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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I SAY NO! It's a torture for them!


I say NO, thats horrible put yourself into the poor thing's paws!

Mary Massey

Some MIGHT be ok but I feel like so many people are trying to make their pets into humans. Why do that, then you probably would not like them nearly as much. The reason we love them so much is because they're NOT humans. Why turn them into one????


I don't mind a costume if the pet isn't bothered by it. My dog tore hers off. Took it back..I do not agree with coloring their fur by any means. Many a shelter is using costumes/wigs/dress as a way to raise money at their events. It is VERY common.


Please take the clothes off the dogs. My two show dogs are 'family members' as much as anyone else's and pets first and foremost, but they are not 'humans'. They have beautiful coats, those that nature gave them! Give them canine dignity, and do not assume we know what makes them comfortable or not, how dare we presume. Let them be dogs, not projections of human egos.


No, no


Any furry animal shouldn't have clothes put on them as they already have coats on!! Maybe for a short walk in very cold weather. So my answer to this question is No. Definitely No. :)


My Beagles would Hate to be dressed in uncomfortable costumes . They'll accept a coat in freezing weather but that's about it and then it's right back in the house and take it off.


Sorry, no. I think they have a right to some dignity, and there is no dignity in a costume.


I agree with Gerry - NO, NO, NO.