Dog Socialization

Volunteer Joyce Rasmussen throws a toy for Bingo, a 2-year-old blue heeler, at the Siouxland Humane Society shelter in Sioux City. The Siouxland Humane Society recommends you keep pets inside during regular trick-or-treating hours on Tuesday.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | Ghosts and goblins may be fun for people but Halloween can drive your four-legged friends batty, according to the Siouxland Humane Society's Kelly Erie.

When it comes to pets, people should always think safety first.

Erie said make sure your pets have proper ID collars with tags that include the pet's name as well as your address and phone number if it escapes. Also, make sure to keep Halloween candy out of reach, especially chocolate, which may be toxic to pets. If your pet is wary of strangers, put it in another room during trick-or-treating hours. 

Above all else, keep your pets inside on Halloween night.

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