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12 of the Cutest Dog Halloween Costume Ideas

The countdown to Halloween is on—does your furry friend have his costume ready yet? Whether you’re going the DIY route this year or opting for a simple store-bought outfit, nothing is cuter than a canine in costume. 

But before we get to our list of adorable dog costumes, let’s take a look at whether you should get your dog one in the first place.

Should dogs wear Halloween costumes?

Our Instagram feeds may be flooded with precious doggos in full Halloween gear, but we have to ask ourselves: is it ok to dress Fido up in costume? Or is this one holiday practice that should be left to us humans?

According to PetMD, it depends on the pet. Some dogs will happily parade around town in a pumpkin costume, while others will find the whole thing intolerable. You know your pet better than anyone else, so if costumes are part of your Halloween plans this year, it’s important to consider the following:

Watch for signs of distress

When you know what to look for, spotting a stressed out dog is easy. Monitor your dog for signs that he’s not loving being in costume:

  • Lowered tail
  • Pinned back ears
  • Attempts to remove the costume
  • Fussing with the costume
  • Anxious running
  • Cowering
  • Excessive scratching

If you suspect your dog is feeling overwhelmed or uncomfortable, ditch the costume—no amount of cuteness is worth stressing him out.

Make sure the costume is safe

Some costumes are more dog-friendly than others. Look out for small, loose pieces that could pose a choking hazard to curious canines. Visibility is another important factor: hats or wigs that block your dog’s vision are off the table. And even if it clashes with your picture perfect costume, don’t take Fido Trick-or-Treating without a leash. 

Make sure the costume fits 

Ill-fitting costumes are a recipe for disaster. Don’t put your dog in anything that is too tight or restricts his movements. Equally important is forgoing any costume that is too loose, as the extra fabric can be a tripping hazard.

Spectacular dog Halloween costumes

As long as you heed these safety considerations and your dog isn’t phased by wearing clothing, you should be all clear for a costumed night of fun! Need inspiration? We’ve got you covered with a dozen of the most charming, hilarious, and creative dog costumes we’ve ever seen.

1. Spider

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Eek! This fuzzy arachnid is too adorable to frighten us. Even Miss Muffet agrees.

2. Wind-up Dog

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OK, this dog is so winning Halloween this year. We’re loving the creativity and thought that went into this costume—just give your special pooch a few cranks, and let the good times begin!

3. Gru and his Minions

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He’s already your little minion, so why not have your pup dress the part? These dog owners get in on the fun with coordinating costumes of their own.

4. Yoga Dog

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If your furry pal is a fitness fanatic, this yoga getup is just the thing. The matching pink yoga mat is too cute!

5. Chia Pet

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Calling all DIYers—this nostalgic dog costume brings out our inner 80’s kid, and we’re totally digging it. Ch-ch-ch-chia pup!

6. Poe’s “Nevermore” Raven

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This spot-on raven costume hits all the right marks. Spooky? Check. Clever? Check. Edgy and literary? Check and check.

7. Hot diggity dog

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A hotdog costume is an obvious choice for say, a Dachshund or a Corgi, but we gotta say—this Boxer is killing it. Pass the mustard.

8. Superman

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This pooch might not be able to “leap tall buildings in a single bound,” but he’s still a Superdog. We’ve seen our share of Superman dog costumes, but this one takes the cake. The faux arms have us in stitches!

9. E.T. and Elliott

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Instantly recognizable, this crafty DIY costume is simple, yet effective. If your dog can tolerate being bundled up in a comfy blanket, this could be the costume for you.

10. Pineapple

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Talk about cuteness overload! There’s no doubt this handsome pug will be lighting up smiles all weekend.

11. Skeleton Sweater

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Sometimes keeping it simple is where it’s at. And this sweater-clad sweetheart definitely agrees.

12. Dalmatian

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Maybe your teacup pup fancies himself a fierce Dane or, in this case, a feisty Dalmatian. Why not indulge his fantasy, and let him try being another breed for the night? 

These adorable dogs have got us giddy with excitement for the upcoming Halloween festivities! Do you have a favorite costume on this list? Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments, and have a safe and happy Howl-O-Ween!