Halloween Costumes for Dogs and Cats, Plus Pet Safety Tips

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We’re not dressing our dog in a Halloween costume – but I wish she’d wear her red hat more often!

These Halloween costumes for dogs and cats include pet safety tips, so you can take care of your pet while dressing them up for Halloween!

Instead of hiding my black cat every October 31, maybe I should have dressed her in a Halloween costume. She may have liked a red devil costume better than being locked in the bedroom for the evening.

But, better safe than sorry…

“Owners of black cats should take extra precautions by confining the feline to the house several days before Halloween,” say the experts at Broward County Animal Care and Regulation. “This will reduce the chances of someone abducting your black cat. Even kids who mean no harm may yell at or chase a black cat.”

If your dog or cat doesn’t mind wearing clothes, an animal costume can be not only fun — it can also be a good way to keep him safe. The Hot Diggity Dog Halloween Costume is great for daschunds (and other dogs).

Here are several Halloween costume ideas for pets…

Halloween Costumes for Dogs and Cats

Each of these pet Halloween costumes include tips for taking care of your dogs and cats on Halloween. Watch over them — especially if you have a black cat, like I did!

Pirate Dog Halloween Costume – if you’re going as Pirate Elizabeth Swann, William Turner, or Captain Jack Sparrow, you might like to dress your dog up in pirate’s gear! The best thing about this costume is its hat, which may not stay on very well.

  • Pet Safety Tip: “Keep pets away from lighted jack-o-lanterns,” say the animal experts. “Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.”

Bumblebee Pet Costume – The dogs in the bumblebee costumes look much happier than the cats in the red devil costumes! These dogs are wearing black and yellow striped vests, and they sport bee antennae on their heads.

  • Pet Safety Tip: “Costumes should not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that your pet can choke on,” say the pet experts.

Police Dog Halloween Costume – This is a way cool costume for dogs – and now your dog doesn’t even have to be a German Shepherd or a Bloodhound to be a police dog! So there will be none of that feeling inferior to those working dogs in positions of authority. This police dog costume comes with a police hat, blue police vest, and black belt. Handcuffs included!

  • Pet Safety Tip for Halloween: “Pets are safest inside the home when trick-or-treaters come calling,” say the pet experts.

Hot Dog Halloween Costume – this is one of the best dog costumes I’ve ever seen! The dog wears the hot dog buns on either side of its body, with a healthy squiggle of ketchup running down its back. Fun, and you don’t have to worry about hats or any head gear at all.

  • Pet Safety Tip: “Don’t share any candy with pets, especially chocolate. Candy is toxic for animals and can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances and even death. If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate or other candy that causes discomfort, consult your veterinarian immediately.

The Evil One Cat Halloween Costume – This cat costumes comes with a set of red devil ears and a bright red devil cape. The cat wearing the costume in this picture (follow the link for the photo) doesn’t look thrilled…but since when do cats look happy about anything, much less new clothes? (I’m just kidding; my cat often looks very happy).

  • Pet Safety Tip: “If you dress your pet in a costume, make sure its vision is not obstructed,” say the Broward County animal experts. “The costume should not constrict the animal’s movement, hearing or ability to breathe or bark.”

Skunk Halloween Costume for Dogs – If your dog gets cold easily, this skunk costume for dogs is perfect – it’s like a fur coat! A white stripe goes down the back of the black “fur” coat, and the costume goes all the way up to the dog’s head. Very cute (not tough like the police dog costume).

Pet Safety Tip: “Keep pets away from the front door and in a separate room,” say the Broward County animal experts. “Pets, especially dogs, are easily excitable or threatened by strangers.”

Batman Pet Costume – a superhero Halloween costume to boost your dog’s self-confidence! This costume comes with a Batman cape, Batman shirt, and Batman hat with bat ears.

  • Pet Safety Tip: “Make sure your cat or dog wears a current tag on its collar,” say the animal experts. “If your pet is lost, it is 10 times more likely to be returned to you if it has a license tag.”

More Halloween costume ideas for dogs and cats

If you have any ideas or tips for Halloween costumes for dogs and cats, please share below…

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21 thoughts on “Halloween Costumes for Dogs and Cats, Plus Pet Safety Tips”

  1. Great ideas to keep our pets safe on Halloween. Thank you so much for sharing!
    I made two Halloween costumes for my puppies and one for my cat

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comments! Yes, these are cute Halloween costumes for dogs and cats…but I don’t think I’ll be dressing up my Georgie Girl for Halloween. I like her dog “costume” as it is :-)

  3. I love Halloween!!! Those costumes are cool for dogs. This year I think I will dress my doggie in a costume!

  4. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comment — I saw a dog wearing a sweater yesterday, and it was SO cute! I bet he’d look great in a Hallween costume :-)

  5. Barbara Kelemen @ liver cancer in dogs

    Oh! I’m buying that devil’s cat costume! The hotdog costume is so cure and adorable! Thanks for posting!

  6. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    A few people have bought the Skunk Halloween costume for dogs — but not many Halloween costumes for cats have been sold!

  7. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comment, Barry. I agree — some dogs and cats do NOT like wearing Halloween costumes at all. They definitely don’t understand Halloween.

  8. I know they are funny, and I know they are cute, but animals just don’t appreciate being dressed up and don’t understand things like Halloween. All it is to them is just random abuse/humiliation – don’t do it! Kids like to dress up, and though we think of our pets as being like our kids they are not, they are animals!

  9. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comment, Tom! I agree — I think Halloween might freak some dogs and cats out (especially cats).

    But, other pets are totally happy to be surrounded by chaos. Those are the dogs and cats that wouldn’t mind wearing Halloween costumes :-)

  10. Tom@halloween cat costume


    I like the hot dog and the skunk costumes. Really cute! Also thanks for all the pet safety tips. I imagine Halloween can be pretty nerve racking to some pets.

  11. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    I’m really tossed about Halloween costumes for dogs and cats — I’ve read that it’s not good to dress your pets up in costumes because they could get hurt and they don’t like it!

    I guess it depends on your pets. Some people dress their dogs and sometimes cats in clothes regularly (doggie sweaters, doggie rainboots, etc).

    If the pet is okay with it, then I’m okay with it :-)

  12. Quincy@Movie Costume Ideas

    Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year! I’ve always wanted to get my dog Shakespeare more involved in the parties I go to. I think costumes would be a great way to do it. BTW . . . love the Pirate and Yoda dog costumes.

  13. Though I like this article about Halloween costumes for your dogs or cats, I know I’d never get a costume on our cat! She can’t even wear a collar, much less a hat or pair of wings.

    Thanks for the info about your costume company, Rose.

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