Hawaii Island Humane Sociaety’s annual Halloween Pooch Parades will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 in Hilo at Liliu‘okalani Gardens and Saturday, Oct. 28 in Kona at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.
The Kona Halloween Pooch Parade was originally scheduled to be held at the new central Bark Dog Parks at the Animal Community Center in Keauhou. However, continued Hawaii County water restrictions over the past several months has impacted construction and the ability to grow grass at the new dog park. As a result, the Kona pet walk has been moved to the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.
A fundraiser for HIHS, the Halloween Pooch Parades are fun events that attract costumed dogs and their owners from around the island. My dogs and I have participated in the Hilo Halloween Walk for several years and participated in the Kona one as well. (I’ve seen upwards of 200 costumed dogs strutting their stuff at the Kona Halloween Pooch Parade!) People really go all out with their costumes for both themselves – and their pets – so come dressed in your best Halloween outfit!
Everyone is invited to join in costume. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on both days with festivities running until 10:30 a.m. The pet walks will feature live costume contests, as well as pet-related vendors, plus yummy food and drink. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges and support Hawaii Island Humane Society. Individuals or teams can use an online giving page or a printed form available from HIHS to help raise funds for HIS by going to: https://hihs.networkforgood.com/projects/34174-howl-ween-dog-walk. Everyone who raises $50 in pledges receives a free Dog Walk t-shirt.