The SPCA for Monterey County urges pet owners to take some simple precautions to safeguard their pets during Halloween week:
Pets should be kept indoors and preferably confined to an area of the home where they cannot escape. Multiple strangers in costume at your door can be very stressful for your pet. Pets might slip out the front door unexpectedly or become frightened and bite.
Keep pets safe by confining them indoors.
Pets should always have a current license, ID tag, and microchip so they can be returned in the event they are frightened and escape from the home.
If you plan to dress your pet up for Halloween, practice first to get your pet used to the costume. Some pets simply don't like costumes, so don't force it. Make sure it's easy to take off if your pet becomes scared and has breakaway parts (like velcro). Always keep your pet under your control when he is in costume.