Skip to main content

PawTracks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Cute cat Halloween costumes for every feline

Hear the word “Halloween,” and your mind immediately starts thinking of carved pumpkins, bags of chocolate, and festive costumes. People often look into Halloween costumes for their dogs so they can dress them up for the holiday. But what about cats? Are there cat costumes out there? Of course! Why should our feline friends miss out on the fun?

Considerations for cat costumes

Unless you have a hairless breed of cat, odds are your cat hasn’t spent much time in clothing. That makes shopping for a cat costume a little trickier. Not impossible, though. If you’re willing to take some time with the process, you’ll find Halloween costumes for pets that’ll suit your feisty feline.

  • Measure twice: Halloween costumes for pets aren’t always specific to cats — some work for cats OR dogs. Look over the measurement guidelines carefully so your cat doesn’t feel squashed or end up drowning in their new costume.
  • Fabric choice: Cats love to slink and stretch. You want fabrics that let them enjoy their natural movements. Cotton and cotton-polyester blends have the most give of any materials and make the best cat costumes.
  • Watch the head: Many Halloween costumes for pets feature headpieces. They’re adorable, but you don’t want to obstruct your cat’s whiskers. Remember, those whiskers help your cat sense the world around them.

Dressing a cat in a costume

If you’ve never placed an outfit on your cat before, Halloween may present a new experience — for both of you. It’s essential to observe your cat’s body language during the costuming process. Negative responses indicate that it’s time to remove the cat costume and give your cat a break:

  • Flattened ears
  • Hissing
  • Lashing tail
  • Swatting

You may also see your cat stiffen up and fall flat on the floor. (Amusing and alarming all at once!) The reaction’s normal for cats combatting a new “threat.” As your cat adjusts to the cat costume, they’ll get up and start moving. Provide reassurance and cat treats, and they’ll learn the outfit isn’t out to get them.

Cute cat Halloween costumes

There ARE cats out there who are old pros at wearing clothes. Hairless breeds — such as the sphinx and devon rex — need outfits to protect them from dropping temperatures. Their owners have no problem breaking out Halloween costumes for their pets.

Other cats aren’t as sure about outfits. You’ll need to go slow as you introduce the different elements of the cat costume (or choose a more minimal option). You know your cat best, and you know what they’ll tolerate.

Full-body cat costumes

If your cat tolerates clothing without a second thought, you have every kind of Halloween costume for pets at your fingertips.

Want to transform your cat into a dragon? No problem! They’ll be the cutest little Nightfury on the block.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Front-leg cat costumes

Most cats aren’t the biggest fans of wearing an entire ensemble. However, they aren’t opposed to front-leg style Halloween costumes for pets. There aren’t as many restrictions on their movements, and they look adorable. It’s the perfect compromise.

Pirates never go out of style. Even if your feline darling decides they don’t want to tolerate the included hat, you’ll get the perfect swashbuckling look.

Cowboys are another famous icon that remains permanently popular and cute. You’ll recognize the cowboy with or without the10-gallon hat, allowing your cat the comfort they may request.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Minimal cat costumes

Let’s face it: Most cats aren’t wild about wearing Halloween costumes. It doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to excluding the felines from the family Halloween portrait, though. The market provides plenty of simple cat costumes even grumpy cats tolerate without a second thought.

Does your cat wear a harness? Simply attach a set of bat wings and your cat costume’s complete! Your cat looks adorable, and they’re not struggling with anything around their legs.

Non-costume options

Of course, some cats put the brakes on even the most minimal cat costumes. You can still let your four-legged friends in on the Halloween festivities. Swap out their collar or harness for one featuring a Halloween motif.

Or you can always set up your carved pumpkin or another piece of your Halloween decor near them while they’re napping for a quick photo-op. It’s not precisely a cat costume, but it’ll make a great addition to the family scrapbook.

Feline Halloween costumes

Cats aren’t always the easiest to incorporate into the costume frenzy at Halloween. You may need to invest a little more time on desensitizing them to their cat costume. Or you might need to find the most minimal Halloween costume for pets on the market. It is possible to include your felines in the fun with a little work, though, if you’re patient.

It isn’t spooky cat season for nothing!

Editors' Recommendations

Do cats really get ‘high’ on catnip or are they just being goofy?
Your feline loves this 'kitty drug' and it's mostly safe for them
Gray and white cat eating catnip out of a plastic bottle

Many cats go absolutely crazy for catnip, sometimes called a kitty drug. While catnip isn't a drug in the traditional sense, it can prompt some pretty crazy behavior from your cat. Many cats get super-excited and start racing around the house or playing crazily. Others tend to go into a very relaxed, almost sedated state.

While these behaviors might prompt us to think that our cats are high, that's not exactly what's going on. Understanding the question: "Why do cats like catnip?" and the effect that it has on your cat can help you to see just what's going on when you give your cat his favorite catnip toy.
Do cats get high on catnip?

Read more
8 reasons why your cat won’t stop rolling around
If you spy your kitty rolling around, this is what could be behind it
A long-haired cat rolls around on a brown carpet

Cats are famous for their chaotic personalities and unpredictable behaviors, but one of the most random things they can do is roll around on the floor. Most of the time, it seems to come out of nowhere. It's one thing to watch a sleepy feline lie down for a catnap in the sun, but it's another thing entirely when they flop over with all of their might.
While there's no doubt that it's entertaining to watch, not all cat owners or admirers know what's behind this silly-looking behavior. Why do cats roll around? Even though it may look like they're scratching themselves on the ground or asking for belly rubs like a dog, there are several real explanations ranging from obvious to subtle. At least now you'll know.

Why do cats roll around?

Read more
Why cats arch their backs (it’s not always aggression)
There are several reasons for this normal cat behavior
Tabby cat arching their back

Cat owners and non-owners alike have seen the famous Halloween symbol of a black cat with their back arched and hairs raised. The accompanying yowl can be heard in just about every Halloween movie ever made, but it's entirely different when a cat arches their back in real life. In books and movies, though, cats only seem to arch their backs out of aggression or fear. It's almost never a good thing!

However, a cat's arched back can mean many different things. True, it can be a fear reaction or an attempt at threatening another cat, but it can also be a reaction to completely normal, nonchalant things. These are the most common reasons why a cat might arch their back.
A cat's arched back can be a sign of aggression or defensiveness

Read more