Most pet owners treat their pets almost like their children - and this is no different during Halloween. While you won't necessarily take your dog or cat Trick or Treating, you can still have fun with your pet on Halloween by dressing them up in various costumes.
Not sure where to start?
We've got you covered with some neat store bought and DIY costume ideas for both you and your pets to enjoy a safe Halloween together.
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Other costumes for both dogs and cats include ones that only dress the front half of the animal but provide a funny and fun optical illusion when the pet moves. Funny costumes are best for animals as it makes the children and adults laugh when they see the pets dressed up. "Cats-up" and "Franken-weenie" are examples of a cat costume and dog costume respectively that go together but are still very funny. Another idea is where you dress only the front half of the animal but provide a funny and fun optical illusion when the pet moves.
Many pets were even made famous by having a key role in a movie or even being the pet to a famous celebrity. You can emulate these famous pets by dressing them up using to resemble the pet in the movie.
One example is to dress your dog up all in pink like Bruiser from Legally Blond, or Paris Hilton's micro-Chihuahua. You can dress them all in red to look like Clifford the Dog, or put a red nose and reindeer antlers on to emulate Max from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Put a sheet over your dog for an easy Casper the Friendly Ghost costume or do a pet mixup by getting your dog to dress up as a companion to a Witch.
Looking for a creative and cute way to get more treats?
Why not get your pet involved. Try a costume where part of it doubles as a carrying bag for treats if you go Trick or Treating or to a house party where they give pet treats. One way to do this is by outfitting your pup with pony express saddle bags or mail sacks and accompanying accessories along those themes. All the treats the kids collect and any treats the pooch gets can go into the sacks or bags until they are too heavy.
Other pet Halloween ideas include turning your dog into a "horse" to pull a "carriage" (a.k.a. wagon for the little ones) from house to house for treats. If you have a large breed of dog willing to do this, it can turn into quite a fun and neat way to trick or treat.
(We wouldn't recommend this for most cats, even though they would be safe in small accidental amounts if licked.)
Pet-safe Halloween "makeup" is available too, which allows you to doll up your pet with different colors without hurting them.
However, most people prefer to stick to collars, headbands and bodysuit-type costumes for pets rather than the pet paint or pet makeup. If your pet is ever uncomfortable with their costume and starts displaying symptoms of stress or anxiety, don't force them. Having them be happy and calm is more important than getting all dressed up.
Remember that the most important thing is for your pet to be safe on Halloween. With all the extra activity and noise it is easy for pets to get stressed out and anxious. If your pet gets upset or stressed easily consider keeping them at home or calming them down with some natural pet calming solutions.
However you choose to celebrate Halloween this year - make it fun for both you and your pet, and stay safe.
And if you do dress your pet in a costume remember to take a picture and send it to us. We love seeing your fur babies!