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Howl'ween Pet Costume Contest & Parade On Old Main Street, Bradenton FL

Howl’ween Pet Costume Contest & Parade On Old Main Street, Bradenton FL

| Laura Bell Adams |

The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is hosting Howl’ween, an annual pet costume contest and parade on Old Main Street, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Dress your pet in their best Halloween costume and participate in a fun-filled parade in Downtown Bradenton.

The creative costumes that are worn by the dogs—and owners—always bring smiles to market-goers’ faces. Market Manager, Peg Haynes, said, “Even if you’re not participating, it’s a fun day to visit the market to watch the pooches strut their stuff.”



This year, Howl’ween is a fundraising event by the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS) in support of Animal Network’s Shelter Manatee Capital Campaign to fundraise to build a new animal shelter.

Howl'ween costume contest and parade on Old Main Street in Bradenton, FL“Last April, the Manatee County Commissioners voted to allocate $8 million to fund a new animal shelter. However, an additional $2 million is needed to fully fund an adequate facility,” said Caryn Hodge of FoMCAS. “We will be working with businesses, residents and other non-profit organizations to raise the funds over the next two years.”

The suggested entry fee is $5.

All Howl’ween participants must sign in and line up at the intersection of Third Avenue West and Old Main Street at 10 a.m. The pet parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Photos and judging occur at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at 11:30 a.m. for Best Overall, Most Scary, Most Creative, and Most Funny costumes.

Howl’ween sponsors and partners include Realize Bradenton and Pets Plus.


About the Bradenton Farmers’ Market
The Bradenton Farmers’ Market, a production of Realize Bradenton, features more than 30 vendors who offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Live music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities are also part of the fun. The market, located on Old Main Street, between Manatee Ave. W. and Third Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, is open every Saturday through the end of May, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information, visit:

About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that promotes redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming places, engaging people, and realizing possibilities. For more information visit:

Photos from Friends of Manatee County Animal Services

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