Your Guide to a Pet-Friendly Halloween in Kansas City

dog in witch hat with trick or treat pumpkins

It’s time to dust off the sweaters and boots. The weather is getting cooler, leaves are changing, and it’s a great time to get outside and explore with our pets. Fall events, especially for Halloween are fun opportunities to create memories with family, and we don’t want to leave out the furry members of our family. At Sassie’s New Home, we wanted to scope out some events and celebrations that are pet-friendly that we’re looking forward to this spooky season.

NOTE: Some of these events may have restrictions that pets are up to date with vaccinations. Please check directly with the event and make sure you meet these requirements.

Dogtober Fest at Fleming Park - October 16, 2022

Dogtober Fest, held at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Fleming Park in Blue Springs is a fall celebration with plenty of booths, demonstrations, contests, and games. It takes place from 10 AM – 4 PM on October 16th. Food trucks will be there so you can grab a bite to eat while your furry friend bobs for biscuits, an interesting pet-friendly take on bobbing for apples. Admission is free with a donation of canned dog food so feel like you’re making a difference in the lives of pets. There are separate activities associated with Dogtober Fest, so check their website and find out more. We’re looking forward to the interesting contest categories like “Best Kisser” and “Best Tail-wagger.”

6th Annual Howl-O-Ween Party at Bar K - October 26th, 2022

If you haven’t been to Bar K in the River Market, this event would be a great opportunity to check it out. On October 26th from 5-9 PM, there will be doggie costume contest and a category for those who match with their humans. And here’s a unique twist: there’s an actual doggie haunted house for your pup to enjoy. I’m thinking there will be mailmen instead of ghosts, but who knows what they have planned. This event is free for Bar K members but there’s an entry fee for non-members who are bringing their dog.

Boos, Barks, and Badges in Lee’s Summit - October 29, 2022

This event is one that you won’t want to miss in the heart of downtown Lee’s Summit. The costume contest starts first at City Hall at 9:30 AM. Afterwards, join or watch the walking parade and catch a glimpse of costumes. The Lee’s Summit Fire and Police Departments will be in attendance and there’s trick-or-treating after the parade. It’s a fun and free occasion to kick off Halloween weekend. 

We just can’t get enough of fall and Halloween and want it to last all year.  Let us know: what are your plans for Halloween? Do you have any special Halloween traditions that include your pets? Does your animals allow you to dress them up? Comment with your favorite Halloween costume pictures of your pets, we’d love to see them.

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