Best Pet-Friendly Halloween Events In DC

October 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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dogincostume Best Pet Friendly Halloween Events In DC

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Embrace the Halloween spirit as a family this year, and don’t forget the pets. These local events make it possible to enjoy the holiday with your furry friends. All locations are outdoors and allow animals. Take the appropriate measures to confirm whether your pet must be on a leash, and don’t forget the proper bathroom clean-up tools for Halloween events you’ll all enjoy.

Fall Frolic
Glen Echo Park

7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, DC
(301) 634-2222

Oct. 27 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: free

Glen Echo Park’s Fall Frolic is a celebration of a change of season, Halloween and, in Glen Echo standard, arts and culture. There are activities for all ages, including open studios of artists for parents, as well as games and face painting for children. While admission is free for all, some tickets may be required for rides and particular games. Pets are always more than welcome at Glen Echo Park. All dogs must be leashed and owners should be aware their pet must be comfortable with crowds and loud noises, as Fall Frolic is usually busy. There are numerous park benches and places for owners to take a rest and tie up their pet.

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Halloween Costume Celebration
Above Ground Winery

105 E. Main St.
Purcelville, VA 20132
(540) 579-4467

Oct. 27 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: free

Held at Above Ground Winery in the beautiful Loudon County, Va., this highly anticipated costume contest is a warm up for trick-or-treaters. The event is held outdoors, so pets are allowed at the owner’s discretion. Participants must be in costume to enter the venue. There is no fee for entering, but food and drinks must be purchased. Don’t miss the opportunity to claim a prize. Consider dressing up your pet to have a hand up in the costume contest. A photographer will be there to capture the fun moments, and photos are placed on the Above Ground Winery website. Bring treats for your pup so he or she doesn’t go hungry surrounded by food and wine.

Pumpkin Glow Night

Great Country Farms 
18780 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA 20135
(540) 554-2073

Hours: Oct. 26 and 27 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $8 children/$10 adult/$10 children on weekends/$12 adults

Schedule your weekend plans around Pumpkin Glow Night. You don’t want to miss this. Great Country Farms creates a magical environment with more than 3,000 lit jack-o-lanterns, carved by local school children, gracing the grounds. The sight is absolutely breath taking. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a carved jack-o-lantern to enter a contest. On-site restaurants will serve up fresh baked goods, including apple cider and kettle corn. Activities include roasting marshmallows, rope swings, mazes and tractor rides. Get in touch with your country roots, and let your pet take part in building the holiday spirit. There are farm animals, so keep an eye on your pet to avoid any ugly confrontations. In case you didn’t get enough on Friday night, head back to Great Country Farms on Saturday for even more fun.

Related: Pet-Friendly Costumes for Halloween

Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @kellyfrancess. Her work can be found at

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