Halloween Safety Tips From Our Friends At “Haute Or Not… Pets” And A Spooky Buddies Give-Away!



It’s October and you know what that means! Halloween is right around the corner! While Halloween is  definitely a fun holiday there are some safety tips that you should be aware of.  It is important to take some precautions to make sure you have the best Halloween ever!


Today I am proud to present to you some dear friends of my Mom’s, Haute or Not….Pets, they are here today sharing some Halloween safety tips with the help of  some friends from the Disney movie, Spooky Buddies! 

Here we go!!


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Spooky Buddies, everyone’s favorite talking puppies want to get you into the spirit of the Halloween season!!! This spook-tacular holiday is perfect for everybody in the family to dress up, visit neighbors and enjoy parties and treats. Follow these simple safety tips to make your Halloween adventures a howling success for your kids and your canines!!!


Your pet may like getting dressed up with the rest of the family, but make sure their costume is safe.

The outfit should not be too restrictive or tight.

Have a “dress rehearsal” a few days before Halloween to make sure they can move about easily.

Inspect the costume for loose or small parts that they could chew or swallow.


You may want to be as mysterious as possible with your costume, but make sure you aren’t trading mystery for safety.

If wearing a mask is part of the costume, make sure your vision is not obstructed.

Costumes shouldn’t be so long that you can trip over it, or so bulky that it’s hard to walk in.

If your costume is made up of black or dark clothing, add some reflective tape to sleeves and shoes so you will be easily visible to others.


If your dog likes to greet every doorbell ring with enthusiasm, work with them before Halloween night. Have several family members ring the doorbell several times in a row do your dog can get used to the noise.

If your dog still seems to be getting over-excited and worn out greeting each trick-or-treater, put them in a quiet rooms with a few toys until the rush is over.

• Make sure an adult is nearby when answering the door to trick-or-treaters. Even if all the visitors are friendly, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by unfamiliar faces.

• Have an adult open the door, then you can help hand out the treats.


Keep a supply of doggy treats on hand for your own pets and any four-legged trick-or-treaters who show up at your door.

It’s important to know that chocolate and other candy treats can be harmful to our canine friends, so make sure they have their own doggie-treats and keep the human treats out of reach.

• Have an adult inspect your treat bag when you arrive home. If you receive any “homemade” treats from unfamiliar homes, you may want to discard those. Then, sift through all of your treats and divide them up into smaller snack bags so you can enjoy having a few treats each day. You’ll enjoy the fun even longer!



• Don’t leave your dog outdoors alone while trick-or-treaters are out and about. A careless child (or adult) could forget to latch the gate when leaving your yard, giving the dog a chance to escape.

Also, rambunctious trick-or-treaters may tease your dog as part of their play.

If you are going to take your dog with you while you trick-or-treat, make sure they are on a leash and have current ID tags, if they become separated from you.

Likewise, although you don’t have to be on a leash, make sure you have an adult or older sibling with you on your trick-or-treat rounds.

Be especially careful when crossing streets

Stay with your group throughout the evening


If you plan a Halloween party that includes dogs, have it during the day in your regular dog park (where all the dogs know each other) or in a big backyard, where there is room for them to run and play.

Don’t leave a group of dog unattended for any reason. Make sure there is plenty of water and shade so they don’t get overheated.

Planning a costume party for your family and friends can be a fun way to celebrate Halloween.

Plan your menu and decorations carefully – no open flames or sharp objects.

Set the mood with fun music like, “Monster Mash,” and “Thriller” and be sure to have a dance contest along with a best-costume contest.

Pair teenagers with younger children for activities such as scavenger hunts and pumpkin-carving contests.

Now that your ready for Halloween, give your whole family a special “treat” with a screening of Disney’s new movie, Spooky Buddies.



 GIVE-AWAY!! Haute Or Not…Pets  has generously offered to give a copy of Disney’s Spooky Buddies to two of my readers!!  Since it’s Monday and Mom and I are tired (already!) entering is super easy! Just leave a comment telling us if you could dress up for Halloween what you would like to dress up as!


The deadline to enter is MONDAY, OCTOBER 17TH at 11pm EASTERN. The two winners will be announced WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19th!




A big THANK YOU to our friends at Haute Or Not…Pets for guest blogging today! Be sure to click on their name to visit their “haute” website!


Barks and licks and love, Dakota






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  1. good looking post!

    • Hi adopted mom to chazz the dog! Mom wants to know how you have been and she says thanks! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. Dear Dakota
    Hmmm, me is going to be the Cat From Hell for Halloween. The hairy slobbery sisters – Bob is going to be a lady bug. Cinnamon is going to be a hot dog! What is going to be?
    PS – great tips for kids and dogs!

    • Nellie I just love you and your funny answers!!! BOL!! I can’t wait til your Mom takes pictures of all of your costumes! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. WOnderful tips for a safe Halloween.

    Love the photos!

    • thanks Sara we do too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Great Post Dakota… Thanks for Sharing!!!

    • Hi Rick! Mom and I are happy that you liked it! Thank YOU for being our guest today! You are soooo “haute” that we are happy to have you!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Um… Halloween is around the corner now. I wonder what my mom will do for this big day.

    Thanks for those tips, I’m sure my mom will make sure I’m safe and sound that day and night.

    Love those pictures too!

    ~ Eva

    • Hi Eva! Ohhh I think your Mom should put you in a Princess outfit because you are a Sheltie Princess! What do you think about that?

      Aren’t those pictures the best? it is cause my mom didn’t take them! BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. Hi Dakota,

    Lots of useful stuff here buddy!!

    I’ve noticed the house and street filling up with ‘scary’ things lately – of course, I’m not scared! So I figured Halloween must be just around the corner……

    Apparently I’m going to be dressing up as some Yoda character this year as the kids are doing a Star Wars theme – I guess we’ll see how I feel about that on the night! Tee Hee

    I’d love to see that spooky buddies movie, it looks cool!!

    Have a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy! I can’t wait to see you dressed up as Yoda!! That is going to be so cool!

      since I am in a condo I don’t get to see all of the fun decorations that you get to see. I know you are brave and that you don’t get scared!!!

      You have a great day too!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. Hi! I found your blog on BlogPaws and I would love to have you and your pet on Pet Bytes! Pet Bytes is our social networking website for pet lovers! That way, if you join, more people can learn about your blog! If you plan to join, the website is: http://www.petbytes.org/

    Also if you have any blog posts that you would like to link back to your page, you can do that under our “Pet Blog” tab:

    Have a great day!

    • thanks much! You probably don’t want me! BOL!! I sign up for sooooooooooooo many pet sites, then, guess what? I never PAWTICIPATE!! Too busy! BOL!!!!
      Will give it some thought

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  8. Dakota,

    i am excited to say that this Halloween I will be working in my mom’s school! It will be my second official week in my new role as a therapy dog! Because I’ll be at school, my options for costumes are limited. I think I’ll probably wear a silly shirt I saw that shows an x-ray of my bones with treats in my tummy!

    I know my boys would love a chance to own this DVD. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Your pal,

    • Hi Maddox! Wow you are a therapy dog!? That is sooo impressive and cool! Do you know my friend Snoopy? He is training to be a therapy dog too!
      I think your Halloween costume sounds just great!
      I am entering you in the contest for sure!
      Good luck!
      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

      • I’m going to be a therapy dog soon! Unfortunately my testing date was just pushed back a couple of weeks, so I won’t be able to be at school until November. 😦 I was really looking forward to wearing a costume at school! Now I guess I’ll wear my shirt as I go around my neighborhood and protect my boys while they trick or treat!

  9. Love that you have directions for puppies and kids!

    • Hi Jennie! Yep Haute Or Not…Pets did a great job on this guest post didn’t they? Glad to meet you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  10. HI Dakota,
    My human mom and I will be trick or treating the local dog bakery, we are also going to Howloween at our local shelter. It is a big fundraiser. I’m going to be a ghoul this year. I hope you get lots of treats too. Thank you for the chance to win a cool movie too.

    • Hi Kouga! Nice to meet you! How cool that your Mom and you will be trick or treating at the local dog bakery!! I wish I had a dog bakery by my house! Oh wow you have a “Howl-o-ween” at your local shelter? Too cool! I hope you raise lots and lots of money! You will be a ghoul? Too cool! I hope I get lots of treats too! You are welcome and good luck to you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  11. great post on safety!! Mochi would definitely be a peice of sushi if there’s such a costume. But from the looks of it, she’ll just have to be wonder woman instead. 🙂

    • Hi Erica! Thanks! haute or not pets did a fabulous job! BOL! A piece of sushi!! I love it! I bet your Mom could make you a costume like that! Ahhhh “Wonder Woman” I think I am in love. Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. […] two lucky winners of a Spooky Buddies DVD […]

  13. I love seeing animals in costume. Will you wear costume Dakota?

    • Hi Novroz, I won’t wear one that day but I will be wearing something funny, SOON!!

      You could be a flying saucer for Halloween! BOL!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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