Join us on Saturday, October 23rd, for the first annual Howl-O-Ween Pub Crawl and Costume Contest! We will be crawling to local pubs around the 31st Street Oceanfront corridor, all in support of homeless animals. This is a dog friendly event, so bring your pup, get out your costumes, and get ready for a pub crawl like no other!

  • When: October 23 from 3-6 pm 
  • Where: The event kicks off at Aloha Snacks at 3pm. Participants will crawl to Chicho’s Pizza, Murphy’s Irish Pub, and finish up with the Costume Contest at Smartmouth Brewing Pilot House.
  • Cost: $40 – The fee includes 4 drink tickets to be redeemed at participating locations and a commemorative VBSPCA Pub Crawl beer glass. 
  • Costume Contest Entry: $5 – Pets, groups, and individuals can all participate in the contest, and a first, second, and third place winner will be selected. 

Tickets can also be purchased at the VBSPCA Shelter. Our front desk team is happy to assist you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Pub Crawl?
A: The term “pub crawl” has been around for many years, inviting partygoers to go from one pub to the next stopping for one drink at each establishment. We gave it the good ole VBSPCA twist and found an animal pun to turn the Pub Crawl into a Dog Friendly Howl-O-Ween Pub Crawl. 

Q: What if I don’t drink alcohol?
A: No worries, drinking is not required. You can join in the afternoon activities and come along for the walk, conversation, costume contest, and camaraderie with your fellow pet parents. 

Q: Does my $40 ticket include beer or drinks?
A: Your ticket comes with 4 drink tickets and a commemorative VBSPCA Howl-O-Ween Beer Glass. The tickets can be used all at one location or you can use one at each location. It is up to you. Each location will offer a variety of beverages for which you can exchange your ticket. 

Q: Do I have to tip at each bar?
A: Tips for the bartenders are included in your ticket price, but they will gladly welcome additional generosity.

Q: Can we bring our own booze or carry cocktails from bar to bar?
A: No.  

Q: What should I wear?
A: If you have a costume, wear it! If you prefer not to dress up, we encourage crawlers to wear a VBSPCA T-shirt. It will help us spread VBSPCA awareness and draw attention to our mission. 

Q: How does the costume contest work?
A: The costume contest will take place at Smartmouth Pilot House at 5:30pm. Participants will model their costume in front of our panel of judges, and a first, second and third place winner will be selected.  Pets, groups, and individuals can all participate in the contest.

Q: May I smoke on the Paw Crawl?
A: Virginia law prohibits smoking inside any public building and that includes restaurants and bars. 

Q: Is food included?
A: No, but food is available for purchase at each location. 

Q: How long (distance) is your Paw Crawl?
A: If you cover the entire distance of the crawl, it will add up to a total of .5 miles. 

Q: Does the crawl happen rain or shine?
A: Yes. 

Q: I am running late for the crawl, will you wait for me?
A: No worries, you can check in between 3 and 4:30 at Aloha Snacks. From that point forward, you can go at your own pace. Chicho’s and Murphy’s Irish Pub will be the midpoint stops, and  we will wrap up at Smartmouth Pilot House and the party can continue as long as you like. 

Q: Is there parking near the tour?
A: We recommend taking an uber, lyft, or taxi. If you are a designated driver for your party, there is metered parking along the streets and a parking garage on 34th street between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Avenue and another on 30th and Pacific. DO NOT park in the lot on the corner of 32nd and Pacific or you will be towed. We ask that you refrain from parking in the participating restaurant lots. 

Q: Do I need to bring ID?
A: Yes. This event is for adults ages 21 and over, and we will not be able to refund tickets if you do not bring identification.