Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration

Saturday 22 October 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pmTickets available
$13 Adult (with 1-2 dogs), $8 Member (with 1-2 dogs), $5 child (ages 6-18), free for children under 6.

Location: Lunar Lawn

Tell your friends:

Grab your pooch and high-tail it to Hillwood for an afternoon of Halloween fun!

Marjorie Post so loved dogs that she created a memorial pet cemetery at Hillwood. We invite you to bring your "best friend" to Hillwood for Halloween fun.

Explore Hillwood's twenty-five acres of landscaped gardens and lush natural woodlands with your four-legged friend and enjoy the following activities, located on the magnificent Lunar Lawn.

Strut your mutt and size up the other canine contestants in the costume competition!

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Homemade
  • Most Glamorous
  • Best Owner & Dog Combination Costume
  • Cutest
  • Funniest
  • Top Dog (Best Overall)

Yappy Hour

Stop by the Hillwood café to pick up a special Spooky Pooch signature cocktail, light snacks, and dog treats.

Stroll the Woodland Walk

Join a woodland hike, led by members of Hillwood's horticulture team. Stroll the wooded trails and enjoy the brilliant fall color.  This trail is also open for self-guided touring. 


Meet the adorable dogs looking for the real Halloween treat of a forever home at the adoption show by City Dogs Rescue.

Learn about Paws of Honor, an organization dedicated to providing veterinary care and products at no charge for retired military and law enforcement dogs in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.


Activities take place rain or shine. In the event of rain, the costume contest will take place in the airy and open shelter of the C.W. Post courtyard tent.


Event Timeline


2-4 p.m.

Enjoy “Yappy Hour” with Hillwood café, explore the grounds, and meet representatives from City Dogs Rescue and Paws of Honor

2:10 p.m.

Guided woodland walk

2:35 p.m

Guided garden walk

3 p.m.

Deadline to enter costume competition

3:10 p.m.

Line forms for costume competition

3:15-3:30 p.m.

Costume competition

3:50-4 p.m.

Awards ceremony


Love visiting Hillwood with your canine pal? Hillwood members enjoy the special benefit of exploring Hillwood's landscaped gardens and lush woodlands with their four-legged friends every Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. Not a member? Join today!


Event Guidelines:

  • Dogs are not allowed on the estate outside the hours of the program.
  • Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times and under the control of their adult handlers. No retractable leashes.
  • No more than 2 dogs per adult handler.  Hillwood reserves the right to remove groups lacking control.
  • Dogs may not be left unattended at any time.
  • To protect our plant collections and garden sculptures, stay in designated areas only.
  • Keep your dogs on the path and designated grassy areas.  Dogs are not permitted in planting beds.
  • Dogs are not permitted in any indoor facilities.
  • Aggressive dogs are not permitted on the estate.  Hillwood reserves the right to refuse entry to, or remove, any dog thought to be harmful to visitors, other dogs, or property, without refund.
  • Dogs must have current license and rabies vaccination tags.
  • You are required to clean up after your dog with pet waste bags and dispose of the bags properly.
  • Full- and part-time staff and their households are encouraged to participate, but are not eligible to win the costume contest.

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