Get in on Duarte’s Ghoulish Events This Spooky Season

There is still plenty of safe fun to be had this fall, starting with Duarte’s Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest and Halloween Howl Drive Thru event.

Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest 

Parks & Rec. is putting on a virtual Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume Contest. From now until Wednesday, Oct. 28, residents can submit a photo of their furry friends in their best Halloween costume to Participants should also include their name, home address, phone number and pet’s name in their submission. 

Winners will receive a $50 gift card for Chewy and be announced on the City’s website and social media on Friday, Oct. 30.

Pumpkin Carving & decorating Contest 

Carve out some time for some Halloween fun with your Duarte Parks & Rec. Department! The Department is  hosting a virtual pumpkin carving and decorating contest this month from now through Oct. 28th. To enter, carve or decorate a pumpkin, snap a photo of it and email it to All entries must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 28th. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your photo. Winners will be announced on the City’s website and social media accounts on Halloween. Thrilling prizes will be awarded by age group-best overall. 

Halloween Howl Drive-Thru Event

Hosted by the Duarte Parks & Recreation Department (Parks & Rec.), this year’s Halloween Howl will feature various health and safety modifications. This free event has been converted into a drive-thru format that, for now, replaces Duarte’s traditional festival which included games, jumpers, crafts and treats. 

Residents are encouraged to decorate their cars and dress in their costumes before coming to parade through the Duarte Civic Center (1600 Huntington Dr.) on Oct. 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 

The drive-thru event will include trick-or-treat stations, spooky decorations and monster dancers to add to the ghoulish time. In the spirit of community competition, those with the best-decorated cars of the night will win a killer prize.

“We’re excited to continue hosting events for the Duarte community this Halloween,” said Parks and Recreation Director Manuel Enriquez. “Things are undeniably different this year, but we’re adapting and carrying on. I am confident that, thanks to our residents and creative city staff, our events will be just as fun.”