Your Spook-tacular Guide To Celebrating Halloween With Your Pets

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Don’t let Halloween creep up on you…  Be prepared by RSVPing to Australia’s top spooky Halloween events, plan fang-tastic activities and learn top tips on how to keep your pet safe whilst joining in on the fun.

It’s almost time to get the party started! Unbox all your Halloween decorations and costumes and get your creepy crew together to celebrate. But wait! Don’t forget about your pet – there are plenty of spooktacular things you can do together. Here are our top fun pet-friendly Halloween events and activities.

The Beresford Dog Show HOWL-OWEEN

Take part in the Howl-oween-themed Beresford Dog Show on October 30 by dressing up your dog in the most gourd-geous costume. You’ll be sure to have a blast with live performances on all day and endless activities for both humans and dogs! 

What would a dog show be without some friendly competition? There are prizes up for grabs for best dressed, look-alike, rescue story and best trick. Make sure your pup comes primped and prepared with their most fa-boo-lous outfits!

Address: 354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills Ph. 9313 5000
Date & Time: 30th October 2022
Time: 11 am – 2 pm

2022 Sydney Bull Terrier Meetup – Halloween

The Bull Terrier Meetup is back with a Halloween twist. This event is hosted to raise awareness and funds for Bull Terriers in need, but all breeds are welcome to attend. Join in on the fun by showing up in your spookiest costume and try your luck at winning the prize for best dressed!  

Address: Carlton Cres, Carss Park NSW 2221, Australia

Date: 30th October 2022
Time: 7 am – 10 am

Port’s HOWL-O-Ween

The Port’s Howl-o-ween event invites you to join them in the hopes to break the record for the largest Doggy Costume Parade in Australia! Deck your pup out in their scariest attire and watch them parade around. After the parade, stick around to check out the market stalls or engage in some friendly competition for a chance to win some awesome prizes. There’ll be live entertainment throughout the day, so you and your pup will have a smashing time!

Address: Rouse St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207

Date: 30th October 2022
Time: 9 am – 1 pm

9 am – 10 am: Dog Registration Check-In
10 am – 11 am: Doggie Parade & Children’s Trick or Treat
11 am – 1 pm: Competitions, Entertainment, Prizes

Dress up and take pawsome snaps

Dog and cat dressed in their Halloween tuxedo costume

Who doesn’t love a themed dress-up? Halloween is one of the best excuses to dress your pet up, and with the extensive range of costumes available, you’ll easily find what you’re looking for. Make sure you have treats on hand while you dress your pet up and get snapping! 

If you’re looking for a whole day of fun, book a pet-friendly photo studio to get high-quality photos that you’ll treasure forever.

Go trick-or-treating

Dog dressed up as a ghost for Halloween trick or treating

Trick-or-treating is a beloved Halloween activity that you can’t miss out on! If your pup is comfortable around large crowds, they’ll love meeting new people and getting attention for their adorable creepy costumes. However, if your dog gets nervous around new people, steer clear of the crowds and organise a dog-friendly trick-or-treat route with some of your friends and family. 

Things to remember:

  • If your dog shows signs of worry or distress, it’s time to call it a night.
  • Don’t give your dog any treats from trick-or-treating unless you’re 100% sure they’re dog-friendly. 
  • Always have water available to keep your dog hydrated.
  • Keep a close eye on your pup to ensure they’re not overheating in their costume.

Make Eerie-sistable Halloween Treats

Homemade Halloween dog treats

Whether you’re hopeless in the kitchen or a budding masterchef, try your skills out by making Halloween-themed treats for your dog, cat or bunny. There are tons of great recipe ideas that you can tweak and customise for any time of the year. Get your pet involved by taste-testing each ingredient, but make sure you save some for the recipe, or you’ll need to go on another shopping trip! The best part is you’ll know exactly what ingredients are in each treat, and your pet will love you for it.

Host a Howl’o-ween Costume Pawty

Who said themed parties are only for humans? Get your furry pals together and host the ultimate Halloween pawty. Head onto the Baxta app to find your local dog-friendly park, cafe or transform your backyard into the pawfect party venue. Go nuts and decorate the venue with hair-raising props, judge the best costumes and try your luck at getting a scary group photo. 

Get your spine tingling with these other fun Halloween games, and treat your pets with some drool-worthy homemade treats!

A Pets Guide To Celebrating Halloween

While Halloween celebrations are fun, it’s important to keep an extra careful eye on your pet to make sure they’re safe throughout the festivities. Keep F.U.R in mind whenever Halloween comes around so you and your pet can safely enjoy the spooky season!

F – Front door

With plenty of trick-or-treaters inbound, make sure you keep your door locked if you’re not participating. If you’re joining in on the fun, keep your pet secured so they don’t run outside. The doorbell may constantly ring, and as unfamiliar people arrive, your pet may react unexpectedly. Keeping them away from the front door is the safest measure, as having repeated visitors in a short period can make your pets feel stressed or anxious.

U – Update your pet’s ID tag

There is a higher chance that your pet is likely to escape when your front door is constantly opening and closing. Make sure you’ve updated your pet’s microchip and ID tag with all your contact information in case of an emergency. 

R – Remove sweets and candies

It’s important to keep a close eye on your dog during Halloween, as chocolate, sweets, and candy are not suitable for pets to consume. Some treats will contain ingredients that are toxic for dogs, so make sure to keep them out of reach, so they don’t ingest any! To learn more about toxic food items for dogs, read our blog.

Have we missed any of your favourite pet-friendly Halloween activities? Let us know in the comments what you and your pet are getting up to this year!