Make Sure Our Furry Friends Have a Safe Halloween!
Many of us have fun dressing up our furry friends in pet Halloween costumes each year. But it’s important to consider the safety aspects of doing so. If you’re going to dress up your dog or cat, have a look at these safety issues before you do it.
So before we get into the hottest Halloween pet costumes this year, let’s talk about safety and what you need to look for to keep your furry trick-or-treat buddy in good health this fall.
Never Leave A Pet Alone With A Costume
If you’re going to buy pet Halloween costumes this year, make sure you never leave your pet alone while they’re dressed up. There are a number of reasons for this. For a start, they may decide they don’t like the costume and frantically try to get it off. If they can’t, they could get distressed.
Secondly, some pets like to chew things – especially things they’re trying to get off! If they chew and ingest the costume then they could end up very sick. This is why it’s so crucial you keep an eye on them at Halloween.
Do Dogs and Cats Really Want To Dress Up?
Ultimately, you have to make sure your pet is happy. Some pets just hate to have things on them, plain and simple, and will do their best to get rid of any clothing you put them in. If this sounds like your pet then you may just need to give in. It’s no use torturing them just for a bit of entertainment at Halloween!
Top 5 Ideas For Dog Halloween Costumes
Dog Halloween costumes are becoming more and more popular every year! There’s nothing more fun than getting your dog involved in the excitement of Halloween. Many people even choose to get their dog an outfit that’ll complement their own! You’d be surprised at just how many Halloween costumes there are available to buy for dogs of all sizes.
Pumpkin Dog Halloween Costume
There’s something so cute about turning your pooch into a pumpkin! This costume is best for smaller dogs with a rounder body. Just get a ready made costume or create one yourself, turning your dogs body into a pumpkin and adding a hood with a little green detail for the stalk.
Dinosaur Dog Halloween Costume
There are dinosaur costumes available for all sizes of dog, but this is an especially cute idea for tiny dogs that like to think they’re fierce! (like my two little rat terriers ~ rawr!)
Dog Rider Costumes
If you have a very large dog then it can be hard to find the right costume for him. One idea is to use a rider costume. This means a saddle with a mini figurine of a person riding on their back. This looks funny as is also a good option for those dogs that tend not to like being dressed up in shirts and costumes. They will hardly notice they’re wearing this one.
Dracula or Vampire Dog Halloween Costumes
This is a good option for dogs of all sizes, as you can keep it relatively simple if you need to. The main element of the Dracula dog Halloween costumes is a cape, which is easy to get your dog to wear if they’re usually bothered by clothing.
Superdog Halloween Costume
There are plenty of Halloween costumes available if you want to transform your pet into Superdog for the evening! Some of them even make use of his front legs for a more “human-like” and humorous costume effect.
Top 5 Ideas For Costumes For Cats This Halloween
Although you may not see them as often as dressed up dogs, costumes for cats are becoming more and more popular at Halloween. Stores don’t tend to stock as many cat costumes, but you can get creative and buy costumes for small dogs to fit your cat. Here are a few ideas on what you might like to dress your cat as this Halloween.
Dog Halloween Costumes for Your Cat
One idea is to dress your cat up as a dog for Halloween. If your cat tends to act more like a dog, then this is the perfect idea for him!
Although, I think my cat would be offended if I made him look like a dog….. so a better idea might be to shop in the dog costume section and find something in a small dog size to fit your cat… or a medium dog size if your cat is huge like my fluffy orange beast of a cat is!
Ghost Cat Halloween Costume
Since there aren’t as many readymade costumes for cats as there are for dogs, you often have to make your own. This is why the ghost is such a good idea: it’s very easy to make. Just get hold of a sheet and cut out the eyes and mouth for your cat. Be careful when they’re wearing this, though, as it may slip over your cat’s eyes and leave them agitated.
King or Queen Cat Halloween Costume
Everyone knows that the cat is the real king or queen of the household. If everything seems to revolve around your spoilt kitty then this is the costume for her. Just get your cat a regal robe and a soft crown and she can really play the role this Halloween!
Witch Cat Halloween Costume
If you want to dress your cat as a witch this Halloween then you’ll want to get hold of a small witches hat that you can secure under your cat’s chin. It’s simple but your cat will still look great in it!
Cheshire Cat Halloween Costume – You could be Alice or Hatter! ~ perfect 🙂
Last on the list is one of the most famous cats of all time, the Cheshire Cat. To recreate this character you’ll want to dress your cat in stripy clothing, though you may not be able to get your cat to recreate the famous big toothy smile.
Shark Costume for Pets
You’ve probably seen the cute videos of a cat riding a Roomba dressed like a shark…
Trouble Getting Your Pet Dressed?
It isn’t easy to get pets to wear a costume at Halloween, especially cats. This is why you’ll want to introduce your pet to the costume as far in advance as possible. Let her wear it for short periods of time at first, and she’ll gradually get used to the idea. This also gives you time to make adjustments to the size if it needs it.
Remember, some pets just won’t wear costumes. If your furry friend gets very stressed when you try to get her to wear one then you’ll unfortunately need to accept that it just isn’t for her!
If you’re determined to be seasonal, you might want to look for a seasonal pet collar instead of a costume. Still fun, but less stressful for your pet.
A Few Last Halloween Safety Tips To Remember
It’s always best to try the costume out ahead of time to make sure it’s right for your pet. Get it dressed up and take it for a walk around the garden, watching the way it moves as you do. If its movements are restricted then you may need to alter the costume or forget about it altogether. And remember, if the costume has tight elastic then it can cause rubbing or sores that you may not notice under your pet’s hair. Be careful to check for hidden problems like this.
You also need to consider the logistics of taking your dog out with you on Halloween. There are going to be lots of other people and dogs around you. Is your dog going to be safe around kids, or is it going to get overly excited or scared?
Just as if your child was out cruising for candy, you want to make sure your pet can clearly be seen in the dark, using reflective collars or strips on the costume, and that it has an ID tag in case it gets lost while you’re out. I’ve even see a few blinking LED lights that clip onto collars for night walking with your pets, those would be perfect for trick-or-treat!
And make sure that your pet doesn’t eat any candy – this can be toxic in some cases!