It is one the most wonderful times of the year for dog owners. After all, who doesn’t want to dress up their chubby furry friend Fido as a ballerina or a taco?

Here’s how to throw a tail-waggin’ spooky Halloween party for your pooches and friends guaranteed to get you plenty of kisses!

It is likely your four-legged friends will also bring their humans to the party. Give the humans notice and invite them to your Howl-o-ween bash. Their dogs may be busy that day and have social lives too! This is a chance for everyone to be extra silly. Encourage people to dress up in theme with their pets. For example, if a guest wants to dress their dog up as a pumpkin, they can dress up as a witch, etc.

There are many fun themes and the possibilities are endless– just run with the best idea that feels the most tail-waggerific. The best part of this party planning is the dog guests will provide the hugs, howls, laughter, and great fun just by showing up.

Before your spooky guests arrive, make certain your home is dog party ready.

  1. Ensure there is plenty of room for playtime, dog-tag, and socializing. Move any furniture and valuables that could impede the fun.
  2. Put all human candy up high so dogs cannot reach it. Hide all chocolate. After all, the crinkles of those candy wrappers sound awfully like dog treats being unwrapped to the doggie ear.
  3. Finally, remove all candles – which when lit can be toppled over by happy wagging tails. Take down any rattling ghost skeletons or decorations with motion sensors, which can terrify your four-legged guests and spook them into wanting to go home. The idea is to be festive so nobody howls at the moon!

Expert Tip: Ask your human guests to send you pictures of their dogs ahead of time, preferably in costumes from Halloween past. If this is their first Howl-o-ween where their dog will dress up, ask for a funny photo of their dog and display all doggies in a collage so their humans can admire all four-legged friends of honor during the party.

Go on and play ‘Thriller’ and ‘Monster Mash” once the party starts. Better yet, make an epic playlist. Here is an example:

  1. Big Mama Thornton/Elvis Presley, “Hound Dog”
  2. The Beatles, “Hey Bulldog”
  3. The Baha Men, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
  4. Rufus Thomas, “Walking the Dog”
  5. Iron & Wine, “Wolves (Song of the Shepherd’s Dog)
  6. Cat Stevens, “I Love My Dog”

Have plenty of dog toys out and invite guests to bring some too! After all, your dog may not initially recognize their BFF from down the block who could be dressed up like a lion or cheerleader. Toys will help initiate play and to make new friends too.

Towards the end of the event, reward the doggies and humans for coming to your party. Hold a hound and human costume contest. Reward your guests by giving away prizes. Some ideas are: a prize for the best pet/person costume combination, most unique pet costume, best behaved doggie, most rebellious pooch, funniest dog costume, etc.

When the party comes to a close, take home ‘doggie bags’ are a terrific way to thank your friends for coming. Your “doggie bags” can include doggie treats or a special Halloween toy.

Having a Howl-o-ween party is a great way to get your dog socializing and for humans to make friends with other dog owners in your neighborhood. Just remember to bring a camera and take plenty of pictures. Set up a dog and owner selfie station with a spooky backdrop. This will be a Howl-o-ween party to remember!

Share with our readers your suggestions on how you celebrate Halloween with your dogs!