Tails were wagging and fun was had at our first Pawsitively Spooky festival! We had done a smaller version of this event in years past called Bark or Treat, but this year we opened up to the public with our new brand, and went all out! We kind of threw everything at the wall on this one to see what would stick. The dogs in costume were by far the favorite piece of it.

We also hosted a 1 mile Fun Run and 5k, that many participated in to raise funds for the Helene Foundation, a breast cancer support organization, as well as for Dog Warriors, a dog rescue.

We had about 25 vendors in attendance, many pet related. Food trucks joined us too including Chicago J Hot Dogs, Bolt Coffee and Drinks, and Stick Happens.

Dogs and kids alike were excited to trick or treat for candy and treats. There was a bounce house and tons of games and activities. SO MUCH FUN!

The day started rainy, which was NOT in the forecast, but it ended up being a perfect Fall day. The American Tobacco Trail was a perfect and picturesque place for the runs, with leaves falling and showing their beauty as scenery.

We had costume contests and awards for Adults, Kids, AND dogs. Judges were Dr. Cindy Johnson of Peak City Vet, Larkin Combs of K9 Resorts, Kelsey Lockhart 6 year old, and Mayor Jacques Gilbert!

The judges had a hard time picking all the winners!

See the winners here!

Adult winner for Funniest Costume– you should have seen his presentation as a cow!

Adult winners for Most Creative Costume– They Freddie Mercury and Queen, with their security detail. You should have seen their “concert” at the festival.

Adult winner for Best Costume– the Mad Hatter! An amazing outfit!


Now the KIDS…

Kid Winner for Funniest Costume– King Banana… is this a character I don’t know?

Kid Winner for “Scariest” Costume– Our terrifying ghost!

And Kid Winner for Best Costume– The Cutest Lion!


Finally… the DOGS! There were so many great ones, it was a super hard decision for the judges!

Dog Winner for the Furriest, we mean Funniest Costume– UPS Driver

Dog Winner for Best Paw Forward– The Beekeeper Family!

This one would be hard to beat! Dog winner for BEST IN SHOW– The Tiger Kings!


We also want to highlight all of our sponsors and vendors at this event!

Presenting sponsors were K9 Resorts, Rize Salon & Infrared, and Peak City Vet.

Other vendors there were our partner non-profits, Dog Warriors and Helene Foundation, Class 101, A New Day Health & Wellness, Bolt Coffee & Drinks, Chicago J Hot Dogs (not pictured), Marlow Campbell Insurance Group, 9 Round Cary, Filters Direct USA, Maria Litzinger Edward Jones, Ragan Realty Team/ Donna Pruitt Southern Trust Mortgage, Cool Cats Cat Sitting, Farmina Pet Food, Stick Happens, Culver’s Apex, Beach Beauty, Veronica’s Doggie Delights, Pet Butler, and Kwench Juice Cafe!


Here are some other highlights from the run, and rest of the event!