Do Dogs Like Halloween Costumes?

by Britt

If you love getting dressed up for the Halloween season, then you may be considering including your dog in the festivities. But do dogs like Halloween costumes? Are Halloween costumes safe for your dog? These are important questions that we should be asking ourselves before purchasing that adorable outfit for the spooky season.

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Is It Safe to Dress Up Your Dog for Halloween?

The first and most important thing to consider is whether it’s safe for your dog to wear a costume this season. After all, there is nothing we want more than to keep our dogs happy and healthy while celebrating Halloween just like the rest of the year. The answer to this question is going to depend on your dog’s comfort level in costumes as well as the costume you are considering.

While there are some costumes or Halloween-themed accessories that are safe, you may want to rethink that elaborate costume that you saw in the pet store window. Here are a few things you may want to consider.

The way the costume fits your dog

Pay careful attention to the way that the costume fits on your dog. Some costumes will fit too tight, making your dog feel uncomfortable or even to the point of causing pain. Others will fit too loosely and could cause a tripping hazard. Run your hand along the inside of the costume to check for any pressure points or areas that could stick or pinch your dog during wear.

Your dog’s ability to breathe, see, and hear in the costume

Does your dog’s costume cover his eyes or ears, preventing him from seeing or hearing properly? Does it put pressure on his throat or impede his ability to breathe? If you notice any of these problems when you try the costume on your dog, this is a big red flag!

It restricts your dog’s mobility

When your dog is wearing the costume, check to make sure that he can walk and move about normally. This means being able to walk, run, play, bark, and move about like normal. Any outfit that restricts your dog’s mobility can trigger unwanted stress and anxiety.

There are small pieces your dog may chew on or swallow

Look at how the costume is put together and whether your dog can easily remove these individual parts. Check for dangling elements or those that are loosely attached as these can pose a serious choking hazard.

Why Do Some Dogs Like Costumes and Others Don’t?

If you have more than one dog, or if you often chat with your dog-loving friends, you may have noticed that some dogs are far more comfortable getting dressed up than others. Knowing whether your dog is going to be happy sporting a costume this Halloween means paying attention to your dog’s personal preferences.

A dog that is normally anxious or stressed out may be more likely to experience stress from wearing something new or different. On the other hand, a dog that regularly wears sweaters, shirts, or coats comfortably may not think twice about rocking his new outfit. 


Britt Kascjak is a proud pet mom, sharing her heart (and her home) with her “pack” which includes her husband John, their 2 dogs – Indiana and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx. She has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the country camping, hiking, and canoeing with her pets.

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