6 Boston-area Halloween parades and parties for pets

A puppy dressed as a witch during a previous Howl-o-ween event at the Seaport Hotel.
A puppy dressed as a witch during a previous Howl-o-Ween Costume Party at the Seaport Boston Hotel.

Oct. 31 is nearly upon us. Here are six events for those extra focused on having a yappy Halloween.

Halloween Reptile Rally and the Most Bootiful Reptile Costume Contest

Apparently Halloween isn’t just for humans, cats, and dogs. Select Petco locations are holding reptile Halloween costume contests this weekend. (Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 2 p.m.; Petco; various locations; free)

Esplanade Canine Promenade

Both pet owners and their furry cohorts are encouraged to dress in costume for this annual half-mile parade that benefits the park. Prizes will be awarded for the best pet costume and the best duet costume (pet owner and pet). Dogs must be registered to participate, and registered pets will receive gift bags and dog treats provided by Pawsh Dog Boutique. There will also be family-friendly activities, games, and demonstrations. All animals must be on a leash. (Sunday, Oct. 22 from noon to 2 p.m.; Charles River Esplanade (on Fiedler Field), Boston; free for spectators, $15 for pre-registered dogs, $20 when registering the day of the event)

A pet owner and her pet dressed as Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, respectively, during a previous Canine Promenade along the Charles River in Boston. —Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

Yappier Hour Halloween Event


Liberty Hotel has been holding dog-and-owner Yappier Hours all season long. Its final one of the year will be Halloween-themed, and the hotel will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to Last Hope K9 Rescue. The event will include a costume contest, and the winner will receive a donation to the organization in his or her name, as well as gifts from The Fish & Bone pet boutique. (Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Liberty Hotel, Boston; free)

Doggone Halloween Costume Parade

It will be dog eat dog in Downtown Crossing on Oct. 27 when pups compete in the categories of best, scariest, best human and dog duo, and most creative costumes. To participate, dogs must be on leashes, get along well with other dogs, and be able to handle a crowd well. You can register your pet prior to the event, or just show up with your pup the day of the event. (Friday, Oct. 27 from noon to 2 p.m.; Summer Street between Washington and Hawley streets in Downtown Crossing, Boston; free to participate and attend)

Howl-o-Ween Costume Party

The Seaport Boston Hotel’s culinary team is whipping up organic treats for decked-out canines who walk, run, and wiggle their way over to this spooky party, where dressed-up pups compete for best costume, human-canine duos square off for best ensemble, and more. Two-legged attendees can also check out the raffles and cash bar. Children are welcome, too. Participants can register before the event, but it is not mandatory. (Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Plaza Level Garden at the Seaport Boston Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston; free to participate and attend)

Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest


Furry friends can flaunt their Halloween costumes in Faneuil Hall Marketplace at this annual affair. (Just don’t let all of the attention get to Fido’s head.) Pets will parade around the marketplace with their owners, and a panel of judges will award prizes to best in show, best owner and pet combo, best local representation, and most creative. You must register your pet before the event. (Saturday, Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m.; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston; free to participate and attend)

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December 13, 2018 | 8:55 AM