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Costumes for pets

Updated on October 26, 2013

I was looking for a costume for this Halloween when I stumbled upon pet costumes. To be honest I had seen people dressing up their dogs with woolly jumpers for the winter, but a Halloween costume? I have never seen that, but then I am not a "pet person", so you would not see me browsing in a pet shop. However, looking at these cute dogs and cats all dressed up just made me want to own one... at least for the day!

Some might argue that putting your dog into a pumpkin costume is too much, it is just burying your dog's dignity, but if you are wearing a pumpkin suit yourself, doesn't that even it out?

Personally I don't think it is cruel if your pet does not mind dressing up. Some pets just love the attention as much as their owners, and besides, they look so adorable and funny at the same time! However, please DO NOT put your pet in a costume if this is going to cause her distress.

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Did you know?

  • Top fashion designers, like Vivienne Westwood and Ben de Lisi, have created dog designs.
  • London store Harrods has an annual fashion show called Pet-a-Porter.


If you dress up your dog make sure that the costume is safe and she is not going to bite off and choke with pieces of it. Also make sure that the costume is a good fit and it does not restrict vision, hearing or movement or impedes her ability to breathe or bark.

Devil Costume

If you are going for a devil costume yourself, nothing better to match up than this cute costume for your dog or cat. Your little ""devil"" will have a hell of a time in this dog or Cat From Hell Costume.

Butterfly costume for dog

Butterfly costume
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The super heroe

If you are dressing up your children in superheroes costumes, nothing better than going trick or treating with Fido dressed as Spiderman or superman.


If you are dressing your little Princess in a Disney costume, you can also try a Disney costume for your pet. The Mickey Mouse costume is ideal for small-medium sized dogs. Make sure that your dog is friendly because everybody will be wanting to caress him.

The little cute dog

For little romantic girls who cannot leave their doggy at home the "Cinderella" and "daisy bee costume" are ideal to dress up their pets.

Daisy Bee Pet Costume

Your pooch will look absolutely ""bee-u-ti-ful"" in this precious Daisy Bee Costume. Costume features a black and yellow striped dress with a yell daisy applique and black sheer wings.

The "Pimp dog"

For large dogs, the "Pimp dog" costume is a sure success. I am sure he will make lots of new friends dressed up like this.


Functionality must always come before fashion and if your dog or cat is not initially interested, don't force it. Clinical animal behaviourist Pippa Hutchison says that "If the animal appears to tolerate the attention and fuss of being dressed up, then as long as it can perform normal functions like walking, doing the toilet and resting then there is not a welfare issue"

Do you think that dressing up a dog or cat is cruel? Do you dress your pet?

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      blondie 6 years ago

      i love the micky mouser coustumn

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      sonia05 6 years ago from india

      hey great hub with superb photos!!!

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      I am always looking at pet costumes to come up with ideas for my dogs. We don't do Holloween, but there is a pet costume contest at our local fair where my older daughters show their dogs. We make our own costumes because the child has to dress up to and they have to go together. I am always looking for couples to dress them as. I like the Mickey Mouse one...the dog could be Mickey and my daughter could be Minny! Thanks for the ideas!

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      esocial 9 years ago from California

      Wow, hadn't thought of sea monkeys in a coon's age!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      compu-smart: I know what you mean...

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Aww soo cute:) and cruel:/! that's what come to mind when i see these kind of pictures! don't get me wrong they will always make me smile which is the cute factor, but when you look in to the pets eyes who are wearing them, they do not seem amused at all! ever!! lol

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Ryan: Did you hear the one about the Pimp dog who had a rough day? He got up in the morning, put on a pimp jacket and a button fell off. He picked up a ho stick and the handle came off. He was afraid to go for a pee...

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      Ryan Hupfer 9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Pimp Dog ALL the way....haha. That's so awesome...and that's a chain he wouldn't mind dealing with. :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      khadilkarprakash: Diwali?

      Patty: the devil doggy is my favourite, it is cute and it looks easy to wear. thanks, it just worked out that way :)

    • profile image 9 years ago from San Francisco, CA USA

      This is great! I love how you combined this week's HubMob topic with last week's.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      The bee costume is the cutest to me.  I just don't want the animals too tightly contricted by the material. Nice costumes, though.

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      khadilkarprakash 9 years ago from India

      Timing of this hub is very crucial. It will definitely draw attention till Oct.31, year after year. "Halloween" is seasonal keyword. Indian Hubbers can take clue from this.

      Diwali Bhaiyadooj are approaching very fast. Please someone write on these keywords.