Dozens of People and Dogs in Costume Join LI-DOG for its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty

Dozens of People and Dogs in Costume Join LI-DOG for its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser!

More than 80 people and their pups, many in creative costumes, joined LI-DOG for its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser at The Pine Grove Inn in E. Patchogue on Sunday, November 5th. The event featured costume contests, music, prizes, raffles, delicious food and drinks, a large agility course set up by Special Guest Doggie U K9 Academy, and lots of fun for everyone! To see photos,  the winners,  and all the businesses who donated to our successful raffle, go to LI-DOG Annual HowloWeen Pawty! 

Dozens of People and Pups in Costume Join LI-DOG for Its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty!

Dozens of People and Pups in Costume Join LI-DOG for Its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser!

Musical Sit Contest Winners! — PHOTO CREDIT: JOANN GARGUOLA

The weather was great—cool and mostly sunny—as more than 80 people and their pups–many in costumes– descended on The Pine Grove Inn in E. Patchogue on Sunday, Nov. 5th for LI-DOG’s Fourth Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser! The event is a key fundraiser for LI-DOG, which works to increase access to public parkland and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their pups.

The event featured games including two costume contests, raffles, music, prizes, and a photo booth—the Pine Grove Inn’s pretty gazebo decked out in pumpkins, tomb stones and other Halloween decorations. In addition, the event featured special guest Doggie U K9 Academy, Long Island’s largest indoor training facility, whose volunteers set up an agility course and helped guide pet parents and their pups over jumps, weaves, and tunnels. 

Pup With Paw Print Drawing

For souvenirs, guests could create prints of their pups’ paws on pre-decorated 8-1/2 x 11 card stock that featured jack-o-lanterns, spiders and other Halloween themes. All our “Pup-Casso’s” got treats for their efforts, of course!

Besides a full menu of delicious lunch specials, the Pine Grove Inn created a DogTail menu of hand-crafted drinks including Beagle Mary’s and a special Doggy Food menu for the pups.

Music was provided by DJ Mike Kaplow who created a wide-ranging playlist of music from the 50s, 60s, 70s including the Peanuts Halloween theme. Adding to the party spirit was MC and LI-DOG Board Member Peggy Heijmen who provided commentary and encouragement to game contestants and raffle basket winners alike.

Among the most popular activities were the contests including Musical Sit and two costume contests—one for Best Standalone Pet and another for Best Pet/Pet Parent duo. The contests were held in the middle of the big open lawn.

Competition was fierce for the Musical Sit game. Dozens of doggies and their pet parents competed in the contest in which the last contestant to sit was eliminated until there were just three dogs standing—er, sitting—Dulce, Rucker, and Logan! (That’s the Musical Sit winners pictured above.)

The costume contests were equally entertaining–and challenging for our three judges–as the dogs all looked adorable in their costumes. Judging was based on originality, creativity and showmanship. The winners for Best Standalone Pet were Harley as Grandma Harley (she actually pushed her own walker!), Mojo as a Panda Bear, and Lucky the Party Animal who had his own keg of beer in hand (or paw).

Winners of the Best Pet/Pet Parent Duo were Percy and his Mom Kayla as Woody and Jesse from Toy Story (1st Place), Rocko and Jay Winkler as Zero and Jack Skellington from Nightmare before Christmas (2nd Place), and Ebonie Lewis and her dog Hades as an Egyptian Pharoah and her pet crocodile (3rd place).

Best Pet/Parent Costume Contest Winners
Best Standalone Pet Winner
Best Pet/Parent Costume Contest Winners


Prizes for the winners of the contests included $50 Chewy gift certificates (for the 1st Place costume contest winners) plus toys, treats and gold, silver and bronze medals. Congratulations to all our winners!


Many guests also won raffle baskets. Among the raffle baskets were gift certificates to numerous restaurants, wine bottles and hand-painted wine glasses, training sessions for your dog and dog care, specialty dog treats, artwork, toys, games, and a handknit sweater for your dog, among other fun stuff!

Thank you to ALL the businesses and individuals who made our raffle so successful! Babylon Cheese Cellar, Brutus Bone BrothCalda Pizzeria & RestaurantDel Fuego TexMexJackson’s Pawjama Pawty Dog Day CareJones Natural Chews, Keep Seeking Lure Coursing LLCKey West Islip Beach, KilwinsLia’s Pizzeria Cucina ItalianaMasa Asian CuisineMolto Vino Wine BarMulberry Street of Babylon VillageMy Canines Keeper TrainingMy Human “N” Me GiftsNative Ceuticals TincturesO.G. RamenPersonalize Your Pet Accessories, Rachel The Dog Trainer for YouTorta Fina Bake Shoppe & Patisserie,  and Total Pet Care Pet Food and Supplies. 

Plus, many thanks to Alan Meschkow for donating a custom pencil sketch of YOUR dog, Gail Meschkow for donating a beautiful handknit sweater for your dog and matching hat for YOU, and Bailey Appelbee Dog for donating kids crafts and other fun stuff for you and our pup! 

An especially big Thank You to the Pine Grove Inn for donating the use of their lovely outdoor patio and lawn for our fundraiser. It’s a great venue and the food is delicious. Check it out year-round!

We also want to thank the almost 20 volunteers who set up the venue, welcomed our guests, got the raffle baskets and sold raffle tickets, judged our contests, and staffed our booths. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to Alyssa, Annemarie, Jackie, Judy, Kelly K., Lauren, Lawrence, Lynn Kay, Melanie, Mike, Nira, Robin, Roseann, Sagar, Sharon, Simran, and Victoria. Also, a big thank you to our colleagues on the LI-DOG Board of Directors including our Events Chair Joann Garguola without whom our events would not be such fun and so successful!

“Thank you to everyone who came with their adorable dogs in costume” said Joann. “It was great seeing you all, and we hope that you enjoyed attending the event as much as we had fun putting it together!”

“This was an important fundraiser for LI-DOG,” said Ginny Munger Kahn, president of the organization. “We raise money to increase awareness of LI-DOG and our work to get more access to public parks and beaches on Long Island. There are still too many public parks, including many beaches, that are off-limits to dog owners. This is not right,” she said. “The financial support of dog owners is critical to our ability to organize the dog owner community so we can lift these unfair bans on our canine family members.”

Thanks again to everyone who came to our Pawty!

To see more photos from our Pawty, go to:

.10/21/2023 – Howl O Ween Tully Park 2023


Howl-O-Ween Dog Event & Costume Contest

Sat., Oct. 21st, 11 AM – 2 PM
Michael J. Tully Dog Park
New Hyde Park, NY

Want to celebrate Halloween with your furry friend and fellow dog lovers? Don’t miss this free, fun-filled festival presented by the Town of North Hempstead with music, crafts, costumes, giveaways, and more! Attendees can compete in a costume contest for best pet costume and best pet and owner duo for exciting prizes. For more information, go to Howl-o-Ween Dog Event!

.10/23/2021 – Howl-o-Ween at Michael Tully Dog Park


Howl-o-Ween at Michael Tully Dog Park!

Sat., Oct. 23rd, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.[lo]1802 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park[lc]

Ready for a very special Howl-O-Ween event for you and your pup? Come join a rocking Halloween party and canine costume contest at the Town of North Hempstead’s Michael J. Tully Dog Park, New Hyde Park, on Saturday, October 23rd.  For details, go to Howl-o-Ween at Michael Tully Dog Park!

10/23/2021 – Howl-o-Ween at Michael Tully Dog Park


Howl-O-Ween at Michael J. Tully Dog Park!


Sat., Oct. 23rd, 11 AM – 1 PM (Rain or shine)

Michael J. Tully Dog Park

1801 Evergreen Avenue, New Hyde Park

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Ready for music, crafts, giveaways and a canine Halloween costume contest? Come join the fun with contests for best dog and best pet parent/pet costume duo!
To enter, you must go to the photo booth between 11a.m. and 12:00p.m.; winners will be announced at 12:30p.m.

All pets must be on a leash and, as always, please be vigilant about cleaning up after your pet!

This event will take place at the Town of North Hempstead’s popular Michael J. Tully dog park in New Hyde Park. Come check it out!

There is no charge for admission. All participants are asked to follow New York State and CDC COVID-19 guidelines-the event is outdoors, but social distancing and appropriate mask protocols are encouraged.

More information: Call 516-869-6311 or 311

We hope to see you and your dogs at the Tully Dog Park on Sat., the 23rd! 

10/24/2021 – Howl-o-Ween Barkin Brunch

Howl O Ween Barkin’ Brunch!


Sun., Oct. 24th, 11 AM – 3 PM

The Refuge

515 Broadhollow Road 
Melville, NY 11747

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Dress your pup and enjoy The Refuge’s Annual Howl O Ween Barkin Brunch on Sun., Oct. 24th! 

Pet Parade & Costume Contest begins at 1PM.  Prizes will be given for Best Dressed Dog, Best Owner/Doggy Pair and Best Dressed Group.

Reservations are highly recommended. Call 631-577-4444. Brunch Menu served 11am-3pm. Vegan options are available.

Also, check out the special Pawty Menu for the pooches!  

This event is generously supported by Tito’s Vodka–Vodka for Dog people.

For more info: Call The Refuge at 631-577-4444 or go to The Refuge 110.


.10/24/2021 – Howl-o-Ween Barkin Brunch

Annual Howl-o-Ween Barkin Brunch!

Sun., Oct.  24th, 11 AM – 3 PM[lo]The Refuge, Melville[lc]

Dress up you pup and come to The Refuge for their annual Howl-o-Ween Barkin’ Brunch! The pet parade and costume contest starts at 1 pm. and prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed Dog, Best Owner/Doggy Pair, and Best Group. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and there’s a special Pawty Menu for the pooches. For more information, check out Howl-o-Ween Barkin’ Brunch!