Strange sounds, kids yelling, and lots of visitors in short periods of time are a big routine change. Our pets thrive when they have a reliable routine. Halloween can be a big upset to the usual evening activities. Be mindful to keep an extra eye on the door if you’re opening it frequently, as well as the extra sounds triggering reactive behaviour, such as hiding for cats and barking for dogs.
When trick-or-treaters are coming by, it’s a good idea to have a safe space such as a separate room or gated area for your pet to be with their own favourite (and pet friendly!) treat to keep them occupied and reduce risk of escaping or stress from the ghosts and goblins at the door.
Another option for guardians to consider if anxiety is a concern is pheromone diffusers or sprays such as Adaptil or Feliway (available to order from Bingo’s Pet Shop or your local pet store).