Humans and K9’s alike are preparing their costumes for the fall festival at McKamey on Saturday, Oct. 20. Last year, Barktober Fest at McKamey hosted over 500 animal supporters throughout the day.
“Where else can you bring your whole family, kids and dogs, to trick-or-treat, grab a bite to eat and a beer, and maybe add a new member to the family?” said Jamie McAloon, executive director of McKamey.
Kids, adults, and dogs of all ages retrieved candy (and dog biscuits) at various booths throughout the (Not So Scary) Haunted Woods at the event last year.
“We want the woods to be safe yet entertaining for both kids and dogs, so don’t expect anything to jump out at you while in the woods, but do expect activities along the way,” said Ms. McAloon.
Trick-or-Treating is free with the donation of a dog or cat food or toy. Trick-or-treating will be available from 5-9 p.m. at McKamey.
With the event a few weeks before actual Halloween, Barktober Fest is a way to tweak new costumes or introduce first timers to the tradition while also supporting animal welfare.
The costume contest will feature 11 categories – three of which are just for humans. Prizes donated by Slobberbones will be awarded to first and second place in each category. The contest entry fee is a one-time donation of $5 and includes unlimited categories. Registration opens at 3 p.m. with the contest beginning at 4 p.m.
Adults can enjoy the Terminal Brewhouse Beer Garden and a catered German cuisine buffet by Lee Towery Catering under the stars at McKamey from 5-10 p.m. Beer Garden tickets include a wristband for beer and food, live music, and a pumpkin painting station for kids. Tickets before Oct. 20 are $25 per person or $35 the day of the event. Kids under 12 years are free with an adult ticket and dogs are welcome.
McKamey will also be offering adoption specials beginning at 10 a.m.
Visit mckameyanimalcenter.org for a detailed schedule of events and to purchase beer garden tickets.
McKamey Animal Center is at 4500 N Access Road.
McKamey Animal Center takes in over 6,000 animals annually. The proceeds from Barktober Fest help to defray the medical and veterinary costs associated with the extensive care of the ill and injured animals arriving at the center daily, including caring for the 86 animals rescued from Hurricane Florence.