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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It all depends on how large your pet is. I keep a shirt on my little ones because the smallest is 5 pounds and the largest is 13 pounds and winters are COLD in NE. If I were to put a shirt on them, it would not be something different to them. However, if I were to put a full custom on them it would only add to the axiouesness of the evening with the door ring and children knocking on the door. Just saying .....


No costumes. No way.


yes i did dress my dogs for a halloween party at my vet just for the doggies party and one of them had is picture taked with a motocycle cop who was attending the events and yes in the winter they all wear coat or sweater since they get cold and they don't have any problem with it every animal is different and i do not dress them because it's cute just to keep them warm in the winter


I agree with these comments. NO NO NO. Anybody who wants to do this, should read M Olivers new book on dogs. It gives the dog some respect and understanding. This costume stuff is not respect. Nor is it it cute.


Why is everyone so uptight? As long as you do not harm anyone, any animal etc. do with yours what you want and let others do with theirs as they want.


it is demeaning to dress an animal in a costume, from our own personal pets to animals in circuses. animals are not here for our amusement.


No costumes is my motto.


Dressing animals up in human garb is ridiculous. They don't know what it's all about and it can't be fun for them. A bath and a good brushing is what they need to make them feel good and they show their gratitude with wags and purrs and lots of kisses! My pups are beautiful without the Superman costumes, and they're much easier to hug too!


We have a nine year old short-legged Jack Russell "terror" as we like to refer to her. Bella hasn't tolerated wearing anything but a collar for years now. I'd love to put a little shirt on her, but this simplifies her life and ours - no Halloween costume.


Sorry.I got 1 to many on there. If I knew how the last ! I would. :?