Howl-O-Ween Fest turns 70, in dog years that is

Area ghosts, goblins and their furry friends are invited to Oak Meadow Park on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as Bridgeland hosts their annual Howl-O-Ween Fest. This event brings family-and furry-friendly entertainment to Cypress, making 10 years of celebrating with man’s best friend.

Treat your family – and the family dog – to the tricks of this year’s highlight performances by The Canine Stars, a premier stunt dog show that uses dogs they’ve rescued from shelters and trained to perform extreme sports, such as dock diving, high jumping, frisbee and other agility stunts for amazing, tail-wagging entertainment. Some of Canine Stars dog trainers will be present to help teach your old dog a few, new tricks, too! Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show started in 2012 to bring awareness to rescued dogs and encourage pet adoption. Their commitment to pet rescue and adoption mirrors Bridgeland’s support of rescue groups.

Two additional stage acts will be a K9 demonstration presenting the unique talents of trained K9s and award-winning magician and illusionist, Lanny Kibbey. Stage performances will begin with the magician at 10:15. A total of eight acts will alternate every 45 minutes throughout the day, with The Canine Stars at 11:00 a.m. and the K9 demonstration at 11:45 a.m.

Families are sure to delight in all of the day’s activities as there is something for everyone, from bounce houses, an obstacle course, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating for kids and pets, to roaming entertainment, face painting, and even a doggie fashion show. The fashion show begins at 1:45 p.m. and participation requires a $5 donation to benefit pet rescue organizations. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.

Puppies have a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face, and as an additional feature this year, you will also have the chance to practice a little downward dog. Shaka Power Yoga, Lakeland Village Center’s latest yoga addition, will guide yogis during two classes while wagging puppies provided by present rescue groups, play about the participants. Space is limited and registration is required. The puppies and other pets will be available for adoption, should you fall in love with one of them.

A Bridgeland event isn’t complete without food trucks. Offering a variety of cuisines to feed your hungry pack, you may recognize many of the trucks from Bridgeland’s monthly Friday Nite Bites. In attendance will be Skye Café, Space Lobos, Texiana, Kaow, Hangreek, Fork N Truck, Bright Relish, Mingos, Jamaica Pon Di Road, Papa John’s Pizza,  Iced Cupcakery, Cheri’s N’awlins Sneaux Bawls, and Uncle Louis G Italian Ice.

While the entertainment and most activities are free, proceeds from any event requiring a modest fee will be donated to support local rescue groups. The following associations will be in attendance with a variety of breeds who are seeking a forever home: Guardian Pit Bull Rescue, ADORE Houston, Westie and Scotty Rescue Houston, Boykin Spaniel Rescue, Great Dane Rescue of SE TX, Friends for Life, Puppy Up Foundation, Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas, Special Pals Inc. and English Bulldog Rescue Network.

Last year’s event raised over $3,000 in support of our furry friends. Join us on October 27, bring the entire family – and the dog on a leash – to enjoy the family-and furry-friendly activities and help us surpass last year’s efforts, while having a howling good time!

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