The best Halloween costumes for dogs

Written by gary hill
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The best Halloween costumes for dogs
Pet shops and Halloween shops often stock dog costumes. (Getty Thinkstock)

Halloween is many people's, and particularly children's favourite holiday. Since a lot of families keep dogs as pets, it shouldn't be a surprise that many dogs get Halloween costume makeovers. Many pet shops and Halloween shops carry pet costumes. Which costumes are best depends on personal taste and dog type, but plenty of options exist.

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Superhero costumes for humans are perennial favourites. Such costumes work well for dogs, too. One option is Superdog, which was an actual character in DC Comics. Pairing that one with an owner dressed as Superman or Supergirl works extremely well. Another idea featuring a dog superhero character would be Underdog. Of course, human superhero costumes are often available in dog versions, too. Dressing a dog as Batman, Wonder Woman or Spiderman can achieve cute results.

Miniature Costume

Another idea is to represent a dog as a miniature animal like a horse. In that type of costume, a miniature human is part of the outfit. A costume that turns the dog into a horse complete with rider would be one such idea. Of course, variants of that theme would include a cowboy or even headless horseman for the rider. A different type of costume would have a horse's mane and a harness to fit the dog with a chariot and rider dragging behind on wheels.


Food costumes serve as another option for dog Halloween costumes. The hot dog, based both on the name and shape of the treat, is an obvious costume choice. For dachshunds, that's even more viable. For a chihuahua, a taco costume might be more fitting. Submarine or meatball sandwiches also make effective canine Halloween outfits. A banana also works well based on shape. Think about dressing yourself as a bottle of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise or taco sauce to accompany your pet.

Safety Tips

Pet safety should always be the primary consideration when picking out or creating a Halloween costume. Don't put your dog in a costume that is too large and heavy. Keep in mind that dogs pant to cool down, so keep overheating in mind. Some dogs don't like to wear any type of clothing. For dogs like that a costume can be stressful. Dogs that are stressed might become irritable. Never put your dog in a position that comprises animal or human safety for the sake of Halloween entertainment.

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