October 10, 2019

A Dog’s Guide to Halloween


With pumpkin patches and pumpkin spice lattes in full swing, fall has arrived, and Halloween is just around the corner. But did you know that are tons of stops for your dog to have a real howlin’ Halloween in and around New Westminster? From fun costumes to spooky treats, we've got you covered.

Dog Costumes!

Spirit Halloween

#E300, 805 Boyd Street, New Westminster

Spirit Halloween is a great and classic place to get costumes – including for your dog. Spirit Halloween has one of the larger selections of dog costumes. Some of the more unique costumes they offer are a sushi roll, a shark and various superhero costumes.

Bosley's by Pet Valu

#114, 1015 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Bosley’s by Pet Valu is conveniently located close to the New Westminster SkyTrain station, just 2 stops from Brewery District. Some of their best costumes are a pumpkin head costume, skeleton costume, and their cheesiest costume - a cheeseburger.

PetSmart

1090 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam (next to IKEA)

PetSmart is a go-to stop for any pet needs, but they also have a huge array of Halloween-themed dog treats and Halloween costumes. They’ve got almost every animal costume that you can think of! You can dress up your dog as a shark, a pumpkin and even a real hot dog. It’s also a great stop for all your Halloween dog treats: pumpkin flavoured dog treats, and spooky themed dog biscuits.

Treats

Spoiled Pups Bakehouse

#101, 1012 4th Avenue, New Westminster

Spoiled Pups Bakehouse doesn’t only provide delicious treats for your furry friend year-round but have a wide array of fall and Halloween-themed treats. They provide dog approved delicious treats made with natural, simple ingredients with the special ingredient of love. Everything from pumpkin peanut butter bones, to eyeball cake bite treats. It is a shame these are only for the dogs.

Big Dog Little Dog Bakery

4631 Hastings Street, Burnaby 

Another great stop for Halloween goodies is Big Dog Little Dog Bakery. Not only are they a great spot to get your dog a fabulous cake year-round, but you can get a Halloween-themed cake made with real pumpkin purée or just go for a classic peanut butter and honey. Some of their coolest Halloween treats are the baked pumpkin and ghost cookies also made wheat free with real pumpkin.

3 Tips for Halloween Safety

  1. Keep chocolate away: Remember to keep the trick-or-treating candy away from your dog as it can be hazardous to their health.
  2. Try pet costumes on in advance: It is important to try any animal Halloween costumes on in advance, as Halloween night can be stressful enough for your furry friend. Also, ensure that if they have a costume, it doesn't restrict their movement in anyway.
  3. Keep your pet inside: Keep your pets inside and away from the door. Halloween night is usually the most stress-free option for them. Another good idea is to make sure that their ID tags or other form of ID is kept up to date in case they manage to escape.

Happy Halloween!