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Are Halloween Costumes OK for Pets?

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The ASPCA does offer a list of guidelines that you should follow if you decide to dress your pet for the holidays:

Your pet’s Halloween garb should not constrict his or her movement, hearing or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to try on costumes well in advance and if your furry friend seems distressed, please switch back to the classic birthday suit.

Examine your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have any small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that she 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.

I would also add to those guidelines that the length of time the pet is costumed should be minimal and that pets will inevitably feel safer wearing a costume in their own home or familiar place than they will in an unfamiliar place.

A festive alternative to actual clothing, wigs, wings etc, consider taking your pet to the groomer and having a special haircut and/or dye job. Your pet could be transformed like Charles the Monarch and not even know it. Click here to see a zebra-dog, a panda-chow, a tiger-lab and a peacock-poddle.

Below are photos of some of the costumes people have chosen for their pets. Do not miss the expressions on each animal’s face. What do you think they are thinking or feeling? And finally, what is your opinion about dressing our furry companion animals up for the holidays?


Irritated? Displeased? Bemused? About to shred the human hands that put this on?




Feeling hip? Naughty? Tough? Hot to trot?



Bored? Deeply displeased? Or just warmer?


Confused? Intrigued? Or couldn’t care less?


Bewitched? Bewildered? Befuddled?


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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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5:39AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

thanks for sharing

3:16PM PST on Nov 27, 2013

In my opinion it depends on the animal. Some are easy going and don't mind dressing up to please their owners. Others are clearly bothered by it. Treat your pet like you would a friend and don't force them to do anything that makes them uncomfortable.

6:53AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Saw the ultimate in humiliation for a dog............. a squirrel costume.

3:28PM PST on Nov 8, 2013

There's really something wrong with people who insist on humiliating animals.

10:11PM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Heh. The witch cat doesn't mind, but is thinking about the unusual feeling of it.

5:11PM PST on Nov 7, 2013

costumes are great but only if they are able to remove them&actually enjoy wearing them. some pets just dig dressing up others dont

2:28AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

They do look cute if they are willing to wear it but they shouldn't be forced, it's not natural after all.

6:23PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

depends on the pet and costume : )

4:31PM PST on Nov 5, 2013


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