this season unforgettable.
From bewitching costume contests to pumpkin-filled play dates, cities everywhere are rolling out the orange carpet for our canine companions. So, don your costumes and get ready to have some fun with Fido at these dog-friendly Halloween events.
1. Atlanta: Howl-O-Ween at UrbanTree Cidery
What better way to celebrate the spookiest time of year than with a pint of cider in your hand and your furry ghouls and goblins by your side? Our friends at UrbanTree Cidery are hosting a special, dog-friendly Howl-O-Ween event featuring a pet costume contest with prizes for both humans and their pups plus:
• Wag Boards with some of the yummiest dog-friendly charcuterie boards you’ve ever seen!
• Cool Pups Creamery will be serving up some dog-friendly ice cream, made with fresh organic ingredients!
• Dog-friendly Puptails!
• Dots and Spots Co. will be on-site with some adorable bandanas and other accessories!
Where: UrbanTree Cidery, 1465 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA | More Event Info
When : Saturday, October 28, from 12: 30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
2. Austin: Howl-O-Ween at the Yard Bar
The Yard Bar and Love-A-Bull are teaming up for the third annual Howl-O-Ween celebration, with a costume contest, silent auction pickup party and more!
The costume contest kicks off at 2:00 p.m. Categories include: best group, best owner/dog look-a-like, best DIY costume and best pittie costume. The celebration also features the Love-A-Bull Pit Bull Awareness Month with a silent auction pickup party. The silent auction fundraiser runs until October 26, with amazing prizes.
Winners will pick up their prizes on-site at Yard Bar on October 28 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Where: Yard Bar, 6700 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX | More Event Info
When : Saturday, October 28, from 1 to 3 p.m.
3. Baltimore: BARCStoberfest
BARCStoberfest is an annual, pet-friendly festival and fundraiser that benefits the lifesaving programs and animal care at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). This family-friendly event includes the popular Ready, Set, Sniff! 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk, a pet-friendly beer garden with live music, Halloween costume contests, a local food truck rally, yoga with your dog, a shopping market and so much more! Help BARCS raise funds for animals in need by joining them for a spooktacular BARCSoberfest!
Where: Patterson Park | 27 S Patterson Park Ave, Baltimore, MD | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
4. Boston: Doggone Halloween Pet Parade
This fun and free event helps put Boston dog lovers in the Halloween spirit, as the public showcases their beloved–and costumed–canines, with a Doggone Halloween Pet Parade. The panel of judges will declare winners in the categories of Best Costume, Scariest Costume, Cutest Costume, Best Dog & Human Duo, and Best Dog & Child Duo. Fantastic prizes, including hotel stays and gift baskets will be up for grabs!
As part of the free family-friendly fun, face-painters and caricature artists will be on Summer Street to complement an array of dog-themed vendors.
Suggested donations will be collected to support the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Where: 1 Summer Street, Boston, MA | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, from noon to 3 p.m.
5. Chicago: Wag-O-Ween Market and Fundraiser
Dress your pup up and come trick-or-treat at Bosly’s Backyard Wag-O-Ween Market! There will be over 20 local, small business vendors offering your dogs lots of goodies including: a Halloween themed photo booth, costume contest, puppuccinos, pet and human baked goods, custom pet portraits, doggy and human apparel, home goods, treats and more!
$15 per person in advance / $20 day of; ticket proceeds go to Wild Hearts and includes a tote bag to fill with treats and lots of incredible giveaways from the vendors! Winner of the costume contest wins a play session to Bosly’s Backyard!
Where: Bosly’s Backyard, 4011 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, from noon to 5 p.m.
6. Dallas: Halloweenie Market + Dog Costume Contest
NTX Vintage Markets has partnered with The HUB in Allen, Texas to host a one of a kind fall festival and market: Halloweenie Market + Dog Costume Contest. The event will have fun for the entire family including: 20+ local vendors, a dog costume contest, dog parade, pumpkin painting competition plus local beer, snacks and sweets! It’s free to attend, with free parking, and best of all, it’s dog friendly!
Where: The HUB, 1289 Johnson Road, Allen, TX | More Event Info
When: Sunday, October 29, from 2 to 8 p.m.
7. Denver: Halloween Party and Costume Contest
It’s a Halloween extravaganza like none other, with a pet costume contest, vendor booths, outdoor play area, rooftop play area and other fun activities plus music, beer, sodas and snacks! $25 gets you in and your pet entered into the costume contest, with a cash prize and other fun things for the winners!
Where: Battery 621, 621 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
8. Houston: Howl-o-ween Dog Parade & Costume Contest
Partake in a Howl-o-ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest presented by H-E-B! The event kicks off with a pup parade around the park. After the parade, costume contest contestants will strut the runway for the chance to win pup-tastic prizes and kids in costume will have an opportunity to walk the catwalk. A photo backdrop will also be set up for self-service family photos.
Where: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX | More Event Info
When: Sunday, October 29, from 3 to 6 p.m.
9. Las Vegas: Pet Trick-or-Treat and 1-Mile Walk
Show off your pet’s Halloween costume and bring a trick-or-treat pail as you and your pooch walk along the Heritage Park Trail, stopping at stations along the way to collect dog treats. Visit the agility park to see if your furry friend is interested in trying out some tricks. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and best human/pet costume combo. Be sure to join the after party in the dog park where winners will be announced!
Where: Heritage Bark Park, 350 E. Racetrack Road, Henderson, NV | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to noon
10. Los Angeles: Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
Claiming to be the “World’s Largest Halloween Pet Event,” the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade for animal charities features more than 500 dogs in colorful costumes! Even for folks who don’t normally venture down Long Beach way, some of these canine costumes really are worth the drive. This year’s event is held in a new location: the former Belmont Pool grassy area and paths. Bring a folding chair for second row seating, or rent one of the 450 front-row seats in the park ($5).
Dogs (or their owners) pay $10-$35 to participate and can win what they love best: pet food. Proceeds from the day’s events benefit Haute Dogs and Community Action Team (CAT).
Where: Belmont Pool, 4000 E. Olympic Plaza, Long Beach, CA | More Event Info
When: Sunday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m.
11. Nashville: Pups & Pints HOWL-oween
Bring your canine companions out to oneC1TY for an afternoon of dog-centric spooky activities and local pet vendors, food trucks, beer tastings, and more. Dress your pup in a Halloween costume for a chance to win pawesome prizes in the Costume Contest!
This free-admission festival will feature the best in local pet-product vendors in the Bark Market plus pup-tastic activities for all. Humans can enjoy beer tastings or grab a pint in the craft beer courtyard, sip a Tincup cocktail from the bar, play lawn games, and grab a bite to eat from tasty local food trucks.
Where: oneC1TY, 8 City Blvd #402, Nashville, TN | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, from noon to 4 p.m.
12. New York: Dog Day Halloween
Washington Square Park is about to get a spooky (and furry) makeover with Dog Day Halloween! Celebrate Halloween with your furry friends at the WSP Dog Run Association by dressing your best buddy up in a costume and competing in the cutest competition around. Big prizes are on the line for best costume for dogs and owners so bring your Halloween A-game and get ready to strut your stuff on the red carpet.
Where: Washington Square Park, New York, NY | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28; registration at 11 a.m. at Holley Plaza; contest at noon at Garibaldi Plaza
13. Philadelphia: Hound-O-Ween Fall Festival
Philly’s biggest Halloween dog costume contest is back, bigger than ever, and shutting down the 700 block of North 2nd Street to accommodate all the cuteness! Decked out dogs are invited to strut across the stage in full costume at the Hound-O-Ween Fall Festival. Contestants will compete in a variety of categories for prizes, plus all pets will compete for the grand prize of $500, sponsored by Wilson’s Estate Jewelry. Registration for this annual benefit is only a $30 donation per pet. All proceeds benefit Street Tails Animal Rescue in their mission to help the homeless and unwanted animals in the Philadelphia area. Food trucks will be onsite and beverages sponsored by Urban Village and El Camino will be for sale. On top of the doggie contest, look for fall tunes, Halloween vibes, vendors, music, and raffle prizes!
Where: Liberty Lands at 913 N 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28 , from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
14. Phoenix: Doggy Costume Contest
Greenwood Brewing is going to the dogs with a Doggy Costume Contest. Come early to get your pup(s) settled in, checked in and grab a brew! Little dogs and big dogs will be judged separately, with big dogs kicking off the costume contest at 1 p.m. in the beer garden and little dogs at 2 p.m. in the courtyard. Be sure to check out the vendors on site: Barking Bodega, Bundle x Joy Treats and Spoiled Muttz Pet Bandanas.
Where: Greenwood Brewing, 922 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZ | More Event Info
When: Sunday, October 29, from noon to 4 p.m.
15. Portland: Bowser’s Boo Bash
While not technically dog friendly, Bowser’s Boo Bash supports a great cause, raising money for the Oregon Humane Society. Mingle with merry monsters, bid on a bounty of boo-tiful items and packages in the silent auction, and summon your pet’s inner thoughts from afar through the Boo Bash Pet Communicator. Then, enjoy a delightful three-course dinner by Wild Pear Catering, followed by devilishly good desserts and snuggles from baby animals. Costumes are encouraged!
Where: Willamette Heritage Center Spinning Room, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, starting with cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.
16. San Diego: Decker’s Dog-O-Ween
Decker’s Dog-O-Ween is a tail-wagging extravaganza that celebrates the spookiest time of the year with our four-legged companions, with an an array of adorable canines dressed up in their most creative costumes. From spooky to silly, our furry friends never fail to impress, so be sure to bring your own pup dressed in their Halloween best to participate in the costume contest. Throughout the day, there will also be plenty of dog-friendly activities to enjoy such as trick-or-treating through the vendors’ area, where you can find unique pet products and delicious treats for your furry companion. There will be several dog adoption agencies on-site, so if you’re looking to expand your fur family, this is the perfect opportunity to find your new best friend!
Where: La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
17. San Diego: Trick or Treat for Dogs & Costume Contest
You and your furry fiends are invited to the 4th annual Trick or Treat for Dogs at Frosted Faces Foundation! So, don your costumes and enjoy lots and lots of free goodies! Visit the spooky play yard at Frosted Faces. Partake in the costume contest with local celebrity judges, followed by a bonfire and raffle to benefit senior pets. There is a donation of $20 per person at the door to benefit Frosted Faces.
Where: Frosted Faces Foundation, 1448 Pine Street, Ramona, CA | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, from 3 to 7 p.m.
18: San Francisco: Dog Brunch and Fashion Show
Presented by Palm House, get ready for the ultimate doggie fashion show at Pawject Runway, where furry models strut their stuff in their best Halloween costumes! Dress your fashionable pups in their spooky season best for the chance to win prizes for best dressed and other categories. Swag bags will be available for dog attendees and adoption coupons for aspiring dog owners. For all pups that would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your pups name and any fun tricks or unique flairs you want to show off on the runway! Tickets are $30; all ticket proceeds will be donated to SF SPCA.
Where: Palm House, 2032 Union St, San Francisco, CA | More Event Info
When: Sunday, October 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.
19. Seattle: Barktoberfest at Dog Yard Bar
Celebrate Howl-O-Ween with the folks at the the Dog Yard Bar at their annual Barktoberfest. There will be puppacinos for the pooches (it is Seattle, after all) and German brats and beer for the hoomans! Plus, a doggy apple bob, agility course, caricature artists to draw your pup, and of course, a Dog Costume Contest throughout the day! Categories include:
The Cuties: The sweet and the savory. Sunflowers, tacos and other friendly creations.
Bad to the Bone: Monsters, werewolves and evil robots. It’s good to be bad!
Handcrafted: Show off the ensemble you spent hours working on at home.
Duo or Group Costume: Two or more dogs plus humans with a shared theme.
Where: Dog Yard Bar, 4810 17th Ave NW, Seattle, WA | More Event Info
When: Saturday, October 28, from noon to 7 p.m.
about the author
Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.