Halloween cruise benefiting Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe has treats for pets, owners


Hornblower’s sixth annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise offers pets and their owners brunch, Halloween-themed Fido-friendly activities and a stunning ride around the boo-tiful San Diego Bay.

Each adult ticket purchase includes a free invitation to bring one furry canine family member to this howlingly good adventure, setting sail at noon Sunday, Oct. 19.

A portion of the proceeds benefits orphaned pets at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe.

The cruise’s human participants will enjoy a freshly prepared seasonal buffet including sparkling wine, mimosas and desserts. Furry cruisers will have their own doggie buffet, sponsored by Petco, with a variety of yummies and a take-home treat bag.

Activities catering to canines include a Halloween-themed doggie costume contest and a chance to show off top-dog tricks, all for a chance to win great prizes. There will also be expert pet handling skills and tips from a Petco dog specialist, and a chance to meet and greet Magic 92.5’s morning team, Jagger & Kristi, and their dog, Bodie.

Tickets are $80 for adults, $50 for children ages 4-12 and $78 for seniors and the military. (Taxes and service fees are additional.) Children age 3 and under are free. A portion of each ticket sale will go to the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Each adult passenger is invited to board with one dog. Canines must be kept on a leash throughout the cruise.

“I just love this event each year,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Vice President of Development Renee Resko. “Hornblower Cruises is such a good friend to the Center and to our orphan pets. We appreciate the way they embrace the concept of pets as family. It’s really incredible to see people bonding with their dogs during this amazing brunch.”

So grab a ghostly getup for your furry family member and a hearty appetite for a day on the bay. To reserve tickets, visit Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. at Hornblower’s Grape Street Pier (1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego) and the cruise will sail from noon to 2 p.m.

Guests are welcome to board without dogs, or simply stop by the ticket booth to drop off donations for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. For information on Helen Woodward Animal Center, visit

, call 858-756-4117, or stop by Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.