With Halloween just a few weeks away, I wanted to take a moment to remind all pet owners how to keep their pets safe this year.  Many people love to include their cats and dogs in festivities which can make for a fun event for both family and pets. However, Halloween can be full of hazards for our pets if precautions are not followed.  Some safety tips may seem like common sense, yet other dangers are less obvious. Veterinarians see an increase in calls right around Halloween as do hotlines for pet poisonings. What you need to know right now will help ensure a safe Halloween for both you and your pet.


Halloween Safety For Pets

  • Keep all candy away from pets. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be toxic for pets, along with the artificial sweetener xylitol,  which can be found in sugar-free candies.  Suckers or any candy on a stick pose a choking hazard and need to also be kept from pets. Make sure to have pet-safe treats on hand so that your furry kids can safely join in on the fun!


The ASPCA recommends:

If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.


  • Be mindful of removing candles from jack-o-lanterns and decorations. Electric lights are a safer option, but keep in mind that the wires can pose a threat to curious pets. Be sure to hide any wires from pets chewing on them and also so they do not cause a trip hazard.


  • Pets can be afraid or anxious on Halloween due to the strange sounds, the doorbell frequently ringing, all the strangers and possibly scary costumes that your pet will be exposed to. Think about your pet and their temperament. If they are prone to being anxious, it is wise to put them in a safe, secure location within your home to avoid them becoming upset.


  • Whether or not you choose to take your pet with your family trick or treating,  please be aware that your pet could easily get outdoors and away from you.  If they do accompany you knocking on doors, it is best to keep them on a leash, one that has tags to identify that theyarchitetto-gatto-nero belong to you or who you veterinarian is. Considering that Halloween is a night for tricks, it is safer for your pet not to be allowed outdoors in your yard alone. This is also a good time to remember that it is a smart idea to have cats and dogs microchipped in the event they get lost.


  • Make sure that your pet does not mind wearing a costume before Halloween. While your dog or cat might just look so darn cute dressed up, if they become stressed and anxious, it is not worth it to expect them to wear a costume.  If they do not seem bothered by it, make sure to dress them in a simple costume that is not too tight and is not elaborate. Your pet should be able to move freely in their costume and not be exposed to strings, belts, or attachments that could trip them. Do not put a mask on your pet since it could interfere with breathing or vision.  Never allow your pet to chew on a costume as they could ingest something harmful.






I love to hear stories and see pictures of your Halloween with your pets! Please feel free to comment below and also share what you have learned about Halloween safety for pets.



8 comments on “Halloween Safety For Pets: What You Need To Know Right Now

  • This was a really smart post to write. People get so excited for Halloween that they may not even consider their pets on such an eventful day. Great job noting that candy and chocolate are toxic to animals & especially for including the ASPCA Poison Control Center’s phone number! You just might save a life 🙂

    • Thanks Em, I appreciate that you found my post useful. As much as pets can be cute to look at in costume, I can’t help but think that they are secretly embarrassed and plan to have a long talk with their person after Halloween is over!

      Take Care,


  • Your Halloween safety for pets should be printed and post it on school boards.

    This way children can read and help their parents to make sure that their pets are safe.

    Especially with all the toxic in the chocolate and sweets. You do not want to go to the ER in the middle of the night after you are tired Trick or Treat-ing.

    Thank you for this notice.

    • Thanks so much for your comments. Kids should know this information. I believe that having pets makes kids more responsible and more caring. Since Halloween really is all about kids, they should be a part of keeping their pets safe.

      Take Care,


  • Firstly I have to say – that hot dog is absolutely awesome!

    You’ve given me some great tips here, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the festivities that we forget to just take a second and think about the safety of our pets.

    The tips you give here could very easily apply to Christmas and Easter too, especially about keeping chocolate and toxic foods out of reach. Many thanks for the much needed reminder!

    • Hi Simon, thanks for visiting my site and thanks for your positive comments! Glad you liked the hot dog and here is to our pets always being safe!



  • We make sure to keep our pets (one dog, one cat) indoors on Halloween, for some of the same reasons you mentioned. Halloween is an interesting day, not sure what exactly to call it, not a Holiday. There are a lot of people out and about, coming to the door and ringing the bell. This is especially difficult for our dog. We usually encourage her to bark when the doorbell rings, it’s sort of a deterrent. On Halloween, it’s kind of tough because we don’t necessarily need her to bark every single time the bell rings. Halloween can certainly bring out people who have bad intentions as well and we prefer to keep our pets inside just in case. With Halloween coming up, this is a great reminder for us, to be extra cognizant of our pets. By the way, I love the picture of the hot dog costume, that is super fitting! Thanks again.

    • Thanks so much for your input on pet safety on Halloween. I caught myself referring to Halloween as a holiday, but decided that no, it cannot be considered a one. Many pets can get a bit “freaked out” by all the activity, especially the ringing of the doorbell. For me, I have wished I was able to tell my dog that it is okay, she does not need to bark on Halloween! I agree with you that it is smart to keep out pets indoors, just in case. I wish a safe, uneventful Halloween for you and yours:-)


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