​Halloween-themed Event for Pet Owners and Their Dogs

A little dog is dressed in a green dragon costume for Howl-O-Ween held at the UT Gardens in Knoxville.

​​Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo will be held Saturday, October 21. Photo coutesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, is going to the dogs for a Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo. The event, co-sponsored by the Gardens and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, caters to dogs and dog lovers and will be held Sunday, October 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the UT Gardens on the campus of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

Enjoy a costumed pet parade emceed by Erin Donovan. WBIR TV's Leslie Ackerson and UT President Joe DiPietro are this year’s Grand Marshals. Judged categories include bad to the bone (scariest), funny bone (funniest), do(g) it yourself (homemade), pup culture (pop culture/character) and Judges’ Choice awards, including Bone-a-Fido (best in show). The event also features an expo of educational booths, pet businesses and rescue groups. Various food trucks will be on hand for people wanting to purchase food. People are encouraged to participate in a food drive to benefit Young Williams Animal Center. They accept all varieties of dog and cat food. They also welcome dog and cat treats.

The event is free to attend. Parade preregistration is $10 per costume entry (can include multiple dogs as one costume). Preregistration ends Thursday, October 18, at midnight. Day-of registration begins at 1 p.m. and is $15 per costume entry. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is judged by locally known dog lovers. Shirts will also be available for purchase.

For additional information or to register please visit tiny.utk.edu/howloween.

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Sandra Harbison, 865-974-7377, sharbiso@utk.edu​