Halloween is a spooky, festive, and fun time for most humans, but for pets it can be very scary and confusing.

Strange costumes, loud noises and constant interruptions throughout the evening can  put your pet’s stress level off the charts. Here are a few tips to keep your furry friend safe during the scariest night of the year.

Minimize Noises

Constant knocking on the door or ringing of the doorbell can put your dog or cat on high alert. Many pets don’t enjoy strangers showing up unannounced. To minimize the effect of trick-or-treaters on your pets’ stress level, consider setting up shop outside on the porch. Plop down in a chair with a bowl of candy and enjoy the evening by watching kids run throughout the neighbor in all of their crazy costumes, so your dog or cat doesn’t have to hear the constant noise.

Keep them Crated or in a quiet room

 If your pet can’t handle the stress of the night, they might be better off hanging out in their crate or in a quiet room where they feel safe. Maybe turn on some music and TV to help block out all the activity going on outside.

Keep Candy Hidden

Candy is one of the biggest threats to your pet on Halloween. Much of it is fatal if ingested, so be sure not to leave it lying by the door, on the ground, or on a short table. Instead, keep your sugar-filled goods on a counter out of reach, or outside where the kids can swing by and grab ‘n go.

Let Them Adjust to your Costume

Dogs gain familiarity with their family through sight and scent. Covering yourself in a costume and makeup can mask both your normal smell and appearance. This has a tendency to make your pet unable to recognize you and might frighten them. Bulky, ghoulish costumes often have this effect. If you’re dressing up for Halloween, be sure to get dressed in front of your pet so they know it’s still you under the disguise.

Leave Candles & Decorations out of Reach

Overly excited pets can easily knock over decorations. Since candles are popular during Halloween, you’ll want to be wary about where you place them; even the top of the fridge and high shelves aren’t safe from cats. Place candles and other dangerous, breakable items in spots your pet won’t likely notice them or be able to reach.

ID Them

Holidays tend to be popular times for runaway pets. The stress of the day and continuous opening of the front door give them many opportunities to make a run for it. It’s important that your dog or cat is equipped with proper ID in the event they escape. Collars are a great option, but nothing beats a microchip equipped with all of your furry friend’s pertinent information.