It's true what they say about dog being a man's best friend and even more true that our pets are our family and we would do anything to keep them safe.
Although Halloween brings with it creative costumes, frightening masks and bucket loads of mouth-watering sweets, it can also be a somewhat dangerous time of the year.
This is unfortunately particularly true for our furry friends.
Obvious dangers posed to pets on All Hallows Eve are loud noises, open bonfires and fireworks but there are also risks within the home that are worth taking note of.
The not-so-obvious scares for pets include people calling to the front door and dressing your pet up in a costume. It could very well be your own costume to give them a fright.
Certain sweets that will be collected door to door such as raisins and chocolate are toxic to pets and should be avoided. Look out for those wrappers also!
Pet charities have offered their advice on how to keep your pet safe and out of any danger tonight.
Halloween is almost upon us! Guys, REMEMBER that pets are frightened by fireworks, bangers, etc. Please ensure that all pets are inside and preferably with the owner or a person that they trust. #SICCDA #SafetyFirst @DublinSPCA pic.twitter.com/UI83JtO4aQ— SICCDA (@SICCDA) October 30, 2018
Meanwhile, people have taken the craze of dressing their pets up for Halloween to a new extreme with AJ+ reporting that 18% of Americans will dress their pets up for Halloween.
I wish you could rent Halloween costumes for pets. You just keep it for three seconds taking pictures furiously until they manage to get out of it. pic.twitter.com/Gm97p8nGKI— Laurie 'It's not over - wear a mask!!!!!!' Strings (@LaurieStrings) October 31, 2018
Happy Halloween from Princess Cha Cha! How adorable is she, right? We hope you all have a fun day/evening, and please keep your pets safe tonight! 👑 pic.twitter.com/YuHxdPA7Wq— SBACC (@SealBeachAnimal) October 31, 2018
Happy Halloween. Send me pics of your pets in costumes. 😍 pic.twitter.com/8FxPEeWksp— Jenna4UUU (@J4UUU) October 31, 2018
We want you to enjoy your #Halloween so we encourage you to ensure there are no naked flames while your children (or pets!) are enjoying dressing up, and a reminder youngsters shouldn't wear fancy dress clothing on Bonfire Night while bonfires and fireworks are alight #FireSafety pic.twitter.com/S6kCpGOk02— Herts Fire & Rescue (@HFRS) October 31, 2018
These were the finalists of our pet Halloween costume contest, with the old lady pup in rollers winning by a "hair." Congrats to Rita Madrid of Beltsville, MD!— ABC 7 News - WJLA (@ABC7News) October 31, 2018
The contest is over, but you can still see all the entries and submit pics of your own here: https://t.co/Ia5ZsFczoB pic.twitter.com/7aUg3rc6Ws