The cold is coming, the nights are drawing in, and the ghosts and ghouls will be here before you know it!
Who doesn’t enjoy a good old fashion fancy dress Halloween party? I know I do and I’m sure that a huge percentage of you lovely readers will have a good story to tell too.
One year, I went to a friend’s house party dressed as a ‘dead beauty queen’ because the pretty girl always gets murdered first, right? Well, I got to wear a prom dress, smudge my make up all over my face and mess my hair up without a care in the world, dab of fake blood here and there and hey presto…I was dead. We played some fab and fun games, ate lots of snacks and nibbles…Anyway, to cut a long story short (and to spare you the details), by the end of the night I had renamed myself a dead drama queen!! I’m telling you this, because while we were all having a trouble-free, fun night, my friends two dogs were upstairs keeping themselves to themselves. I wondered (once my head had cleared), why can we not enjoy these events with our beloved dogs. After all, if we carried out a poll, 99.9% of us would probably admit to preferring the company of our fur-babies!
The components for a good Halloween Party: Fancy dress, party food and party games. All of which can be tailored to suit the needs of the furry ones!
While looking on various websites, a couple really caught my eye and both have been kind enough to offer The French Bulldog Enquirer readers special discount codes for money off purchases of their items!!
The first of our offerings is the brilliant ‘Riding Horse Dog Costume’ from www.thegiftoasis.com at only £12.99 plus £2.95 postage!!
The second offering and also from www.thegiftoasis.com is the marvellous ‘Dog Suit with BowTie’; who doesn’t want to be James Bond?! This is a bargain £6.49 plus postage.
To get 15% (yes 15%!) off orders, make sure to enter the code ‘FRENCHIE ‘ at the checkout.
Last but very certainly not least, we have a range of brilliant Halloween vests by www.ellieellie.co.uk it was so hard to choose the best to showcase to you all but luckily, we have been offered 10% discount off the range!!
These vests are a cool £15 plus £3 postage!! To take advantage of the generous discount off orders on the www.ellieellie.co.uk website, just enter the code ‘BULLDOGLOVE17’ at the checkout. The code can be used right up until the end of the year so you can get Halloween vests and then keep your beady peepers open for the new Christmas range!!
Making treats at home helps you to provide a tasty alternative to your doggy’s usual treats, and you know exactly what ingredients are hidden away in there. Forget the hidden additives and preservatives, you are giving your fur-baby a wholesome snack that can be customised to fit with their dietary needs or even to just give them a change every now and then!
350grams whole wheat flour (substitute for oat if your dog has a wheat intolerance)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Beef or chicken bouillon or stock
½ cup of hot water
Optional Extras….shredded cheese, bacon bits, shredded chicken
1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C
2. Dissolve your bouillon/stock into the hot water
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until a dough has formed
4. Knead dough until it forms a ball
5. Roll out dough evenly, approx. half an inch thick
6. Cut into shapes or slices (for larger shapes, adjust cooking time)
7. Place dough shapes on a lightly greased baking tray
8. Cook in the centre of your preheated oven for 30mins
PUPPY PEANUT BUTTER BALLS (can last 7-10 days stored in fridge)
½ cup Plain Organic Yoghurt
1 cup Natural Peanut Butter
3 cups Rolled Oats
1. Whisk the yoghurt and peanut butter together until it forms a paste
2. Add the oats, a little at a time to make sure they all get coated with no dry spots
3. Scoop out bite size pieces and roll into balls
4. Place on a tray lined with baking paper
5. Place in fridge for 1 hour to chill, then serve!
2 INGREDIENT DOG TREATS
2 cups of organic whole wheat flour (or rolled oats)
2 (4oz) Jars of pureed baby food (beef, fish, chicken, fruit, etc)
1. Preheat oven to 180deg c
2. Mix ingredients to form a stiff dough. If needed, extra flour or water can be added
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough until approx. 1/4 inch thick, cut to shape
4. Place on a tray lined with baking paper, approx. ½ “ apart
5. Cook in centre of your preheated oven for 20-25mins, allow to cool then serve!
PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA FLAPJACKS
1 tablespoon Peanut butter
Half a banana
4 tablespoons Porridge oats
1. Preheat oven to 190 deg c
2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
3. Using a deep side baking tray, line with baking paper
4. Smooth the mix into the baking tray
5. Cook in the centre of your preheated oven for 10 mins
6. Slice and shape, cool and serve!
All good parties need good, clean fun…what better way than to put on some fun party games to keep your doggy guests entertained!!
Like a mini pet show, have each pups parent walk their pet into the centre of a circle in turn. Once all pups and costumes have been shown, hand out blank sheets of paper and pens for everyone to cast their anonymous votes. You could provide a little treat/goodie bag or toy as a prize or just the gift of self-satisfaction for the winners owner!
BOBBING FOR TREATS
Fill a few large bowls with water and drop in several treats, bones or toys. Release the pets to bob for their prize. Although you need to bear in mind with this one that the more guest, the more bowls you will need and also check with your guests if their dog ever shows signs of possessive aggression as they may need to skip this game OR you could let the dogs take it in turns in one or two bowls. This game should always be supervised to avoid any injury to your pooch (or water damage to your furniture!)
Before your guests arrive, hide Halloween themed treats or toys around the house/garden. Then send out the pets and parents (on leads) to find the hidden treasure!
Set up an agility course in your garden, complete with ‘pet safe’ Halloween decorations. Use items from around the house to build the course, such as chairs, tables, sheets and towels to create tunnels and obstacles. Time each participant as they take on the course. The winner could be provided with a special treat or toy.
Don’t forget to invite us if you’re throwing a party…! Happy Halloween!
Written by: Nikki Wills, PA to the Founder PFBR