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Pet-Friendly Halloween in OC

Happy Halloween! Holidays are extra fun when you have pets to celebrate with. There are a lot of opportunities to have some spooky fun with your pet in Orange County this year. Read on to learn more about these awesome pet-friendly events!

Before we get into the fun stuff, there are a few safety concerns that pet owners should keep in mind. If your pet is in a costume this year, make sure they’re comfortable! In this southern California weather, pets can become overheated even in the fall. Be sure to keep that in mind when choosing a Halloween costume and planning your activities.

If your pet will be staying in for Halloween, make sure they’ll be safe! If you know you’ll be having trick or treaters at your house and your dog likes to try to sneak out the front door when the opportunity arises, be sure to create some kind of barrier for their safety.

“Howl”-O-Ween At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

When: Oct. 25 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You and your pet are invited to the “yappy hour” celebration at The Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point! Dogs will be able to drink several flavored waters such as “creepy chicken,” “ghoulish beef,” “beastly bacon,” “frightful cheese,” and “ghostly liver.” Yum! Pet owners will have the chance to enjoy some delicious themed wines from Mutt Lynch Winery including “unleashed chardonnay,” “chateau d’og cabernet sauvignon,” “merlot over” and “play dead.” A dog costume contest will be held with some amazing prizes awarded for the scariest, funniest, most glamorous and best in show.

Howling Halloween in the Park

Where: Fountain Valley Recreation and Sports Park

When: Oct. 21 – noon to 5 p.m.

Howling Halloween is a great opportunity for children and dogs dressed in costume to trick or treat! There will also be multiple costume contests. The proceeds from the costume contest will support the 3rd annual Pawliday Dog Adoption Event at Orange County Animal Care. Each participant in the costume contest will be put into a drawing for the opportunity to receive prizes like four tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm, signed memorabilia from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and a dog bone pendant and chain with a retail value of $1,750! Admission is free for this fun, family friendly event.

Halloweiner Festival and Dachshund Rescue Reunion

Where: Indian Village Park in Westminster

When: Oct. 27 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halloweiner Festival is a family friendly event with something for everyone! Bring your pups (even if they’re not of the Dachshund variety!) for a costume contest, Dachshund races, bobbing for wieners, and classic carnival fun. Pets must be leashed at all times, regardless of size or training. Proceeds from this event will benefit the California Dachshund Rescue.

Halloween Pet Parade

Where: Piecemakers Pumpkin Patch (Piecemakers Country Store in Costa Mesa)

When: Oct. 28 – 1 p.m.

    • Show off your dog’s costume in the Piecemakers’ Halloween Pet Parade! There will be contests, prizes, and plenty of pumpkin patch photo opportunities.An on-site photographer will even be there to take photos of you and your dog! Enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, and other snacks while you explore the cutest Halloween celebration Costa Mesa has to offer.


What are you waiting for? Grab your pup and get ready to have some Halloween fun. We can’t wait to see your costumes!


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