By: | | Dogs, MD/DC Area Pet Guide

Halloween is almost here, and what better way to enjoy this spooktacular time of year than with your furry best friend by your side? Here are several fun ways to celebrate Halloween with your dog in the Maryland/DC area.

Visit a Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Patch or Corn Maze

Many farms and fall events in Maryland welcome friendly, leashed dogs, making for pawsome fall outings the whole family will enjoy! In the DC area, you and your furry friend can visit farms like Montpelier Farms in Upper Marlboro, MD or Sharp’s at Waterford Farm in Brookeville, MD for pumpkin picking, hayrides, and more. From sprawling pumpkin patches to captivating corn mazes, check out our blog post below for a comprehensive list of all the fantastic dog-friendly fall activities Maryland has to offer:

Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes & Fall Fun in Maryland

Attend a Pet-Friendly Halloween Event

The Maryland/DC area offers a number of pet-friendly Halloween events for you to choose from, including pet parades, costume contests, and more! Just remember to be cautious with costumes, as many dogs do not enjoy being dressed up. You and your dog can enjoy treats and spooky cocktails at the Fairmont’s 12th annual Howl-O-Ween in Washington, DC or join in the Harbor Halloween Pet Pawrade at National Harbor in Maryland. Discover all the Halloween happenings in Maryland and DC in our blog post below:

Pet-Friendly Halloween Events in Maryland and DC

Go Trick-or-Treating

Some dogs relish being the center of attention and mingling in large crowds. If your dog is that type of dog, head out for trick or treating around your neighborhood. Be sure, however, your dog is wearing his identification before you go out. Hold the leash tightly and do not allow him to jump on children or others. Be sure no kind-hearted trick-or-treaters try to give your dog an unhealthy treat. Instead, carry treats with you to reward your dog for his good behavior.

Better yet, take your furry friend to a trick-or-treating event just for dogs—on Saturday, October 28th, Clipper’s Canine Cafe in Ellicott City, MD is hosting their annual Howl-O-Ween event. For a $15 donation to local rescue, Pitties and Purrs, you will receive a list of participating businesses and make your way through Main Street visiting the stores to receive your pup’s treats.

Enjoy a Quiet Evening Together

Maybe your dog is more the type that gets overwhelmed by the excitement of a noisy holiday. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying some Halloween fun together! Turn off the porch light so you aren’t disturbed by trick-or-treaters, pop popcorn for yourself, make a homemade dog treat (you’ll find a ton of healthy dog treat recipes online) for your dog. Then curl up on the couch and enjoy a scary Halloween movie together. Or spoil yourself and your dog by heading out of a town for a quiet night at a dog-friendly hotel.

Wishing You and Your Dog a Happy Halloween!

Whether you’re looking for an active outing or low-key evening indoors, there are countless ways to create pawsome Halloween memories with your furry friend through fun traditions like treats and activities you both enjoy. So grab your leash and start making plans to give your dog a Howl-o-ween to remember! Happy Halloween to all – dogs and humans alike!

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