A small dog in a unicorn Halloween costume poses beside homemade dog cookies and Halloween decorations.

Host a Howling Good Pawty

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year. The leaves turning colors, a sunny start to the day ending with crisp evening air, and thoughts of the upcoming holidays always get my tail wagging.

Truth be told, I was not a fan of Halloween until I had dogs. I love, love, LOVE looking at dogs in costumes on Facebook, Instagram and especially Pinterest. There seem to be more pet events during this time of year which means more opportunities to show off your fur babies.

However, these events can be very stressful for your canine kids, so why not host your own costume party this year with a few BFF’s and their best furry friends? Hosting your Howl-O-Ween pet party will be super easy with these pet party tips and, of course, a few treats for tricks!

Keep It Simple is the number one rule. You will thank me later because this means less mess and stress for you and your pups.

  1. Invite a few friends and their four legged kids (or less, depending on the size of your home) only IF they have already met before and get along. Do NOT use this time to introduce new four legged friends. Use an Evite or cute paper invitation so everyone is on the same page with the details.
  2. Create a small menu for both two and four legged guests. Obviously, we will focus on the fur babies and yes, of course, I have a few healthy and fun menu items at the end of the article for you to make.
  3. Entertainment and games that keep the dogs busy are always a must! My top favorite for Halloween are a costume contest with “Best Duo” and “Most Original” as top prizes and a few games like “Sniff It to Win It” and “Dunking for Dogs” are always fun. “Sniff It to Win It” is my version of the shell game in which you have 3 fake pumpkin heads and hide a dog treat inside of one of them.
  4. Finally, create doggy gift bags ahead of time for all your guests because all of our canine kids are winners. Decorate a brown paper bag and fill it with dog treats and a toy. Present them on a tray as all the guests leave. Take lots of pictures and remember to share them with all of your guests.

By the way, we would LOVE to see your photos too! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram with your Pet Party Pictures: @iLovePetCakes or #iLovePetCakes.

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