It’s a Drool & Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and Pool Party for Your Pup!


Join the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department for a Drool and Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and Pool Party Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This annual event is open to well-behaved dogs each year at the H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, which is located at 1001 NW 31st Dr. The pool and splash pad will be open to dogs, and there will be a costume contest, photos with your pet(s) and great local pet-business vendors and free dog baths!

The costume contest will take place at 12:30 p.m. Come dressed to impress for a chance to win prizes in the following great categories: Best Dressed Dog & Owner Pair, Most Creative Dog Costume, Scariest/Funniest Dog Costume and Top Dog Grand Prize Costume. To enter your dog in the contest, please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. Winners of the costume contest will be announced at 1 p.m., and must be present to win. If you don’t have a costume, no problem! There will be other activities and prizes during the event.

Admission to the event is $5. Proof of immunizations is required. Proceeds from the event benefit local animal organizations.

Please note that due to Health Department regulations, people will not be allowed to enter or swim in the pool with their dogs. This is the final event of the Aquatic season and the pool will be thoroughly cleaned before it reopens on April 29, 2016. Lifeguards will be on duty; however, canine life-jackets are encouraged for additional safety.

Local pet businesses are encouraged to participate. Tables on the pool deck are available by request to promote products and services. For more information, please contact Zachary Frando, aquatics recreation leader, at 352-359-5078 or by email at

Patrons can have their picture taken with their pet for free, and photos will be available for download at the week after the event. Images of last year’s event can be viewed on Flickr at

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