Halloween is just around the corner, and pet owners are scrambling for the cutest and most hilarious costumes for their furry friends. While most pet owners will spent $20 or less on pet costumes at most retailers like Petco, others will drop hundreds on the most lavish, handmade costumes on the market today. Here are 10 of the most expensive Halloween costumes for your pets.
1. Upcycled Denim Studded Skull Jacket: $329
The typical U.S. consumer will spend a little over $74 on Halloween this year, according to The National Retail Federation. Of those celebrating, roughly 20 million will dress up their pets. For the heavy spenders among them, an upcycled denim studded skull jacket from Etsy shop OrostaniCouture is an expensive albeit chic way to dress up pets.
This handmade sleeveless jacket costs between $279 and $329, and features a flashy rhinestone-studded gold skull applique. The costume has a popped collar bejeweled with gold pyramid rivet studs and a trendy distressed design.
While this skull jacket is undeniably adorable, it comes with a hefty price tag. In fact, for the same cost as this jacket you can feed your cat ($115) and pay for its litter ($165) for an entire year, according to the ASPCA.
2. Maleficent Pet Costume: $150
If Disney’s “Maleficent” is one of your favorite films, you can dress your pet up as the iconic villain. For $150, Etsy shop digginitdesigns has a handmade costume for small breeds. The set includes horns, a textured suede choker and a pointed collar that attaches to a dress and cape.
The dress features three rows of gathered ruffles and a brocade trim. Snaps are included on the chest to dress your pet with ease and seamlessly attach the cape.
Your pet will definitely make a splash at any Halloween party by showing up in a handmade “Maleficent” costume, but it is a big investment for most pet owners. The average cost of grooming a dog for an entire year is $190, according to the American Kennel Club, which isn’t far off from the cost of this costume.
3. Roman Warrior Style Pet Costume: $150
Etsy Shop ElegantChienCouture sells a Roman warrior pet costume that starts at $85 for small dogs and goes up to $150 for large breeds. The handmade tunic is crafted from brown fabric lined with gold satin and includes an attached chest protector. A metallic gold faux leather belt cinches the costume, adding a sense of authenticity. A matching headpiece with gold leaves serves as the perfect finishing touch.
Your pet is sure to make a splash with this costume, but think twice before purchasing it. For $50 more, you can spay or neuter a medium-sized dog.
4. Elsa “Frozen” Cat Costume: $130
Can’t get enough of Disney’s “Frozen”? Etsy shop RockinDogsCoolCats offers a made-to-order Elsa cat costume ranging in price from $99.95 to $129.95. The light aqua satin dress is fully lined and comes with a neckline trimmed in pearl and organza ribbon. The costume also comes with a long cape made from sheer aqua sequined organza and has a waistline with white bridal lace.
5. Lobster Paws Costume: $98
Dress up your large dog as a lobster this year with a Halloween costume by Casual Canine. This extra large costume is only for the biggest breeds — and budgets. You can expect to pay $98 plus shipping for this costume. If your dog will be joining your family for trick-or-treating this year, this bright red outfit is sure to make him stand out among neighborhood pets.
Watching your dog walk around dressed like a lobster is undeniably hilarious, but there are better ways to spend money. For $110, you can enroll your dog in training classes.
6. Flying Monkey Dog Costume: $95
Channel “The Wizard of Oz” by dressing your dog up as a flying monkey. This made-to-order costume is offered by Etsy shop nomorenekkiddogs and costs $95. The fleece costume features wings that can be removed after Halloween, allowing your pet to use the costume as a pair of comfy pajamas during winter.
While your dog will likely be the only one on the block dressed as a flying monkey, your money might be better spent elsewhere. For the price of this costume, you can afford a crate for a medium-sized dog — which might be a more practical use of your money.
7. Sherlock Hound Dog Costume: $78
Give your dog a unique look this Halloween by dressing him up as Sherlock Holmes. BaxterBoo on Etsy has a Sherlock Hound costume available for $77.50, and it’s available in seven sizes. The costume set includes a plain and corduroy trench coat jacket, matching double-brimmed deerstalker detective cap and houndstooth cloak.
It doesn't take a detective to know your dog would look cute in this getup, but at $78 this is no cheap costume. For $95 you can take your dog or cat on a Southwest flight during your next family vacation.
8. Iguana Pet Costume: $75
The Posh Puppy Boutique sells a dog iguana costume for $75. The costume is available in a number of sizes, ensuring it will fit pooches of all proportions. Prepare to pay $5 or $10 extra if you have a larger pet. For the same cost, you can opt for a year's worth of toys and treats for your dog, according to the ASPCA.
9. Royal Pet Costume: $75
Dress your pet as royalty with a made-to-order king, queen, prince or princess costume from Etsy shop PinklilyDoggieDesign. Prices for this floor-length gown crafted from faux suede vary but start at $75. The robe is embellished with a metallic gold braid and genuine Swarovski rhinestones, plus two gold and rhinestone magnetic clasps. The costume also includes a lace crown that’s decorated with Swarovski rhinestones.
Your pet deserves to be treated like royalty, but buying this costume isn’t the only way to do it. It costs an average of $55 per year to feed a small dog and $15 to purchase a license, which is still less than the cost of this outfit.
10. Light Up Unicorn Leather Browband: $75
Let your horse in on the Halloween fun by purchasing a Unicorn Illusion Browband from Etsy shop ThePaintedPonyTack. The fully-lined browbands cost $70 to $75 and are padded to keep your horse comfortable. Browbands come in a number of colors to match your horse’s hair.
Outfitting your horse as a unicorn will no doubt put a smile on your face, but it might not be the most practical expense. The average monthly cost of hay for a horse is $100 to $120, which isn’t much more than this costume piece.