Halloween has gone to the dogs (and in some places to the cats as well) with several pet-friendly activities on tap for Halloween weekend in North sSburban Chicago. From fundraisers for animal shelters to fun activities in the park, there will be a variety of events to choose from in the Northern Suburbs. Here’s a partial list –
Walk and Wag Walk-a-thon – Old School Forest Preserve (Shelter B), Libertyville
Saturday, October 29 – 9 a.m.
Before stopping by one of the numerous pet-friendly parties on Saturday, help raise funds for one of the area’s rescues first. Animal Education & Rescue will hold its First Walk and Wag Walk-a-Thon at Libertyville’s Old School Forest Preserve. The event will feature a casual 1 1/2-mile Bassett Hound Walk around the forest preserve and a longer 3-mile Greyhound Walk. Along with the walk, there will be a lot of family-friendly activities including a dog costume contest that features a pet/owner look-a-like contest. The event costs $45 per adult, $10 per child (8 to 17), kids under 7 are free and the cost per dog to enter the Pet Contest is $10. Learn more online.
Howl-O-Ween Bash – Lake Shore Harley Davidson – 14000 Rockland Road – Libertyville
Saturday, October 29 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Any biker dogs out there? Biker and non-biker dogs (and families) are welcome for the Howl-O-Ween Appreciation Party at Lake Shore Harley Davidson. Some of the fun includes – special sales, free burgers and brats (and beer and wine tasting for those over 21). One of the highlights is the pet costume contest at 1 p.m. Entrance fee is $5 with proceeds donated to Save-A-Pet. The winner will receive a $75 pet prize pack!
Prairie View (Buffalo Grove)
Howl-O-Ween Bazaar – Best Friends Pet Care – 22096 North Pet Lane – Prairie View
Saturday, October 29 – Noon to 3:00pm
This is one bash that definitely has something for everyone! The Howl-O-Ween Bazaar at Best Friends features plenty of vendors for fun shopping, cool games for the kids and your social pooch and, of course, a costume contest for both the kids and dogs! If you’re thinking of adding a pet, it’s a good time to stop by. Several rescues – including Young at Heart – will be on hand during the event.
Howloween Happenings – Wilmette Pet Center – 625 Green Bay Road – Wilmette
Saturday, October 29 – Noon to 4 p.m.
Plenty of Halloween fun for all members of the family – kids, dogs, cats (parents) – at the Howloween Happenings at Wilmette Pet Center! There will be taffy apples, dog cookies and costume contests for kids and pets along with Howl-o-ween photos by Jim Czerwinski. The $10 donation benefits Adopt-a-Pet. No costume for your pet – check out Wilmette Pet’s selections – $10 from each costume purchased will also be donated to Adopt-A-Pet as well. Speaking of Adopt-A-Pet, check out the animals the rescue has available for adoption while at Wilmette Pet Center.
Spooky Pooch Parade – Chicago Botanic Garden
Saturday, October 20 – 1 to 3 p.m.
Even the Chicago Botanic Gardens goes to the dogs for Halloween. For two very special hours during the Spooky Pooch Parade, dogs are allowed to visit the Garden and march the parade route to celebrate. There are prizes for a variety of costume categories, pet-friendly vendors and many non-profits. Tickets are $14 for members and $17 for non-members in advance and $20 the day of the event. Parking is $20 for non-members. Learn more online or purchase your tickets in advance. Registration is at 1 p.m., the costume judging starts at 1:30 p.m., the parade is at 2 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m.
This is part three of a three part series. Monday we had a rundown of several events planned for Chicago and Tuesday we listed the Halloween events that also included adoption events as part of the festivities.
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