In our humble opinion, achieving ultimate costume success means including your dog. Funny dog Halloween costumes have the power to lift spirits, conjure laughter and bewitch neighbors. We’ve rounded up some top-notch looks for your pup below.
How to measure your dog
First things first, make sure you know your dog’s size before ordering or designing any ensemble. The American Kennel Club says the three primary measurements you need are the chest, neck and back.
Chest: Measure around the largest part of your dog’s chest as he stands upright. Guide a cloth measuring tape around the rib cage and behind the front legs. Be sure to leave enough space so you can fit two fingers between the tape and your dog’s body.
Neck: This measurement is pretty easy if your dog wears a collar (you can simply measure the length of the collar). Or, you can use a cloth measuring tape and wrap it around the neck, from the middle of the shoulder blades to the top of the chest and back up the other side.
Back: Measure along the spine from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. Don’t lift the measuring tape in the air! Run it along the spine for a more accurate measurement.
Head: Some of the costumes on our list are just hats or headpieces. For those measurements, start at the highest point on your dog’s head then move down under the chin.
Don’t push it
If your dog hates Halloween costumes (or wearing any type of clothing), don’t force it. You don’t want to turn a fun time into a traumatic event. There are tons of ways to include your canine in your festivities sans costume. For instance, Dorothy’s Toto from The Wizard of Oz doesn’t wear anything! Donning a blue dress with red shoes and keeping your pup by your side makes for a colorful—and uncomplicated—costume.
Finally, make sure your dog is treated like royalty for dressing up and participating in any sort of celebration. There is an abundance of delicious snacks available for dogs these days, even if your pup is dealing with specific health issues. Plus, if you’ve got the extra time, whipping up a batch of homemade dog treats is always an option.
Without further ado, here are 40 funny dog Halloween costumes for your sweet pup.
1. Formal Tuxedo
If you’re having a chill date night with your favorite animal pal, this tux is perfect. It also works well for anyone incorporating their dog into a wedding.
2. Spooky Mummy
If it's the classic Halloween vibe you are going for, look no further than this comfy mummy pajama ensemble.
Let your dog pretend he’s a viscous werewolf for a night in this extra hairy get up.
4. Black Cat
We can’t promise this won’t bring you seven years of bad luck, nor can we promise your dog won’t be furious you dressed him up as a FELINE.
5. Freddy Krueger from ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’
For anyone indulging in lots of scary movies this year. Also for people who enjoy being reminded of said movies every time they look at the dog.
6. Killer Doll
See above and multiply by five.
7. Headless Rider
Honestly, any costume that tricks you into thinking something—or someone—is riding your dog like a horse, is going to be a huge hit.
8. Axe Headpiece
This is definitely a shocking costume that will give people a good scare, hopefully followed by a hearty laugh.
9. Frankenstein’s Monster
A nice, warm and spooky option if you do plan on walking around outdoors on a crisp Halloween eve.
There is something delightfully adorable about these pink and blue monster costumes. Is the spiky fur? The pointy teeth? The big eyes? All of it!
11. Mike Wazowski from ‘Monster’s Inc.’
A different type of cute monster, complete with a funny hat and a giant eyeball.
12. Cookie Monster
Yet another monster interpretation—this one with a cookie twist.
13. Minnie Mouse
Calling all Disney fans! These ears (and bow) are festive and perfect for any pup who refuses to wear a full costume but wants to be included.
14. Mickey Mouse
If your dog does want to show off his Disney pride, go all out with this Mickey outfit.
For dogs who enjoy being the class clown or look like they are constantly smiling.
Just as goofy, but with more overalls. Be prepared for children far and wide to point at your dog with utter joy.
17. Where’s Waldo
A spectacular option for families with kids looking for an interactive Waldo adventure.
18. Beauty & the Beast
If your dog’s name is Beast, you’ve got to go this route. If your dog’s name is Belle, there’s a an apropos gown for that too.
No glass slippers involved. Extra points if the wig stays on all night.
Your dog will be all ears as you explain to him how much better dressed he is than the other dogs on your block this Halloween.
21. Yoda from ‘Star Wars’
A small ear costume with equally huge impact. Wisest dog in the neighborhood, you will have.
22. R2D2 from ‘Star Wars’
For Jedi dogs and anyone who feels the force within them.
23. Captain America
After all, dogs are our lifesavers, loving us when times are tough. Honor them with a superhero costume!
24. Zero Dog from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
New take on an old classic ...
25. Jack Skellington from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
… and another opportunity for two-dog households to dress pups in matching costumes.
For a dog who has always wanted to know what it feels like to have twice as many legs.
For a dog who is unlike any other.
For a dog who believes slow and steady wins the race.
For a dog who likes to surf, climb trees and eat eucalyptus. (Just kidding about the eucalyptus, it is toxic to dogs!)
For a dog who doesn’t mind spending Halloween night snacking and snoozing.
For a dog who always likes to have a pal close by.
For a dog who looks pretty in pink.
33. Hula Dancer
Who doesn’t love a tropical Halloween party?
34. UPS Delivery Driver
A nice way to show appreciation for essential workers right now is through your dog’s Halloween costume. A small gesture, but a very cute one.
Let your dog be the vet for once, you know?
Arguably the most hilarious dog Halloween costume on our list, this snazzy number turns your pup into a grandma.
Dogs are magical companions that act like a personalized Patronus on gloomy days. Dress them accordingly.
Give your pup the gift of space travel, even if it means putting him in this costume and going for a car ride.
39. French Fries
He’s so cute, you could just eat him up!
A nice compliment to the apple spice cupcakes you should make yourself as a treat for killing it this Halloween.
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