Pet Safety During Halloween


from the City of Kirkland and the Regional Animal Services of King County


Halloween may be a fun time for you; but it’s not for your pet.  The City of Kirkland and Regional Animal Services of King County offer the following tips to keep your four-legged children safe and stress-free during the Halloween season.


Treats Are for Kids; Not Pets

All candy poses a safety hazard for your pet.  Chocolate (especially dark or baking chocolate*) and other candy with caffeine are dangerous and potentially life-threatening for pets.  Keep the treats away from your dog or cat.  Keep a watchful eye on candy wrappers too. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.


Pets Should be Homebodies

Resist the urge to take your pet trick-or-treating.  Walk your pet before the trick-or-treaters arrive.  Keep your pet home; preferably away from the front door.  Pets may get agitated from too many strangers.  Keep even your outdoor pets inside during peak trick-or-treating times.


Avoid a Mess Up with Dress Up

You may think your pet is adorable in a costume, but is it safe?  Check pet costumes for small parts that can be easily chewed off and swallowed.  Costumes should not impede your pet’s ability to move, breathe, bark, or meow*. Try on the costume before Halloween. Only put a costume on your pet if you know it is going to be comfortable in it.


Hide Household Hazards

Keep your pet’s safety in mind when decorating for Halloween.  Hide wires and cords from lighted decorations.  Be safe with candles in pumpkins so that your pet doesn’t get burned.


A Pet License Ensures a Safe Return

If your pet escapes during Halloween or becomes lost, it can be safely returned if it has a King County pet license.  Pet licenses are available online at and at pet license sales locations including the following Kirkland sites:


  • Kirkland City Hall
  • Eastside Auto Licensing
  • QFC Totem Lake
  • QFC Parkplace
  • QFC Inglewood

Regional Animal Services of King County/Pet Licensing:         206-296-2712