Do you start pulling out your fall and Halloween decorations around mid-July? Is your costume planned and ready to go no later than August? Are orange and black your favorite colors?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re a bonafide Halloween fanatic! As a pet owner and animal lover, you probably also relish the idea of Halloween costumes for pets. After all, what could be cuter than dressing up your dog, cat, guinea pig, snake, or bearded dragon lizard? Of course, your pet’s safety is our top priority, and the following tips are designed to ensure a fun and successful Halloween for every member of your family, human and animal alike!
Pawsitively Adorable Halloween Costumes for Pets
If you want to dress your pet to impress, check out these fun (and safe!) Halloween costumes for pets:
- Traditional – There’s no shame in opting for traditional Halloween costumes for pets, such as a pumpkin, witch, or bat.
- Delicious – What could be cuter than a pet dressed up as a hamburger, a slice of pizza, or everyone’s favorite: bacon?
- Heroic – Superheros have never been more popular than they are now, and your pet can get in on the action as Superman, Wonder Woman, or Spiderman.
- Sporty – If you love a college or professional team, why not include your pet in the team spirit? Sports-themed pet costumes can be purchased for almost any team or simply dress your pet in your team’s colors (try a t-shirt or bandana).
- DIY – Homemade costumes may be the way to go if you want to save money, be more environmentally friendly, or simply enjoy a fun challenge. This doggie businessman costume is great for beginners or try this slightly more complicated felt dragon costume.
Remember, your pet’s costume should in no way restrict their ability to breath, see, eat, drink, vocalize, or hinder their movement in any way. Make sure to avoid small or dangling pieces that could be chewed off and pose a choking risk. Lastly, always supervise your pet while wearing a costume. Remove it immediately if your pet shows any signs of discomfort (ears back, tail tucked, abnormal vocalizations, etc.).
Dressing up is the fun part of Halloween, but the holiday can pose some pretty serious risks to our animal companions. Make sure to consider the following:
- Chocolate and other treats can be toxic to pets, and candy wrappers can put them at risk for choking or intestinal blockage. Keep all goodies stored securely out of reach.
- Lit Jack-o’-lanterns are lovely but can be dangerous to curious cats or dogs. Opt for battery-powered candles or keep lit pumpkins outdoors away from your pet.
- Decor is an important part of the holiday for many families, but pets can easily become entangled in netting, faux webbing, or cords (not to mention the risk of electrocution). Animatronic displays can also be scary for pets and should be used with caution or not at all.