Pets in Costumes Could Become a Fire Hazard

Halloween is only a few days away and pets in themed costumes look cute and sweet. Therefore, every year there are more and more cats and dogs wearing pet Halloween costumes, taking part as a little surprise guest on Halloween parties.

Pet halloween costume, Spider Angus

Pet Halloween costume, Spider Angus—Beau B (

Unfortunately, our pets can also cause fire by accident, especially, when there are stoves and candles placed on furniture for the right ambiance.








Pets and other animals inadvertently set about 510 house fires every year in [the US]. From 2006 to 2010, such fires caused an average of $8.7 million in property damage and injured eight humans a year, said John R. Hall Jr., division director for fire analysis and research for the National Fire Protection Association.

Animals—including wild ones or pests like rats or insects—are capable of starting a fire any time, but the majority involve a heat source, like a stove, light fixture, candle, embers, or a space heater, Hall said. And over colder holidays like [Halloween], Thanksgiving and Christmas, there’s often more activity around those sources than usual.


Pets especially need monitoring around holidays, when owners may be cooking or baking treats more often or when potentially flammable decorations are out. A dog or cat wearing a homemade Halloween costume, especially one with a cape, might get too close to a jack-o-lantern with an open flame.

“If you dress your own dog, the fabric probably isn’t fire-retardant,” said Lisa Peterson, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club. “So you need to be vigilant.”


11 Responses to Pets in Costumes Could Become a Fire Hazard

  1. Martin
    September 19, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    It’s great to spoil your pet but sometimes you get the feeling that people just go too far. Where’s the dignity in some of these costumes?

  2. cloephillips1234 June 24, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    This should serve as a warning to many. Every member of the family has to be responsible in keeping their homes clean and has to be aware about the most effective pest control solutions to pursue. I love your post!

  3. liam November 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    What a surprising. We are often have fun and forget that our animal also need to be supervise to prevent any possible harm or damage it can be caused. Thank you for this useful information. Keep sharing.

  4. Carmel Gourdet
    October 5, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    These are great tips for people with pets around Halloween. I feel sorry for these pets, they have no say and they feel so uncomfortable in those costumes and unsafe. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rebecca Florence
    September 20, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    This is suitable for small dogs. I have a pinscher and this would be a great costume for her.
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  6. Alexandra B September 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I’ve been doing a lot of research about fire hazards around the home. Think I know every one in the book but pets in costumes is a new one to me! Completely agree – think of the potential hazards for humans, these become twice as risky with animals around.

    Make sure things like fire alarms are tested, best practices and procedures are carried out and keep the whole family safe.

    • Dr Ellen September 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      Good idea, fire alarms should always be well maintained.
      I would probably go as far as not having open fire, such as candles, near small children and pets.
      Thinking of my own dog, he would get rid of any costume within seconds…. 🙂

  7. Liverpool Vet June 17, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    It might be okey to put costumes to them, but they should not be left unattended.

  8. Oya May 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Pets are not toys. They shouldn’t be in costumes.
    It is ridiculous to see pets in costumes these days

  9. kinnearvet February 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Caution is advised before dressing our pet up.
    While viewed as fun and adorable for some pet owners, caution is advised when putting a costume on a pet. A pet in costume should NEVER be left alone and unsupervised. Thanks for sharing this post by the way, its informative, thanks..:)
    manuka vet

  10. jamespickett December 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    great post and advice, always be alert when it comes to leaving our pets alone at home. Being prepared for a house fire is an important safety step for all families.

    Cambridge vet

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