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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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my 3 tips for pet costumes are 1) NO 2) NO 3)NO


I agree!


I agree ... no costumes for the furry kids!!!


I say NO NO NO to costumes or dressing up your pets.


I am with you Kathy, dogs are not little people.

Barbee Joy

My dog is a very special person. I have not children so he automatically becomes my child. I am a costume designer by trade and I have made several homemade costumes for him that are all very comfortable. It is all checked on him before the finishing touches.


I don't think costumes are wrong to put on an animal as long as they don't mind them. If you can tell your pet is uncomfortable or bothered by it then it should be taken off immediately. I agree though - my dog is my baby and I pretty much treat him like a human. How can you not spoil them!?!


I agree 100%. My dogs are my babies as well so I dress them for warmth and style doesn't hurt either.

Crystal Yarlott

I don't have children either but I know my dogs are not childred. Companions, yes, but not children. It's not fair to a dog to be treated like a human. They already put up with a lot of our shenanigans as it is without dressing them up as if they are. Oh well...


I agree - animals don't have any 'say' in it - they're victims to
people who want to make them look "cute" - Bet they don't think
it's 'cute.'!