Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

It can be very fun for children to dress up and pretend to be a different character. But, dogs don’t understand the concept and can be very fearful of people wearing masks and costumes. And the huge number of children ringing the doorbell and yelling “Trick or Treat” can put many dogs into sensory overload. In my early adult years, I had a small dog with a heart murmur that had a heart attack on Halloween and died. The constant activity was too much for him. If I knew then what I know now, I would have kept him away from all of the noisy activity. provided this infograph, filled with helpful tips for keeping dogs safe on Halloween. I agree whole heartedly about keeping your dogs in a separate room, away from the trick or treaters. Many will benefit from being in a quiet room with a good chew toy, lights out, and calming canine music playing to keep them stress free. Cats will also benefit from being in a quiet room away from the noise by the front door. They require consistency in their environment, and Halloween is filled with unpredictable events for them.

Next: Dogs in Costumes

Gina the Rabbi and Sanchez the Bumblebee

While it can be very fun for humans to dress up their dogs, many dogs don’t prefer it, and some hate it. Please don’t force your dog to wear a Halloween costume if they don’t enjoy it. While Sanchez and Gina don’t love wearing costumes, they are always extremely well paid for doing so. In addition to their favorite treats, they also were allowed playtime with visitors, something they absolutely love.

Will your pets be part of your Halloween activities this year? Do they enjoy wearing costumes? Feel free to add any safety tips of your own in a comment below.

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Christine Jones
Christine J2 years ago

Some good tips here. I'm not a fan of trick-or-treating and neither are most pets.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Vicky P.
Vicky P4 years ago


Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago


Autumn S.
Autumn S4 years ago


Magdalen B.
Magdalen B4 years ago

Looking at that photo, some of them need keeping safe from their barmy owners.

Karen Chestney
Karen Chestney4 years ago

Thanks.....these are some great tips.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

thanks for posting