If you think that Halloween’s only for humans, you might just be mistaken. It looks like it’s not just us who sometimes enjoy dressing up as spooky and spoopy characters, going trick-or-treating, and impressing the neighbors with fabulous costumes. Some of our pets seem to love wearing their Halloween costumes, too, and their owners can’t help but share photos of them online!
And, wow, the costumes are pretty impressive. Bored Panda’s bringing you some of the cutest, most adorable, and magnificent Halloween costumes for you to enjoy. So scroll down, upvote your fave scarily ‘awwwesome’ photos, and let us know which ones were the best of the best for you. Do you have any pet Halloween pics to share? Post them in the comment section below, dear Pandas. You can find more adorable pet costumes right here and here.
While the pets featured in this list seem to be having loads of fun in their neat little costumes, keep in mind that it’s far from every animal that enjoys this. There's another side to the story. Bored Panda reached out to PETA UK for a comment regarding dressing animals up for Halloween. As an organization, PETA encourages people not to dress their animal companions in costumes. Read on to hear what PETA UK's Director Elisa Allen had to say about owners putting their pets in costumes.
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Allen, who heads PETA UK, had this to say to those who dress up their animals for Halloween: "Dress up yourself, but please leave animals out of it. They feel uncomfortable, confused, and stressed when they're forced into costumes, and we've even heard of dogs and cats choking or running away, never to be seen again," Allen said.
"PETA strongly cautions that costumes with tight rubber bands can cut off circulation and that long or trailing parts can get caught on objects—with potentially disastrous consequences—making Halloween night feel like a trick, not a treat." You can also check out PETA UK's advice on how to keep your animals safe at Halloween right here.
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You should never force an animal to wear a costume if it distresses it. Just like you’d never force another human being to dress up for Halloween if they didn’t want to.
According to the RSPCA, our pets use subtle body language to communicate with us and other animals. So when you dress your pet up in a costume, you can cover up its ears, whiskers, and tail, which can make them feel uncomfortable or even frightened. What’s more, try to avoid costumes that restrict a pet’s range of motion, block their mouth, or obscure their vision.
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Meanwhile, Irina Wells writes on Bought By Many that there are some signs that you should be on the lookout for to see if your pet is uncomfortable wearing a costume.
There are some obvious signs that they’re distressed like shaking, cowering, or trying to remove the costume you put so much effort into making. Then, there are more subtle indications. For instance, if you see your dog tucking its tail or your cat flicking its tail, these might be indications that it’s time to take the costume off and to spend Halloween without the frills.