Halloween may be one of your favorite holidays, but your pets may not be so thrilled by all the festivities.

For people of all ages, Halloween is a fun time of year, full of candy and costumes, friends, and festivities. One night a year, we get to dress up as someone other than ourselves and act like a kid again. Of course, for kids, it's all about getting the right costume and collecting as much candy, as possible.

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Our animals pick up on our emotions. So when the kids are all excited and running around the house, the dog wants to be part of it. Then your child puts on a mask and everything changes. Pets don't understand what it's all about. They don't have a holiday where, say, your dog pretends to be your cat. They probably wouldn't argue with the food part of the celebration but, other than that, it doesn't make much sense to them, and can actually cause a great deal of stress. And when pets get stressed, they either lash out or run away. A cat-scratched hand because your child reached for the cat while wearing a costume isn't going to make for a very nice evening.

These tips relate to your family's night of trick-or-treating, as well as to Halloween parties. When your house is full of well-meaning people, and your dog is wandering around, chances are the guests are going to feed him/her some candy, which is not a good idea.

So we have a few suggestions on how you can keep your pets happy and safe on Halloween.

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