The only thing better than a good Halloween party is an amazing Halloween "pawrty." Halloween is celebrated on the last night of October when the weather in many places is quite cold. Additionally, Halloween activities are usually done at night. The good news is, your Howling Halloween party is an indoor function, so the weather outside does not matter much. This activity is a big one and takes some planning. You want to start by planning your guest list. It's perfectly fine to invite non-pet parents to the party, but you want to invite your friends with dogs since this party is really for them. Clear a large space in your home where all the dogs can gather, peacefully. Start by removing any dangerous or delicate objects that might hurt your furry friends or break during the festivities. No party is complete with decorations but be mindful of small and dangerous decor that might harm your guests. To keep them distracted, give everyone a doggy bag when they arrive. This might prevent them from chewing on throw pillows or other items. In your invitation, encourage your friends and their dogs to dress up as well. There are many little activities you can do at the party as well, like costume contests, parades, and dog training games.
Your dog loves walks with you so why not take them out with you while trick-or-treating with the kids? You know your dog best, if they can handle the extended walk and the potential to run into some pretty funny and scary characters on the streets, then bring Fido along. Trick-or-treating activities happen in the later part of the day through the early evening on October 31st. The weather during this time is fickle for different parts and may be a bit cold. Plan your night out based on the weather and skip this activity if it looks like rain or even snow. People love seeing dogs dressed up for Halloween so find a pet-safe costume that works for your dog. If your dog does not tolerate wearing a costume, consider getting some pet-safe, water-soluble make-up and turn your dog into a clown, mime, or harlequin for their big night out.
You might spend some time in the front yard putting together your Halloween decorations. Anytime you are outside; there is a good chance your dog wants to be there too, so don't forget to have some downtime with them. Halloween activities are usually at night, but you can have some fun with your dog outside during the day too. Sunny days are the best for outdoor games, and you will want to avoid playing in the rain. Anytime you are planning outdoor playtime; you must include the treats and the toys. Whether you're setting up a Halloween obstacle course or scent training with hide-and-go-treat, you will need toys and treats that are engaging and tasty.
Many communities have daytime dog events for Halloween where pets can dress up, participate in games, and hang out with each other. Keep your eyes open for a community pet Halloween event in your area.
In the days leading up to Halloween, many people go out in search of the perfect pumpkin for their Jack-o-lantern. Many pumpkin patches welcome dogs along but always call ahead before leaving.
Your dog will, undoubtedly, be cute as ever if their costume. Be sure you take pictures of them in their get-up. Dogs do not like sitting still so staged photo shoots in costumes might be too hard for your pup. However, you can capture all the fun on the go.