How to Keep Your Pets Safe on Halloween

Help your pets have a happy Halloween!

Halloween is fun for the whole family—and that includes your pet. Follow these tips to make sure pets stay happy and safe this year.

  • Halloween lights can give your home an eerie glow, but they can also be dangerous if your pet turns the light cord into a chew toy. Keep these out of reach.
  • Fake cobwebs can turn your home into a haunted house, but they can also be a choking hazard. Keep these dangling decorations out of reach.
  • The coolest costume comes with an ID tag showing your address. That way, if your pet does get loose, neighbors can bring it back home.
  • If you dress up your pet, check that the outfit is comfortable and allows the animal to breathe and walk safely. Never force your pet to do something it doesn't want to do.



  • Does your pet get hyper when the doorbell rings? If so, put a sign on your door asking trick-or-treaters to knock instead.
  • OR keep nervous pets in a closed room so they won't get upset by the doorbell. Fill the room with your pet's favorite toys and blankets to keep it happy.
  • Make sure your pet doesn't pull a disappearing act. Watch your pet carefully when you open the door for trick-or-treaters so that it doesn't dart outside.
  • Eating chocolate and other candy can hurt your pet's tummy, so keep your sugary loot out of reach.



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Always make sure your pet is comfortable in a costume.



Photo credits: Rita Kochmarjova, Shutterstock (dogs in leaves); GK Hart, Vikki Hart, Getty Images (kitten in pumpkin); Danita Delimont, Getty Images (dog in spider costume)



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