Costumes should never impede a pet's ability to move, see, breathe or hear. Avoid small sequins, hanging parts and bells and don't leave a pet unsupervised while it is wearing its costume. Miller suggests trying on the costume a week before Halloween during positive activities such as on walks or during feeding times to see how the pet adapts to wearing it. If your pet seems restless, agitated or depressed, tries to pull off the costume with its teeth or runs away to hide it is uncomfortable and the costume should not be worn.
Most commercial pet costumes are designed to be light and comfortable but you could also make your own! Click here to see Martha's templates for a petaled collar for cats, a doggie dino tank and bat-wing harness. Read more about pet safety for Halloween here.
Be sure to bring your 'little one' along to PetSmart's Howl-O-Ween in-store event on Saturday, October 22nd. Pets can parade around in their devilishly cute digs in PetSmart stores across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Three winners will be chosen from each store - first, second and third place - each receiving a voucher for a PetSmart product, including dog and cat toys.