Updated: Sep 23, 2021
Every year at the start of October, I begin searching the internet for fresh ideas for my dogs' Halloween costumes. My pups are great sports and will let me put them in almost any type of costume. However, every dog is different and while some will tolerate hats, glasses, and capes, others will barely let you tie a bandana around their neck. With this in mind, I have collected ideas for a variety of pet-friendly costume options that will stand out at Halloween, but will also keep your pet comfortable, and for those that love a good DIY project I have provided a list of DIY costume ideas at the end of this blog.
Full Dog Halloween Costumes
I personally love this category, and have been very fortunate that all of my pets have always tolerated a full costume (at least temporarily). If you are in the market for spending $15-$30 on a costume, you can find tons of "made for pet" Halloween costumes at your local pop-up Halloween shop, Party City, Amazon, PetSmart, or Petco. Each year these stores put out some pretty funny costumes that look so cute on pets.
Last year, I dressed Bentley up as a taco. Isn't he the cutest?
Not into spending money on a costume, but still looking for unique ideas? Scroll down to the bottom of this blog to see some fun DIY costumes.
Amazon of course is an easy place to grab a quick costume for your pup. Check out our Amazon shop to see some of our favorite Halloween costumes this year.
Fun Dog Hats for Halloween
For those with dogs who will tolerate hats, I love this option for Halloween as you can easily find made-for-dog caps, toboggans, and animal head dresses (think lion manes). One of my favorite head pieces that I have is a set of Yoda ears. I think these are hilarious.
Of course if you have a larger dog, you can easily throw on one of your hats for an awesome Halloween photo shoot! Alternatively, for those with smaller dogs, you can sometimes alter a hat to make it work or use a child's headpiece. Personally, I have become very good at reshaping Mickey Ears to fit on my dogs' heads.
Dog Halloween Tutus
Tutus are always an option as well. Not all pups love this because of the bulk in the back, but if you find one or make one that fits your dog well, this can be so cute. Just make sure your dog can freely walk and run in it without tripping over the tutu fabric.
Check out Pineapple Pawprints,one of our favorite shops, offering Halloween bandanas and matching tutus this year (use code AGY15 to save 15%).
Dog Halloween Bandanas and Tees
There are some pets that will just not tolerate anything more than a bandana, bow, or tee, and that is ok. These pups just appreciate comfort and functionality. Luckily there are tons of Etsy shops and other small shops online that provide super fun Halloween prints for bandanas and bows.
Check out some of my favorite small shops that sell Halloween accessories each year!
You can also usually find lightweight cotton Halloween tees and dresses at your local pet store. Check out a couple that I have picked up in past years.
Glow-in-the-Dark Dog Accessories
Adding a glow-in-the-dark bandana, necklace, or collar charm are also fun options and help keep your dog safe during Halloween trick-or-treating. We are loving the glow-in-the-dark bandanas offered at MirVi Boutique this year (use code AGY10 to save 10%), or you can shop glow-in-the-dark necklaces and collar charms at our shop!
Spooky Necklaces for Dogs
We love adding a necklace to any of our dog's outfits and Halloween is such a fun time to add really cool necklaces! Check out our entire collection of Fall and Halloween necklaces.
Matching Halloween Costumes for Dog Moms and Dogs
Last year, I decided it would be so much fun if my pups and I had matching costumes. So, I dressed up as Mary Poppins and each dog was dressed as a penguin. We had such a good time, and watching them waddle behind in their little penguin outfits was hilarious!
AND FOR THOSE WHO LOVE DIY!
I love a good DIY challenge. So, not too long ago, I challenged myself to put together four Halloween outfits with only items I already had in the house. See my results below!
Everyone loves a good puppuccino, so why not turn your puppy into one? For this, I already had a bandana with a classic coffee logo, but to give it that extra pop for the puppuccino look, I added cotton balls to a barrette to represent that delicious puppy cream!
Turning your dog into an M&M is a cinch. All you need is a solid primary color shirt and a printer to print out the classic "M". I found a free template for the "M" here. I then cut out the "M", and used some double sided tape to adhere it to a solid yellow tee, and voila Bentley is a classic yellow M&M.
Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffanys
For the glamorous pup, find a black tee or dress, and throw on some pearls and necklaces from your own stash of jewelry or custom dog necklaces from our shop. Give them a little blue Tiffany's box and you have a beautiful Audrey-inspired outfit!
Got any tie-dye or peace symbols lying around? If so, grab those and put together an awesome flower child or hippie outfit for your puppy. I love tie dye as it is so easy for me to transform either of the pups into the perfect hippie.
Other Ideas to Try!
Borrow from Your Kids: Borrow any wings or capes from your kids' closets to turn your pup into a fairy, butterfly, or superhero.
Wrap Your Pup Like a Mummy: Take a roll of gauze and wrap it around your puppy to turn them into a mummy.
Use Old Sheets: Take an old white sheet and cut out holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth to make a ghost (not sure how long this would last, but I think the photos would be awesome).
Look for Pirate Inspired Items: If you have any pirate gear around, like an eye patch and bandana, your pup may tolerate being the coolest pirate around.
Let Your Dog Support Your Favorite Football Team: Put on your pup's favorite football jersey and let them be a football player for the night.
Transform Your Pup into Harry Potter: If you have a Hogwarts scarf, wrap that around your pup. If your pup will tolerate glasses, grab an old pair so he can be Harry Potter. Now, all you have to do is figure out how to attach that lightening scar.
Dress Your Dog Up as Where's Waldo: If you have a red and white stripped shirt or scarf, turn your pup into Where's Waldo.
Hit the Bullseye: Turn your dog into a horse by affixing a small toy (like a soft Woody from Toys Story) to the back of a tee with a few stitches or fabric glue and let your pup be Bullseye for the night!
Good luck with your Halloween DIY!