Fall is officially in the air, and you know what that means— Halloween! Ghost, goblins, pumpkin carving, candy…and costumes! Who doesn’t love getting dressed up and strutting your best spooky stuff at the holiday events? But, if you’re like us, you hate leaving your furry friends behind while you participate in the all of the season’s Best Halloween Costume competitions. Why not make Halloween 2016 the year that changes?
Halloween festivities can be fun for everyone, and that includes children, adults and animals! The key is simply planning ahead and getting an early start on acquiring the costume or supplies needed to dress up your dog or cat. Pet parents can begin their search for the perfect costume for themselves and their four-legged companions. So, whether you want to buy your costume or go the DIY route, this helpful list of spooky, hilarious and all-around adorable Halloween pet costumes are sure to make you and your pet pal the life of the party.
Monsters are the quintessential go-to for costumes on Halloween, especially since scaring people has always been at the top of the list when it comes to this spooktacular holiday! Take a peek (if you dare) at this 3-eyed Monster or this Frankenpup. If you’re a cat lover, don’t forget this Witchy Kitty
If you’re a DIY pro with a particularly patient pup, check out this awesome idea for a glow-in-the-dark Skeleton pet. Just remember that if you decide to paint your pet, it’s crucial to only use non-toxic paints free of lead and dye. There are always safe, organic and naturally pigmented alternatives!
Some of the best costumes for pets (and their people) have been inspired by literary staples. There’s nothing quite like bringing a beloved character to life. Read on to find out which books old and new have inspired pet owners just like you!
This Where the Wild Things Are-inspired costume is pure genius. The bad news is it has already been sold, but the good news is FairlyEnchanted owner, Kristal Schwartze, is available for custom orders.
Be careful if you choose this Where’s Waldo Woof costume—you don’t want to lose your best pal!
If your pet comes off more as more of the adventurous type, try this Robin Hood getup.
As you know, it’s not Halloween without a wizard in the mix. Feeling crafty? Take a look at this do-it-yourself Harry Potter-inspired masterpiece. It’s a little more involved than just running to the mall for a packaged pet costume, but rest assured, the effort is well worth it. Here’s a pro tip: you can skip the sweater and utilize felt to make a tie and lapels that will attach to your pooch’s collar with a snap or a little velcro. After that, simply follow the instructions for the cape and badge to finish off your costume.
Best Buddy Costumes
If you and your pet want to represent the best of friends, you’ll have to remember to “reach for the sky” and shoot for “infinity and beyond” in this great Woody and Buzz Lightyear combination from the Huffington Post.
Every dynamic duo deserves a great costume, and there’s never been a duo as dynamic as the Caped Crusader and his trusty sidekick! As Batman and Robin, you and your pooch will be cleaning up that costume contest!
Not into saving the city? No problem—there are plenty of fantastic duos to choose from. It’s no secret that Star Wars has seen a huge rise in popularity over the last year, and the rich mythology offered up by the franchise’s 40-year existence has offered no shortage of memorable characters to choose from. Here are some ideas from Pure Costumes for you and your favorite tail-wagger to check out if you’re planning on using the Force to take the top spot.
Costumes for Exotic Pets
Wait! Don’t start thinking that all this Halloween fun is reserved exclusively for the dog and cat owning crowd! Even the more exotic pets can get into it! For example, take this stegosaurus costume/cozy sweater combo for turtles that immediately turns your hard-shelled companion into a fearsome prehistoric beast! Or, if you happen to own a bearded dragon, why not help it live up to it the vivid imagery conjured up by its name with this adorably awesome 3-piece lawn gnome costume, complete with miniature hat, vest and large elastic beard!
As you can see, Halloween isn’t just for us humans after all. With all these great ideas, there’s no reason to leave the pets at home to bark at frightfully-costumed trick-or-treaters. This year, let your animal friends (furry or otherwise) join in on the fun to create a Halloween adventure unlike any other! As evidenced in this blog, there are plenty of options to choose from, no matter what sort of pet you call your own.