Halloween is one of the most exciting and fun holidays of the year. There are so many ways to celebrate, but have you thought about throwing a dog Halloween party? If you're not sure where to start, don't worry. We've got you covered with everything you need to know - we got a whole guide on how to throw a Halloween party step-by-step!
Dog Halloween Party Ideas
If you're looking for dog Halloween party ideas, you've come to the right place. A dog Halloween party is a great way to celebrate the holiday with your furry friend. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- A costume contest. This is a great way to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. Have your friends over, and make sure everyone dresses their dog in costumes! Then, have a vote to see who has the best costume. The winner gets a prize - maybe a dog-friendly treat or toy. Bonus points for going out on a walk with all the pups dressed up!
- Treat or trick! Just like kids, dogs love getting treats on Halloween. So why not have a dog-friendly version of trick-or-treating? Put together goodie bags of dog treats and toys, and let your dog guests go from house to house (or room to room) to collect their goodies.
- Scavenger hunt. This is a fun activity for dogs and owners alike. Hide dog treats or toys around your house or yard, and let your dog guests find them. This is a great way to give your dog some exercise, and they'll love the challenge of finding hidden treasures.
- Pumpkin patch trip. A trip to a pumpkin patch is a great way to celebrate Halloween with your dog. Many pumpkin patches are dog-friendly, and your dog will love all the new smells. Plus, you can pick out a pumpkin to take home and carve together. And, of course, the pictures are going to be amazing!
- Daycare with a character. A lot of local daycares love to put a special touch on Halloween. If your dog is the social type, this may be a great option to consider. Some daycares have special events like dog Halloween events, or they may even let your dog dress up in a costume for the day.
- Go to a dog-friendly Halloween party. If you don't want to throw your own dog Halloween party, that's okay! There are plenty of dog-friendly Halloween events and parties happening all over town, so as long as your dog is good in crowds, pick a cool bar or beer garden to meet new friends and pups, and show off your costumes! Read on for helpful tips on how to take your dog to events
And now you got all the ideas on how to throw a Halloween party. Take these ideas for a dog party, and make it epic!
How to Throw Halloween Party For Dogs Step-by-Step
Now that you have some dog Halloween party ideas, it's time to start planning your event. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to throw the best dog Halloween party ever:
Pick a date and time for your party.
Send out invitations to your friends and their dogs! My personal favorite service is Evite - it allows you to design invites and your friends can RSVP right there. Mention the theme and don't forget to mention all the pups must be dressed up :)
Start planning your decorations.
Dog Halloween decorations are a must - think skeletons, ghosts, pumpkins, and more. You can also make your own dog-friendly decorations, like dog-safe ghosts made out of white socks (pups will love to "hunt" them and maybe chew!). Make sure the decorations are not easily accessible for dogs, and nothing too scary is around. You don't want a pup to chew up and swallow something they shouldn't be eating, and no pup should be scared!
Plan dog-friendly activities.
As mentioned before, some great dog Halloween activities include a costume contest, scavenger hunt, or pumpkin picking trip. You can also just have a dog-friendly Halloween party with music, dancing, and dog-safe snacks (like dog treats or peanut butter dog biscuits).
Prepare dog-safe snacks and drinks.
Dog-friendly Halloween snacks are a must. You can make your own dog treats, or buy some dog-safe snacks at the store. Make sure there are no chocolate or raisins in the dog treats - both of these are toxic to dogs. As for drinks, make sure you have plenty of water available for all the pups (and their owners).
Plan a costume for your pup.
Of course, no dog Halloween party is complete without dog costumes! You can make your own dog costume, buy one online, or find one at a pet store. Some popular dog Halloween costumes include pumpkins, ghosts, witches, and more. If your dog isn't comfortable wearing a costume, consider a Halloween dog bandana! It's an easy and cute way to show off your dog's Halloween spirit.
Get ready for the big day!
On the day of the party, make sure you have everything set up and ready to go. Put out the decorations, and dog-friendly snacks, and get the activities ready. Have fun and enjoy celebrating Halloween with your dog!
Halloween Dog Safety Tips
While Halloween is a fun time for humans and dogs alike, it's important to keep dog safety in mind. Here are some tips to make sure your dog has a safe and fun Halloween:
- Keep candy out of reach. Dogs are curious creatures, and they may be tempted to steal some candy from your Halloween bowl. Keep the candy out of reach, or in a dog-proof container, to avoid any accidents.
- Don't leave your dog outside unattended. Dogs can get scared when they see people in costumes, and may try to run away. If you're planning on having your dog outside with you during trick-or-treating, make sure they are on a leash and you are holding onto them at all times.
- Be careful with dog-safe Halloween decorations. While dog-safe decorations are great, some pups may still try to chew on them. Be careful with decorations that can be easily chewed, and make sure they are out of reach.
- Keep an eye on your dog at all times. Dogs can get into mischief, especially when there are so many new things to smell and explore, especially if you're attending one of the Halloween for dogs events with lots of pups around.
- Consider having a safe space for your pup. On Halloween, when your doorbell rings all the time with trick-or-treaters, it can be overwhelming for some dogs. If your dog gets overwhelmed easily, consider having them in a dog crate or another room where they can't see or hear the doorbell. This will help them feel more comfortable and safe. My pup, Momo, gets super excited when she hears someone at the door so we'll definitely be putting her in a back room for Halloween!
Dog Halloween Costume Ideas
Need some dog Halloween costume ideas? Here are a few of our favorites:
The simple option: Halloween t-shirt or dog bandana. If you don't want to go all out with a costume, a dog Halloween t-shirt or bandana is a great option. You can find both of these online or at a pet store.
The spooky option: Consider a spider or a ghost outfit! Both can be made out of household items, or found at any pet store around Halloween! A+ insta content and a lot of excitement is guaranteed.
The cute option: If you want to win the best costume at the dog park, consider a cute costume - like a princess, butterfly, or even a pumpkin!
The "couple's" option: If you and your dog are the type of duo that likes to coordinate, consider matching Halloween costumes! You can both be witches, ghosts, zombies, or anything else you can think of. Or, you can complete each other: dress as Dr. Evil and your dog can be Mini Me, for example.
No matter what dogs Halloween costumes you choose, your dog is sure to look cute and have a lot of fun! Just make sure to take dog safety into consideration, and have a great time celebrating Halloween with your furry friend.
And after Halloween, the Christmas holidays are just around the corner, so these holiday party rules for your furry friend will be also very useful, so hurry up - get funny Christmas dog bandana now.