14 Dog-Friendly Halloween Events Around DC

Don’t want to leave the puppies at home while you celebrate spooky season? There are plenty of dog-friendly (and dog-focused) Halloween events all over town.

Weiner 500 at dock
When: Sunday, October 16, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
What: The tenth annual Dachshund Dash for Charity is taking place at Wharf’s District Pier after it was canceled by rain two weeks ago. The Oktoberfest celebration will include a 70-yard running strip and the champion will receive a trophy and $100. Race Registration costs $30 and all proceeds will go to Rural Dog Rescue.

Movie night at the Bark Social
When: Thursday, October 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
What: Chill out with your dog for a screening of the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus. Tickets are free but required for entry.

Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween in Hillwood
When: Saturday, October 22, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
What: Explore the 25-acre estate and enter your dog in the costume contest, with categories including best homemade, glam, cutest and funniest. Step into the spirit with a Spooky Pooch cocktail.

Double Trouble Halloween Costume Contest at Bark Social
When: Monday, October 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
What: here is a costume contest with a twist – you will only be considered if you coordinate your costume with your furry friend. The dog-centric Pike & Rose bar also offers a new cocktail menu including a harvest mule and candy apple sangria. RSVP here.

Fairmont Annual Howl-O-Ween
When: Thursday, October 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
What: The best-dressed doggos will have a chance to win overnight stays, dinner and more at this West End hotel free event. Pastry chefs will cook up peanut butter treats and puppy tails for the dogs, while humans can enjoy canine-themed cocktails.

Drag Me to Halloween at Bark Social
When: Friday, October 28, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
What: Drag, dogs and dancing – they all converge at Pike & Rose. Black Mermaid Queens Sidor-Jackson and Citrine will host the evening of performances. General Admission tickets are $15, or a table of four can be reserved for $80. All ticket proceeds will go to the artists and all donations will go to the MoCo Price Center.

Hirshhorn Howl-O-Ween
When: Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
What: Show off your stuff with your pup among the artwork in the sculpture garden. There will be costume contests for humans and dogs, as well as coffee, mimosas and kid-friendly activities. Advanced registration is required and prices vary.

4th Annual Bark Bash at One Loudoun
When: Saturday October 29 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
What: One Loudoun returns to its parties pet event. It will feature dog costume contests, treat vendors, photo booths and cartoon stations, and rescue groups will show off their adoptable dogs.

Nightmare at Barkhaus
When: Saturday October 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
What: Dress up your four-legged friends and enter them into a chance to win a one-year subscription to Barkhaus, the restaurant/playground for dogs in Alexandria. The doggies must walk the track at 7:30 p.m. and the winners will be announced at 8 p.m. Also expect some spooky food and drink.

Port Halloween
When: Saturday October 30 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
What: Trick-or-treat at over 30 participating stores and restaurants in National Harbor, then compete in a pumpkin-carving contest and see a pumpkin exhibit. Hocus Pocus. At 2:45 p.m., join the parade to show off your pup’s best costume. View the full schedule of events here.

SPet-Tacular Halloween Parade and Costume Contest at Walter Reed Historic Parks
When: Saturday, October 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
What: Dress up your dog for this second annual costume contest and parade. Your pup will have the chance to win prizes of one-legged animals, Big Bad Woof Pet Storeand other local businesses.

Halloween Pet Portraits at Congress Cemetery
When: Saturday October 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: Get a professional portrait of your beloved pet. There is a choice of backgrounds and decorations. Portraits costs $30.

Fall Festival at Bark Social
When: Saturday October 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: Bring your pup for a day that includes pumpkin calligraphy, a straw bale pyramid, and lots of treats. Costumes (human and canine) are encouraged. Tickets are $25 and include admission of up to two humans and one dog.

Montpellier Farms Autumn Festival
When: Until Sunday, November 6.
What: If you want to enjoy the fall festivities without the spook factor, this Upper Marlboro autumn festival allows puppies on a leash, including in the corn maze and on the wagon rides.


Keely recently earned her master’s degree in journalism from American University and has reported on local DC, national politics and business. She has previously written for The Capitol Forum.