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14 Of The Cutest And Most Clever Halloween Costumes For Pets

by Desirée O

Halloween isn’t just about trick-or-treating and haunted houses. It’s also an annual opportunity for anyone who gets a kick out of dressing up to indulge in wacky fashion-filled fun — no matter if you’re a young child pretending you’re a superhero or an adult basing your temporary wardrobe on the latest trending meme.

But what about the cute fur babies in your life? Surely Rex and Fluffy shouldn’t be left out of the ghoul- and goblin-related fun. If you have an easygoing dog or super-chill cat (i.e., the kind that won’t bite you or viciously scratch your eyes out if you try to slip it into silly attire), then you might want to pop your pet into a hilarious outfit of its own.

If you love your pet more than candy, then be sure to check out the list below to discover some of the best Halloween costumes for pets.

1. Spider Dog

1. Spider Dog
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Create your own mutant giant spider costume for your dog by slinging on some lanky, hairy appendages, and see how many of your neighbors you can freak out.

Apparently this outfit is known to really scare people, especially those who are afraid of bugs.

2. Nyan Cat

2. Nyan Cat
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If you want to indulge in the ultimate kitty-related pop-culture costume, then Nyan Cat is the perfect choice. Originally created by Christopher Torres from Dallas, Texas, in 2011 as a YouTube video, it was combined with a pop song by Hatsune Miku and became an internet phenomenon.

If you’re unfamiliar with the cosmic cat, the cute gray animal is an animated cartoon with a Pop-Tart for a torso. As the kitty flies through space, it leaves a rainbow trail behind it.

Dress up your own feline in a felt Pop-Tart body that is super simple to sew together, use ribbons to create the rainbow tail, and you’ll have an adorable Nyan Cat in your house for Halloween.

3. Hot Dog

3. Hot Dog
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Your pup doesn’t have to be a wiener dog, er, dachshund to dress up as a hot dog. Any pet — from a portly pug to a lanky greyhound — would look cute in a costume that includes a faux bun and classic toppings like mustard, relish, and ketchup.

4. Taco Cat

4. Taco Cat
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Fun fact: “Taco cat” is the same spelled forward and backward. If that delights you (because how could it not?!), then you’re probably the kind of person who would love to dress up your kitten in a Tex-Mex-inspired costume. With a shell on either side and some lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese (all fake, of course), you’ll have one tasty-looking and ridiculously cute feline on your hands.

5. Gnome

5. Gnome
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Gnomes are pretty quirky creatures on their own, but when you turn your beloved cat or dog into one of the kitschy garden friends, the result is beyond adorable. Dress up your animal in a red pointed cone hat, a white fluffy beard, and a blue shirt with a black belt, and you have yourself a hilarious Halloween buddy.

6. Unicorn

6. Unicorn
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Combine the fluffy cuteness of your dog or cat with the mythical beauty of a unicorn, and you have a costume for your pet that will bring some adorable whimsy to your Halloween celebrations. All you really need is a simple horn to pop on your pet’s head, but if you want to get fancy, you could always add some glittery flourishes here and there.

7. Punk Pet

7. Punk Pet
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Grab a wild-colored wig — preferably one that’s spunky and spiky — and pop a studded collar onto your critter to turn your beloved companion into a punk-rock pet. While this would work with any chill cat or docile dog, it works even better if your animal friend has a little (or a lot of) attitude.

8. Lumberjack

8. Lumberjack
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Autumn weather is the perfect time for flannel shirts and plaid jackets, which can make anyone look like a lumberjack. But if you add a bushy beard, a red winter hat, and denim overalls — all in miniature sizes that would suit your pet pal — then you have everything you need to outfit your cat or dog like a wild woodsman.

9. Football Player and Cheerleader

9. Football Player and Cheerleader
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If your pets love sports as much as you do — or you’d like to think that they do — then perhaps they’d like to indulge their team spirit by dressing up as a football player or cheerleader. With tiny uniforms, a helmet, and pom-poms, you have a couple of sporty stars.

10. Cat in the Hat

10. Cat in the Hat
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Take a page from a classic children’s story and turn your kitten into Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat. A tall white-and-red-striped hat along with a nifty red bow tie is all it takes to transform your pet into this mischievous fictional feline.

11. Beanie Baby

11. Beanie Baby
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If you thought Beanie Babies couldn’t get any cuter, think again! Print a red heart-shaped “ty” tag to attach to your pet’s collar, and you suddenly have a real-life version of your favorite collectible stuffed toys. If you want to make it even more personal, add a cute little note to the inside of the tag!

12. Vampire Kitten

12. Vampire Kitten
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The black-and-white vintage-like photo of a tiny kitten with protruding fangs and bat wings might sound strange, but it’s one of the most adorable things on the internet. And it would surely look even sweeter if you gave your cat its own creepy-yet-cute wings to become a vampire kitten for Halloween.

13. King, Queen, Prince, or Princess

13. King, Queen, Prince, or Princess
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If you treat your cat or dog like a member of the royal family, then you might want to give your pet a crown — at least for one night as a noble Halloween costume. And if you’d like to amp up the majestic vibe, then add a regal robe and maybe some (fake?) jewels to hang around the neck.

14. Angel and Devil

14. Angel and Devil
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Do you have two pets with very different personalities? If one of your furry friends is absolutely innocent and the other is notoriously naughty, then a pair of angel and devil costumes might be the perfect pick. All you need is a golden halo and white wings for one pet and some red horns for the other, and you have a pair of cutely contrasting critters.

No matter what you do with your pets for Halloween, make sure you have fun!