Three Tips for Dressing Up Your Pet for Halloween

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 11:15am
Dog Wearing a Halloween Costume

Are you ready? Halloween is just a week away. As most pet parents scramble to put the finishing touches on their own costumes, some are scrounging for the cutest or scariest attire they can find for their pets, too. But hold on—are Halloween costumes really okay for our furry friends?

It depends, say experts. Our vets and behaviorists weighed in and said putting your pet in costume is okay as long as you’re certain he’s comfortable in his holiday gear.

If you decide to have your pet wear a costume, here are three helpful tips to keep in mind:

Your pet’s Halloween garb shouldn’t constrict his movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to try on costumes well in advance—and if your furry friend seems distressed, try switching to his birthday suit.

Dog Wearing a Halloween CostumeExamine your pet’s costume and make sure it doesn’t have any small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get caught on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

Make sure your dog or cat has proper identification on underneath that cute costume. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost during Halloween festivities, tags or a microchip can be a lifesaver.

Are you planning to dress up your pet for Halloween? Let us know in the comment—and be sure to tag us @ASPCA if you upload any pics of your festive friend to Twitter or Instagram.

For more holiday advice, check out our expert Halloween Safety Tips.

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Thank you Susan! So many people here assuming they know what every animal likes...and add to that what children like?! The ignorance here is astounding.


NO NO NO. I agree that pets need coverage when cold - NOT because we think it's cute!


No costumes here either. Some may look cute in them but the whole thing is just silly. Mine don't even like a sweater on them when it's cold.


Only if I want to wear bandaids! NO NO NO!!


I agree with Gerry - No - No and No. Keep animals "safe" and
away from ALL Halloween practices.


No to costumes for pets.
It is just stupid and silly

Don B.

We have a choice on whether to "dress up" for Halloween---they don't...So NO!


Halloween costumes are for people,not our four-legged friends. I cannot stand when people dress them up. So stupid and wrong. Definitely a NO for me


I think if I dressed up my 2 Labs they would have the right to plot my demise. Pets do not need or want to be dressed up for Halloween. People do it for their own gratification


I agree -- anyone who puts a costume on an animal is certifiably insane. As another commenter writes, "Why should they look as foolish as we do"?