Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays. Our decorations are already up in our apartment, and the only thing left to do is buy costumes for the three of us.
Last year, Rooney was a Stegosaurus, so this year, its time for something new. Halloween costumes are sooo fun to shop for, but there are so many locations and vendors to choose from. So I decided to do a bit of research to help everyone out.
There are a few things you want to keep in mind while shopping for a costume for your pet.
1) What is their shape? For example, Rooney is super long and thin, so in order for a costume to fit the length of his body I need a large, and in order for it to fit the width of his body I need a medium. So there are times when I try things on Rooney and they only fit the width of his body, but not the length. The best way to get a costume that fits is to measure your pet in 3 directions: 1) from the base of his neck to the base of his tail (or nub), 2) measure the width of his/her chest (which SHOULD be the widest point on their body), and 3) measure the thickness of the neck.
2) What will bother your pet so much they don’t want to wear it? Let’s face it, most of us buy these costumes for ourselves, not because our pets love prancing around in costumes (although some do). So when you are picking out a costume, be sure to really focus on what your pet would not enjoy. For example, Rooney won’t keep anything on his head for more than 2 seconds. I personally think its uncomfortable because they usually hold his ears down. So this year, I’ll keep that in mind.
Entirely Pets has an amazing selection of Halloween costumes for dogs! This is one of wider selections I have every encountered. They have everything from a Panda to a Superhero. This website, based on a few comparisons, is a bit cheaper than others.
Baxter Boo is another good website with a plethora of costumes. On this website, if you order before 2pm your order ships the same day. Which is really nice for owners of corgis, or other oddly shaped pets, because the costume will likely not fit the first time so you want to give yourself plenty of time before Halloween. Additionally, this website gives you a full calendar year to return items (this is important for procrastinators, like myself). One of the best features about this website is that you can have a pop-up conversation with a customer service representative who can help you if you have any questions.
Spirit Halloween the online version of the store that pops up everywhere this time of year has some of the most creative costumes I have run across so far. They have a Pope costume, and a Ghostbusters costume, which I have to say is pretty awesome.
Costume Craze has the Banana costume which I have been looking for for a REALLY long time, so I purchased from this website. When you see a picture of Rooney in this costume, you will understand why I looked no further. Part of this costume will go over his head, but will allow his ears to move freely. If he hates it, I’ll return it, and get a new one.
Other Fall Related things to think about…
As Fall approaches (I can hardly contain my excitement) there are a few things that we need to keep in mind in order to keep our pets safe. I used the PetMD website as my reference to remind us of the dangers that come along with the change in seasons.
Changes in Daylight: The shorter days mean that we walk and exercise our dogs during times of little, or no, sunlight. In order to keep ourselves and our pets safe, it is always good to make sure we are visible to cars and bikes. One of the best things you can do is use reflectors. I purchased some wrist reflectors from REI last year, for when I run outside in the morning, which work pretty well. Another item which is worth a purchase is the Dog-E-Glow leashes and collars. These leashes and collars are REALLY cool, and I can tell you that I have seen them in the distance while driving, and it indicates to me to look out for a person and a dog. Also, my personal recommendation is to ALWAYS use leashes that are 6 feet in length or slightly shorter. There are leashes out there that reach longer distances, but I never recommend walking a dog on such a long leash because you may be on the sidewalk, but they may end up in the street.
Poisons: Chrysanthemums are toxic to pets and are associated with the fall season, so keep an eye out for those (picture available on link). Additionally, people tend to use rat poison and other rodenticides this time of year, because rodents will seek shelter in poor weather, so be sure to know what your neighbors are using, and stay away from using those products yourself. Lastly, Halloween candy is toxic to pets, so be sure to keep your trick-or-treat buckets and cauldrons off the ground. If your pet ingests anything you suspect is poisonous please call ASPCA’s Poison Control Center (888-426-4435), Pet Poison Helpline (855-213-6680), or your local emergency hospital.
If anyone can send me a video of your pet doing something Fall related that makes me laugh harder than this video does, there will be a prize.