Pet Events: Halloween events, pet blessings and more

Historical Halloween

Children and families can trick or treat Saturday night on the grounds of the Somerset Historical Center from 5-8 p.m. Costumed children will walk on lantern-lit pathways and collect treats at 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset 15501.

Admission is $3 per child, and participants are asked to bring an item to donate to the Humane Society of Somerset County and an apple for the press that makes friendship cider. 

Howl-o-Ween Party

Put costumes on your children and pets and go to Walkers Pet HoTail in Murrysville on Thursday for a free Howl-o-Ween Parade, costume contest, treats, games and prizes. 

The county Animal Response Team will be taking pet photos. Proceeds will support the team’s animal rescue efforts. Photo sessions start at 6 p.m., and the party starts at 7 p.m. 

RSVP at 724-327-PAWS to let them know you’re coming. The location is 4603 William Penn Highway, Rt. 22. Bring proof of rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccinations, and a negative fecal test.


A free event from 10 a.m.-1 Saturday has it all for people and pets — a costume parade and contest at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair (15241).

For the dogs, the church’s Pet Ministry is offering bobbing for hot dogs, musical hoops, agility course, paw print artwork, bubble chases and Seeing Spotz Photography.

Pet-A-Palooza includes presentations, rescue groups with adoptable pets, and a pet and owner Halloween Costume Parade that starts at 10:15 a.m. A prize for best costume will be awarded at 11:30 a.m. The best trick and the look-alike awards are at 12:30 am.

Creepy Cat Cafe

In honor of Halloween, the charming West End resale store of Animal Advocates will be the site of Scare The Love Caturday next Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The townhouse at 35 Wabash St., 15220 also houses homeless cats on the second floor. For this event, the cats will be around for a pop-up cat cafe. 

There will also be a pet costume contest, doggie trick or treating, games and activities, giveaways and prizes, raffle baskets, and special event sales.

Paws in the Park

A $5 donation gets people and dogs into the Paws in the Park Dog Walk at Pine Community Park next Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Animal Friends in Ohio Township.

The event presented by Pine-Richland Middle School includes a canine costume contest and dog games, including find the dog biscuit in the hay and musical chairs.

Middle school students will paint pet motifs on the faces of younger children. Cookies and drinks will be sold to benefit shelter animals. 

Walkers who collect $75 or more in pledges get to name an Animal Friends shelter resident. The top three fundraisers win dog-themed gift baskets.

Children in fifth grade or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs must be on 4- to 6-foot leashes, not retractable leashes. Dogs should wear an identification tag, license and rabies tags.

Special blessings

Many churches bless pets, but St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church, 2365 McAleer Road in Franklin Park, is going a step further, having “a community celebration of the joy of animals.”

Pets will be blessed Oct. 29 at 11:30 a.m., and children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals for blessings as well. 

Cats and dogs can have their nails clipped for free, owners can get a free photo of their pets, and experts will answer questions.

Featured guests include Pets in Harmony Veterinarian and Rehab Clinic, Holistic Pet Nutrition Center, Ivy’s Ark, Cranberry Holistic Pet Care and Linda Mitzel Photography.

Pooch Parade

Costumed dogs will parade around South Park on Oct. 29 to benefit The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the 1-mile walk starts at 10 a.m. at the dog park just off Corrigan Drive.

Register online by Oct. 28 at for $25 for one dog or register for $30 at the event.

Registered walkers will get morning refreshments from Dunkin’ Donuts and United Dairy, goody bags, T-shirts and dog bandannas. There will be free Halloween candy and face painting for the children. 

A variety of vendors will be present, including the Ask-the-Vet booth hosted by Marina Siegert of Bethel Park Animal Clinic. 

MGA is partnering with South Hills Interfaith Movement, which asks participants to bring a donation of pet food for the SHIM Food Pantry.

MGA provides free support services for people with the chronic autoimmune muscle weakness disorder.

Arts and crafts

The Pleasant Hills Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show will be held Oct. 29 at Georgetowne Centre, 526 East Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills (15236). A portion of proceeds will benefit the Animal Friends shelter in Ohio Township.

More than 50 vendors are expected, each of them selling unique handmade items. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Admission is $3. Children under 12 years old get in free.

— compiled by Linda Wilson Fuoco