Bellaire (Houston) Texas Halloween Dog Parade
By: Matt Stanley, Realtor, Broker, Keller Williams Realty
The fourth annual Bellaire Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest will take place on Saturday, October 16, 2010, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Evergreen Park. This is a perfect opportunity for dog owners to show off their four-legged friends in creative Halloween costumes. This family event will be a good time for dog owners and lovers alike. If you don’t have a canine of your own, it might be worth borrowing one!
The Bellaire Buzz reported that more than 25 costume-clad dogs and their beloved owners strutted in front of the judges at the 2009 parade. My family and I attended in 2009 and had a fun time! We dressed our two stout English Bulldogs as bumble bees, in costumes designed to fit their svelte, stocky bodies! They loved every minute they had to buzz around the park. We saw everything from pets dressed as the Wizard of Oz characters to pumpkins and witches. Our sweet bees took home a 3rd place prize!
Halloween costume parades for dogs are becoming a local favorite with events planned across the nation, from New York’s Tompkins Square Park to Long Beach, California. Who can resist a Chow dressed for Samba or a Daschund mix dressed as Superman??
Need ideas for a costume for your favorite pooch? Check out these costume ideas and you’re sure to be inspired…or at least amused!
Prizes will be awarded in Large and Small dog categories for Best Fright Costumes, Best in Show Costumes, and even a Best Owner/Pet Costume for those two-legged adventurous types who want to share the spotlight with their furry friend. Registration is $10 per pet. The net proceeds go to a worthy cause, the Officer Lucy Dog Park. The parade route will begin at Evergreen Park which is located at Evergreen and Newcastle in Bellaire. It will continue south down Newcastle Trail and end at the Officer Lucy Dog Park.
The parade was developed in 2007 by Rachel Veldman, currently a student at Pin Oak Middle School. She coordinates and participates in the parade each year with her brother Larsen and their dog Maggie.
For more information about the Bellaire Texas Halloween Dog Parade call the Bellaire Recreation Center at 713-662-8280