Animal lovers won’t have to sniff out a fun place to enjoy Halloween. Both PAWS Humane and the 2nd Avenue Animal Hospital are hosting events.
And they will feature pet costume contests.
The PAWS party is from 4 to 7 p.m. with the costume contest at 5:30 p.m. Prizes will be given for most original, scariest and best matching pair.
“Yes, people can also win a costume prize,” said PAWS Executive Director Bob Robbins.
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There will trick-or-treating throughout the shelter at 4900 Milgen Road in Columbus. There will also be games such a beanbag toss and cupcake walk.
“Our veterinarian clinic is going to be the haunted house,” Robbins said. “It’ll be scary but nothing gruesome.”
PAWs had a Halloween carnival last year but the facility was just a year old so this year’s event will be bigger.
“It’s a great chance for everybody to check out what we have,” Robbins said.
This is the third year for the fall festival at the 2nd Avenue Animal Hospital in Columbus. The free event at 4025 Second Ave. will be from 1 to 3 p.m.
“We are asking people to bring cans of people food to the festival that we can donate to feed the homeless at the Banquet on the Bridge,” said Angie LeFranc, wife of veterinarian Rene LeFranc.
Besides the pet costume contest that will have cash prizes, there will be dog tricks, face painting, hot dogs, a spooky trail walk and moon bounce. “We had about 30 people our first year, 60 our second and are hoping for a lot more this year,” LeFranc said.
A few churches in Columbus are also having fun fall events.
Covenant Ministries Inc. International, 3900 River Road, will hold a carnival today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Striplin Terrace United Methodist Church, 4170 Striplin Terrace Drive, will have a “Trunk or Treat” and Halloween carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature hay rides, carnival games, hot dogs and drinks.
St. James CME Church, 380 Northstar Drive, is hosting a fall festival from noon to 3 p.m. today.
There will be games, kids fingerprinting and a clothing giveaway.
The youth department at the Church of God in Christ, 2201 Buena Vista Road, is hosting a festival from noon to 5 p.m.
Activities include a costume contest, football toss and face painting.