Halloween isn’t just for humans. Your pooch can also enjoy the spooky festivities of the holiday. Throwing a dog Halloween party with your pet’s best two-legged and four-legged friends is sure to be a memorable occasion for all attendees. Not sure how to get started? Follow our simple guide for hosting the “paw-fect” dog-friendly Halloween party.
1. Choose a Safe Location
Safety is paramount when selecting a venue to host your dog Halloween party. With numerous animals roaming about, you’ll want to choose a location that is free of threats, such as cars. You’ll also want to choose a place that your dog is familiar with to prevent your pet from getting stressed. The ideal location would be a fenced-in yard where your party guests can safely allow their dogs off-leash. Having the party outdoors can also prevent your four-legged party guests from having “accidents” in your home.
2. Send Out Invitations
Once you’ve decided on the location, date, and time, you’re ready to send out invitations! Try to keep the guest list small with just a handful of pups to ensure a stress-free experience for all. Ensure that all invitees are comfortable around each other and up to date on all of their vaccinations. On the invitation, ask your invitees (both pets and pet parents!) to dress in a fun Halloween costume.
3. Make Fun Party Favors
Every “pawty” needs party favors! For your canine guests, consider putting together treat bags that contain a Halloween-themed dog toy and a few dog treats. You could purchase dog biscuits at the store or make your own at home using dog-safe ingredients like pumpkin or natural peanut butter.
4. Plan a Delicious Dog-Friendly Menu
One of the most important aspects of your dog Halloween party will be the menu. Be sure to steer clear of foods that are toxic for dogs, such as chocolate, onions, garlic, avocado, and macadamia nuts, among others. Instead, choose healthy treats that your canine guests can eat in moderation, such as:
- Plain air-popped popcorn
- Fresh fruit like apples, bananas, blueberries, and watermelon
- Homemade dog-friendly pumpkin cookies
- Bite-size cheese cubes
- Dog ice cream
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Caramelized bacon
- Sweet potato fries
- Pupcakes using ingredients like whole wheat flour, applesauce, pumpkin puree, plain Greek yogurt, and peanut butter.
Be sure to also make some delicious treats for your human guests. Stick to the theme and create spooky treats and appetizers like deviled eggs topped with spiders made from black olives or apples dipped in caramel or candy coatings.
5. Decorate with Dog-Friendly Décor
Decorating is one of the best parts of hosting a Halloween party. Set the scene with bales of hay, pumpkins, fake spiderwebs, and other creepy decorations. Get creative and add dog-specific decorations, such as plastic dog skeletons.
Avoid decorations that could pose a choking hazard to your four-legged guests. However, you’ll want to have some toys available for the dogs to play with, such as pumpkin-shaped balls and other Halloween-inspired dog toys.
When creating a spooky environment, be sure to set up a photo station where dogs and their owners can take fun pictures to post on social media or just to bring home as a special keepsake.
6. Plan Dog Games and Activities!
Plan several games and activities to keep your guests entertained throughout the party. Start by hosting a dog costume contest. Depending on the number of dogs in costumes, you may want to choose a winner for several categories, such as scariest costume, funniest costume, and cutest costume. Have prizes available for the winners.
Next, put a doggie spin on some classic Halloween games, such as bobbing for apples. Fill a small plastic kiddie pool with water and swap out the apples for tennis balls. Allow one dog at a time to attempt to collect all the balls.
Pumpkin painting is also a fun Halloween party activity. Provide your human guests with pumpkins, paints, and paintbrushes. Have each owner paint a portrait of their pet on their pumpkin. Name a judge for the contest who will announce the winner at the end of the activity.
Many dogs are taught tricks, such as shaking hands, standing on two feet, or barking on command. Have the owners and dogs line up and one at a time, show off their trick. Again, choose a judge to pick the dog with the best trick. Be sure to reward the dogs for a job well done.
Another fun game that your guests will enjoy is a Halloween scavenger hunt. Hide small dog treats around the party zone and have owners and their dogs find the hidden treats. Dogs have an excellent sense of smell and will likely find all of the concealed treats in no time at all.
Musical chairs is also a game that your guests can play and win great prizes. Have each owner and their leashed pet stand in a circle in front of chairs. When the music stops, an owner must find a chair or they’re out. The last pet owner and their dog left seated is the winner.
Hosting the Best Dog Halloween Party Ever
With creative costumes, tasty treats, spooky decorations, and fun games and activities, your spooktacular dog Halloween party will be the talk of the town! You’ll have so much fun bringing family and friends together over your shared love of our best friends.
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