Howl-O-Ween Returns to
Bridgeland Oct. 24

| October 1, 2015

Bridgeland Howl-O-Ween

A participant and his little rider strut their stuff on the catwalk.

Seventh annual canine event to also feature feline entertainment

Crowds, canines and… cats? The seventh annual Howl-O-Ween Fest at Bridgeland is mixing it up on Saturday, October 24 as one of the event’s headlining performers brings along its pack of circus-trained felines. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl Road, the cats will balance on tightropes, maneuver though obstacle courses and quite literally jump through hoops to entertain audiences.

Panfilov’s Pets, the group that trains the cats, performs with the Ringling Brothers and has been featured on numerous late night talk shows. The traveling act will also bring along their talented Jack Russell Terriers, a breed known for its intellect. Alongside the Panfilov Pets, crowds are sure to howl over Howl-O-Ween Fest’s usual assortment of performing pooches, including Todd Oliver and his “talking” dogs. As semi-finalists on America’s Got Talent, Oliver and his crew have been featured on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Today Show and The Tonight Show. Also on deck are Popeye and Sailor, a dog act organized by the man who trained the “smartest dog in the world.” Sailor, a standard poodle, recently broke the world record on the Today Show for the fastest climb of 20 consecutive stairs by a dog.

Casey Curry, KTRK’s well-known meteorologist, will host the event’s annual ‘haute-dog’ fashion show and costume contest, where parades of pooches will strut their best seasonal getup. While watching the catwalk, guests can easily grab lunch or a mid-afternoon snack from one of 18 local food trucks that will be on-site for the event, including Golden Grill, Kona Ice, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and The Waffle Bus.

Long-time event favorites, Splash Dogs’ dock-diving competition, Houston Canine Frisbee Disc Club’s high-flying performance and chalk artist Anat Ronen, are back by popular demand. Also lined up are animal-oriented vendors, on-site dog adoptions, pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treating for kids and their pets. The Foundry, a church located in Bridgeland, will again host its Fall Fest area, where attendees can play at an inflatable park, compete on an obstacle course and test their riding skills on a mechanical bull.

Although entrance into the event and some activities are free, a few will fetch a small fee to benefit participating animal rescue groups. While fun will be untamed at Howl-O-Ween Fest, all animals must remain on a leash, wear a current rabies tag and be up-to-date on all vaccinations. To keep the event enjoyable for everyone, aggressive pooches will be asked to leave.

Fellow dog-lovers helping to sponsor Howl-O-Ween Fest include Charles E Dyer IV, DDS, MS, PC; The Foundry; Houston Swim Club;Memorial Hermann Cypress; Schwartz, Page and Harding, LLP; The Lippincott Team-Better Homes and Garden/Gary Greene; Flory Team; Clark Condon Associates; Taylor Morrison Homes; Brown and Gay Engineers, Inc.; Kyle Angelle State Farm; Raba Kistner Consultants, Terracon Consultants, Inc.; Westin Homes; PCMI; Delta West Environmental; LANDology; Blackhorse Animal Hospital; H-E-B; Republic Services; First Choice Emergency Room; City Ambulance; Doody Calls; Houston PetTalk Magazine; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Perry Homes; The Joe Rothchild Team; and Coventry Homes.

More details and event updates can be found at Also, see pictures from last year’s event, which drew more than 7,000 dog lovers, on Bridgeland’s Facebook page,

“Families got into the spirit at last year’s colorful event.”

Todd Olivier

Todd Olivier and his “talking dogs” were semi-finalists on America’s Got Talent.

Two who were too cute at the Howl-O-Ween Fest.

Two who were too cute at the Howl-O-Ween Fest.

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