The Riverside area loves its pets, and this Halloween that love is showing through in a very community minded way. There are several events coming up this weekend, all of which you can attend with your favorite furry friend. However, that’s not all, because while you’re there showing off your costuming skills, you’ll also be able to help out some homeless pets as well; either by donating needed goods, or by simply participating in the days festivities. Most of these Halloween celebrations will also be showcasing and/or sampling a variety of all natural, organic, and locally sourced pet food and treat products. So, make sure to bring your camera for the memories, and a big bag to carry all those Halloween pet goodies back with you. Just remember that the pet friendly ones are the only ones that should be shared with your pet, as the others won’t have a Happy Halloween ending.
If you’d like to join in on the fun, but don’t have a costume for your pet, check out the attached video for some quick and eco-friendly DIY ideas. Most of the option they talk about can be easily made by recycling materials you already have on hand, or by getting some inexpensive, all natural materials from your local craft store. Just remember that your pet should always be safe, and comfortable in whatever you try on them. If it doesn’t fit, then ditch it for something else. It should be a fun experience for both of you, or it shouldn’t be done at all.
First up there’s The Paws on the Promenade: Temecula Promenade Mall, Saturday, October 24, (1 – 4 pm) This year’s pet costume parade will have six contest categories, which means plenty of prizes. There will also be treat bags for participants, vendor booths, a Monster Mash green screen photo booth, as well as a Fundraising Walk. Proceeds that are raised as part of the day’s activities will go to benefit the Animal Friends of the Valleys, which helps with the areas homeless pet population by supporting the Wildomar Animal Shelter.
All of the area’s local Petsmart locations will be participating in a ‘Trick-or-Treat or Photo Booth’ event. Pets can pose for a free digital photo, learn a new trick, as well as participating in a pet version of trick- or-treating at the various treat stations set up around the store. The party goes from 10 am to 2 pm this Saturday, October 24. Check the website or with your closest store for site specific details.
Finally, also taking place on Saturday, October 24 (11 am – 1 pm) The Farmstead Market in Murrieta will be hosting their first annual Canine Costume and Pet Parade. During the event they will be collecting needed food and supplies for the Animal Friends of the Valleys. Check out the flyer on their Facebook page for more details.
If you’re not able to make it to any of the costume contests this weekend, but just can’t get enough of cute dogs in costume, there’s no need to despair. PetSmart also has a short video on its website which has a bunch of pets showing off some of the costume collection being sold there. Enjoy!