Your Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Halloween With Pets

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Your Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Halloween With Pets

The spooky season is upon us, and after a difficult year last year, we are more eager than ever to celebrate Halloween with our pets. There is nothing—we repeat, NOTHING—that makes us happier than seeing a dog (or an especially patient cat) struttin’ around in a pet Halloween costume, whether they’re dressed as a little old lady or a fur-ocious lion or a creepy character from a horror movie. And we’re betting you feel the same.

From the cutest pet Halloween costumes and delectable DIY pet treats to simple decorating ideas and pet safety advice, we’ve got everything you need to do Halloween up right with your fur kid this year.

Howl-worthy Pet Halloween Costumes

You adore your pet every day of course but add a Halloween costume? Forget it. To quote Winifred Sanderson in Hocus Pocus, "I put a spell on you, and now you're mine." Get your furbaby IG ready with our guides to finding the perfect outfit.

What’s Halloween without the costumes? (Besides just another night spent binging on candy.) Tap into the year’s hottest trends with a space-inspired get-up or hair-raising horror movie monster from your nightmares. Love dressing up too? (Of course you do!) Why not opt for a couple’s costume with your pet? Be the avocado to their toast or the Shaggy to their Scooby. Need more ideas? Check out our picks for the best pet Halloween costumes:
Frisco Rocket Ship Dog & Cat Costume

Frisco Rocket Ship Dog & Cat Costume

$15.99
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Frisco Avocado Dog & Cat Costume

Frisco Avocado Dog & Cat Costume

$14.99
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Frisco Front Walking Granny Dog & Cat Costume

Frisco Front Walking Granny Dog & Cat Costume

$16.99
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Overwhelmed by options? Take our pet Halloween costume quiz to help you narrow down choices.

Still not sure (or just want to scroll through cute pix of pets in costumes)? Explore some more of our faves:


Make sure you check the sizing guides since different costume brands have different sizing standards. Check out the illustrations below to see how to get your pet's measurements. Then match your pet's measurements to the dimensions on the costume's size chart as closely as possible. If your pet falls somewhere between two sizes, your best bet is to go with the larger of the two.
halloween with pets - pet halloween costumes sizing guide for cat
halloween with pets - pet halloween costumes sizing guide for dogs

No Tricks, Just Treats

The next best thing about Halloween? The treats! We would never leave our pups out of the howling good time that is Halloween, so we're serving up some yummy pet-safe goodies.

Your pets should steer clear of your own trick-or-treat bag, but you can totally serve up some pet-safe goodies. Transform pantry staples and easy-to-find seasonal ingredients into magical little bites and yummy potions for your pets. These recipes are so easy, it’s scary:

More of an Easy Mac and UberEats kinda person? No shame in the no baking game. There are plenty of pre-made pet treats you can buy for your dog or cat that look and taste just as great.

Halloween Treats for Pets

Bubba Rose Biscuit Co. The Bone Yard Box Dog Treats

Bubba Rose Biscuit Co. The Bone Yard Box Dog Treats

$12.99
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Greenies Scary Berry Dental Dog Treats

Greenies Scary Berry Dental Dog Treats

$8.99
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PetCakes Halloween Cake Kit Cat Treats

PetCakes Halloween Cake Kit Cat Treats

$8.99
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Spook-ify Your Space

Want to make your space a bit more spooky? Treat your home to a haunted makeover fit for the little monster in your life with these wickedly chic decorating ideas.

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Jack-o-lanterns, faux cobwebs, doormats that play an ominous tune when you step on them—we know you go all out with the Halloween décor. We’ve got some pretty crafty ideas for how you can celebrate your love of both Halloween and your pets:

Planning on hosting a Halloween party for two and four-legged guests? Hayley Mehalco, founder of Puppy Parties NYC and expert in all things pet parties, suggests choosing décor around a specific theme or color palette. Try these for a boo-tiful bash:

  • Ghostly, not ghoulish: Go for a clean, all-white look and consider elements like a balloon garland in varying shades of gray and white.
  • “Bell, Book and Candle”: Play off of the classic film with plenty of old-school, haunted glamour. Think (unlit!) candles and faded, mismatched velvet fabrics you can score at discount fabric stores.
  • Black and orange: This classic Halloween color palette is especially easy and budget-friendly to pull off with tons of supplies available at party and craft stores.

Whether your Halloween decor is classic, cute or sends out some serious serial killer vibes, you’ve got to think about your pet’s safety:

  • Avoid electrical wires (these make for terrible chew toys). If you do include string lights, use a battery operated set and hang them out of reach of pets.
  • Use heavy-duty tape to hang decorations instead of tacks that can hurt pet paws if they fall out of the wall.
  • Skip the fog machine. The accompanying fluid can be toxic to pets.
  • Use battery-powered faux candles instead of lighting real candles that can easily be knocked over by unruly tails.

Haunt Safely

Whether you’re scaring up some treats from the neighbor or hosting a Halloween party at home, it’s essential to prepare pets properly (especially new pets who might wonder why people dressed in crazy outfits keep ringing the doorbell!).

Yes, Halloween is super fun, but with everything going on—from the costume parties, to the trick-or treaters knocking on your door every 5 minutes to all that candy lying around—it’s also a ripe opportunity for accidents to happen. (Not to freak you out, but it’s true). Having a ghoulish get-together? With guests coming and going, your cat might slip out the door without anyone knowing. The incessant door knocking or door-bell ringing on All Hallows Eve? That might stress your dog out and send them running for cover. All those yummy candies in shiny packages? It’s enough to tempt even the most well-behaved pets. And unfortunately, many popular Halloween treats are not only unhealthy for your pet but can be truly dangerous.

Freshen up on your pet safety knowledge with these quick reads:


Now you and your pets are ready to make some magic on October 31. Happy Howl-oween!

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