Howl-o-Ween is when the dogs come to Old Town


howlween41379612_10151932200968419_721797858_nWatch out on October 21st– you just might be nuzzled by a Labrador Retriever dressed as a “minion.” Jana Nicol, former owner of Gone 2 the Dogs in Old Town, has been coordinating “Howl-o-We’en” since 2006. Dogs and owners gather near Sir Pizza Café’s parking lot around 4 p.m. and get a number for the competition. Old Town business owners are encouraged to set howlween71379320_10151932209873419_1016793306_nout water and hand out treats to “little and big beggars.”

Tim Barron, host of, a live-stream radio internet show from 7-10 a.m. each weekday morning, coordinates judges for the costumed dog walk at 6 p.m. First, second and third place winners get pet-appropriate gifts.

“This event has grown each year,” says Nicol.” The owners love it, probably more than the dogs. We have 200-300 dogs traipsing Old Town in search of treats.”howlween61424429_10151932209353419_184981157_n

Afterward, Preuss Pets hosts “Yappy Hour”, with pet portraits, drinks and desserts from 7-9 p.m.

While Old Town Commercial Association does not sponsor this event, it supports the “Dog Crawl” as yet another opportunity to connect Lansing residents with Old Town business owners.