Crazy tailor“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night.” This traditional Scottish verse is still an accurate way to describe one of our favorite times of year – Halloween!

For many pet owners, this holiday is about more than just jack-o’-lanterns and candy (although those are great, too!). It also brings the opportunity to see your pooch or kitty transformed into a princess, superhero, cheerleader, or pretty much anything you can imagine!

However, if your pet’s safety and comfort are in jeopardy, the world of pet Halloween costumes can quickly go from delightfully spooky to downright scary.

Pet Halloween Costumes: Safety First

At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, the health and safety of your fur friend is our top priority, so we’re happy to provide the following tips around pet Halloween costumes:

  • Costumes should fit properly and not restrict your pet’s breathing, movement, vision, hearing, or ability to vocalize.
  • Clothing that’s too loose can become entangled on your pet or other objects, and heavy costumes may cause your pet to overheat.
  • Costumes should be free of small or dangling parts that could be chewed off, posing a choking risk.
  • If you plan on taking your pet outside, make sure his or her ensemble is highly visible. Attach reflective tape if necessary.

Now for the Fun Part!

When it comes to pet Halloween costumes, less is usually more. We’ve scoured the internet for our favorite cute, scary, and safe costumes that are sure to please even the most discerning pet. Check out:

Also consider homemade costumes, which often cost less and can be more environmentally friendly. We love this doggie businessman, as well as this slightly more complicated hot dog ensemble. If you think your kitty will tolerate a little Halloween cheer, try this simple and festive black bat costume.

When the Birthday Suit is Best

Some pets don’t mind wearing costumes and will revel in the attention as they strut around in a tutu or Yoda ears. For many pets, however, wearing clothes can be a source of stress and anxiety. If your pet exhibits any of the following behaviors, remove the costume immediately:

  • Flattened ears
  • Rolling eye
  • Growling or whining
  • Licking or biting at the costume
  • Refusal to move
  • Hiding

Regardless of how cute the outfit or how much you paid for it, your pet’s comfort and security isn’t worth the risk. A decorative bandana around the collar is still festive and won’t bother most pets.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about pet Halloween costumes. If you do decide to dress up your pet this year, we hope you’ll stop by to show him or her off!