For lots of us, Halloween is the one day each year where we can dress up and escape the everyday. From creepy costumes and spooky music to party games and tons of chocolate, we wouldn’t be surprised if Halloween’s your favourite holiday of the year!
However, Halloween can sometimes be a scary time for your dog. Luckily, we’re on hand with a list of dog-friendly activities to make Halloween more fun! Read on to find out more…
Go to a pumpkin patch (or an apple orchard!)
This classic autumnal tradition is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your furry best friend. Explore the farm, pick out the perfect pumpkin and let your dog lead the way in a corn maze. Just make sure that the farm is dog friendly before heading out!
After your trip, you could try your hand at carving a pumpkin. Spice things up by attempting to carve your dog’s face. Or keep it simple with just a paw print or a classic ‘scary’ carving. Did you know that pumpkin is completely safe for your dog to eat? Let your pup nibble on the scraps, or bake them a Halloween-y treat.
Do some apple bobbing
You shouldn’t let your dog bob for whole apples as it can be a choking hazard. Instead, cut the apples up into little slices. Or give your furry friend the chance to bob for ‘bones’ (this can be any treat, but it’s much more festive to call them bones!)
- Step one: fill up a few large bowls with water
- Step two: top up with treats
- Step three: release the hounds
This game is great if you’re having a puppy party. But make sure there are plenty of bowls if you’re playing with a large group of dogs. Plus, any dogs that are slightly too protective with their food should probably sit this one out.
Have a Halloween movie marathon
There are so many Halloween classics where the dog is the star of the show. Think Scooby-Doo, Frankenweenie or The Nightmare Before Christmas. Extra-scary ones like Cujo should probably be avoided.
This is the perfect activity if you want to avoid all the Halloween chaos. You can snuggle up on the sofa with your dog and just relax. Plus, if you leave a bowl of sweets or chocolates on your doorstep, you’ll be able to spend the evening undisturbed.
A howling contest
Fortunately, none of the dogs we know turn into human-eating werewolves at the sight of a full moon. But our dogs do have some things in common with these mystical beasts. And that’s their ability to howl.
If your dog goes crazy at the sound or a doorbell, or if they just love to be vocal, this is the activity for you. Simply make a ‘wooing’ noise to elicit a howl from your hound. And reward your favourite werewolf with a treat. Speaking of bark-offs, why not reward your dog with a homemade treat inspired by the Great British Bake Off?
Take them trick or treating
Trick or treating shouldn’t just be for the kids. Your dog loves walkies, so why not take them with you?
Step one: find a canine-friendly route
Take your pup around a dog-friendly neighbourhood. This way, they’re more likely to be given treats and can bump into furry friends. For extra festivity, dress them up in a creepy collar or a bone-chilling bandana.
Step two: gather the kids and grab a lead
Enjoy a wicked walk, but always keep an eye out to make sure your dog isn’t getting spooked out by all the costumes and strangers. We also wouldn’t recommend letting the kids go trick or treating with the dog alone. Your dog – and children – should always be supervised on the scariest night of the year.
Step three: time for the treat
Some homes may be prepared for doggy visitors, but bring a bag of doggy treats just in case. You wouldn’t want your pooch to feel left out. After you’ve returned home, make sure to give your dog lots of attention for being so good.
Buy your dog a spooky new toy
The ‘treat’ in trick or treat doesn’t always have to be so literal. Halloween-themed dog toys can do the trick! Surprise your dog with a new terrifying toy and have some frightening fun together. Pets At Home has an entire range of ghoulish toys perfect for your pup.
Does your dog get stressed out during spooky season? If you’re looking for some practical guidance on how to keep your dog calm this Halloween, we’ve got just the guide for you.