Halloween is a family affair, and that includes any four legged friends. Whether you are going out trick or treating, or having a Halloween party, you need to include the dog in your dressing up fun with a costume.
As a sensible side note, please do exercise caution when involving your pet in any Halloween celebrations, remember they might scare easily with lots of unusually dressed humans buzzing around! If you want to take them trick or treating, it might be wise to keep them on a dog harness to stop them pulling and reduce the risk of them getting loose from just a lead and collar.
There are some great Halloween dress up ideas for all sizes and breeds of dogs, – we’ve rounded up our favorite Halloween costumes for dogs.
Top Halloween Costumes For Dogs
1. Dog Lion Mane Costume
This realistic lion mane wig for dogs looks great and is sure to raise a few roars of laughter wherever you go this Halloween. With a choice of two different colors (brown or brown and black) you can even match up the wig with your dog’s fur to make them look even more true to life. The lion mane wig is suitable for medium to large dogs with neck sizes from 60cm to 80cm. The wig is easy to put on and take off and is made from quality material to ensure your dog is comfortable. The wig is also easy to clean.
2. Rubie’s Costume DC Heroes and Villains Collection Pet Costume
Show your faithful dog that they are indeed your super hero with this super fun Wonder Woman pet costume. This is a two piece costume consisting of the dress and the head band. It comes in a choice of sizes; small, medium, large and x-large.
3. NACOCO Cowboy Rider Dog Costume
This cowboy rider costume is a lot of fun for Halloween, as well as for other occasions throughout the year! The outfit comes in 3 different sizes (small, medium and large) and it would be wise to check the measurements as some buyers have commented that it comes up small on their dogs. There are adjustable straps.
4. Beetlejuice Pet Costume
This Beetlejuice pet costume comes with a wig and jacket. You will need to grab a can of hairspray to get the hair on the wig to stand up – so allow plenty of time to do this before you get your dog dressed up. If you are looking to team up with your pet and go as a matching pair, or even as a group, you can get some adult Beetlejuice costumes and go as Adam or Martha. You’re sure to win any Halloween dress up competition!
5. California Costumes UPS Pal Pet Costume
Your dog will most certainly be the talk of the street in this fun UPS costume! The outfit comes in 4 different sizes (X-Small, Small, Medium and Large) and fastens around the neck using Velcro. There is a separate foam visor that stays on via an elastic chin strap.
The material is made from 100% polyester ensuring that the dog is comfortable while wearing it (although they may try and get hold of the package!)
Halloween Dog Costume Buying Guide
Check Your Pet Is Comfortable
Although dog costumes are quite economical to buy, you might want to check that your pet is ok with wearing an outfit. Some dogs simply don’t like wearing anything on them and might feel quite distressed when wearing it. If they show any signs of being unhappy please remove straight away, they may look cute, but they won’t thank you for making them feel that way! Check they are not getting too hot and try not to let them stay in it too long, especially if it has lots of different parts to it that may restrict your dogs usual movements.
However, if you have a pet dog that loves to be the center of attention chances are they’ll love all the extra focus on them as they parade around the neighborhood showing off their Halloween costume!
All dog costumes should be made from material that is both soft and safe for a dog to be in contact with. Check for any small bits that they might be able to chew off and swallow.
Where possible make sure that you check the sizing charts the seller provides. Measure your dog and if need be, go a little bigger. Check what other people are commenting on, especially if they have the same breed dog as you, or a similar size.
The First Dress Up
When first dressing your dog up in their Halloween costume do so slowly and with positive praise. Use treats to reward them and never ever force them to wear it!