Tricks for Treats — A Wickedly Fun Pet Halloween Party

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Celebrating Halloween with a few of your closest canine pals (and their humans, of course) is a great way to have fun on this frightfully fantastic holiday without taking your dog out among the trick-or-treaters, which could be overwhelming for your pup.  Here are some hauntingly charming ideas for planning a backyard party for your dog and his favorite fur friends with pup treats and scary good cocktails.  We guarantee you and your guests will be howling at the moon long before midnight!

Challenge your friends to RSVP if they dare for a ghoulish evening full of sinfully good food and drink for pups and humans.  To get you in the mood for inviting your frightfully fun friends and their bewitching pups for an evening of eating, drinking, and scaring, here are some of our best tips.

You can find complete plans for a Howlaween party in our award-winning pet party book, Posh Celebrations, available on Amazon with ideas for 6 other themed pet parties and some killer cocktail recipes for pet parents.


The Halloween Party Drink – The Vampire Kiss Martini 

I’ve concocted a lethally delicious cocktail for your “featured” party drink.  It’s eerily easy and is sure to get your guests in the mood to pose at your Halloween photo booth.  For a fun idea, set up a martini bar with options such as the Black Cat Martini, the Dark and Spooky, the Dark Chocolate Martini, and the Pumpkin Martini.


The Vampire Kiss Martini

  • 1 ½ ounces vodka, chilled
  • 1 ½ ounces champagne or prosecco
  • ¾ ounce Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
  • Red sugar for rim of martini glass
  • Rim the glass with red sugar.
  • Pour vodka and half of the Chambord in a martini glass.
  • Top with champagne or prosecco.
  • Pour the rest of the Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float.

Beware the Photo Booth! 

My dog has a stellar collection of Halloween costumes, but his favorite disguise is Count Dracula – guaranteed to scare almost no one because he is so cute.  This year, we’ve decided to have a Halloween hat party and ask our furry guests to wear their favorite spooky hat.  We know that some dogs do not like to wear clothes and costumes, but we hope that a hat will be just the trick for outfitting everyone.  Click on the picture to purchase.

This party theme is perfect for social media-worthy photos of guests and humans alike, especially if you collect some fun photo booth props and wicked cute hats for posing.  Here are some ideas for stocking your party photo booth that will make your guests scream with delight!  And don’t forget prizes for the best-dressed goblins and witches – a bag of our spooky pumpkin treats for the pups and Halloween candy for the humans should enchant the winners.  Click on the picture to purchase.

To add mystery to the atmosphere of your photo booth, turn up the volume for a spookactular playlist that includes classics like Thriller and Monster Mash.

Treats for Tricks! 

A Howlaween party requires a sinfully good treat menu for pups and cats.  Make two batches of our gourmet dog and cat treats for party nibbling and “doggy” bags for guests.  We guarantee your friends’ cats will be enchanted with our Pumpkin Tuna Wicked Witches.

Spooky Pumpkin Pup Treats – A Gourmet Dog Treat 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup peanut butter (Xylitol-free)
  • In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin and peanut butter.
  • Stir in the flour and mix well into a soft dough.
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface to ¼” thickness and cut out shapes using a dog bone-shaped cutter.
  • Place cut shapes 2” apart on a greased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 375° for 12 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Cool on a baking rack and store in refrigerator.

Pumpkin Tuna Wicked Witches – A Gourmet Cat Treat 

  • 1 4-ounce can of tuna, no salt or oil added
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • Place the rolled oats in food processor and grind into a fine flour.
  • Open the can of tuna and drain the excess liquid.
  • Combine the oat flour, tuna, pumpkin puree, avocado oil, and egg, and mix well.
  • Form into small cookies and place on a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until firm.
  • Cool on a baking rack and store in refrigerator.
  • Recipe makes 20 treats.

Eat, Drink, Be Scary 

It’s the perfect time of the year to summon all types of creepy creatures to your eerie and enchanting party – ghosts, goblins, vampires, werewolves, and zombies – and witches of course! 

Celebrate this Halloween with treats, cocktails, and photos of your magical party.

Creating memories with your dog – and your friends – one party at a time.