The best Halloween costumes for cats have something to suit every feline, from flamboyant bat wings to more understated collars, so no matter the personality of your kitty, you can rest assured that there's an outfit on the shelves with their name on it.
But, with so many options to choose from, how do you go about deciding which costume is the right one for your cat? Well, just like when shopping for the best Halloween dog costumes for our canine companions, there's a few things worth considering.
First up, while we definitely don't want to rain on your parade, there are some safety issues with costumes that are worth being aware of. It's important to avoid anything that covers your cat's eyes or ears, as you don't want their vision to be obscured or for them not to be able to hear what's going on around them.
You also want to make sure that the costume doesn't restrict their movement. Your cat should still have their usual range of motion and be able to go about their day as they normally would, including eating, playing and running about freely. If they're not able to do these things, it means the costume is too tight.
Once you're sure that the outfit you're wanting to select doesn't pose any safety risks, the next thing you'll want to consider is your cat's personality. If they're fairly outgoing and mischievous, then they may be quite happy to be decked out in a cloak and bat wings for a serious Halloween transformation. On the other hand, if your cat is a little more reserved or unsure about wearing a costume, a stylish Halloween-themed collar may be the way to go.
Whatever you decide, we recommend you let your cat trial their outfit before the big day to ensure it fits correctly and that they're happy to wear it. If you feline friend seems in any way unhappy in their costume, it's important you remove it immediately and don't force them to wear something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
To help you find the best Halloween costume for your much-loved moggy, we've rounded up all of our favorite spooktacular options lining the shelves in 2022. Let's take a look...
PetsRadar's pick of the best Halloween costumes for cats
Halloween Cat Costume Bat Wings Witch Cloak Wizard Hat
Best overall Halloween costume for cats
Size: One size | Pack size: 3 | Weight: 2.08 ounces | Color/style: Black
Witch, wizard or bat? With this three piece Halloween costume you get to choose which outfit you want your pet puss to wear on the 31st October. Why not be a little daring and start out with one outfit and slip your fur friend into another as the evening goes on. Or go all out and let them wear the complete costume to create your own flying witch/wizard.
With this costume you get a cape, a witches/wizards hat, a set of bat wings and to add a little more Halloween spirit there’s a sorcerer pumpkin accessory that fits neatly on the cape. The outfit is only available in one size so you will need to make sure that you measure your pet puss before splashing out. But there is plenty of flexibility in the sizes so it will fit most cats. Made from soft to the touch fabric the black cape - with orange trim - is tailored for an eight to ten inch neck, And it offers a decent length - 11 x 11 inches to look good on most cats.
The witch/wizard hat is made from a soft felt fabric that is just thick enough to help keep its shape. An adjustable strap that slips under the chin makes sure that it won’t get lost on its travels, but it's not the most comfortable for your cat. You’ll like it, your pet puss less so.
Completing the outfit there are the bat wings that have an impressive wingspan of 18 inches. These are fitted around the neck and chest and can accommodate almost all cat sizes thanks to adjustable velcro straps, though not ideal for kittens. Detail on the back gives the wings a more realistic look and there is even a gap if you want to keep your pet puss on a leash when strolling through the neighborhood on Halloween.
Legendog Cat Costume Halloween
Best budget Halloween costume for cats
Sizes: Small | Pack size: 2 | Weight: 1.41 ounces | Material: Satin | Color/style: Red, Black
If you want your cat to look cute and devilish at the same time then this Halloween costume definitely fits the bill. It may stray from the more traditional idea of what should be worn, but October 31st is a great time to dare to be a little different. And you’ll get it for a price that won’t break the bank.
Red and black are colors that conjure up images of the devil and that’s exactly what this outfit brings. A two piece ensemble it consists of a cape and a separate set of horns. The cape is black with a red trim and is made from a smooth, comfortable satin material that your pet puss will happily have sitting next to their fur. It measures 11.41 inch x 11.02 inch - so not too small - and has a neck length of 8.66in. But there is plenty of movement in the neck size. The cape uses a couple of long ties to keep it on, so these can be adjusted to fit any cat, making sure they are comfortable and making it easy to put on and take off for you.
The horns sit on the opposite color scheme with red horns decorated with black fur, creating a contrast that makes the outfit look well coordinated and smart. Soft plush lines the inside of the horns - so comfortable for your pet puss - while fashionable red fake leather gives the horns a shiny look. An adjustable elasticated strap makes sure that the horns stay in place, but like most cat hats your pet puss may not approve and soon have it off their head. So make sure you get a picture quick.
Coomour Halloween Hoodies Pet Cute Ghost Costume
Best hoodie Halloween costume for cats
Sizes: X-Small - 3X-Large | Pack size: 1 | Weight: 2.39 ounces | Material: Cotton | Color/style: Ghost, Skeleton, Pumpkin
If you want your pet puss to be the coolest cat on the block then one of these hoodies from the good people at Coomour is what you need to get your hands on.
Made from pure natural safety cotton they incorporate a hood and a pair arms so that your fur friend can slip in their front paws and keep their head warm - or hide their face from the local dogs. Soft, comfortable and odor free means your cat will be more than happy to wear it - once you have managed to get it on. Perhaps more importantly your fur friend's outfit is going to see a lot of outdoor action and will inevitably get dirty. So, thankfully you can throw it in the washing machine, or there is the option to hand wash as well.
Big, small, medium, large, whatever size your cat is there will be a hoodie to fit them. The range starts at X-Small for 2-4 pound animals going right up to 3X-Large, but these are intended for large dogs rather than large cats. Just make sure to measure your fur friend's neck and chest to get the best guide on what size you need. No-one wants to see their pet puss in a tight-fitting top, and it will be a struggle to get it on.
Not only are these hoodies stylish, but you get a choice of designs, perfect for Halloween. An all white hoodie is emblazoned with a scary ghost face and the words ‘Boo’ to reinforce the message. But if ghosts are not your thing, how about an all black hoodie with a skeleton body printed on it, unfortunately it doesn’t glow in the dark. If you want something more traditional there is a cute orange hoodie with green trim and a slightly sinister face. Whatever you choose, your cat is gonna stand out from the crowd.
Bolbove Pet Pumpkin Costume for Cats
Best pumpkin Halloween costume for cats
Sizes: One size | Pack size: 3 | Weight: 2.4 ounces | Material: Polyester, metal | Color/style: Orange
Mention Halloween and it immediately conjures up images of witches, warlock, skulls, spiders, cobwebs, stars, moons, candy corn and black cats. But it's the humble pumpkin that is the star of the show when it comes to the eve of October 31st. Wherever you go in your neighborhood you will see carved pumpkins glowing in the dark showing off happy faces, scary faces and crazy faces.
You might not get to see a happy face as you dress your pet puss in this cute costume, but there is no doubt they will look adorable. You get a two-piece outfit that comes in the ubiquitous pumpkin colours at Halloween - orange and green. There is a bodysuit and a neat little hat to top off the holiday pumpkin look.
The body suit boasts a happy pumpkin face on the back - so nothing scary here- and a ring of green shiny leaves around the top. There are two layers with a soft furry fabric on the outside and a comfort lining inside so it won't irritate your cat - too much. Velcro straps make it quick and easy to put on and are adjustable but there is only size available. Designed for cats with a neck girth of 11.8 to 13 inches and a chest girth of 18.5 to 20 inches, it's not really suitable for kittens or small cats.
To complete the outfit there is a pumpkin hat which is orange and comes with a green stalk. It has two ear holes for comfort and has two velcro straps so that it stays in place and on your cat's heads. The hat has a head girth of 13 to 15 inches - ideal for most cats - but it might not stay on for long if your cat is anything like ours.
Pohshido 2 Pack Halloween Cat Collar with Movable Bow Tie
Best understated halloween costume for cats
Sizes: Adjustable | Pack size: Two | Weight: 1.13 ounces | Material: Nylon | Color/style: White and orange, purple and orange
If you want to celebrate Halloween with your feline friend but aren't keen in decking them out in a full costume, these adorable collars might just be the answer. Eye catching without being over the top, they're ideal for cats who aren't keen on wearing clothing.
Coming in a handy and affordable two pack that features one white collar and one purple collar, both with Halloween images, bow tie and bell, they're adjustable from 7.8-12.8 inches and have a safety breakaway buckle that releases if the collar gets pulled or entangled.
Made from 100% nylon, these high quality collars are soft, lightweight and have a D ring for charm tags and other personalized accessories. You can also get these collars without the bow tie if you'd like a more understated look.
LiBa Cardboard Halloween Cat House with Scratch Pad and Catnip
Best alternative to a halloween costume for cats
Material: Cardboard | Size: 17.01 x 13.23 x 2.32 inches | Weight: 2.16 pounds
For the cat that refuses to humor you and get into a costume, they can still get in on all the holiday fun thanks to this fantastic cardboard Halloween house and scratcher that looks absolutely spooktacular.
Multi-functional, it offers both a cozy space to sleep in and a place to sharpen those claws and it's super easy to assemble with straightforward instructions. The scratch pad can easily be removed to make way for a bed and it comes complete with catnip to encourage your feline friend to scratch there instead of your furniture.
Measuring 17.01 x 13.23 x 2.32 inches, it's ideal for small to medium sized cats and while the scratcher is only one-sided, given you'll likely only be using this house around the holidays, it's sure to last for a good while.
How to choose the best Halloween costumes for cats
Measure up to get the right size
Getting the right size is critical. Get your pet puss an outfit that's too big it will simply slip around making your cat uncomfortable and grumpy. Get them something too small and it will be tight and restrictive - again making your cat grumpy. Make sure that you measure your cat's neck, head and chest size properly. Leave a finger’s gap when measuring any part of your cat. A simple tip - if your cat is in between sizes get the larger option.
Style and design
There’s plenty of choices when it comes to design and style and what you want is subjective. Do you want an outfit that is cute and sticks with the traditional themes, such as pumpkins and witches? Or do you want something a little more daring like a devil or something that pays homage to your favourite movie like Harry Potter. Whatever you choose, check the quality of the material, make sure you get the right size.
Wearability and comfort
You know your cat best. Do you have one of those cats that’s always on the go and loves to run around and play. Or do you have a cat that likes to lie back and take it easy. If you have an active cat you should consider a Halloween costume that is easy to get on as they probably won't stay still for long. Maybe something simple like a set of bat wings. For a more friendly cat you can look at two or three piece outfits with hats. You will be able to get them on, but how long they stay on is a different matter.
Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator and long-time journalist with more than 20 years in the industry. He has written for numerous titles covering tech to pets, with his latest faithful hound always by his side. When not walking his dog, or discussing who’s best - cats or dogs? Loud guitars, AFC Bournemouth, Photoshop, and trying to save the world take up the rest of this time.
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