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Making Pets Part of the Halloween Fun

Jul 17, 2008
During Halloween celebrations, many people choose to wear animal costumes of all sorts. Pets can join in the fun by dressing as people. Since pets often become family members in a very real way, going to the spa for treatments and traveling literally everywhere with their owners, it makes sense that pets would don costumes for Halloween, too.

Of course, the pet's owner is going to have more fun dressing up their pet than the animal itself will have. Remember, though, that you know your pet best.

Some pets don't like wearing clothes at all. If they are showing signs of stress or frustration, don't force your pet to wear a costume.

Pets will do best with unrestrictive, flexible costumes. Hats, crowns, and other headgear are usually alright in addition to some sort of clothing that can be tied around their midsection, although it should be loose.

It is best to leave pet costumes simple. If they become too complex, the animal could decide that they don't want to have it on and rip up the outfit in the end anyway.

The Internet is the best place to find Halloween pet costumes, although they are also available in many pet stores as the holiday approaches. Online costume sources often have pages devoted to just pet costumes, whose sizes are usually based off of weight.

Before putting your pet's new costume on them, be sure to look for any pieces that they might be able to get tied up in or swallow. Most costumes are made to be safe for pets, but you should always double check.

Once you've got your pet all dressed up the next trick will be getting them to sit still long enough for pictures. Some people are lucky and their pets will sit still for almost anything, but for most it will be a race to get the shot before your pet is off and running, trying to get out of the costume you've spent so much time preparing!
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Finding it tough to come up with fun & creative costume ideas for Halloween this year? Visit the Get In Costume website, where you'll find plenty of great information & ideas for a costume that will make you the star of the party. Plus, get a free copy of my special report "The Family Guide To Halloween Safety"
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