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Pet Halloween Costumes: Cute or Scary?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 12:00pm

With Halloween just around the corner, you might be tempted to make your cat or dog a star by dressing him up in the cutest mini-sized costume you can find. But wait—is trick-or-treat apparel really safe for your furry friends?

Our experts suggest putting your pet in a costume only if you’re sure he will enjoy it. Some pets love the limelight: wearing a costume and posing for pictures is a blast! Others prefer to stick to their birthday suits for all occasions, and being dressed like a pumpkin for their pet parents’ amusement can cause unnecessary stress.

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

  • Your pet’s Halloween garb should not constrict his movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to try on costumes in advance—and if your furry friend seems distressed, you’ll want to ditch the mini-pirate hat and vest.

  • Examine 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.

  • IDs, please! 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, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver.

For a complete list of animal safety guidelines for this spooky holiday, check out our expert Halloween Safety Tips for pet parents.

Tell us: Are you planning to dress up your pet for Halloween?

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craze

I think this article was very well put! It covered the most important things for pet safety. I wont be dressing my dog up for Halloween because she doesn't like clothes and cries the whole time. Also, she gives me that look of shame like, "mommy, this just isn't right!" and I feel bad. I discovered this when I bought her a coat after seeing her shiver outaide one day but not want to come in. She froze up like she was scared to move then a couple days later tried to eat it. If anything, I could put something small on her like wings or a tutu but it would he short term and well supervised so she wont get bored and eat it! As much as I would LOVE to dress her up and take her out (she LOVES people too much!) I know it's not right to do it to her but she wont have any problems visiting everyone though and everyone coming to visit her!

LISA

MY CAT LOVES TO GET DRESSED UP FOR HALLOWEEN SHE WAS A FIREFIGHTER LAST YEAR AND POSSED FOR HER PICTURE AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH DRESSING UP YOUR PET IF THEY ARE GOOD WITH IT MY CAT LOVES IT

Katerina

If I were home for Halloween, I would dress my Golden Retriever up for Halloween because she loves the attention. But, since I'm a college student and cannot be home for Halloween, I'll dress her up for my fall break next week. :)

Amanda

If the costume is well fitted, and the animal enjoys it, then I dont see the harm in having a little fun.... I dress my shepherd up every year for halloween and christmas (shes make a cute reindeer lol) and she loves it, my other dogs not so much so I don't even try

Carrol

I personally find costumes for pets very unkomen, my dog does have his own costume his skin. We talk about animal cruelty, dressing a pet up is a part of it.

Debbie Fisher

We have three dogs and two cats. Only one of our dogs enjoys being dressed up, so we don't dress up the others. The one who does love to be dressed up is still a puppy, and fits in a Build-a -Bear wiener dog costume, because she's a dachshund. Never leave your pets unattended in a costume!

FreedomWarrior2012

Most of our animals already have a fur coat. I don't think we should put any kind of clothes on them for fear of their temperature going to high. People just don't think! The attention is for the human...not the pet.

AL DAILEY

GET A LIFE PEOPLE. DOGS ARE NOT MADE FOR YOUR DRESS UP AMUSEMENT. THEY ALREADY HAVE THEIR DRESS AND DO NOT NEED ANY OF THESE RIDICULOUS OUTIFTS PUT ON THEM SO YOU CAN THINK THEY ARE CUTE. IF YOU WANT TO PLAY DRESS UP GO GET YOURSELF SOME DOLLS MORON

meme scott

My pom was born on halloween & she adores the attention of dressing up & a birthday party. my chi/terrior not so much. over the years i have l.earned that simpler is better.

Terry Broberg-S...

I think if I tried to put a Hallowe'en costume on any of my cats that they would kindly replace my arms with bloody stumps. Alphonse and Hildegard are ready for Hallowe'en, they are black cats. (I keep all my cats indoors).

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