Be a Top Dog and Sponsor or Volunteer at the Drool & Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest!


Join the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department to make the Drool & Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and Pool Party totally paw-some! This annual event takes place Saturday, Oct. 25, from 12-2 p.m. and is open to well-behaved dogs 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 pet(s) and great local pet-business vendors and free dog baths! Admission to the event is $5 or a seven-pound or more bag of dog food. Proof of immunizations is required.

Local pet businesses are encouraged to participate. If your business or organization makes tails wag, this is a great chance to feature your products and services at tables set up around the pool. Participating sponsors will have their logo displayed on the front entrance marquee and promoted on social media prior to the event. All types of organizations are welcome to contribute to the event. Donations at this event benefit the Alachua County Humane Society and other local animal organizations

Volunteers are also a vital part of making the event great. It’s a perfect chance for any dog lover to help out! Help is needed with setup, dog monitoring, cleaning pool deck, dog baths, filling water dishes and more! All volunteers will receive a free pool day pass.

For more information, please contact Michelle Weydert at 352-359-5078 or by email at

Photography of the event, provided by staff, will be available for download at the week after the event. You can view images of last year’s event on Flickr:

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