VENTURA—If your pup is your first mate, Ventura Village Harbor is the place to be on Oct. 26. Dress up your pooch or dress up with your pooch for a HOWL-O-Ween dog costume contest.
The contest runs from 11 a.m. to noon on Oct. 26. Those participating in the contest and those registering the day of should arrive at 10:30 a.m. to check-in near the carousel. There is no entry fee, but only 75 dog entries will be accepted, so people are encouraged to pre-register online at venturaharborvillage.com. A professional photographer will be on site.
Contest categories include best in show, spookiest, most seaworthy, cutest/prettiest and most creative. Past owner and dog duo costumes include farmer and a cow, bee and bee trainer and fisherman and his first mate. First place winners will get a blue ribbon, a gift certificate to one of the harbor businesses and a complimentary pumpkin.
All dogs that participate will get a treat bag from Ventura Pet Barn and all owners get a bag of scooby snacks and a wooden nickel for a discount at Coastal Cone, which offers ice cream for both humans and dogs. The event is sponsored by Ventura Pet Barn.
The entire harbor is dog-friendly and includes pet-friendly dining patios, boat rentals and waterfront stays. Those without a furry friend are still invited to come and enjoy the parade of pooches at the harbor.
Boaters can visit venturaharbor.com/boaters/transient-2/ for more information about docking. There are complimentary guest docks for two hours at Ventura Harbor Village Marina and day and overnight slips at Ventura Isle and Ventura West marinas. If you’re boating in with your costumed dog, don’t forget to submit your dog aboard photo at thelog.com/submit-photo/.
The Halloween festivities will continue at the harbor with a kids trick-or-treat event in the waterfront village from 1-3 p.m. More than 20 boutiques and restaurants will be participating. Participation is complimentary but kids are encouraged to bring their own bag. There will also be face painting provided by Happy Rainbow, spooky psychic readings by spiritual adviser Polla, and spooktacular photos with tropical birds.