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pet costumesAlthough Halloween only comes around once a year, you may discover there are other opportunities to play dress up with your pet. New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and the Fourth of July are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to opportunities for your four-legged friend to strut their stuff.

On the other hand, some animals may need all 365 days to get used to next year’s costume. Don’t let another October 31st come around without preparing your pet for the main event of the year. Pet costumes make a big impact on a crowd, but they come with their own list of safety precautions.

Before the Fun

It’s common to get inspired by an idea only to realize halfway through that the construction or design of certain pet costumes might endanger our pet. When considering all your options, remember that pet costumes must fit snugly, neither too tight nor too loose. Otherwise, circulation could get cut off, resulting in significant discomfort, fear, and stress. Alternatively, a pet can wriggle out of a costume that’s too big, potentially covering the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.

Similarly, any added parts or accessories can become choking or obstruction hazards. Before you invest in a costume, take a long look at how your pet might be affected by the materials, weight, and overall feel.

Move Around

Hopefully, you’re able to choose a costume that does not inhibit your pet’s mobility. Being able to freely move around, go to the bathroom, eat, and even lay down are important components for safety and success. Make sure your pet’s ID tags are clearly visible and update any changes to their microchip, if necessary.

Prep the Pet

Remember how we said it may take all year for your pet to get used to a costume? Well, given the opportunity to smell the fabric, lay on it, and even try it on long before Halloween, increases the chances your pet will wear it without incident when the big day arrives. Truly, giving your pet the time and space to create a relationship with their costume will help enormously.

Best Pet Costumes

When it comes to pet costumes, there are some great Halloween mainstays, like a furry devil, witch, ghost, bat, or mummy. These are always big hits, but perhaps you and your pet are ready for something more unique:

  • Bride and/or groom
  • Honey jar and bee
  • Tweedle Dum/Tweedle Dee
  • Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
  • Hot dog
  • Angel
  • Clown
  • Chef
  • Beauty parlor pup
  • Chia pet
  • Fairy
  • Tootsie roll
  • Beanie baby
  • Cowgirl/cowboy
  • Mickey or Minnie Mouse
  • Minion
  • Jester
  • Hula dancer
  • Gepetto and Pinocchio
  • Darth Vader or Ewok
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow man or ghost buster
  • Dumbo

If your pet isn’t into any of the above ideas (or pet costumes in general), simply hold off. Instead, jazz your pet up with a festive bandana or bow tie and call it good. Your pet always looks the cutest when they’re happy, safe, and healthy.

Remember, never leave your pet unsupervised while in or near the costume. Please let us know if you have any questions!