Halloween and Your Pet

Tips from The Humane Society of the United States

If you get the willies when ghosts and Grim Reapers come rapping at your door on Halloween, imagine how frightened your unsuspecting pet could be. Constant knocks and doorbells, followed by chants of "Trick or Treat!" can be very stressful on pets, leading to panic and other uncharacteristic behaviors


The best place for pets on this hallowed eve is a safe, quiet spot out of the way of the activities and the continually opened front door, says The Humane Society of the United States.

"As creatures of habit, pets thrive on daily routines and some can become very agitated when those routines are disrupted," said Stephanie Shain, director of outreach for the Companion Animal Section of The Humane Society of the United States. "For their comfort and safety, the most considerate thing you can do is keep them away from the evening's activities."

Here are some easy ways to ensure a safe and happy Halloween:

Lighted candles pose an obvious threat, but other Halloween decorations are no treats for your pet or neighborhood wildlife:

For additional tips on pet care, visit http://humanesociety.org/pets 

M. Stukey

Riley County Humane Society 

P.O. Box 1202 

Manhattan, KS 66505