Dogs Dress Up For Third Annual Paws On Parade And Fall Fest

Moody Family YMCA hosts Halloween-themed event for families

The Moody Family YMCA held its third annual Paws on Parade and Fall Fest, which invited families and dogs to dress up in Halloween costumes for two hours on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Families at the event ate food served by the Scot’s Cafe, while playing games and meeting new canine friends dressed in Halloween costumes. There were treats provided for the dogs and a large area for them to play.

“I came because I wanted to see my grandkids run around and [have fun with] my dog,” event attendee Alex Ramsey said. “I really liked watching them run around and have fun.” 

The Texas Women’s University School of Physical Therapy partnered with Our Children’s House to sponsor themed games. Children played “match-a-lantern” and made jack-o-lanterns from oranges. The event also provided service hours for the Highland Park Youth Advisory Council, who volunteered for the event.

“I really like seeing all the dogs in their costume, and I would like to volunteer [again] next year,” sophomore Chloe Walsh said.

Additionally, there was face painting and a photo booth. A DJ was also present, playing a variety of songs. He incorporated current hits and Halloween-themed songs into his set. 

“I really liked the DJ because he entertained the parents and also the kids,” freshman Paris Lauro said. 

The annual event was held on the YMCA field. Dogs in attendance had to have been spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.