Halloween is no longer just for two-legged kids – for some dogs, it’s the best time to enjoy walks, cute costumes and that fresh, crisp weather.
If you have the kind of dog that can never be left out of the fun, you’ll love these cool ways to celebrate Halloween together in Walnut Creek.
Special Halloween Precautions
Before you start celebrating, make sure your dog doesn’t run into any truly scary situations this Halloween. Shelters are extra busy around this time because of dogs who run away when their owners open the front door for trick-or-treaters, or when they’re spooked by creepy decorations and costumes.
Make sure your dog’s collar tags and microchip is up-to-date. If you have moved or changed your phone number, your dog may not be returned to you if they get lost. Remember to keep your dog on a leash in public and use a baby gate to keep them away from the front door during trick-or-treat hours.
Chocolate is not just bad for dogs – it’s poisonous. Theobromine found in chocolate is a stimulant, just like caffeine, and will increase your dog’s heart rate and cause vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog eats enough of it, the complications could be fatal.
Raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum and candy, is deadly even in small amounts. No Halloween candy is safe for dogs!
Get Your Dog Dressed For Halloween
Act fast and get your dog’s Halloween costume, whether you’ll be going for a store-bought or homemade ensemble. It’s best for you to get your dog used to wearing the costume in short sessions with lots of treats.
For dogs who don’t often wear clothes, keep it simple. Avoid hats and headpieces. Keep it light for fluffy or short-nosed dogs who quickly get overheated.
Making your dog’s costume can be as easy as decorating a onesie or t-shirt with markers. It doesn’t have to be fancy!
Where To Celebrate Halloween With Your Dog In Walnut Creek
On October 21 from 2PM to 5PM, businesses and booths will be handing out candy for local kids. If your dog doesn’t mind being around crowds of kids, you might want to stop by to show off your dog’s costume. Avoid letting children approach your dog without asking permission, though. Even friendly dogs can get scared and growl or snap at a kid that comes at them out of the blue.
On Halloween from 5:30 PM to 7PM, dog-friendly Broadway Plaza hosts a similar trick-or-treat event. The same rules apply – watch carefully and make sure kids do not ambush your dog with unwanted hugs and kisses.
On October 22 from 9AM to 11AM, stop by Heather Farm Park for the Mercedes-Benz elite themed event featuring a dog costume contest, goodie bags, giveaways, and complimentary refreshments.
If you make the trip to San Francisco on October 30, you can take your dog to Pet Pride Day from noon to 5 PM. Enjoy a pet costume contest, pet photo booth, dog toy making booth, adoptions, a parade, discount microchips and food trucks galore.