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Halloween Costume Ideas for Dogs

Updated on April 27, 2015

Intro to Dog Dressing 101

Dog lovers are always in need of fresh ideas for how to dress their best friend for Halloween. Last year's costume just isn't good enough. To ensure that you have the best dressed pooch on the block, take a look at these hot ideas.

Every one of them is a costume you can purchase online, but if you're crafty, you can also make a version of it by yourself. There are companies that specialize in nothing but outfitting dogs for Halloween and other holidays. So take a look and see if you can't find something woof-tastic.

Image courtesy of istolethetv on Creative Commons.

Image courtesy of Zach Klein
Image courtesy of Zach Klein

Be Cute, But Be Safe

Keep it Simple

Keep in mind when dressing your pet that safety is your number one concern. Yes, you want your little darling to look adorable in her Halloween costume, but if she can't walk because her outfit is too tight or if she can't see because her mask is covering her eyes, it's not a good idea.

Modify the outfit to your dog's size and shape. Most costumes come in small, medium, and large, so you can find the exact fit that your dog needs.

Why to Fit the Costumes

Yoga dog by istolethetv on Flickr
Yoga dog by istolethetv on Flickr

Comfort First

Fashion Later

Also make sure that the costume does not include any embellishments that your dog might chew on or eat (just like you wouldn't want him eating a whole lot of Halloween treats). While everyone is busy partying, your dog may start gnawing on his costume and swallow a piece of it.

It's best to have your dog arrive at a party dressed, let everyone fawn all over him, take lots of pictures, and then take the costume off him for the rest of the night. Even the most tolerant and well behaved dog can't stay the whole evening in a costume without trying to bite it off.

Your Two Cents

Would you dress up your pup for Halloween?

Images by istolethetv on Creative Commons
Images by istolethetv on Creative Commons

Dress Them Like Another Animal

Is that cruel?

Tiger

Hippo

Reindeer

Turtle

Turkey

Shark

Sheep Dog

Spider

Penguin

Bumble Bee

Frog

Pig

Lady Bug

Butterfly

Monkey

Lobster

Skunk

Mad Dog

Lion

Leopard

Killer Whale

Giraffe

Elephant

Cow

Owl

Chicken

Caterpillar

Bunny

Dinosaur

Poodle

Bear

Images by Nevada Tumbleweed and istolethetv on Flickr
Images by Nevada Tumbleweed and istolethetv on Flickr

Make Them Famous

Celebrity-Pup

Dino, the dinosaur from The Flintstones

Taco Dog

Calypso Queen

Scarlett O'Hara

Gingerbread Man

Dracula

Santa

Prince

Astro, the dog from The Jetsons

Indiana Jones

Spider Man

Shrek

Yoda

Darth Vader

Bat Man

Princess Lea

Robin

Superman

Wonder Woman

Princess

Scooby Doo

Snow White

Little Frankenstein

Mickey Mouse

Elvis

Blues Clues Dog

Dora the Explorer

Dorothy

Tin Man

Scarecrow

Cowardly Lion

Zorro

Harry Potter

Daisy Dog

Smurf Cowboy

Raggedy Ann

Mrs. Claus

Puff Daddy

Rudolph

Snoopy

Celebrity Dog Costumes on Amazon

See Other Dog Costumes

Images by Istolethetv on Creative Commons
Images by Istolethetv on Creative Commons

Professional Doggies

Pick an Occupation

Football Player

Police Man

Baseball Player

Graduate

French Maid

Accountant

Construction Worker

Pop Star

Salesman

Politician

Devil Dog

Vampire

Basketball Player

Witch

Leprechaun

Biker Dude

Greaser

Watch Dog

School Girl

Prisoner

Flapper

Punk Rocker

Pirate

Hockey Player

King or Queen

Clown

Fire Man

Cheerleader

Army Member

Therapist

Sailor

Sheriff

Nurse

Doctor

Dentist

Photo courtesy of istolethetv on Flickr
Photo courtesy of istolethetv on Flickr

Too Cute to Eat

Almost-Tasty Costumes

M&M

Hot Dog

Pumpkin

Apple

Banana

Noodle

Sandwich

Orange Juice

Corn Dog

More Costume Ideas

Image by istolethetv on Flickr
Image by istolethetv on Flickr

Other Random Costume Ideas

Worth Considering

The Joker

Angel

Caveman

Playboy Pet

Luau

50s Poodle Skirt Girl

Corpse Bride

Hippie Dog

Ghost

Pilgrim

Cave Dog

Dog Skeleton

Bride

Groom

Image by tsuacctnt on Flickr
Image by tsuacctnt on Flickr

Get a Good Deal

Or Make it Yourself

Search online stores for the best deals on doggie Halloween wear. Often brick and mortar stores will carry only one or two items to choose from. That can be frustrating if you've been driving around in search of the perfect pooch costume.

For the best selection check online retailers who specialize in Halloween costumes or pet wear. Prices usually range from $20-$30 and you'll have a hard time selecting just one outfit. They are all so darling. Even if you plan to make your dog's costume this year, browsing online will give you an idea of what you'll need to make the outfit.

Make sure that when all is said and done, you have a special treat for your pup. After all, that was hard work for them! A nice dog gift basket with some treats is always a welcomed choice.

Your Picks

Which type of costume would you suit your dog in?

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What Do You Think? - Comments Here!

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      Nancy Oram 5 years ago

      So fun, I want more!

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      I think these are hilarious ideas!! I'd love to dress my pup as a celebrity, I think that'd be so funny!

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      AsianMarketplace 6 years ago

      Very cute lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love all of your Halloween Costume Ideas for Dogs. Our little puppy wants to be a football player, I think. Lensrolled to my Dog Football Jerseys.

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Love the skunk costume photo. You have tons of great ideas here and thanks for featuring my Top 10 Dog Halloween costumes lens!