Canine Costume Party

posted: 05/15/12
Jessica Christian (3)

Planning to Throw a Halloween Party for Pups? Here Are Some Tips That Will Make Your Bash Spook-tacular!

Everyone loves a costume party, even dogs. Halloween can be just as much fun for pups as it is for people, and having a pet costume party will allow you to mingle with other dog lovers and give your favorite pooch a night to remember!

When planning your Halloween costume party, keep the mutts in mind. Have the party outside where dogs can run and play. Allow one to two hours for your party -- animals get tired easily, so longer parties tend to fizzle out toward the end.


Pooch party invitations are usually addressed to animals, but people may be invited as well. It usually goes without saying that a Halloween party requires a costume. Even so, it's better to tell your guests that costumes are expected. Be sure to mention if there will be prizes for the best costumes -- that will encourage partygoers to be creative.

Invitations for your pet costume party should contain all of the essential party details: date and time, location and how to RSVP. For Halloween, orange and black are good color choices. If you cannot find invitations specifically for dogs, just decorate regular invitations with some doggie stickers or paw-print stamps. And remember, the most popular dogs have active social lives so send them early.


For Halloween-themed parties, decorations should be scary, ghostly and gross. Anything spidery is a nice touch. You may also want to adorn your fiesta with pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, tombstones and whatever bloody body parts you have lying around. Remember to keep the lights dim and the music spooky.

Mutt Munchies and Master Treats

Your local pet store will carry a variety of snacks and treats to serve at your party. Some may even carry Halloween-themed goodies. Rawhide and biscuits are an excellent choice for dogs.

For your human guests, candy corn and lemonade make a great combination. Or serve fruit punch and call it "blood juice." Other Halloween favorites include gummy worms, pumpkin cookies, caramel apples and hot chocolate.

Toys and Playthings

All dogs love chewing toys, chasing balls, and catching Frisbees. Get a variety of Halloween-themed playthings for your party. Your guests will love them!


Most likely, your four-legged friends will bring their owners to the party. There are tons of fun games for people to play at a pet costume party while the hounds are having fun. Here are just a few:

- Scavenger Hunt: Hide candy around the house or yard before your guests arrive and then allow them a certain amount of time to scavenge for it. Give a special prize to the person who finds the most.

- Monster Tag: This is just like regular tag but with a spooky Halloween twist. Flip a coin to determine who will be the first monster. Then give that person a monster mask to wear and let the tagging begin!

- Animal Charades: One person pretends to be an animal and everyone else tries to guess what animal he or she is.

Prizes for Best Costumes

People and dogs put a lot of time and effort into their costumes. Reward them by giving away prizes for the best and most original costumes. You might also give a prize for the best pet/person costume combination, most original costume idea or best behaved animal.

Doggie Bags

Take-home goody bags are a fun way to thank your guests for coming to your party. Your "doggie bags" may include smiley-face treats, yummy chewing bones or a special Halloween toy. Put goodies in jack-o-lantern jugs or paper bags decorated with witches and bats for the Halloween touch.

Having a dog Halloween party is a great way to get to know other dogs and dog owners in your community. It can also be loads of fun. Just remember to bring a camera and take plenty of pictures. This will be a night to remember!

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