Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the costumes, I love the candy and I LOVE the parties.
Human Halloween parties may not be the best places for dogs, but there’s no reason why they can’t have their own party. We at Petcha.com love Halloween and dogs so much that we threw a dog Halloween party of our own. Here’s how you can, too.
You can go old school and mail your party invitations. There’s definitely something special about party invites that come in the mail. But sometimes it’s a whole lot easier to send an e-vite via email or create an event on Facebook.
Just be sure to invite people a few weeks in advance. October is a busy time of the year and the sooner you can let your friends and family know about the party, the better.
Also, don’t forget to let your guests know if costumes are required (which, duh of course they are)!
With so many doggy costumes available in stores and online, it’s easy to find something for most any dog these days — from small to large. Or there’s always the DIY route. Check out a few of those here.
I personally like couple costumes and, luckily, I have a boyfriend who loves Halloween just as much as I do. Why not take a couple’s costume idea and adapt it for you and your dog? For example, you and your dog could be Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, a cop and robber or an angel and a devil.
What party would be complete without some delish treats? In addition to human goodies, such as festive cupcakes and candy, you’ll want to serve up some snacks for your furry guests.
Many pet stores sell bakery-style biscuits and other dog treats that look good enough for us humans to eat. Arrange them on party trays — but make sure you note they are for dogs! And keep the dog treats away from any chocolate. Chocolate can make dogs very sick.
You can also create your own dog treats, like these pumpkin and peanut butter ones. They are super simple to make and what dog doesn’t love peanut butter?
Here’s the recipe (makes about 2 dozen treats):
1 cup 100-percent pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ cup peanut butter
1 ¾ whole wheat flour
Halloween-themed cookie cutters (Use any old Halloween cookie cutters you can find, but keep in mind these are dog treats, so you don’t want anything too large. We used cookie cutters we found at a large arts and crafts chain.)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix the pumpkin and peanut butter together.
3. Add flour ¼ cup at a time.
4. Shape into a ball.
5. Roll out on parchment paper until the dough is about ¼-inch think.
6. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes.
7. Bake on cookie tray lined with parchment paper for about 10 minutes.
8. Let cool completely before serving.
Most of the party fun will come from seeing all the dogs dressed up in costume and watching them play with each other. Organize a costume contest or mini dog costume parade in your back yard.
A traditional fall activity is bobbing for apples. If it’s warm enough where you live, fill up a tub of water, place some apple slices in there and let the dogs go wild. Note that we used apple slices and not whole apples. That’s because apple seeds are not safe for dogs to eat — they contain trace amounts of arsenic.
Send your guests — both two- and four-legged — home with a goodie bag! You can buy plain orange gift bags from any dollar store or party store. If you want to get fancy, there are plenty of Halloween baggies or boxes you can use instead.
For our human guests, we bought a bunch of Halloween candy. Into a bag it went, easy peasy.
For our furry guests, we bought a bag of assorted Halloween-themed toys from a big box pet store. We included one toy each as well as some store-bought Halloween-themed dog biscuits.
There you have it: a way to celebrate Halloween — the best holiday! — with both dogs and people.