While Trick-or-Treating was sadly cancelled this year, if you happen to love both Halloween and animals there are some good news: the RSPCA has organised “an afternoon of Howl-o-ween fun” to help them raise funds to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in need this autumn.
Black cats, rats, lizards, snakes and spiders will obviously be the main stars, but the even will feature all kinds of animals.
Event manager Jo Hockley said, “We know that many people will be disappointed that Trick or Treating can’t take place this year due to Covid-19 restrictions – so we thought it would be fun to organise a day of spooky fun that people could enjoy at home, while still involving the four-legged family members too!
“All the action will be taking place online so people and their pets can take part no matter where they are. We hope that people will help us to raise much-needed funds for all of the bats, cats, rats, mice and other animals in our care by entering or watching our Home Pet Show.”
The event will start 2pm on Saturday 31 October on the RSPCA’s official Facebook page, where families will be able to celebrate Halloween by taking part to “a series of sessions such as pumpkin carving, baking, quizzing and a Home Pet Show”.
A live-streamed quiz hosted by influencer Jess Megan kicks off the festivities followed by a cat treat baking session with last year’s Great British Bake Off winner David Atherton. The day will be rounded off with the final of the Home Pet Show with five categories:
🎃 Tricks and Treats – an all animal class where owners are being encouraged to show off their pet’s hidden talents and special skills!
🎃 Howl-o-ween Pets – From Witches’ Cats to Hounds of the Baskervilles (Dogs), Horses (of the Apocalypse) to all things rodent, creepy, crawly or scaly, we can’t wait to meet your pets this Halloween.
🎃 Wise Wizards – This class is tailor made for all animals in their autumn years!
🎃 Pumpkin-spiced baby – We can’t wait to see your cute younger creatures and critters in our all-animal baby class.
🎃 Spooky Art Class – Send us pictures of your all-animal creations including 2D, 3D and photography. We’d love to see pet and wildlife entries and will award ages under 11s, 11 to 16 and 16 and over.
Classes cost £4 per entry.
People are also encouraged to enter their pets into one of the 20 regional heats across the country from now until Friday 30 October. National winners will be picked from across the regions and will be invited to take part in the live final hosted by CBBC’s Pets Factor vet Rory Cowlam and actor and influencer Sophie Craig at 4pm on Saturday 31st October on the charity’s Facebook page.
Jo added, “We can’t wait to see all the different pets that are out there and ready to get involved in our spooky Home Pet Show. We’re sure there’s the perfect category for every pet and animals can be entered as many times as you like. All the money raised will go towards helping creatures and critters across England and Wales that need our help.”
Images by RSPCA