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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If a dog or cat wanted to dress up and look like an idiot he or she would say so! :)


Question: Do you put a sweatshirt on your dog if she's cold (like many short-haired and/or wiry breeds get? If so, a comfy costume's no different; they have no clue they look adorable!

And if 'adorable' isn't the term you'd use, and you can't stand seeing a dog in clothes even if they may be cold--SHAME ON YOU! Try heading out to the park in just a tshirt next time it's 50 degrees and windy, tough guy!


Second this!


I give my pup a little holiday outfit with a bow tie on New Years or special occasions. A little santa hat at Christmas. And maybe a superman sweater on Halloween. After all, we put coats and shoes on them in the winter. Whats the difference if it has a holiday theme.


Please, NO costumes for pets. They only serve to disrespect your pet. Are they not perfect just the way nature made them?


I WISH! My dog will have nothing to do with any of them, and don't even get me started on the cat! They prefer to be in the buff at all times. LOL! :-)


I have hairless chinese during the fall and winter they have to be dressed in a sweater regardless in order for them to even bare the cold (here in minneapolis, at least!). I don't think pet costumes are that bad as long as your pet is okay with it. If not then it's just you being selfish. I probably won't be dressing up my guys, but wouldn't have a problem seeing some other cute costumes!


Please leave your pets at home where they are safe. Make sure they're in a quiet, comfortable part of the house with toys, food and water, and with no costume, while you are out. Also, don't let your pets out alone, especially at Halloween, and especially if he/she is a black cat. People do horrible things to pets. I believe in no costumes for pets, unless it's a safe article of clothing designed to keep him/her warm.


by dressing up a dog, you are trying to humanizing it... dogs need to be treated and cared for as dogs, not dolls for our entertainment! Cute, funny, whatever... don't fool yourself by thinking that they like it... because they really don't... I love my dogs, but spoiling them makes them unbalanced. Exercise (playing is affection), dicipline without abuse (leadership is what they respect), good nutrition (feeding is affection), these are the things they require to fulfill THEIR needs. It is not always about us and what we want...


Absolutely not!!!!
To me, this is a case of animal abuse for the sick amusement of humans.
Dress up your doll, you disgusting Dickie!