Halloween Dog Costumes

Halloween is such a fun time to dress up. Have you noticed that dressing up for Halloween is not just limited to kids anymore? More and more adults dress up and now even pets are dressing up.

There are tons of costume ideas for pets. Incorporating your pet's breed characteristics, personality and size can make choosing a costume for your pet even more fun. For instance, dressing up a Wiener dog (Dachshund) as a hot dog is such a cute idea.

You can even create some cute ideas by dressing your pet up in something that represents the opposite of their personality. For instance, you can dress up a bulldog in something cute and frilly when he's ordinarily stern.

One year a local family utilized their dog as Scooby while the others dressed as Velma, Daphne, Fred and Shaggy. It was a cute way to incorporate the dog into the Halloween fun.

Just a few of the cute pet costumes I've seen include:

  • Angel (wings and halo)
  • Devil (horns and tail)
  • Bunny
  • Santa
  • Teddy bear
  • Turtle
  • Pumpkin
  • Cat
  • Lion
  • Cheerleader
  • Football Player
  • Pirate
  • Shark
  • Whale
  • Clown
  • Witch
  • Pea pod
  • Chili pepper
  • Penguin
  • Flower
  • Duck
  • Ladybug
  • Bumble bee
  • Taco
  • Hamburger
  • Hotdog
  • Catepillar
  • Spider
  • Policeman
  • Fireman
  • Skeleton
  • Pig
  • Cow
  • Skunk
  • Mermaid
  • Dorothy (from Wizard of Oz)
  • Flying Monkey (from Wizard of Oz)
  • Cowboy
  • Yoda
  • Superman

Tips for Choosing a Costume and How to Get Your Dog Used to Wearing One

The following are some tips on things to consider when buying a costume and how to get your dog used to wearing one.

  • Chose a costume that fits your dog's breed. Some breeds have longer legs or bigger chests or necks.
  • Chose a costume that your dog can comfortably walk in without tripping.
  • Your best choice is one that is adjustable so that you can make modifications as needed.
  • Practice letting your dog wear a scarf, hat or bandana so that they get used to having something on.
  • Once you have the costume, practice letting them wear it for 5 minutes a day. This will let you know how long they may be able to tolerate it on by the time Halloween gets here.
  • Be sure to watch your dog whenever they have the costume on to make sure it doesn't bind or choke them or that they don't try to get it off and harm themselves in some way.
  • Make sure the dog doesn't get too warm in the costume.
  • Make sure elastic in the costume doesn't become uncomfortable for the dog after extended wear.
  • Watch for changes in the dog's behavior while wearing the costume. If he/she becomes irritable, refuses to walk or paws or scratches at the costume, it is probably time to get it off.

Take Photos Early

Be sure to grab your camera and/or camcorder and take lots of photos.  You never know when conditions may change and dog decide that he/she has had enough of it.  Take the photos early while the dog is still in a good mood and the costume is still in one piece.

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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

this is just too adorable. I've never dressed my dog in a Halloween outfit, but these are very funny. I guess you would really have to make sure they can still do their business. :]


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I want the hot dog costume!!! How awesome is that?

Thanks for the great ideas for the canine crowd!


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

What a read!! The Maine Lobster fest costume is my favorite of those shown....of course the only clothes my dogs wear is their extra winter coat when below freezing. I don't think I would have a challenge getting them to dress up....these are too cute


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks rebekahELLE, lorlie6 and Wealthmadehealthy! They are really cute, aren't they? Makes me want to borrow a dog! LOL


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Are you telling me you wrote this hub without having a dog to dress up??? Too funny, It was so well written, I thought you had had a doggy fashion show at your house!!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

I technically do not have a dog. However, the dog I had lives next door with my ex-husband. So, I still see him and can pet him, but I just don't have to feed him. :) He's a big Rhodesian Ridgeback though. He's a bit difficult to dress up.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Well, for a dog that big, throw a cape over his back, velcro it under his chest and put bat ears around his head and dress him up as batman....LOL He must eat a ton of food, and I thought my shepherd ate a lot! LOL


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL....yes, he eats a lot Wealthmadehealthy. We live in a rural area and have never had a trick-or-treater. We have always had to go out to get involved in Halloween, which by the way, is my favorite holiday. So, taking him out is a bit of a chore as well since he's not used to a leash. He has free range of the almost 30 acres here. :)


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jpwriter 6 years ago

These costumes are so funny. I wrote a similar article. I could have spent all day looking at the costumes. Some of them really made me double take. I was trying to pick my favorite, but there are too many. Made me wish I had a dog! Our cat would scratch the heck out of me.


Lily Sands 6 years ago

Really cute

Just bought my dog a batman cape!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks jpwriter and Lily Sands! I think they're adorable on any pet that will put up with having them on for long.

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