These are the most popular pet costumes
From Halloween group costumes to the best couples’ costumes, Halloween is about to get bigger, better and funnier than ever this year, especially because some of the season’s best new costume launches aren’t even for humans, but rather, for pets. In 2023, you’ll find pet costumes for both cats, dogs, bunnies and even reptiles, and depending what you’re going for, you can dress up your pet as a movie or TV character, another animal or even a box of wine.
What are the best Halloween costumes for pets?
As of 2022, the National Retail Federation found that the most popular Halloween costumes for pets included a pumpkin, which came in at the number one spot at 10%, then a hot dog at 5%. About 4% of pet owners dressed their pets up as superheroes or cats, and 3% of pet owners chose bumble bee costumes.
You can pretty much expect the statistics to remain (mostly) the same in 2023, but if you are looking for a pet costume that’s more original, there are plenty of options — with nary a pumpkin, hot dog, superhero, bumble bee or cat costume in sight.
Best pet Halloween costumes for 2023
If you enjoy an occasional pinot grigio or merlot , then your dog, too, can become a little wino. This pet costume straps onto your dog with a Velcro closure that stays put. You can also pair it with BarkShop’s Cabernet Slobbernon Bark x Franzia toy for the perfect accessory.
“Barbie” was the hit movie of the season, but this Ken pet costume steals the show. The pink-and-blue Hawaiian-style collared shirt closes with the help of a Velcro front and it’s selling out so quickly, you’ll want to grab it as soon as you can.
Your dog can pay homage to the queen of country music, Miss Dolly Parton herself, with this pink frilly dog dress and curly blonde wig. The costume also comes with a matching pink guitar and the fake, foam hands to hold it up.
This pet costume by Rubie’s Pet Shop is suitable for dogs as small as 3 pounds. Officially licensed by the “Legally Blonde 2” movie, the hot pink outfit consists of a newsboy cap and a wraparound blazer just like the one Elle wears in the film.
If you prefer a traditional scary Halloween costume, this full-body spider costume turns your four-legged friend into a furry, eight-legged creature with four eyes in no time. It even has the quintessential orange-and-black palette.
As pickleball grows more and more popular, Target is introducing this pickleball player pet costume for 2023 that can be worn by either cats or dogs. It’s a front-wearing costume that creates the illusion of a human body in a pickleball uniform. There is a paddle in one hand and an actual pickleball in the other. It even comes with a headpiece featuring a green sweatband and gray hair that sticks straight up.
This Halloween costume comes with a wizard’s hooded cape, and fun accessories like round glasses and a collar and tie that complete the wizarding school uniform. Available in four color-coded emblems, including red, green, yellow and blue, the cape is made with pets in mind. It’s made with comfortable, breathable mesh that won’t static-cling to your cat’s fur and it’s easy to take off and on.
Pet owners obsessed with “Star Trek” might appreciate this elaborate Spock costume. Complete with a Trekkie-friendly jacket and Spock’s signature wig headpiece and pointy ears, this officially licensed costume enables your pet to “live long and prosper,” in the words of Spock himself.
More pet costumes worth checking out
- For fans of the boxing ring, the Hyde and Eek! Boutique Halloween Frontal Boxer Costume features a shiny gold, hooded robe and faux foam arms with boxing gloves.
- You can transform your dog into a fall-approved pumpkin spice latte with the Rubie’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Pet Costume this Halloween.
The Unidentified Flying Object Dog Costume is perfect for any pet owners who believe in aliens or UFOs.
If you have watched “Jurassic Park” more times than you can count, the full-body Stegosaurus Dog Costume transforms your pup into a scary dino of the past, but if you think your pet won’t wear a full-body costume, try the Triceratops Costume for Dogs instead.
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