Keeping the Scare Out of Your Pet’s Halloween

Halloween is something we can all enjoy at any age. Yet, for our pets, this holiday can be a spooky experience, as well as downright dangerous for them. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of Halloween pet safety tips to keep your pet from getting into devilish mishaps that could cause them harm.

An adorable 5 month old kitten wearing a hot dog costume and looking at the camera.

Caution with Costumes

Halloween isn’t Halloween without a costume! Many of us spend a lot of time preparing for the big day, and it can be fun to include our pets in the costume-wearing tradition! However, it’s important to make sure your pet is comfortable in their costume and it does not hinder their mobility, eyesight, hearing, or breathing. Also, always make sure your pet is supervised while in costume to avoid any potential malfunctions.

Another crucial point to make about costumes is that your pet may not understand that you are still you in costume. Costumes obviously change our look, but they can change our smell, too, causing pets to not recognize people who should be familiar to them. So be cautious about your pet’s reaction around you and your costumed family!

Decisions About Decorations

Harvest and Halloween decorations are many people’s favorites of the year. They include dried out corn stalks, jack-o-lanterns, Halloween lights, as well as rubber spiders, fake webs, and more! While these are all fun and create a great ambiance for the holiday, they can be potentially dangerous for your pet. Dried out corn kernels can be ingested and cause digestive upset or even obstruction; jack-o-lanterns can pose a fire hazard to a curious pet when lit; lights can be chewed with disastrous results; and rubber decorations like spiders as well as fake webs can all be chewed up, swallowed, and entangled around our pets. Keep your pet clear of decorations or always make sure they are supervised around them. Or, better yet, use all pet-friendly decorations this year!

Black lab with Halloween decorations

Cringe-Worthy Candy

Most of us are already aware that chocolate is bad for our cats and dogs. Yet, other candies and snacks also pose serious risk to our pets. Some common Halloween and fall seasonal foods to watch out for include:

  • Xylitol, a sweetener found in many gums and candies
  • Coconut and coconut-based products
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts and most other nuts
  • Salty and snack foods

If your pet does ingest any of these, please contact us immediately so we can assess the situation.

We hope you and your pet have a fun, safe, and not-to-scary Halloween!


The Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital and staff are wonderful. Dr. Bunnell and staff are friendly, caring and understand that a pet is truly part of your family.

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