Always make sure your dog can breathe, see and move easily in their costume before turning your back on them and if they are an older dog think of the weight of the outfit. It’s also a valid reason to dress up your pets for just a few minutes to take the pictures and then pass them on to someone else for next year.
Dressing up for Halloween is fun! According to us, at least. Pets rarely enjoy being dressed up, but some will tolerate it if they know that it makes us happy, or if they really like attention and will do anything to get it, including looking ridiculous. That shows us how far pets will go to be loved. As owners, our responsibility is to at least make sure that their costumes is comfortable and safe for our dogs.
This Hairy Potter dog costume is the cutest thing ever. You’ll have to be quick to get that pic with the glasses on!
Dog costume guidelines
Costumes should be easy to put on, and to take off. If you have to fight your dog or squeeze him into it then just don’t do it.
Make sure your dog can see! Halloween is a very stressful holiday for pets, as they are not used to seeing monsters and such walking around in their neighborhood. When a dog cannot see well, he cannot assess a situation well, which makes the situation even more stressful for him. A stressed dog can be a dangerous dog.
Costumes should not have parts that can be destroyed or eaten for obvious reasons.
Watch your dog while it’s wearing it’s costume after all that’s why you bought it in the first place to see how adorable they look. Take LOTS of pictures to share later.
Pirates of the Caribbean Dog & Cat Costumes
Check out this Star Wars Ewok costume. Too adorable!
Or is your pup a Jedi in training?
This Cowboy Costume for your Cat will be a big hit on Instagram.
These costumes always look so cute when their movements make the cowboy look like they are riding a bucking bronco.
This adorable Lion Mane stays in everyone’s heart now after seeing the commercial where the baby didn’t like the dog until it looked like a stuffed animal.
Your dog will be the hit of the Halloween party in one of these cute Animal Planet Bat Dog Costumes.
Bat Dog Costumes click to order US, UK & Canada
If you have a dog that isn’t crazy about wearing costumes but he needs to dress up a bit, this bowtie is just perfect.
Are you addicted to Amazon? Then you might really “need” the UPS Man Dog costume.
Dogs in costumes are just SO darn cute! How can we resist? Particularly if you are an empty nester. Your need for cuteness during the holidays doubles.
I think it’s fun to pick your dog’s Halloween costume based on a theme or to match your own.
We have a Harry Potter obsession in our house so that’s always fun.
Maybe your dog just wants to represent all of Hogwarts! Then this bandana is perfect.
There are tons of Adult Harry Potter costumes as well as for the kids & grandkids you love too.
I have always thought peacocks were such magical creatures! I happened upon this Halloween dog costume and really thought it was special. You will have to have a dog that doesn’t mind having something on its head and covering its ears. My guy wouldn’t go for that at all so you know your pooch best.
Star Wars Halloween Dog Costumes
Star Wars is another nerdy obsession in our house so this Jedi robe will work nicely.
I think a lot of dogs already look just like Ewoks so that’s an easy match up.
Princess Leia is, of course, our strongest character in the Star Wars franchise so we can’t leave her out of our Halloween Dog Costume round up.
Dinosaur costumes for dogs are some of the most popular themes. We searched for some online favorite designs.
Dinosaur Dog Costumes
This first dinosaur costume for your dog is just a headpiece that turns your bulldog into a triceratops. Animal Planet – Triceratops Dog Costume
This comes in medium and large.
Raptor Dog Costume
Animal Planet Raptor Dog Costume
- Foam printed headpiece
- Foam padded costume with arms and tail
- Costume safe and easy to put on and take off, for a comfortable fit on almost any dog
- Sizes XS, S, M, L
Stegosaurus Dog Costume
Stegosaurus costume includes a foam headpiece and padded green jumpsuit with attached spinal plates and tail.
Animal Planet Stegosaurus Dog Costume, Medium
The reviews on Amazon.com for all these costumes were all great except that the sizes aren’t very descriptive. One of the reviewers provided this size chart.
DOG COSTUME SIZE CHART
LARGE fits up to: 20″ length, 24-28″ chest, 16-20″ neck. Breed Examples: Small Boxer, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Weimaraner, Whippet
MEDIUM fits up to: 16″ length, 20-24″ chest, 14-16″ neck. Breed Examples: Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russel Terrier, Lhasa-Apso, Miniature Scottie, Pug, Schnauzer
SMALL fits up to: 12″ length, 16-20″ chest, 12-14″ neck. Breed Examples: Dachshund-Miniature, Norfolk Terrier, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Toy Poodle
X-SMALL fits up to: 8″ length, 12-16″ chest, 10-12″ neck. Breed Examples: Bichon Frise, Brussels Griffon, Maltese, Miniature Pincher, Papillion
This plush dog dino costume works as a coat as well for those breeds that get cold. The look the cat has on its face in this ad does NOT look amused, so proceed with caution when putting any costumes on a cat. Mine glare at me for hours during the holidays when I just put a fancy collar on them.
How about a Pupasaurus Rex Dog Costume
Your dog would have to be one that was comfortable with things on their head but this is pretty adorable/fierce looking!
This cute dinosaur costume doubles as a winter coat for your dog.
Be sure to read through our Halloween Safety Guidelines for Dogs
After the day is over, consider trading costumes with one of your dog-loving friends so you both have something new for next year’s pictures.