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Halloween events for pets in Boston and beyond

Posted by Kristi Palma  October 16, 2013 08:11 AM

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Are you looking for an opportunity to show off your pet's Halloween costume this year? Read on for some pet-friendly Halloween events going on in Boston and beyond this month.

But first, check out Mr. Pork Chops, who dressed up as a bunch of grapes last year. Aww! The French bulldog, owned by Justin Mills from the South End, won the best individual costume prize at last year's Canine Promenade on the Charles River Esplanade.


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Hallowoof, a Halloween festival and pet costume contest, will raise awareness for animal rescues and shelters in Rhode Island. There will be a costume contest, dog trick contest, pet/family photos, treat bags for kids, treats for dogs, pizza, and local vendors. Sun., Oct. 20, noon to 3:00 p.m. Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar, 458 Main St., Warren, R.I. 401-289-234.

The Canine Promenade on the Charles River Esplanade is expecting to attract more than 100 dogs in costume this year. For the third year, pet owners will parade their costumed dogs around the park. After the parade, a panel of judges will award prizes for best costume and invite guests to provide helpful tips for dog owners. The event hosted by The Esplanade Association. See photos from last year's event. Sat., Oct. 26, noon to 2 p.m. $15 per dog. The Charles River Esplanade (in front of the Hatch Shell). 617-227-0365.

The Halloween Pet Parade and Pumpkin Contest will showcase pooches and pumpkins. Meet at 1 p.m. in the West End for a pet parade. All pets are welcome. Pets will be judged in the categories of "Best Owner & Pet Combo," "Best Local Representation" and "Most Creative." Drop off your decorated pumpkin at the judge's table any time between noon and 1:30 p.m. to enter the Pumpkin Contest. Pumpkins will be judged for "Most Creative," "Scariest," and "Most Historical." Prizes include $50 gift cards to local restaurants and merchants. There will also be entertainment around Faneuil Hall, including street theater, magic, facepainting, card readings, music by TJ Taormina at 103.3, and more. Sat., Oct. 26, noon to 3 p.m. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston.

At the Seaport Howl-o-ween Costume Party, prizes will be awarded for best dog costume, best owner costume, and best dog/owner ensemble. Your pooch will enjoy homemade organic snacks from Seaport’s culinary team while owners enjoy a cash bar and Halloween treats. The Animal Rescue League of Boston will also be on hand to share information for Adopt-A-Dog month. Sat., Oct. 26, 1 p.m. Free. Seaport Hotel, 2nd floor Seaport ballroom, One Seaport Lane, Boston. 617-385-4000.

The second annual Howl-O-Ween Party at Northpaws Veterinary Center will feature a dog costume contest, pet parade, pumpkin painting, balloon animals, raffles, and more. Sat., Oct. 26, 1 to 4 p.m. Northpaws Veterinary Center, 564 Putnam Pike, Greenville, R.I. 401-949-5030.

The 6th Annual Monster Bark will offer a pet costume contest and "Monster March" in Stow. This family event will also include a coloring contest for kids age 12 and under, prizes, giveaways, and more. All proceeds go to Phinney's Friends, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income families keep their pets when going through hardships. Sun., Oct. 27, noon to 2 p.m. Costume contest is free. Registration is at noon. There is a fee for the march, which begins at 1 p.m. Contact the store for the fee amount. Pet Source, 117 Great Rd., Stow Shopping Center, Stow. 978-897-9599.

A Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest is taking place at J.M. Pet Resort. If you need doggy daycare this month, bring your pooch to J.M. Pet Resort on Tuesday, Oct. 29 dressed up for Halloween and he or she just might win a prize. The resort will take a photo of your dog dressed up and post it on its Faceboook page for its contest. The public will vote through Nov. 3. The winner, announced on Nov. 4, will win two free nights of boarding in a luxury suite at the resort. Tues., Oct. 29, 6 to 10 a.m. J.M. Pet Resort, 1014 Pearl St., Brockton. 508-588-5661.

The inaugural Wingate Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade invites area pet owners to dress up their pets to win hundreds of dollars in prizes. Dogs, cats, and all types of animal-friendly furry friends are welcome to participate. Knots of Fun in Framingham will help kids and adults create a dog toy to take home. The event will benefit Sudbury’s Buddy Dog Humane Society.Sat., Nov. 2, noon to 2 p.m. The Residences at Wingate, 235 Gould St., Needham. 781-455-9080.

More Halloween fun...


Still looking for the purrfect costume for your pet? No worries! Pets asked major pet stores and local pet boutiques to share some of the popular pet costumes for 2013. Check out his cute bumblebee costume, courtesy of PetSmart.


Wherever you wind up celebrating Halloween with your pet, don't forget to share a photo with us! Check out these photos of Boston pets dressed up for Halloween and add your photo! This is Brady dressed up as Snooki.


Do you have a black cat? Share a photo and a story about your black kitty. This is Jinx, owned by Kevin in Cambridge. (Photo: Submitted by Kevin in Cambridge)

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