Trick-or-treat! Halloween is swiftly approaching and you may be wondering how to keep your night full of lots of treats and minimal tricks. For pets, some hazards are obvious, and some are not. Continue reading to learn about the pet dangers on Halloween and how to keep your pet as safe as possible.
Candy is certainly an essential element to Halloween, who doesn’t love candy?
The hazards of candy go beyond the toxicity in chocolate. In addition to chocolate, sugar free candies contain xylitol which can be deadly in both cats and dogs. Since nearly all Halloween candy is dangerous due to wrappers and artificial sweeteners, it’s best to steer clear of candy around your pets. Stash the candy bowl, be sure to pick up wrappers, and make sure the only one devouring treats is you!
Costumes and Decorations
In relation to all the spooky knick-knacks around your home, make sure your decorations are out of reach of your four legged pals. Decorations with tempting tinsel can be especially dangerous and cause damage to the intestinal tract if consumed; that being said, keep tinsel well out of reach. Use extreme caution with candles and lit jack-o-lanterns along with other porch decorations. Safety is always the priority, which applies to costumes too. Make sure your pet is wearing a comfortable and breathable costume if you choose to dress your pet-up. While Halloween night is a fun occasion, it’s also a night where you’ll want to keep a closer eye on your furry friend.
The Halloween season is packed full of spooky activities all leading up to the spookiest celebration of the year, trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating is not necessarily intended for pets; however, if you decide to bring your pet along, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind. The most important thing is that your pet is easily identifiable. Make sure your pet is easy to spot, preferably in bright or reflective colors. Be sure to come prepared, and bring your own dog treats to reward your pet along the way. If you’re finding that you have to ask yourself if bringing your pet trick-or-treating is a good idea, the answer is probably not. That being said, the best way for your pet to spend Halloween night is at home. Pets tend to get riled up by neighborhood activity, we recommend keeping your pet away from the commotion and checking on them periodically.
Halloween night is intended to be fun, but sometimes things happen. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately. If something unexpected comes up, act fact and don’t wait until the morning to do something. And most importantly, stay spooky!
Written by: Gracie Butler
Tis the season to be spooky! Halloween is nearly here, and you’re likely starting to think about costumes for you, your family, and of course, your pet. Continue reading the blog for simple pet costume ideas to jumpstart your spooky season!
Ty Beanie Baby
The first costume idea requires only a few easy items- felt, wood or cardboard, glue, a ring to loop onto the collar, and an adorable pet of any size. Start by creating a red heart-shaped base, then glue your cut-out felt on, and attach the costume to your pet’s collar. This costume is so simple yet adorable, it’ll practically put itself together.
Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My!
The lion-look needs just one thing, a mane! One stop-shop costumes are perfect, especially if you’re putting together a last minute costume. All you’ll need for the mane is any fuzzy material of your choosing, along with something to secure the mane to your pet. Any pet of any size can easily rock this look.
Who doesn't love the most classic duo of all time?
The angel-devil duo look is perfect for households with two pets, and fitting for your different pet’s personalities! This costume look easily comes to life with various red and white accessories of your choosing. Depending on the squirminess of your pet you can modify, customize, and or personalize your costumes.
Looking to challenge your group this spooky season? Get the whole family or group involved with Monsters Inc! While this costume may require the most work, it’s the perfect way to include everyone. The options and variety for this look are infinite; feel free to reference examples online or dare to take your own twist on Monsters Inc.
Pets Who’d Rather Not Be Dressed Up
The key to dressing up a squirmy pet is simple- just add wings! One-item costumes are great because they're simple, cute, easily adjustable and removable. Wing costumes can include bats, butterflies, bumblebees, or any other winged creature (real or imagined).
The main thing to remember while putting together your costumes is keep it simple and keep it enjoyable! Costumes are intended to be fun; with any of these looks, you’re guaranteed an affordable yet paw-fect look. Feel free to play into your pet’s personality and most importantly, embrace the spookiness of the season!
Written by: Gracie Butler
Come to our Birthday Party!
We will be celebrating on October 27th from 4:30-9:30 pm at Lakes & Legends Brewing in Minneapolis! (1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403)
$1.00 from every pint purchased throughout the night will go to support the Animal Care Foundation! We will have a pet costume contest, some free snacks, a food truck, raffle drawings, and a $50 Amazon gift card door prize!
All Night Events:
- ACF Scavenger Hunt (Completed form enters you for the Door Prize Drawing)
-Take a photo of your costumed pet and enter our Virtual Pet Costume Contest
-Snacks from 5:30-8:00 (or until we run out)
-Food Truck (Pharaoh's Gyros Food Truck)
-Raffle Tickets for Sale until 8:25
6:30 - Raffle Drawing
7:00 - Pet Costume Contest (Audience will select the winner)
7:30 - Raffle Drawing
8:30 - Raffle Drawing
Updated information can be found on our website here or you can add the event on Facebook by clicking here.
Join us for the Fourth Annual Animal Care Foundation Pet Costume Contest! It is easy to enter and to vote. Just follow the directions below.
1. Share your pets costumed photo with us between now and Thursday October 27th through:
2. Include your pet's name, approximate age, and favorite toy/activity.
3. Ask your friends and family to vote for your monster/alien/ghost on Facebook and Instagram from October 28th-31st. To vote, they simply like the photo of your pet. They can vote on both platforms.
4. Check in to see the winner as you chow down on your left over candy November 1st.
First Place: $10 Caribou Gift Card and your pet will be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages and our blog.
Second Place: Your pet will be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages and our blog.
Third Place: Bragging rights.
Animal Care Foundation
Providing elderly and disabled community members access to veterinary care for their beloved pet.