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Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo - UT Gardens Knoxville

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Sunday, October 23rd from 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend; fee for parade participants

The UT Gardens Knoxville is excited to present our third annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo, a fun Halloween-themed event sponsored by the UT Gardens Knoxville and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Catering to dogs and dog lovers, this event will promote the invaluable resource of the UT Gardens and the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as many other dog-related nonprofits and businesses in the Knoxville area.

This fun event with a spooky twist will include food trucks, a judged costume parade with prizes, and an expo of educational booths, pet businesses, and rescue groups.

The event will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, we do have an indoor location near the Gardens and will place signs to direct everyone to it.

Contact Beth Willis at ewillis2@utk.edu for additional information.

Check back for more information as the event draws closer!


Don't forget that many of the rescues and nonprofits that will be exhibiting at Howl-O-Ween depend largely on contributions from animal lovers like you to continue their great work. Howl-O-Ween will be a great time to show them your support and appreciation for the service they provide! Give generously!


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Safety Tips

When participating in any event with your pets...

  • Vaccinations should be current.
  • Make sure your pets are socialized to other pets, people, and costumes.
  • Bring water for your pets.
  • Prepare for your pets' comfort (excessive heat or cold temps for example).
  • Limit participation of pets that are very shy or get stressed easily.
  • Make certain to have safe and sturdy pet restraint items (collar or harness and leash).
  • Use of retractable leashes should be avoided.