Use your imagination and prepare your costumes for some early Halloween fun involving your loyal canine pal.

It's almost time for the ninth annual Bow Wow Trick or Treat Festival in Granbury, a light-hearted event that benefits HALO (Hood County Animal Lovers Organization). HALO is a nonprofit group of volunteers providing foster homes for abandoned and displaced animals in Hood County while also locating permanent homes.

The 2017 Bow Wow Trick or Treat Festival is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Hewlett Park, 621 E. Pearl St. in Granbury.

"Bow Wow Trick or Treat is for everyone who loves animals," said HALO Executive Director Linda Oeller. "Everybody loves it. The dogs come in costume and the owners are so proud of them and the event turns into a special day for everyone."

Dog owners can also feel free to wear their own Halloween costumes - matching their pet's getup or not. They can enjoy taking their pets trick-or-treating on the park's walking path, while vendors contribute dog treats and toys ($5 registration fee). That's to be followed at 1:30 p.m. by the highlight of the event - the dog costume contest ($5 fee). Registration (cash and checks only) for the costume contest will be on the day of the event. 

There is no admission charge and spectators are welcome.

"Every year we meet new dogs and even a dressed up goat (last year) and we get to see many of our HALO dogs that have been adopted, which makes it very special," Oeller stated. "We will have a barbecue food truck so you can come and eat lunch on the picnic tables while enjoying the event. For an additional fee, a professional photographer will take a picture of owners and their dogs."

Winners of the costume contest will be named in three separate categories - cutest costume, best owner/dog duo, and most original. Each category winner will receive a $50 gift card.

Hood County Animal Control Sgt. Kelly McNab said that her department's large, air-conditioned mobile unit will be at the festival, making it easy for attendees to meet some of their animals that are up for adoption.

For more information about the costume contest or other festival details, email HALO volunteer Lynne Green (lgreen2005@charter.net). You can also find out more on the festival's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BowWowTrickorTreat/).