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Dog Costume Ideas for Halloween

By Edited Feb 25, 2016 8 12

Everyone loves to dress up for Halloween, but so does the family dog. If you are looking for some dog costume ideas for Halloween this year, then check out these.

You can either purchase a costume that fits your dog well. Remember some dogs will panic if the costume is too tight or too restrictive. Or you can easily add a few trinkets to your dog for a dog costume idea. A lot of these dog costume ideas for Halloween depend on the personality of your dog.

Many little dogs, love to dress up, as they are already used to wearing coats and sweaters, but if your dog is not, then maybe stick to a simpler version of any costume to keep your dog happy.

Dog Costume Ideas - Dinosaur

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You can get actual costumes that you purchase for your dog. If you dog loves to dress up and is smaller then these types of costumes will work well. You can get them from Amazon, Ebay and shop.com and sometimes overstock. Or you can shop in person at your department stores that sell Halloween costumes and many pet stores will carry a line of dog costumes for Halloween.

If you have a large dog, you could simply make him a green hat with spikes, this can be just as effective as a dog costume idea.

Dog Costume Idea - Pirate

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Once again you can get a full outfit for your dog, or an easier way would be to make him a pirate hat with a skull and cross bones on the front of it. Stay away from any patches or anything that interferes with your dogs sight. But you could also give him a skull and cross bones bandana along with the hat, and this would make a great dog costume for Halloween, and he has free movement.

Why don't you dress up the same as your dog, or visa versa? What ever costume you have decided to create or buy for Halloween, see if you can make a smaller version of the same thing.

Dog Costume Idea - Frog

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You can make him a green hat with big bulgy eyes of a frog, or purchase a frog head costume for dogs. This can be fun too. If your dog likes to wear clothes, then you could get him a green fuzzy coat to go a long with the frog hat/mask.

Dog Costume Idea - Bib or Collar

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If you are creative, you can make a simple bib for that dog costume idea. It could have a bit S on it for Super Dog, or the Bat sign for "bat dog" This idea works really well with a bigger taller dog, such as a German Sheppard or larger, as their front chest shows more, and by wearing a bit, he is still dressing the part. You could pair that will a hat. Just make sure to cut holes for his ears.

Dog Costume Idea - Wig

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A short Halloween wig that would be used for kids, could fit on your dogs head. Just makes sure you secure it and cut holes for his ears. If you dog likes to dress up a short curly wig on top of his head would look the part.

If you are planning on walking around town dressed up with your dog in costume too, then you need to make sure that he is comfortable. As fun as it is to dress up our best friends, it can be hard on them. So, keeping it simple, especially for a larger dog walking the neighborhood with you, can be just as effective a dog costume idea.

If you live in a neighborhood of dogs, then why not stock a few dog treats for the trick or treaters that come to your door. If there is a dog amongst them, then ask the owner if you can give the dog a treat.

If you are creative, and like to sew, you can also get great sewing patterns for dog costumes for Halloween or other holidays, and make your own. Have a great Halloween!



Sep 8, 2010 12:30pm
That's awesome. My wife would so be into this - our poor dog haha :) Great article Sookie!
Sep 8, 2010 7:04pm
Darling ideas for dog costumes for Halloween. Our daughters used to dress up our horses ... poor horses!
Sep 14, 2010 2:05pm
Aw poor dogs. I should feel sorry for them but this looks like fun.
Oct 30, 2010 1:34am
Loved the article. Thanks for sharing
Oct 30, 2010 2:31am
My two Beagles Are not gonna like this (:
Oct 30, 2010 6:11am
Congrats on being on the front page!
Oct 30, 2010 3:29pm
I guess the family dog would feel left out if everyone else was in costume,they are so like people! great article and congrats on the feature:)
Oct 30, 2010 4:50pm
I love the dinosaur costume. Last night on the radio I heard this guy talking about how he gets dressed up and has his dog dressed up as a pirate. I always thought this was ridiculous until I saw the costumes in target. I have a similar article on HP. So funny!
Nov 1, 2010 4:57pm
The best dog costume I've seen this year was posted by a friend last night on facebook. She dressed her English Bull Dog in a purple sequined wide brimmed hat with matching jacket and a big gold $ necklace. He was a pimp!
Jan 20, 2011 7:05am
Sep 28, 2012 3:57pm
So cute. I love articles like this.
Sep 29, 2012 8:18am
The pirate costume on the dog is my favorite. Nice article.
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