We love including our pups in our Halloween fun! Americans are going to spend $8.8 billion on this spooky holiday, and 17 percent of that will go to spoiling our dogs with costumes, cookies and more. Are you one of the 29 million people who plan to dress up your furry friends and “pawty” this October? If so, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite ways to get festive with Fido this season.
1. Despicably Delicious Dog Treats
Halloween has its own menu, with the flavors of the season transformed into ghoulish goodies for pooches and people. These dog bakeries have conjured up something special this fall, with confections like pup-kin pies and candy corn cakes sure to get Fido's tail wagging. Or, head to your nearest pet store and pick up a scary bone!
You can also have some fun in the kitchen and whip up a batch of yumminess just for your mutt. Try out one of our office dog-approved recipes for Fur-eaky Fro-Yo Eyeballs or Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oat Monster Cookies. Both of these Halloween dog treats are easy to make, inexpensive, delicious for canines and safe for humans! Let your good boy have a taste test before he takes them to the dog park to share with his friends. We’re sure he’ll give both recipes four paws up!
Fur-eaky Fro-Yo Eyeball Dog Treats
- 32 oz. plain or vanilla yogurt (made with cow’s milk or vegan milk)
- 1 package blueberries
- Strawberry jam
- Ice tray (round sphere ice trays like this one are preferred.)
- Place blueberries in the center of each section of the ice cube tray.
- Slowly whisk the water into your favorite full-fat yogurt in batches until it is a pourable consistency. Don’t use low-fat yogurt because it contains artificial sweeteners that are toxic to pups.
- Pour the yogurt on top of each blueberry in the ice tray until full.
- Place in the freezer for five hours or until frozen.
- Dip a toothpick into the strawberry jam and draw veins on the eyeball treat before serving.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oat Monster Dog Cookies
- 1¾ cups rolled oats
- 15 oz. canned pumpkin
- ½ cup peanut butter
- Optional: whipped cream and carob chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grind oats to fine dust in a blender or food processor.
- Add the canned pumpkin, peanut butter and ground rolled oats and mix until combined.
- Roll the dough into balls and arrange about 1 inch apart on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Then, use a fork to make a crosshatch pattern on the top of each cookie.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack or plate. If desired, adorn the cooled dog cookies with creepy decorations using whipped cream or melted carob.
2. Spooktacular Haunted Hotels
One of the most fur-raising ways to freak out your pooch could be with an overnight stay at a haunted dog-friendly hotel. While you’re enjoying all the perks of a pet-friendly room, you may be visited by a friendly apparition like the Beautiful Stranger at the Hotel del Coronado or the tipsy Confederate soldier at the Hamilton-Turner Inn.
3. Ghoulish Ghost Tours
Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Taking a pet-friendly ghost tour isn’t just about capturing orbs on your camera. It’s also an excellent way to exercise with your canine companion while getting a haunted history lesson. From the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum to The Original Santa Fe Ghost Tour, you’ll be spooked by these eerie excursions, and you may even experience some paranormal activity with your pup.
4. Petrifying Pet Parades
Dress up and strut your mutt in one of these 13 fabulous Halloween parades. The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City is one of the largest in the world and features hundreds of pups in elaborate costumes. Thousands of people travel to the Big Apple to participate in the fun and “pawsibly” win thousands of dollars in prize money. If you can't make it to one of these events, look for a Howl-O-Ween parade near you.
5. Pupkin Patches
What better way to find the perfect pumpkin for your Jack-O-Lantern than by picking it out with your Jack Russell? These eight pumpkin patches invite Fido to explore their grounds, navigate a maze, and scout out the best pumpkin. Take your furry friend for a ride into the country to experience a wholesome day in the outdoors this season.
6. Halloween Hikes
Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve and walk off some of those treat calories among the glorious fall foliage. Check out our favorite fall hikes, or if you want something closer to home, grab Fido’s leash and head out to find a dog-friendly hiking trail near you.
7. Trick-or-Treat With the Fam
Instead of leaving Fido at home (where he may be bothered by candy seekers constantly ringing the doorbell), take him along for the trick-or-treating fun. Your pooch should be friendly, and let the kiddos know to not share their candy because it is toxic for him. In addition to his snazzy costume, make sure that your pup is wearing his leash and ID tags. You’ll get bonus points if he has on something reflective so he’s visible once it gets dark. In Savannah, you can even take your pooch out to a trick-or-treating event for dog treats at Wag-O-Ween.