Halloween is no longer just for the two legged kids.
Furfriends and pets of all kinds are invited this year to have their own costumed fun in Dartmouth.
The first Howl O' Ween Festival for Pets will be held around the Shubie Canal on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"Why should people have all the fun trick or treating? Animals should be able to join in too," said Rodney Habib, member of the Goblins, Ghouls, Pets N Drool Committee that is organizing the event.
The event is being hosted as a way to raise money for local animal shelters.
But instead of knocking on doors, the Goblins, Ghouls Pet N Drool committee decided to host it at the park, so pets and their people can get exercise, socialize and generate excitement about Dartmouth's historic canal system and the people and pets who love to visit.
Vendors, like vet clinics and stores will set up tables all around the canal.
"It is the first time in history an event like this has happened," said Habib. " People can dress up their pets,walk along the canal with them, visit the vendors and receive a free treat bag. There will be no chocolate, of course."
Habib says he and the committee wanted to do it up big.
"We will have a photo shoot and expect flashy costumes."
Instead of bobbing for apples those pets interested in trying their luck can enter the bob for hot dogs contest.
"Of course they will be organic hot dogs," said Habib. "Only the best for our pets."
And when the creatures and their people need a rest after walking around the canal there will be lots of entertainment.
Habib said they hope to have the dog agility show and a whole lot of other shows and activities for pets to enjoy.
The committee spoke to Allan Billard from the Shubenacadie Canal Commision and he is all for it, said Habib.
Even those people who don't have pets are invited to attend.
"It is being billed and organized as a family event," said Habib. "If you are afraid of pets, or have an interest in learning more about them, then please come and join us. "
Everyone is welcome, whether they have a fur coat or not
"Bring reptiles in cages, rabbits or whatever you call your pet. It will be a controlled, on leash event," said Habib.
Last December the tree lighting event at the park was pet-friendly and Habib says with the hundreds of pets in attendance he was very proud to see that not one dog fight took place.
"We expect the same with this event. It will be an amazing day for a good cause, it will take place near Halloween at the crown jewel of our city, Shubie Park and the Canal."
Howl O'Ween at Shubie
The first Howl O' Ween Festival for Pets will be held around the Shubie Canal on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date will be Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
There will be a facebook page set up soon for info on the event. Search for Howl O' Ween Festival For Pets
Donation jars will be set up for shelters.