Paws Spooktacular | Charity Dog Walk for St Ann’s Hospice | Heaton Park | Manchester

On the 31st October 2015 St Ann’s hospice hosted Paws Spooktacular, a charity dog walk in Heaton Park, Manchester.

We took the suggestion to dress up very seriously and our efforts were rewarded when we won the prize for the judge’s overall favourite costume! We are also very proud to have raised over £200 for the charity by participating in this 5km walk.

Our costume theme was based on ‘Día de Muertos’; the ‘Day of the Dead’ that is celebrated throughout Mexico. We chose this theme because it was colourful, practical and surprisingly easy to put together!

We stitched flowers and sugar skull patches onto a plain black lead for Elsa and made a garland of flowers for around her collar. Luckily we also found the skeleton jumpsuit in Doggie Fashions so no sewing was required with that part of her costume! To finish her off we coloured her fur with hair chalk (which easily washed out).

Driving to the park wearing our costumes and make-up in broad daylight was fun! We were very relieved when we parked and saw lots of other people arriving wearing costumes too…

Many of the dogs were dressed up, from witches to lions and firetrucks, everyone made a great effort and got into the spirit of the event.

The atmosphere was amazing with music playing and a number of stalls selling things like treats, toys, hot drinks and snacks.

Once the walk began Elsa made her way to to front as usual… but we soon settled into a steady pace among the crowd.

The park was spectacularly autumnal, a perfect setting for this Halloween walk.

After a few rest-stops to catch our breath and rehydrate we headed for the finish line!

The walk took about an hour overall and then we had the opportunity to meet some of the other dogs that had taken part.

Once everyone had crossed the finish line it was time for the winners of the costume competition to be announced! There were categories like the best group costume, best male and female dog costume and then came the judge’s favourite costume – which we were awarded! Elsa won a GPS tracking collar and got a certificate. By this time she was very muddy and tired so we headed home to wash our make-up off and take a well earned rest!

We really enjoyed this walk, the opportunity to raise money for a great charity and, as a bonus, we were thrilled to have won such a fantastic prize, thank you again to St Ann’s Hospice!

For more information about St Ann’s and to see the extensive list of events that they host throughout the year please click here.

Heaton Park

Middleton Rd, Higher Blackley, Manchester M25 2SW

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