How to keep your furry friends safe during a spooky Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s a favorite time of the year for people of all ages, including our pets. Not only do children and adults (and their pets) dress up for the occasion, but houses in my neighborhood started getting halloween makeovers as of October 1st. While we all love to dress have a spooky good time on the holiday, it’s essential to remember our furry companions during this festive season. Here are a few tips on how to keep your pets safe and happy during Halloween, whether you’re handing out candy at home or hitting the trick-or-treating trail.

Pet – Proof your home for Halloween


While all the decorations are a hit with the neighbors and kids, there are a number of things you should keep in mind for your pet. Never leave candles unattended, and keep long dangling cords out of your pets reach. In a moment of excitement- (or panic) your pet may knock a candle over or get tangled up in the cords.

Black dog in a baby shark costume for halloween
Black dog in a baby shark costume for halloween


If you decide to dress up your pet, choose a costume that fits well and doesn’t have small parts that can be chewed and swallowed. Make sure the costume fits well as this could cause some entanglement as well. if your dog is a chewer, And remember, never leave your pet unattended when he is wearing his costume.


As much as we love chocolate (at least I know I do!), it is toxic for dogs. it’s not the only danger though. Sugar-free candy may have xylitol which is extremely toxic. Raisins, macadamia nuts and just too much sugar can also cause problems. Make sure that children are aware that they should not be feeding the dog with “human” treats. Buy your furry friend a treat of his own for the night.

two dogs in halloween costumes meeting
two dogs in halloween costumes meeting

To go trick-or treating or Stay home

If your thinking about taking your friend on a walk, carefully consider the environment. Neighborhoods can get a bit wild with excited kids and spooky sights, which might overstimulate your pet. An overstimulated dog may forget his manners in greeting other people- or scarier yet, get loose and slip away.

If you keep them home- keep your pet away from the door. or keep them in their own quiet space away from the action. My last dog Shamus loved greeting children at the door, so while I allowed this, he was on-leash whenever I opened the door. Declan becomes so stressed at halloween that he needs to be in a quiet space away from all the action. Consider your dogs temperment and how he will react to the situation.

Whether your dog attends the halloween walk or stays at home, make sure he has proper identification in case he somehow gets loose.

Halloween is a fantastic time to enjoy some quality moments with your pets and neighbors. Remember, safety first, but don’t forget to have fun and capture those magical moments on camera. Share your spook-tacular pet photos with us, and let’s celebrate this ghostly holiday!

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