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Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration

Spooky Pooch Howl-oween Celebration offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the dazzling fall colors of a woodland trail opened just for this event, play “tricks for  treats,” and laugh along with the Mutts Gone Nuts comedy dog show. A canine costume contest will award prizes for Best Overall, Most Original, Cutest, Spookiest, and Best Owner/Dog Costume Combination. For those looking to expand their family, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue will be featuring dog adoptions. Doggy Style Bakery Boutique and Pet Spa will pamper the pooches with Halloween-themed dog cookies, and Tiki’s Doggie Ice Cream Truck will have special treats for sale. 

For ghosts and goblins of the human kind, additional Halloween fun can be had throughout the afternoon. From 1 to 5 p.m., the entire family can drop in to decorate their own mini pumpkins, using whimsical wigs, hats, and other creative trimmings

Lisa Leyh

Interpretation Volunteer Manager

Luke and I LOVE the Spooky Pooch Parade.  Hillwood is a wonderful setting for the event and so much fun to mingle with the other dog owners.  Certainly the highlight for Lady is all the treats from the various vendors.

Marjorie Merriweather Post so loved her pets that she created a memorial Pet Cemetery at Hillwood. Post’s last dog, Scampi, was laid to rest in the Pet Cemetery in 1972. The great love of dogs is a tradition that many of Post’s family members carried on and they continued to memorialize their beloved four-legged friends in the Pet Cemetery at Hillwood through the 1980s.


Family Fun Days

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 4:15pm

Discover the magic of Hillwood with your whole family as you explore the gardens and French and Russian treasures.  Arts and crafts, dance instruction, and food enhance the festive atmosphere and provide entertainment for the whole family. 

These annual events and festivals are specially geared toward families:

For more to explore with children at Hillwood, also check out our Student Visits Girl Scout Programs and Preschool Series.

Social Events

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 2:00pm

Marjorie Merriweather Post's tradition of opening her home for grand entertaining is the backdrop for many memorable gatherings, benefits, and receptions at Hillwood.

Pet MAC Marketplace and Adoption Center
Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Centers
Bark Pawsitive Pet Food
Doggy Style Bakery, Boutique, and Pet Spa
  • 2011 Spooky Pooch Parade at Hillwood