Dog-E-Dog, a local dog walking organization, hosted their first ever Howl-A-Ween event at McCarren Park’s dog run, giving pups the chance to play the part of their favorite villain or hero and win a few prizes.
Eric Arnstein, the founder of the organization, was there in costume to help judge dressed up dogs.
“We’re obviously looking for creativity, but we also like to see that the owners dressed up, too,” Arnstein said, adding that judges would be basing decisions on tricks performed by pets.
Judges for the event included Peter Silberman from The Antlers, Dennie Hartzog from Bourbonandgloss.com, and John Del Signore, managing editor of the Gothamist.com.
With so many dogs dressed to the nines, Arnstein said it would be a difficult process to find the event’s winners.
Bed-Stuy resident Miguel McDaniel said he hoped that his Chihuahua Kilhaa, who was dressed as a duck, might place in the costume competition. Greenpoint resident Blake Rayne was hoping for the same with his dog Mingo, dressed as a king.
Even if your pet didn’t place in the competition, they still had the chance to do a trick for a treat. Including the chance to enter a raffle contest with prices from Lucky Dog, Five Leaves and many others, local pet groups set up tables with tasty free treats, including Happy Dogs, The Dapper Dog Co, PS9 Pet Supply, Walk This Way Canine Behavior Therapy and Greenpoint Vet.
“This is a great way to enjoy the holiday with your pet,” said Hanna Mandelbaun, the founder of Evermore Pet Food, who shared a table with PS9 Pet Supply.
Enjoying the event, accompanied with creepy music, colorful costumes and good company, pets and owners alike could feel good about attending the event, with proceeds going to help maintain the park’s dog run, for drainage, fencing and awareness of dog fights.