Halloween party games for dogs and cats
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Stephanie BrownHolidays / Pet Parenting

6 Halloween Party Games for Dogs and Cats

Make this Halloween memorable by throwing the best pet Halloween party on the block. And what party is complete without some games? From a new take on the classic bobbing for apples to a game that puts the emphasis on the trick in trick-or-treating, there are plenty of Halloween party games for dogs and cats to enjoy.

When considering games for pets at your party, don’t forget to choose some games in which parents can participate as well. Playing games is a great way to keep your all your guests—both two- and four-legged—entertained.

Here are some fun Halloween party games that dogs, cats and your human guests can play at your Halloween pet party.

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Pet Costume Contest

Let guests know ahead of time that there will be a Halloween pet costume contest. That way, they know to bring their A game (and to bring their pets in costume).

For the contest, gather all entrants together and then let partygoers vote on which costume is the best. (To avoid everyone voting for their own pet, institute a rule in which you have to vote for a pet other than your own).

Provide prizes for the first, second and third place winners, like Frisco’s Zombie rope toy. And don’t forget to reward all participating pets with some delicious Halloween treats, like Zuke’s Crunchy Naturals pumpkin and sweet potato dog treats.

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Bobbing for Treats

Bobbing for apples is one of the most popular Halloween party games ever played. This version created specifically for dogs requires dog bowls, Grandma Lucy’s Organic Pumpkin Dog Treats and The Honest Kitchen Bone Broth with Turmeric. Stock up on enough dog bowls for every pup who wants to play. Fill each bowl with bone broth. Drop the dog treats in the broth just before it’s time to play. Place each dog in front of their bowl, then let them bob for treats. First dog to eat all their treats wins.

Dogs who are on a specific diet, have weight issues, or who are food-aggressive should not be allowed to participate.

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A Hunt for Hounds

There are plenty of Halloween party games for dogs in which everyone can be a winner. Make a game out of treating your canine party guests to some Halloween-themed treats, like Wellness Soft Wellbites Halloween Pumpkin dog treats, by hiding them around your home or yard. Make sure the items are hidden in safe places and areas free of items that could be broken. Pet parents can participate in the hunt by helping their pups find the hidden treasures.

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Trick for a Treat

This is a great Halloween party game for both pets and parents. Equip each parent with delicious Halloween-themed treats, like The Lazy Dog Cookie Co.’s “Spooktacular Snacks” dog treats. Line up parents with their pets. Then, announce popular tricks and commands, like “sit” and “up,” for pet parents to call out. Pups are rewarded with a delicious treat for each trick they complete. The dog who does the most tricks is rewarded with his or her own goodie bag of delicious treats to go.

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Possessed Kitties

To play this Halloween party game with cats at your party, you’ll need paper bags and arts and crafts supplies. Items like non-toxic markers, crayons, pipe cleaners and non-toxic paints will work well. Have your guests decorate each bag with a Halloween theme. Bags can depict anything from a spooky Jack-O-Lantern to Frankenstein. Once completed, place the bags on the floor, and release the cats. Make sure to capture the cats in action, as they roll around like they’re possessed in the hauntingly decorated bags.

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Musical Squares

In this version of musical chairs, each participant will clamor for a spot on the floor.

To play this game with your party guests, create a monster mash playlist full of Halloween-themed songs. In lieu of chairs, use painter’s tape to create multiple squares on the floor. Another option is to use the sides of large Chewy boxes to create flat cardboard frames to define the areas.

Play music for a short period of time, and when the music stops, each pup will need to find a square to sit or stand in. Pet parents can use treats to get their pups to stop in place. Remove a square each time the music stops to make it harder for pups to find an open spot. The last dog sitting or standing wins.

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By: Stephanie Brown, Senior Editor
Stephanie Brown is the Senior Editor of the Chewy blog, Pet Central. From a very young age she’s loved animals and has had the honor of sharing her life with many pets, from cats and dogs to parrots and guinea pigs. She is an award-winning journalist who has spent most of her career creating content about what she loves most in the world—pets. Her favorite pastime is thinking up new and ridiculous names to call her rescue cat, Luna. (For the record, they are Luna Moon, Looney, Tunes and Stink Butt.)