Halloween's coming up and we're here for it! It's that season when you and your pet can flex your best fall fits, binge on treats, and get into a spooky mood.
If you're excited about the idea of getting your dog or cat in on this action, we got you. Let's make sure they have a blast while keeping things chill.
Mapping out the scene
Thinking about your trick-or-treat route? It's all about balance.
You'll want to be out long enough to get the whole Halloween experience, but not so long that your soulful sidekick starts to hit their limit.
Maybe think of a "figure-8" route, with your crib at the center. If your dog's looking like they're over it halfway, you can let them chill at home while you finish round two.
People and other pups
You know your dog's energy. Some are all about meeting new people and their pets, and others, well...not so much.
If your dog is a bit more antisocial, maybe reconsider the trick-or-treat plan. And even if you have a dog-friendly dog, if a house is giving off "we have a territorial dog inside" vibes, maybe hang back with your pet while the rest of the gang grabs the goodies.
Pack the essentials
Even if your dog's channeling a superhero, they've still got their usual needs. Hitting a few houses or going all out, don't forget water for your pup (a sports-top bottle does the trick).
And remember, candy's a no-go for them. Chocolate? Big nope. Instead, pack some DIY dog treats so they don’t feel left out. Oh, and since walks are basically "let's find a spot" time, keep those waste bags on hand.
When you're picking out that killer costume for your pup, make sure it's the right fit. Too tight and you risk making your dog unhappy and uncomfortable. They need to move, breathe, and, of course, take those essential pee breaks.
If the costume's on point, but not really reflective, make sure it's visible enough for those late-night drivers. You can add a reflective patch to make things extra safe.
And as always, leashes are non-negotiable, even on Halloween.
Heads up! While you may be downing chocolates and licorice, that stuff's off-limits for dogs. And while some candies might not be the end of the world for them, they're not really the best choice.
Keep the sugary goodies out of reach, and maybe whip up a dog-safe treat so your pup doesn’t feel FOMO.
What about those cool cats?
You've seen those Instagram posts of cats on leashes looking all majestic and you're thinking, "Why should dogs have all the fun?" Well, before you decide to let your kitty join the Halloween parade, there are a few things to consider.
First, cats are way more sensitive to new environments than dogs. The whole trick-or-treat scene — with its wild costumes, unfamiliar noises, and unpredictable movements — can be a sensory overload for them. Plus, not every feline is cool with being on a leash, especially if they’re not used to it. It can be more stressful than fun.
However, if your cat is already leash-trained and you feel they're chill enough to handle the scene, do a quick test run in a quieter environment first. If they seem relaxed, you might give it a go. But keep things short and always be ready to head home if they're showing signs of stress.
And, uh, remember those dogs out trick-or-treating? They can be a wild card. Even if they're usually cool with cats, the excitement of the night can throw things off. So, always be on the lookout and keep some distance just to be safe.
Lastly, if you decide to let your cat join in, make sure their costume (if they're rocking one) is comfy and doesn’t restrict movement. And like with dogs, visibility is key. You want everyone to see your festive feline strutting their stuff!
So, whether your cat's relaxing at home or joining in on the moonlit prowl, make sure they're having as much fun as you are.
Alright, now that you're prepped, go own that Halloween scene! Here's to a night that’s all treat, no trick for you and your costumed copilot.
Cecily Kellogg is a pet lover who definitely has crazy cat lady leanings. Her pets are all shelter rescues, including the dog, who is scared of the cats. She spent eight years working as a Veterinary Technician before becoming a writer. Today she writes all over the web, including here at Figo.