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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

If you ever needed an excuse to dress up your pet (we see you excitedly wielding those bowties!), Halloween is it. We’ve culled some tips for keeping Halloween fun and fret-free, for you and your furry family member alike. Trick or treat, y’all!

Tip #1: Carry Your Identification

Howdy, pardner! While you're passing out Trick-or-Treating as an entire family of Incredibles or coordinating pet-and-human outfits (Darth Vader and a barky Yoda, anyone?), make sure your pets are wearing their current I.D. tags and have microchips with all your current info, just in case!

Tip #2: Candy Is Not For Pets... But Treats Are!

Be sure to keep candy out of paws reach and don't forget to set aside a treat for us. (Jerky Bites, pls, you can save a Snickers for yourself.)

Please note: Sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, make sure to call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Tip #3: Be A Visible Pet On Halloween

Use reflective vests or lighted collars, so your Batdog can be easily seen in the dark. Safety purrst. Err, first. Bonus points if you dress up in matchy-matchy headlamps!

Tip #4: Halloween Is Not For Every Pet

If they get anxious, put dogs and cats in a quiet room for the night and turn on their favorite Meryl Streep movie. A constant cacophony of doorbells and little hands rat-a-tat-tatting on the front door can be frustrating and even a little scary. Drown out those sounds with a movie or their favorite Spotify playlist.

Tip #5: Hold A Dress Rehearsal

Like any big event, make sure to do a dress rehearsal. Don’t wait until the night of put your pet in a costume for the very first time. That way you can suss out and fix any frustrations for your pet beforehand.

You can even introduce their costume to them in stages. For example, if you’ve got a full on hula costume in mind, put your pup in the grass skirt one day, the coconut bra the next, and finally, the brightly colored lei.

Of course, if your pet riots altogether, remember that they’re cute enough without any extra decorations (but feel free to go nuts on an adorable leash!).

Tip #6: Keep Your Buddy Close

The buddy system applies to Fido, too. While your pet may be used to hanging out in your yard solo, Halloween Night is another story. Between strangers, costumes, and general Halloween shenanigans, your pet’s better off trick-or-treating with you or hanging out indoors, away from all of the miniature, sword-wielding ninjas.

Tip #7: Halloween Decorations Are Scary (Really!)

Halloween decor can range from easy, felt spiders to elaborate set-ups that jump, light up, and scream. Make to not leave pets unattended with, say, electrical string lights, jack-o-lanterns with real flames, or that toddler-sized urn of candy corn.

Follow all these tips to ensure your best Halloween yet! And if you’re dressing up, make sure to post a photo on social and use the hashtag #ILYhalloween so we can share the love!