Every holiday requires some preparation and Halloween is no exception. For stay-at-home adults, there will be candy, cookies and apples to purchase. Some may want to decorate their porches with harvest festival motifs.
But for those with pets, there are a number of preparations for the holiday.
For those pets staying at home, it is best if they are kept in a quiet room away from the front door. A radio tuned to gentle music will drown out the sounds of the doorbell's constant ringing. This is especially important if the pet's owner decides to throw a Halloween party at the house, even more so if the guests are all young children. The laughter and shrieks can be very upsetting to dogs that have not been exposed to children playing and haven't been trained in proper behavior in a situation like this.
Puppies aged 8 to 11 weeks, and again from 6 months to 14 months are in critical fear impact periods. During these times any traumatic, painful or frightening experience will be impressed on them for the rest of their lives possibly producing fearful, unstable personalities. So these puppies should definitely be protected on Halloween night, fed early and confined in a quiet room with music or other "white noise," like a fan or other machine.