A CAFE for canines in Bury is about to set its Halloween celebrations into full swing.

Paws for Coffee's first ever Howl-o-Ween party gets under way on Sunday and will come complete with 'ghoulish goulashes' and spooky costumes for dogs and children alike.

The main event will be open from 4pm and the Tottington Road cafe has a temporary alcohol licence to give patrons a steady flow of beer and Prosecco.

Festivities will include the 'best doggy costume' competition and will see children go head to head to see who's Halloween outfit is scariest.

Cafe owner Karen Philips said: "I couldn't be more excited for our first Halloween do, and business has been absolutely amazing since the start of the pandemic.

"We have had a 90 per cent customer return rate which makes me so grateful because so many others in the hospitality trade have not been as lucky.

"I'm proud to say that we're a community hub where dogs can come and be let off the lead and people find that's great because they can come somewhere and not worry about their dogs being in danger.

"My favourite part of my job is obviously the dogs, because I love working front-of-house, talking and playing with customer's dogs, I know all their names and I love that they keep coming back.

"We're all very excited and can't wait for the Howl-o-Ween party because everything we do is all centred on dogs, so a Halloween party that's all about them just suits us down to a tee.

The cafe opened last year but had to close shortly after, causing Karen and staff members to worry about its' future and the fate of the hospitality industry.

Karen added: "We're so happy to be back and doing so well because so many others have not been and many establishments are closing down.

"I'm trying to be optimistic for the future of this industry - I'm over the moon that we've survived but it's still quite difficult for a lot of people and these are very uncertain times."