Gearing Up for Annual Trick or Treating Event

by Kimberly Wade

Halloween. It’s easily a favorite holiday by many, especially for those who dress up their kids… and their pets. Halloween for us, for Nevada Humane Society, is a time of fun, a time to bring people and pets together and maybe, just maybe, a time to eat a little too much sugar.

Every year, we invite the community, their kids and families, into the shelter for what we call Safe Trick or Treating. It’s safe because it’s indoors and full of adult supervision. But better than that, we dress up dogs and cats in costume and they help hand out Halloween candy to the kids! Who doesn’t love that?! Of course, we have staff and volunteers on hand in costume too, and they supervise the pet handing out the candy, but we know the kids are more enthralled with the pets. I mean, who can pass up a dog in a lobster costume or a cat in a superman outfit? No one! (Side note—if you’ve got great pictures of your pets in costume, feel free to email them to and we’ll publish them on our Facebook page)

Safe Trick or Treating is on Saturday, October 31, Halloween night at our Reno shelter. It begins at 4pm and ends at 6:30pm and kids of all ages are welcome. We’ll have spooky music, people and pets in costume and of course, candy, candy, candy! It’s truly a great time for all but come early because it gets busy!

Looking for Halloween fun in Carson City? As we also have a shelter there (currently on Butti Way but the groundbreaking for our new shelter began last week, which will be on Butti Way and Airport Road), we’ll be bringing dogs for adoption—wait for it—in costume—to the Carson City Petco on Friday, October 30 from 1pm to 4pm. Then, on Halloween, we’ll have adoptable dogs in the Nevada Day Parade. We weren’t kidding when we said we do the holidays right!

One more thing. We’re seeking Halloween candy donations of individually wrapped candy for our Safe Trick or Treating event. All donations are tax-deductible and may be dropped off from the hours of 11am to 6:30pm to our Reno shelter on Longley Lane. We promise not to eat it because seeing the joy on the faces of the young kids who come through here on Halloween is priceless and we wouldn’t change that for anything! Happy Halloween!

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