Halloween Safety for Dogs – Keeping Your Dog Safe and Stress-Free

Halloween is a fun day for the entire family, including our dogs. It’s so cute to see them all dressed up in the latest Halloween haute couture and posing for the annual family snapshots. But Halloween can also be a stressful and dangerous time for Fido. Keeping him and others safe should be our number one concern. Here are some tips on Halloween safety for dogs.

Halloween safety for dogs

This adorable Stay Puft Marshmallow Frenchie will melt your Halloween heart! Image credit: Istolethetv

Canine Costumes

Since many dogs may not share our excitement for their new Halloween duds, be sure their costume does not contain anything that can easily be chewed off and swallowed. If you’re dressing up and your dog and taking him out Trick-or-Treating with you, there are some safety concerns to keep in mind as well. Keep him tightly leashed and close to you at all times, and make sure his costume contains reflective materials so that he is easily seen and safe from traffic.

Halloween safety for dogs

This adorable French Bulldog is all dressed up for yoga class. Namaste! Image credit: Istolethetv

Ghosts and Goblins

If Spot is the type who startles easily, you may want to consider leaving him at home. Hoards of strangely dressed, exuberant children in masks may stress him and cause him to act atypically. The last thing you want is for him to nip the Little Mermaid as she innocently approaches for a friendly pat on the head.

Halloween safety for dogs

This sweet poodle looks like she’s all ready for tryouts. (I think she’s got a good change of making the squad!) Image credit: C Seigler

Scared Children

Halloween safety for dogs includes keeping all the kids safe as well. Even if your dog loves kids, remember that not all kids love dogs. Some are deathly afraid of dogs, regardless of size or temperament. This is a day for children to enjoy, so keep Fido at a safe distance from any children who seem fearful.

Be Prepared for Pick Up

Even though your Halloween expedition is different from your daily walks, chances are, your pooch may need to poop. Be sure you are prepared to pick up after him and have a plan for disposal or storage until you get back home.

Halloween safety for dogs

This cute little pug makes an adorable cow, don’t you think? Image credit: Istolethetv


Even if your dog is staying home on Halloween night, he may still be at risk for extreme stress.  My dogs get uber excited when the doorbell rings, and Halloween night is really stressful for them. I stow them away in an upstairs bedroom and turn on the television loudly to help drown out the sound of the doorbell.

Halloween safety for dogs

Canine Jackie Onassis never looked better sporting her pill box hat and pearls. Image credit: Istolethetv

Don’t Share the Sugar

Being mindful of Halloween safety for dogs continues even after the night’s festivities are over. As tempting as it may be, make sure your kids know that they shouldn’t share their Halloween booty with Fido. Sugar can make a dog very ill, and chocolate can sometimes even be fatal.

Including your dog in the family’s Halloween fun can be a great way to celebrate and make lasting family memories. Just be sure your primary concern is safety, and a good time will be had by all. Trick-or-treat!


  1. Those dogs are SO cute! It’s easy to get busy on Halloween running around with the kids and forget key important safety tips for dogs. Great post to help us remember!

    • Crystal – I know what you mean. Halloween evening was one of the busiest of the year in our household when our kids were young.

    • That’s funny, Stacie. A few years ago my daughter made a tutu for my little pug to wear on Halloween. But when I put it on her, she just ran in tight circles trying to catch it! It was cute, but she wouldn’t stop so I had to take it off her.

    • Jennifer – We’re spending Halloween out of the country this year so my little guy won’t be dressing up. If I had thought of it I would have packed something for him, though!

  2. Good tips especially about not sharing the sugar! My Lyla gets very nervous with the doorbell and kids coming to the door. It’s a good thing, although also sad that we get very few trick or treaters out here in the country. Good for Lyla but I do miss the fun of handing out candy.

    • Marysa – When I had pups that stressed so much when the doorbell rang, confining them in a room with the TV or a radio turned up loud really helped.

    • Jocelyn – I agree. I think most dogs have issues when the doorbell rings, so anything we can do to ease that stress is important.

  3. These are all great tips. I don’t have a dog though, but I have three cats. I use to have a dog, and when I was young my sisters and I would dress him up for Halloween and go around trick or treating with him.

    • It sure can, Rebekah! I can remember all those years rushing home from work so I could get my daughters all dressed up. Those were such fun (but busy) times!

    • GiGi – I think dogs whose parents dress them up all the time probably like it. For instance, my little guy wears a harness that fits like a vest, and he’s uncomfortable without it when we bathe him. But for dogs who only get dressed up on Halloween? I’m guessing it’s not their favorite thing to do!

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