8 Totally Paw-Some Pet Halloween Costume Contests Happening This October on O‘ahu
Got a BFF (Best Friend Fur-ever) who loves to vamp it up for All Hallows’ Eve? Unleash their adorableness on these O‘ahu pet costume contests. We’ve sniffed out the picks of the litter.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in October, 2018. The list was updated on October 1, 2019.
Photo: Courtesy of Aloun Farms
Boos, Barks & A Birthday Bash Canine Costume Contest
Aloha Home Market and Hawai‘i Pet Beat co-host the Boos, Barks & A Birthday Bash Canine Costume Contest on Oct. 6 to celebrate the birthday of 102.7 Da Bomb’s mascot Baxter’s birthday.
Free, next to Aloha Home Market, 340 Uluniu St., Kailua, alohahomemarket.com
Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Contest at Royal Hawaiian Center
Oct. 1 to 15, costume contest entry period
Oct. 20, parade check-in starts at 2 p.m., parade starts at 3 p.m.
Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery and Royal Hawaiian Center have teamed up on another spook-tacular Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Contest. From Oct. 1 to 15, post a photo of your costumed pup on Instagram using the hashtag #RHCHowl. The top 25 contestants will be invited to strut their fluff in the center’s Howl-O-Ween Woof-Tacular Doggie Parade during which they’ll compete for Royal Hawaiian Center gift cards and other prizes.
Free. Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 922-2299, royalhawaiiancenter.com
The Public Pet’s Bow Down Witches Photo Contest
Oct. 23 to 31, entry period
Winner announced the following week
Win goblin’ good treats for you and your fur baby by entering The Public Pet’s Bow Down Witches Photo Contest on Instagram. The pup with the best overall costume will score a prize package (valued at more than $750) loaded with goodies from The Public Pet, Sheila Chen Art, Popoki + Tea, Hawai‘i Pet Portraits, Raw Dog Hawai‘i, Pia and Michio, and Mexican Coconut. From Oct. 23 to 31, post a pic of your pet in costume (your profile must be public) tagged with #bowdownwitchescontest. Follow the Insta accounts of the participating companies and tag a friend in the comments suggesting what you’d like to see them dressed up as.
Free. Follow @thepublicpet for full entry rules and for tips on getting extra entries.
Canine Costume Contest at Pearlridge Center
Oct. 26, sign-up from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hawai‘i Pet Beat table, contest starts at 1 p.m.
Hawai‘i Pet Beat hosts its annual Canine Costume Contest on Oct. 26 at Pearlridge Center. Doggos can compete for prizes and participate in fun activities, and there will pop-up shopping booths for their hoomans to peruse.
Free. Pearlridge Center, Mauka, 98-1005 Moanalua Road, ‘Aiea, (808) 488-0981, pearlridgeonline.com
Pet Halloween Costume Contest at Nordstrom
Oct. 26, 2 p.m.
Bring your costumed pup down to Nordstrom Ala Moana for the Pet Halloween Costume Contest hosted by Hawai‘i Doggie Bakery.
Free. Nordstrom, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 953-6100, nordstrom.com
Pet Costume Contest at Salt Lake Shopping Center
Oct. 26, check-in from 10 to 11:15 a.m., contest starts after 11:30 a.m. keiki costume contest
Dress your pets in devilishly good looks and take them down to Salt Lake Shopping Center’s Pet Costume Contest on Oct. 26. First, second and third place winners will be awarded with wicked-cool prizes.
Free. Salt Lake Shopping Center, 848 Ala Liliko‘i St., Salt Lake, (808) 735-8822, saltlakeshoppingcenter.com.
Cat Fanciers of Hawai‘i’s Halloween Cat Costume Contest
Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dressing up your kitty as an adorable Feline Dion or Justin Tim-purr-lake? Enter them in Cat Fanciers of Hawaii's Halloween Cat Costume Contest happening on Oct. 27 to win fur-tastic prizes. You can also shop the event’s Cat Bazaar, offering unique and handcrafted pet items.
Cat Costume contest is free to enter. Register by calling Carita Inoue at (808) 778-3055 or Donna Fujie at (808)291-5868. Event admission is $7 for adults; $5 for military, children age 10 and younger, and seniors age 65 and older.
Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Hawai‘i Suite, 777 Ward Ave., (808) 768-5252. For more info, visit catfanciersofhawaii.com.
Pet Costume Contest at Mililani Shopping Center
Oct. 31, check-in starts at 5 p.m., contest starts at 6 p.m.
For a wag-worthy time, hit up Mililani Shopping Center’s Pet Costume Contest on Oct. 31. Bewitching first, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the best dressed pets.
Free. Mililani Shopping Center, 95-221 Kīpapa Drive., Mililani, (808) 521-2611, mililanishoppingcenter.com.