ITHACA, N.Y. -- While you're stocking up on candy or putting the finishing touches on a costume, don't forget to make sure your pet is ready for Halloween and not just with a cute costume.
Officials say Halloween sees the highest number of escaped animals ending up at shelters nationwide each year. The SPCA says it's the chaos of people coming to the door that provides both the motive and opportunity to escape.
Experts recommend keeping pets in a safe, quiet room away from the action. And while many people like to leave their pets' collars off when they're at home, it's important to keep pets in their collars with tags on for Halloween.
Tompkins County SPCA Director Jim Bouderau said, "It is the quickest, easiest and most effective way to get an animal reunited with its owner. Obviously if people have their pets micro chipped, that's great. But that process still takes awhile for them to get to a facility that has a scanner, to scan the microchip and then contact the owner to get it back."
Officials also recommend having a number where you can be easily reached on that tag, in case your pet gets lost.