Halloween for Dogs and Cats

Howlin’ Halloween Events for Dogs and Cats in Los Angeles

Halloween isn’t just for the two legged folks, let the 4 legged ones play too! Below are places where both you can your pet can play in costume.  Note: a lot of these start a bit early, or late,  to leave the end of the month for the humans.

Let the dogs come out and play! Participate in fundraisers and animal rescues as well. We’ve now found events for Wolves and Horses.  We haven’t found Halloween events for cats this year, please let us know if you find any.

Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade & Canine Costume Contest –  Long Beach

2017 Update As the title says, this is a doggie costume contest!!! Bring your pet and howl with the pampered pooches.

Hundreds of dogs expected! And, a few thousand spectators will line the parade route which will be on the concrete bike path that runs through the park from Colorado St. to Eliot St.  See website for parade map. Parade 2:30 . Prizes of a year’s dog food for best costume, best group and best “float”.

Besides the costume contest and parade, bulldog kissing booth, bobbing for Howl’oWeenies, look-a-like contest and more. Super pet adoption fair. Bulldog Kissing Booth – SLURP!

Barking and marching since 2001.

  • Info: http://www.hautedogs.org/ or     http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html or http://www.howloween.info/ or Facebook
    • Sunday, October 29, 2017
      • Costume contest starts at 2:30 pm but the” Yappy Hour” and registration between 1-2:30.
      • Early registration starts at $10 /  $15 , special VIP pre-registration available on website.
      •  Rent a chair, $10, reserve in advance, sells out
      • Pet fair and adoption noon to 5
    • Marina Vista Park
      • 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803 (at the end of Marine Stadium; across from the fire station, by the tennis courts).
    • Kids in costume lead the parade!
      • No entry fee for the kids, but they must register.
      • Free adults and kids costume contest.

The Rescue Train – Race for the Rescues

2017 Update Annual run for the rescue — rescue animals that is. 5 k run walk for adults and a 1k non-competition race for the kids. 1k dog walk.  Fun activities for animal lovers of every age! Including prizes and awards for top racers and fundraisers, celebrity art auction, Halloween Rescue Show, Drawing classes for kids, dog training demonstration, doggie bounce house, unique pet products, food trucks, face painting, pet physic and more! If you don’t want to run, bring your pet out for a fun day. If you don’t have a pet yet, consider adoption. A number of groups will have dogs and cats out there.

Sponsored by The Rescue Train, Best Friends Animal Society, The Lange Foundation, Kitten Rescue, A Dog’s Life Rescue, Four Legged Friends Foundation, Animal Alliance & Molly’s Mutts and Meows. Each year these 7 non-profit animal rescues save, house, give medical treatment and find loving homes for approximately 1500 once-forgotten animals. (Since 2006.)

  • Info: http://www.therescuetrain.org/    or Event Detail

    • Saturday, October 14, 2017
      • race 8:30am until 12:30pm, more fun after
        • See web for individual times
      • The Rose Bowl, Pasadena.
        • Area H immediately south
    • Pre register for the run.
      • See website for registration fees
    • Kids and pets in costumes.  Kids run

Surf City Surf Dog

2017 Update Grab your surfboard and your pup and hit the waves. Pooches will be able to “hang 20” in surfing competitions and strut their stuff in a variety of dog-gone fun activities and contests while raising funds for animal welfare organizations. All activities will take place at Huntington Dog Beach, starting at 8 a.m.. Surf Dog Competition, Woofin’ Walk, Look-a-like, costume contest, Cowabunga Costume Contest and Woofin Walk participants.

All dogs must wear a life vest. Special Surf City Surf Dog vests will be available for rent or purchase. Surfboards will be for rent. See site for judging criteria and point system.

  • Info: http://surfcitysurfdog.com/ or Event Detail or Facebook
    • Saturday, September 23, 2017
    • Huntington Dog Beach
      • Goldenwest and PCH
    • Entry fee depends on event.   See web for discounts, book in advance for discount.
    • The Hot Diggity Dog Expo and general event attendance are free and open to the public and their leashed, four-legged friends. Registration fees vary for the competitions and activities


Canceled for 2017, back next year.

Pugs ‘N Pals fundraiser of Octoberfest has a doggie costume contest, doggie kissing booth, dog services and more.

Best Kisser,  Best Costume, Find Your Pug, Dog Race, Adopted Dog Parade, Raffle/Silent Auction, Adoption Fair, Vendors, Food.  Pugs ‘N Pals rescues not just pug dogs, but other small dogs in need and finds them foster homes until they can find a forever family.

  • Info: http://www.pugdogrescue.com/
    • Saturday, October 8, 2016
      • 11:30am – 4pm
    • TeWinkle Park
      • 970 Arlington Dr, Costa Mesa
    • Adults $13 / Kids and Seniors $7
    • Free Parking. / All dogs welcome

Strut your Mutt – Los Angeles

2017 Update Leisurely 1-mile group dog walk followed by a festival that includes doggie yoga and massage, photo opp’s, free consultations with trainers and pet specialists, complimentary treats for your dogs, fun activities and contests, refreshments and more.

Much Love Animal Rescue is a 100% nonprofit, no-kill organization. Barking contests since 2001.

Growl-o-ween at The Dog Bakery

???  Bring your pooch dressed to impress for a doggy Growl-o-ween parade around Old Pasadena, followed by a costume contest with prizes for the winners!

HOWL-o-ween Dog Party

2017 Update Dog owners and dog lovers, Angel City Brewery invites you to join us for our dog friendly event, Howl-o-Ween!! Featuring a dog costume contest, dog training demos, dog adoptions through Westside German Shepherd Rescue and a one stop shop for your dog needs.

Halloween with the Wolf Ambassadors of Apex Protection Project New Event

2017 Update We invite you to come and celebrate this Halloween in nature with the pack, under the stars, enveloped by the peaceful sound of Tibetan Singing Bowls.  This is a unique and intimate day of adventure and healing.  You spend the day with the Wolf Ambassadors of the Apex Pack and you will create unforgettable memories through hands-on, interactive engagement.

Basic schedule: Greet the pack.  A beautiful guided hike over the desert hills with lots of stops to enjoy the Apex Ambassador Pack as they run and play off-leash. (Approx 1 hr moderate hike over rocky terrain.)  Peaceful snuggle time at the top of the hill.  Back for dinner with wine.  (Options for vegan and vegetarian as well. )  Then move into a beautiful healing circle.  We will relax on yoga mats or blankets outside under the night sky for an Intuitively Guided Sound Bath & Meditation where you can allow yourself to be still, relax, reflect, feel the energy of the pack, soak in the sounds, feelings, energy. We may even get to join in a beautiful howl all together with the pack.

  • Info:  facebook or fb Event Detail  or   Event Detail w/ schedule
    • Tuesday, October 31, 2017
      • Arrive by 3:30 / depart: 8:30
    • It is located approx 1 hr outside of Los Angeles depending on traffic.  Palmdale area.  Address will be mailed upon ticketing.
    • Tickets: $150 for hike, dinner, wolf snuggles, guided meditation
      • Hiking shoes / Yoga mat.  See website for clothing suggestions and restrictions.
      • 18+ / Release required.

Halloween Happy Hour with Your Dog – Pasadena  New Event

2017 Update Bring your four-legged friend in costume for a haunted Happy Hour celebration at Constance Perry’s Patio. Join us for small bites, drinks and dog treats. The event is FREE and open to the public.  For every $15 donation you will receive a digital, Halloween-themed pet portrait. Proceeds benefit the Pasadena Humane Society.

Eagle Rock Bark Halloween Block Party  New Event

2017 Update  Eagle Rock Bark Halloween Block Party and Kitty and Doggie Rescue Adoption is a fun-filled, activity-packed event for the entire family! It is a volunteer run community event.   This event will be Halloween themed with a Trick-or-Treat Village full of fun games, contests, freebies and more!

FEATURING:  Pet Rescue Adoption, Trick-or-Treat Village, Costume Contests for Kiddies and Doggies, Human Barking Contest, ?Human Howling Contest, Doggie Fashion Show, Doggie Kissing Booth, Local Artists, Local Vendors, Food Trucks, Live Band and Dance Performances.  

FREE:  Halloween Candy, Family/Pet Photos (bring your dog, we have costumes!), Spay/Neuter Vouchers, miochipping,  Doggie Toys, Doggie and Kittie Treats, Doggie Tattoos, Goodie Bags for the First 100 Guests!  First come, first serve so COME EARLY!

Howlin’ Halloween Family Event – Pasadena  New Event

2017 Update Trick or treat! Join us on Halloween afternoon for a Howlin’ Halloween community event at the Pasadena Humane Society. Families are invited to visit to shelter for Halloween-inspired crafts, trivia games with giveaways, and, of course, candy. Attendees will have the chance to tour the kennels and view adoptable pets. This event is best suited for children ages 6-14. Costumes are welcome, but please leave your pets at home.

Let’s Ride Annual Horse Show & Halloween Games Fundraiser  New Event

2017 Update We’re proud to announce Let’s Ride Equestrian Program‘s first annual fundraising event hosted by Rancho Tujunga in collaboration with Starwood Riding Club. Join us for a fun-filled day of equestrian competition and holiday games on and off horses.

Food will be available for purchase and the event will include an auction where participants can bid on great items such as gift cards, vintage cowboy goods and cash redeemable at East Valley Feed & Tack Shop!  Traditional competition (English and Western Equitation, Jumping and Obstacle Course) classes are divided according to riding level. (Let’s Ride Therapeutic Equestrian Program is for adults and children with disabilities. Located in the Sunland/Tujunga area, we help those with emotional issues and developmental disabilities to develop positive behaviors through the use of horses.) 

Join us for our Halloween Costume Classes! You may dress yourself, your horse, or both of you in a costume. No masks allowed. The costume must include a helmet if riding. There will be a non-­riding costume class as well. There will be games that are not on horseback for siblings or anyone who just wants to have fun between riding competition.

Raise the Woof! – Pasadena  New Event

2017 UpdatePasadena Animal League presents our  Dinner and Auction fundraiser, RAISE THE WOOF! This will benefit Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s transportation program, which can be very costly in trying to move animals across Los Angeles County to a safe haven and possibly a loving forever home.

Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening with a farm-to-table catered dinner, wine, beer and signature cocktails, silent and live auctions including exciting celebrity donations, entertainment and tail-wagging fun all. Seating is limited.

A Night at the Museum – Riverside

Annual Bulldog Charity Ball

2017 Update Join us for fund raiser evening at the Riverside Art Museum located in historic downtown Riverside.  The evening will include a taco bar with all the sides, beer, wine and dessert. There will be auctions and raffles as we watch the sunset this evening ‘roof top’ at the museum. Your tickets for admission to the event will be held at the door for you and we look forward to seeing you.  Well behaved bulldogs are welcomed to the event.

This event is being held roof top at the Riverside Art Museum and a light sweater or jacket might be needed if the evening gets too cool.


Graveyard – past events no longer running

If your event ends up here by accident, please let us know the new information.

 Stray Cat Club – Halloween FUNraising Party

??? Vegan cuisine, Stray Cat Martinis, Masquerade Party, silent auction, hosted bar, make-up artists, magic, Animal Communicator, music and more! Benefiting the programs of the Stray Cat Alliance, building a No Kill Nation on stray at a time.

  • Info: http://www.straycatalliance.org/ or (310) 281-1109 or Event Detail
    • Saturday, October 24, 2015, 6:30 – 10:30 pm
    • Montage Beverly Hills
      • 225 North Canon Drive, Beverley Hills.
    • Tickets for the fundraiser, $215. See web for sponsorship options.
    • Costumes or Black Tie Optional


??? Ghoulish Entertainment, presents DOG-TOBER-FEST to benefit to support the Riverside County/City Animal Shelter. Pet costume contest, K-9 demonstrations, agility course, wiener dog races & Pet Adoptions. Chili cook-off. Ride over.

Halloween Howl

(This year participating in the Fall Super Adoptions Festival at La Brea Tar Pits. See next entry.)

Little Angels Pug Rescue Present Halloween Howl the biggest Puggy costume party this side of the crypt. Think you have the most boo-tiful Pug in the world? Enter your Pugster in howlacious contests like Scariest Costumer, Most Outrageous, Most Beautiful, Best Owner/Dog Combo, Catch Hot Dog.
Info: http://www.lapr.org or (626) 795-3944
Sunday, October 28, 2007; noon-4
Mar Vista Park,
11430 Woodbine, the corner of Palms and McLaughlin, Mar Vista
Suggested donation: $14 in advance/15 at door, kids & seniors $9/$10

Howling Halloween in the Park – Fountain Valley 

Join OC Animal Care for the 2nd Annual Howling Halloween in the Park.  Kids and pets are encouraged to dress up in costumes for Trick-or-Treating and a costume contest.

  • Sunday, October 20, 2013
    • Noon to 5 pm
  • Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park
    • 16400 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley
  • All friendly dogs on-leash are welcome to attend
  • Admission is free!

Happy Howl – Burbank

Downtown Burbank comes alive to the sounds of thousands of costumed kids and oodles of poodles decked to the K-9’s for Halloween. Parents are invited to bring their goblins and ghouls for an early evening of trick-or-treating. Downtown Burbank merchants provide free treats from store-to-store. And pet owners are encouraged to bring along their favorite K-9 dressed in the Halloween spirit for the Annual Downtown Dog Parade on the AMC Walkway. All well-behaved pets are welcome. Dogs must wear leashes.

  • Info: http://www.downtown-burbank.org/events.phpor Event Detail
    • October 31, 2012 – 4-7pm
    • Downtown Burbank
    • AMC Walkway at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue in Downtown Burbank


Prizes for best large and small dog costumes as well as treats for both the two- and four-legged species in attendance.  Frightfully fun events.  Trick or treat bags for dogs or cats.

  • Info: http://www.barkavela.com/  or Event Detail  or (213) 748-7485
    • Tuesday, October 30, 2012 / 6-9pm
    • RSVP
    • Bark Avenue
      • 545 S Main St, downtown LA
    • Please bathe pet before costuming.

 California Wildlife Center Fall Open House

??? ??? Join us for an afternoon of… Entertainment, Wildlife Education, Children’s Activities, Guided Tours, Up-close Encounters with Rescued and Educational Animals. Visit the intensive care hospital and the Baby Care Unit

Refreshments Served. Children’s Activities: Animal face-painting and visor decorating; learn how to build an easy bird feeder.
Info: http://www.californiawildlifecenter.org/ or or (818) 222-2658
Sunday, October 3, 2010, noon-4
California Wildlife Center
26026 Piuma Road, Calabasas
Free Admission – RSVP
Most activities will be outside, so please dress accordingly.