Halloween Happenings

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Trick or Treat Times

Valparaiso: 6-8 p.m.

Chesterton: 5-7 p.m.

Portage: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Hobart: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Coco’s Canine Cabana to host ‘Howl-o-ween’ party

Coco’s Canine Cabana, located at 405 Elm St. in Valparaiso, will be hosting their first ever “Howl-o-ween” party on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 3-5 p.m. Entrance is free and there will be prizes for the cutest, most unique and scariest pet costumes. So bring in your dog – large or small – for a great “Howl-o-ween” party.

All proceeds from this special event will be donated to the Porter County Animal Shelter. Coco’s Canine Cabana has been opened for one year and provides a facility for a variety of services. Owner Kathy DeFries explained that people bring their dogs to the Cabana so that they can play and get their exercise, while others drop their animals off at the Cabana for a few hours to get some supervised exercise while the owners are able to run errands.

“We try to provide all of the necessary services in one place,” DeFries said. “We have day care and feeding, we can take care of basic needs, we have pet grooming and a self dog wash area. We are also available to kennel your dog.”

For more information call 219-462-1222, or visit us at www.cc-dogpark.com.

Salem Spooktacular Halloween Hullababoo and costume contest

Salem United Methodist Church, located at 756 West 350 South in Hebron, will have a Halloween party and costume contest for the church and the community from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 23. It will be held at the church, which is located south of Lakes of the Four Seasons.

There will be treats, prizes, Frankenstein-furters and Witches Brew – otherwise known as hot dogs and punch. There will also be a night of old fashioned fun for the whole family, so adults should come in costume as well.

The cost will be $5 per family, and a reservation is required. For more information or to register, call 219-988-4700, or 219-988-5681.

We look forward to seeing all of those costumes and masks.

Halloween at the Portage Township YMCA

Get spooked this year at the Portage Township YMCA annual Halloween Party. Enjoy games for the children in our CarnEVIL, including a cake walk, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating, feed the ghost and boo buckets.

The CarnEVIL will run from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 23. To get in the door, bring in an item for the Portage Food Pantry and your cost will be $5 per family, but cost is $10 without a food pantry item.

This year’s new addition will be the Haunted Trail, which is geared toward those in middle school. The Haunted Trail will be outside of the YMCA and an additional $2 per entry to the Haunted Trail will be charged. The Haunted Trail will be open from 7-10 p.m.

So come to the Portage Township YMCA for some spooky fun on Oct. 23 from 6-10 p.m. For more information on Halloween events at the Portage Township YMCA, contact Amber Morris at 219-762-9622, visit www.ymcaofportage.com, or find the organization on Facebook.

Rittenhouse Senior Living Community Halloween Party

The Rittenhouse Senior Living Community, located at 1300 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso, will host a Halloween Party on Oct. 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. They invite the public to join them for some ghoulish games, trick or treating at resident’s apartments and frightening food. The event is free, and open to children and adults of all ages. Reservations are requested. For more information or to RSVP, call 219-531-2484.

Haunted House to aid Hobart Humane Society

Shelter dogs reap the benefits when you ‘Face Your Fears’

What: The Sanitarium of Lost Souls Haunted House

Where: East State Road 130 in Hobart in the old Hobart Animal Clinic building

When: Oct. 29-31 from 7-10 p.m.

Cost: $5 donation, with proceeds benefiting the Hobart Humane Society
Hobart Humane Society’s wish list:

– Large trash bags

– Literally tons of clay kitty litter

– Purina Cat and/or Kitten Chow

– Canned cat food

– Purina Dog Chow

– Pine Sol

– SOS Pads

– Antibacterial Dish Soap

– Paper towels

– Plain Clorox Bleach

The Hobart Humane Society is located at 2054 East State Road 130 in Hobart. For more information, call 219-947-4747, visit www.humanesocietyofhobart.org, or find them on Facebook.

Halloween safety tips for pets

Keep your furry companion safe during the holiday

Halloween is a fun time for children and adults, but it can be scary and dangerous for your pet. There are a few things pet owners can remember to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for everyone.

Keep all candy out of reach, not just chocolate. A lot of people know chocolate is dangerous to dogs, but so are other candies. Sugar can cause nasty gastrointestinal upset. Lollipop sticks, plastic parts and wrappers can cause intestinal obstruction and potentially rupture the intestines, which is a life-threatening emergency.

Keep decorative light strands away from curious puppies and kitties. One chewing session can be dangerous and possibly deadly.

During Halloween night, keep your pets locked indoors and away from trick-or-treaters. Dogs especially may feel that their territory is being invaded by the constant onslaught of visitors.

Keeping your dog in a secluded area of the house will help him stay calm and keep him from growling or possibly biting your visiting ghouls and goblins. It will also keep your pet from being able to dart outdoors.

Do not take your dog along trick-or-treating. Even typically calm dogs may get spooked by excited, shrill voices and strange costumes.

Make sure your dog has current, accurate and readable identification tags. If you have recently changed your address or phone number, update the ID immediately. If you have not done so yet, take this opportunity to have your pet micro-chipped with an AVID chip. Your vet can help you with this easy, painless procedure.

If you have a black cat, be especially careful about keeping it indoors on Halloween. Some people are superstitious about black cats and may try to scare or harm them.

An animal in a costume should never be left alone or unsupervised. Some pets, if left alone in costume, may chew it up and ingest it. This could cause intestinal obstruction. If the costumed pet escapes or is frightened away, the costume could get caught on trees, fences or bushes, and your pet could get hurt.

This information was provided by the North Central Veterinary Emergency Center. For more information, call 219-785-7300, or visit www.ncvec.pnc.edu.

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