How many dog owners will dress up their pets for Halloween this year? Many dog lovers will coordinate costumes with their canines. Others may simply show off their masqueraded mascots. Here are 15 of this season’s most clever Halloween costume concepts for dogs.
Angel Dog Costume
Many angel dog costumes may be found for canines of all sizes, from Airedales to Afghans. Not all have halos, but every set includes wispy angel wings. This costume is extra useful, as a dog might wear the angel outfit for Christmas as well – or even Easter.
Bumblebee Dog Costume
A black-and-yellow striped suit, complete with a face-embroidered hood, will have Basset Hounds and Beagles buzzing for Halloween.
Cheerleader Dog Costume
What Corgi, Cairn Terrier or Chow wouldn’t look peppy in a pleated, multi-colored cheerleading dress for Halloween? How about a Bichon?
Clown Dog Costume
Puffy polka-dot clown suits, most featuring ruffled collars, transform a canine into a clown for Halloween. How would you like to see a Newfoundland or a St. Bernard, dressed as a clown?
Devil Dog Costume
This fuzzy red suit looks a bit like a miniature Santa Claus outfit (which is also available for dogs), but it also features a set of fuzzy horns. Can you imagine a Halloween deviled Dachshund or Dingo?
Dinosaur Dog Costume
Although this suit appears to have spikes, running from head to tail, it is actually constructed of soft fabric, ideal for turning a Bulldog or Brittany Spaniel into a Brontosaurus for Halloween.
Firefighter Dog Costume
A soft yellow slicker and a crushable red fire hat look particularly appealing on the classic firehouse dog, the Dalmatian. But Yorkies, Danes and Labs might pull off the look as well.
Hot Dog Costume
A padded suit with matching side buns makes a hot dog out of any dog, or a frankfurter from a Frenchie.
Killer Whale Dog Costume
This doggie Halloween costume will scare the mailman for sure. The puffy black-and-white orca killer whale suit fits over the dog’s body, so the dog is actually peeking through the killer whale’s open mouth. How would a Westie or a Weimeraner look inside a killer whale’s mouth?
Lady Bug Dog Costume
A red dress (with black polka dots, of course) is accented with a black tulle tutu and a big bow. How about a Lhasa Apso lady bug for Halloween?
Lion Dog Costume
Lots of lion suits are available for dogs. Most feature fringy manes to transform a Retriever or Rottweiler into a roaring lion.
Monkey Dog Costume
The ultimate monkey suit, this furry getup conceals a Pug, Poodle or Portuguese Water Dog as a primate.
Pirate Dog Costume
Pirate costumes may be found for both male and female dogs. The Jolly Roger hat is usually part of both options. The frilly pink pirate dress is well suited to a Chihuahua or Pomeranian, perhaps.
Rocket Dog Costume
This Halloween get-up is simple. A foam-filled red rocket straps to the dog’s back (like a pack). Can you say, “Bluetick blastoff?”
Skunk Dog Costume
A black bodysuit, sporting a white stripe, camouflages any dog (from Spanish Mastiff to Skye Terrier) as a skunk.
Costume Buying Tips for Pet Owners
Many pet products merchants offer Halloween costumes in the months leading up to Halloween. Halloween costumes for dogs are priced at $15 and higher (retail), although post-Halloween sales may present better bargains (if you want to plan for next year!). Most costumes are sold in various sizes to fit different dog breeds.