Get your dog ready for a howling good time! There are quite a few Halloween events coming up in the Kansas City metro. So here’s your Halloween guide to local dog-related activities. Check back often, as this list will be updated as more information becomes available. You can also get updates by following me on Twitter. Happy Halloween!
Through Monday, Oct. 25
Enter your spooky pet in Brookside Barkery & Bath’s Halloween Costume Photo Contest. Send Brookside Barkery a photo of your dog or cat in Halloween attire. The staff from each store (Brookside, Lee’s Summit and Olathe) will choose a winner. The three winning entries will get a $100 Brookside Barkery gift card. Email your photo to email@example.com by Monday, Oct. 25. In the subject line, please designate in which of the three stores you’d like to have your photo on display. Your email must also include the name of your pet, your own name and your phone number. You can also either drop off your photo at any of the three Brookside Barkery locations, or mail your entry—as long as Brookside Barkery gets it by the deadline. Please note that photos cannot be returned. Photos must be of your own pet, and cannot have been manipulated or altered digitally or otherwise.
Saturday, Oct. 23
Three Dog Bakery’s annual Growl-o-ween Parade and Costume Contest starts at 10 a.m. at Mill Creek Park (47th and Broadway, KCMO). Costumed canines will compete for prizes and then trick-or-treat at more than 30 participating Country Club Plaza businesses. Register in advance for $10 per dog; registration on the day of the event will be $15. Call Three Dog Bakery at 816-753-3647 if you want to sign up early.
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s inaugural Big Bad Canine Costume Contest and Parade is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Theatre in the Park parking lot at 7900 Renner Rd., Shawnee. All entries are eligible for prizes. Pre-registration is recommended; call 913-826-3160 for more information. The entry fee is $5 per dog.
Pets and their “parents” can show off their Halloween finest at their local PetSmart from 3 to 5 p.m. during the chain’s annual Howl-O-Ween event. All PetSmarts throughout the United States and Canada are participating, and the schedule is the same for each one. The costume parade starts at 3:30; the costume contest is from 3:45 to 4:15. The audience picks the winners. The first 100 pets to arrive receive free goodie bags. Plus you can get your picture taken with your pet. This photo will go in a commemorative frame for $4.95 with a PetPerks card. You can use this photo to enter the “Scare Your Way Into a PetSmart Commercial” photo contest on PetSmart’s Facebook page.
Sunday, Oct. 24
Pawz at Play (11200 Mastin St., Overland Park) is having its fourth annual Halloween Costume Party Fundraiser. The pets will compete for a lot of fun prizes, including five free days of doggie daycare and Brookside Barkery gift certificates. There will also be cider and snacks. Instead of an entry fee, bring pet food and other items that Pawz at Play can donate to help pets of the homeless.
Saturday, Oct. 30
The Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street organization invites small dogs (under 20 pounds) and children to join the Boos & Barks Halloween Parade from City Hall Plaza to Howard Station Park. Registration for the parade and costume contest begins at 9 a.m. at City Hall Plaza (3rd and Green); the parade begins at 10. Trick-or-treating at downtown businesses lasts until noon.
Join Queen of Paws Boutique at Trendz (5405 W. 151st St., Leawood) for free Halloween fun from noon to 2 p.m. Win a Queen of Paws gift certificate in the costume contest, which starts at 12:30. Pet vendors will be on site. Donations of supplies for homeless pets—such as blankets, pet food, treats and toys—are welcome.
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City (5445 Parallel Parkway, KCK)invites HSGKC alumni and their families to its annual Open House, ReunionParty and Halloween Costume Contest for Pets. The reunion is from 1 to 4 p.m.; the contest starts at 2. Bring a toy for a shelter animal, and you’ll get a free photo of you and your pet. For more details, call 913-596-1000, extension 115.
The Hawthorne Plaza Howl is from 2 to 4 p.m. The fun starts at Hawthorne Animal Hospital (11966 Roe Ave., Overland Park), where you pick up a treat bag and can enter your pet in the costume contest. Then visit the participating Hawthorne Plaza businesses for pet treats, as well as candy for the two-legged kids. Wayside Waifs will have its mobile unit there with adoptable pets. This event will be held rain or shine and is free. Call 913-345-8147 if you have questions.
Keep your dog safe this Halloween with these tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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