Halloween Goes to the Dogs in Arlington

by ARLnow.com October 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm 5,032 17 Comments

(Updated at 4:20 p.m.) Halloween is just over two weeks away. If you have kids, that means it’s probably time to start picking out their costume for the big day. If you have a dog (or dogs) — well, you should probably start picking out their costume, too.

At least three events are planned in Arlington for those who want to celebrate Halloween with their favorite four-legged friend.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Arlington-based Doorways for Women and Families will hold its 2nd annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk for the Homeless. The event is being held at Big Walnut Park (1915 N. Harrison Street).

“Bring your dogs dressed in their ‘Howl-O-Ween’ finest for a mini-walk to support Doorways for Women and Families,” the organization said of the event. “All human participants will help Doorways to reach our walker goal for the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon, while our animal participants will get the chance to compete for prizes from local pet store merchants, including Unleashed by Petco, Weber’s Pet Supermarket, Kissable Canine and Dogma Bakery! Treats (both canine and human) will be provided for all attendees!”

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., PetMAC in Virginia Square (822 N. Kenmore Street) will be holding a “Doggy Halloween Party.” The event will feature “treats (for our 2 and 4 legged friends) and other refreshments, games, photos, costume contests and special store discounts,” according to the pet store.

Also on Oct. 30, Dogma Bakery and Boutique (2772 S. Arlington Mill Drive) will be hosting its annual Dog Trick or Treat through Shirlington Village. The trick or treating will take place from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Photo via Doorways for Women and Families

  • novasteve

    Please dont’ give your dogs/cats any chocolate.

  • JimPB

    Canine says:

    “Trick (a wet or poop) or Treat (pets and eating treat).

    (“Whew. Let’s hurry along and get this costume stuff off. As bad as high heels and a tie around a tight collar.”)

  • Arlington Cat

    Childless couples in Arlington with a dog…God these people are pathetic.

    • don’t generalize. Some childless couples with dogs cannot have children.

      • drax

        Well, anyone can have children through adoption.

        But some choose not to have kids, and just dogs, and that’s okay.

      • malaka

        and what difference does that make? we are all commanded to have children now or be labelled pathetic? but you’ll let us off the hook if we are biologocally incapable! Nice!

    • 7-11-bum

      I think they’re doing us a favor by not contributing to the growing 7+ billion world population. Dogs are a perfectly acceptable replacement.

      • pup pup


      • drax

        Until we have 7 billion dogs, which we might have in Arlington by now.

    • Would they be less pathetic is they had children and still dressed up their dogs in costume?

    • Jackfan

      Wow Cat. I’ll bet you’re a super awesome person with a lot of friends.

    • hater

  • AVA resident

    Does any one know how long to Walk for the Homeless will be?

    • kalishnakev’s conscience

      Not nearly far enough

  • scumsuckingcondodweller

    “At least three events are planned in Arlington for those who want to celebrate Halloween with their favorite four-legged friend.”

    doG this place is getting weirder all the time.

  • arlutingfacts

    is PetMAC in Virginia Square like an Mac store for pets?

    • KJ

      @arlutingfacts, ha ha! That reminded me of a dog I saw whose owner had the dog’s nails painted. To add insult, I think it was a male dog, not that he would know to object. To each his/her own, but my dog only wears his fur, harness and leash…and antlers for a couple minutes, if someone sneaks them on for Christmas.


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