Halloween is a scary time for our pets. People in costumes, ringing door bells, and tempting candy everywhere. There are daily warnings on social media leading up to Halloween reminding pet parents to keep their pet safe during this time. And we agree, but, the Lady I rescued realized that there are fun things to do with your dog for Halloween and she decided to prove it this year.
Of course, we are lucky to have our own neighborhood dog park’s annual pet parade and contest that we always try to attend. Also, the Lady noticed that Halloween costumes are much more pet-friendly now. But, if you really want to make Halloween fun for your dog, and you, why not teach them a new trick?
Over 40 dogs participated in this year’s Annual Portage Park Halloween Dog Costume Parade and Contest
Here’s our three fun things to do with your dog for Halloween:
Neighborhood Halloween Activities
We are very lucky that we have the amazing volunteers that take care of our modest dog friendly area in Portage Park and plan our annual Halloween festivities. For the seventh year straight this year’s Annual Portage Park Halloween Dog Costume Parade and Contest saw the biggest crowd, over 40 dogs, and best costumes yet. And the best prizes for the entries and those purchasing raffle tickets.
A couple of “nerds”
Neighborhood activities like this are a great way to have fun with your dog for Halloween. Maybe some dogs had a better time than others, but overall the families and dog parents enjoyed themselves. Here’s some of our favorite costumes:
Little Shop of Horrors
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Squirrel and Cowboy
Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo
Where the Wild Things Are
They Don’t Make Dog Costumes Like They Used Too
If you really know us you would agree Taffy is the devil and I’m the angel.
If you have no DIY talents like the Lady I rescued and try to purchase your dog a costume, well, you may notice that dog costumes are a lot easier for the pet parents now. Gone are the days trying to put your dog into a multi-piece outfit, onsie or head-gear that won’t stay on.
The Lady found the devil and angel wings at Target for only $9.99 each. They’re simply a harness with the wings attaching with velcro over the back strap, where you attach the leash. These costumes are so simple she even got me to wear it! We see many of the costumes in stores now with the harness style so there is no lack of choices. The Lady knew there was no chance of us winning a prize but she thought two dogs, one a devil, and one an angel was pretty clever and a perfect fit for our personalities. She admits to dog mom embarrassment though, walking me around the park among all the creative DIY costumes.
Teach Them a Trick Instead of Giving Them a Treat
We have a real “treat” for you now. Many of our blogger friends are very good at training their dogs and teaching them tricks. So every Halloween they have what they call a “blog hop” where many bloggers all write posts on the same subject and you can find all the posts linked from one blog.
I’m sharing with you my pal Mr N from TenaciousLittleTerrior.com’s post on how to learn his trick to cover his eyes. Mr N is very talented and quite the celebrity dog out west. There is also an amazing giveaway that you can enter on the post. Hurry though, it ends at 10pm CST. But, you have all the time you want to visit the other blog posts to learn how to teach your dog all kinds of new tricks.
We agree that teaching your dog a new trick is a great way to have fun with your dog for Halloween!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our suggestions, what about you, are there any other ways that you have fun with your dog for Halloween?