Pet Halloween events have been happening in the Greater Cleveland area for the past couple of weeks. The final pet Halloween events of the season will be taking place this Saturday, October 29.
There’s still time to pick up a costume for your pet and join in the fun and contests. Our picks for the best costumes in town can be found at Pet-Tique in Lakewood, where you will find well-made and unique costumes for all sizes; and at your area Target stores, which carry more than two dozen pet costumes to choose from; everything from riders (a stuffed character that rides on the dog’s back) designed for larger dogs, to full, winged costumes, to Halloween themed bandanas and t-shirts.
If your pet is new to dressing up, there are some things to consider when choosing a costume. Try to stay away from hats and boots, as these are the first things that a dog will try to shake off. Instead of boots, which are a tough sell for dogs who have never worn them, you’re better off with anklets that cover the tops of the feet, but not the bottoms. These give the illusion of boots, without covering the dog’s foot pads; it’s the sensation of their pads being covered that annoys dogs, because it feels funny when they walk. Boots may not be an issue for toy breeds that are used to being carried, particularly if they will be carried at the event.
Instead of a hat, try a costume with a hood, or with headgear (like a halo) that can be attached to the dog’s collar.
For very fussy pets, you might try a costume that is made up mostly of accessories, such as a decorative collar ruff, and anklets.
The slideshow accompanying this article may give you some ideas for costumes, whether you want to make one yourself or purchase a ready-made one.
This Saturday’s Pet Halloween events include:
Crocker Park Pet Costume Contest & Parade- Where: West Park.
- When: noon registration.
- 12:30 Pet Costume Parade
- 1:00 pm Contest Awards
- 2-4 pm Kids Halloween Trick or Treating (look for the Crocker Park Pumpkin flyer in participating store windows)
Pre-register at Crocker Park Guest Services Booth, 189 Crocker Park Blvd.
$5 fee – cash only. All proceeds go to the Cleveland APL. Prizes for the Pet Costumer Contest have been donated by the following local businesses:
• Gone to the Dogs
• Lake Erie Monsters
• Just Dogs Gourmet
• Thirty One
• Celeste M. Photography & Design
• Pet Nanny
• Paws & Claws
• Camp Bow Wow
Howl-O-Ween Fall Festival and Fundraiser – Where: Akron Dog Park, 499 Memorial Parkway, Akron.
When: 11 am – 2 pm (rain or shine)
Canine Costume Contest (registration begins at 11 am), delicious baked goods, raffles, prizes and games of skill for dogs and humans. Many area vendors will be on hand with educational displays and products. Admission is free. Costume contest entry is $10 ($5 for additional dogs) All proceeds benefit Better Akron Recreation for Canines (BARC Non-Profit) and help cover the daily operational costs and expenses of Akron Dog Park.
Over $100 in prizes will be awarded.
- Best human & dog combo
- Best Overall
One of a Kind Pet Rescue Halloween Party – Where: One of a Kind Rescue, 1929 W. Market St., Akron
When: 10 am -8 pm
One of a Kind will be celebrating the first anniversary of their new adoption center.
WQMX 94.9 FM will broadcast live from 1:30-3:30 . Pets and their owners are encouraged to come in costume to win prizes.
The Great Pup’kin Costume Contest – Where:the Grafton-Midview Public Library, 983 Main St. Grafton
When: 2pm until 4pm
Dress up your dog for some tricks, treats and a chance to win great prizes, including a Blu-ray DVD player and movie. The event will also promote “National Adopt a Dog Month” with local dog rescue groups on hand along showing their adoptable dogs and holistic pet products. Register your at the library or by calling 440-926-3317.
It’s not just fun for dogs, though: fun activities are planned for kids, too. There will be face painting, Halloween crafts, games, FREE treat bags and more.
Petco Halloween Costume Contest – where: Petco 16710 Royalton Rd. Strongsville
When: 1-2 pm
Trick and Treat Weekend Where: Grateful Dog Bakery, 31966 Center Ridge Rd. North Ridgeville
When: Saturday Oct 29 and Sunday Oct 30 during normal business hours
Owner, Nancy Winrod, invites you to bring your dog(s) in to do a trick, and they get a FREE treat of their choice. (Tricks can be as simple as sit, stay or beg)
Wags to Witches Costume Contest Where: The Portage Animal Protective League, 8122 Infirmary Road Ravenna
When: 9-11 am Saturday, Oct 29. Followed by pet blessing at 11. Pets and their people are encouraged to come in costume.
Call to Register: 330-296-4022
Prize categories will be:
- Best Dressed Pet
- Best Dressed Owner
- Most Beautiful Pet
- Most Obedient Pet
- Most Talented Pet