4th Annual Howl-O-Ween Unleashed Pup Costume Party + Parade!
On Saturday October 28th we hosted our 4th Annual Howl-O-Ween Unleashed Pup Costume Party + Parade, with our co-host Helmut the Pug. We are proud to be Toronto’s original pup costume parade!
It was a howling success – even despite the rain! – and saw many of our Unleashed pack members and community clad in the most adorable and hilarious costumes as we mingled in our space, made new friends and enjoyed watching the pups play and party together! We then strutted our stuff and paraded along Ossington Avenue and Queen Street West, making the day of everyone we passed along our route. The parade culminated with our annual photo shoot in front of the Trinity Bellwoods Park gates!
The day kicked-off with our costume party at Unleashed in the City where we had a green carpet set-up out front for photo-ops to welcome guests, and a Pup Photo Booth set-up inside with portraits by Toronto based pet photographer Pete Thorne Photography. The first 60 guests that arrived were gifted with spooktacular Howl-O-Ween Unleashed bandanas by local company Babes & Barks and a loot bag with all sorts of dog goodies, including bio-degradable doggy bags by Earth Rated!
As with all of our community events, there was also a charitable aspect to our party + parade, as we partnered with local non-profit dog rescue organization Save our Scruff to help bring awareness to this amazing organization. During the party we had donation boxes around the space to assist in raising funds for the cause, as well as a merch table set-up at the front of our Tuck Shop to sell their line of SOS branded apparel with 100% of proceeds going to dogs in need!
The highlight of the day was our annual Canine Costume Contest with categories ranging from: Spookiest, Cutest, Funniest, Best Group and Best Overall with prizes provided by local companies: Walnut & Co., Loyal Canine Co., Get Leashed, toys provided by Unleashed in the City’s Tuck Shop and human + pup gear from Unleashed’s own pack brand, Unleashed Outfitters.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated, to our wonderful community, our sponsors and our team!
Our motto for the day was “Nothing rains on an Unleashed in the City parade!”
We look forward to seeing all of you next year for our 5th Annual Howl-O-Ween Unleashed… start costume planning now!
Check out all of the professional event photos by Pete Thorne Photography (www.petethornephoto.com) below!