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October 20, 2015

Halloween costume ideas for your pet

Plus, tips for Halloween pet safety

With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to get that costume ready.

For pet owners, dressing up a furry friend can be even more fun than picking out their own costume.

According to surveys by the National Retail Federation (NRF), 20 million pet owners are planning on spending about $350 million dollars on their pets this Halloween.

Haven't picked a costume for Fido yet? Check out this mix of classic, funny and fur-ocious ideas.


You can never go wrong with the classic Halloween go-tos. From the orange pumpkin to Dracula to a skeleton, your pet will rock any spooky look.


If people can dress as animals, so can other animals. Let's be real, a cat dressed as a lion is probably the cutest thing ever. Fur real.


Add a little magic into your Halloween. What about something straight out of Hogwarts or a genie lamp?


Superheroes aren't just trending costumes for humans. Face it, your dog can rock the cape so much better than you can. Just embrace it.


Disney costumes are always a safe bet. Try a traditional set of Mickey or Minnie ears, or go full-on princess with it. Have some fun.


Pets in costume are funny to begin with. But add some humor to it by picking a trending character or putting a comical twist on a common product. Don't forget, #TrumpYourCat was a thing that you could totally bring back.

Tips to keep your furry friend safe

While dressing up your pet for Halloween can be a lot of fun, it is important to ensure the safety of your furry friend.

Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest doggy daycare and overnight camp, offers a list of important tips for Halloween pet safety.

  1. Do not constrict your pet's movement, hearing or sight, or obstruct their ability to breathe, bark or meow. 
  2. Make sure the costume does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that they could choke on.
  3. Be aware that make-up or face paint on your pet can be harmful as they could potentially irritate their skin, or may be eaten. 
  4. Do a trial run with the costume before the big night. If your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, don’t risk it. 
  5. Keep your pet away from candy bags that may contain chocolate or other treats that could be harmful.
  6. Do not take your pet trick-or-treating, as they could become spooked by kids wandering around in costume.