Do you plan to get a costume for your dog this Halloween?
We never did dress our dog up, he hated wearing things and pictures even more! If your dog can withstand a costume for a picture (or even longer) then it is a fun activity. Some dogs don’t care any may enjoy it, while others get really stressed out and upset. Remember, keep what is best for your dog in mind and do not stress out your dog needlessly or do anything that might result in injury.
If you are looking for a costume and need some ideas, below is a list of nice or creative costumes that you can easily purchase. Many are available at costume retailers in your area, and if not I have provided links to buy the items online.
The poor dog in the picture looks like he wants nothing to do with this costume! I bet it feels odd with the weight and shape of the plush whale. I think this costume would be a good conversation starter, and it is funny. It looks to be well constructed with a lot of attention paid to detail compared to its price. This costume is made by Animal Planet and is available on wag.com in x-small to medium for $18.90.
9. Inmate or Prisoner
I like this costume because there are many variations out there, and it is funny in a “dog shaming” kind of way. You know, your dog was “bad” for chewing up the toilet paper again or what not.
This version is on wag.com, in small, medium, and large, for $16.09:
If you like this one but want to pay a little less, Amazon features this one priced by size. X-small is $11.30, small is $13.85, medium is $7.50, and large and extra large are about the same as wag.com.
Here is a deluxe version of this kind of costume on Target.com available only in small for $24.99:
Target stores also offer a basic version in store only which is a striped shirt your dog can wear with a plastic window on the back that allows you to write your dog’s “crime” on a piece of paper for other’s enjoyment. Again, I find this funny because you can write things like “Homework Eater” or “Bed Hog” to make the joke more complete.
8. Classic Skeleton
Petsmart’s Martha Stewart line has a neat skeleton shirt with hood, in two colors black and pink. Each is available in sizes from x-small to x-large costing $15.99 to $17.59. The links go to Petsmart’s website, if you are going to see if they have them in your local store I suggest calling to check availability first.
Target also has a basic skeleton shirt you can buy in store, but I don’t remember if it has a hood or not.
This is such an iconic movie that I am surprised pet costumes from the franchise have not turned up before now! There are two options, a Ghostbuster and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. These offer an innovative way to do a family themed costume set including your pet as either another Ghostbuster or your nemesis Stay-Puft!
Rubies Costume Company created this and it is official licensed. The jumpsuit is adorable and features an inflatable proton pack for all your dog’s ghost busting needs. You can buy the costume in sizes small to x-large with prices ranging by size (S $13.64, M $15.99, L or XL $14.08).
The costume is also made by Rubies, and is officially licensed. It comes in small to x-large with a price of $17.99 regardless of size.
6. Angry Birds
I think Angry Birds are still really popular, given that there is so much merchandise featuring the property. Angry Birds Star Wars is a huge property now too, and I wonder if next year we will see costumes for that version of the game?
I found this one on Amazon in sizes small to large for around $25 depending on size.
Many places offer this costume, Amazon has it in sizes small to large for $8 to $20 depending on size.
A few different places also offer the yellow angry bird costume, Partycity.com has this in sizes from small to large for $19.99 each.
Your local Target, Party City, or other costume retailers might have these in stock as well.
5. Famous Dogs
It might be a bit cliche, but why not dress your dog up as another famous dog? The selection will vary depending on what store you go to, but I have links in case you really want a specific one.
Blue from Blues Clues
Amazon offers Blue from Blues Clues in sizes small to x-large for $8 to $20 depending on size.
Amazon has Frankenweenie costumes in sizes small to x-large for $15.99 each.
Amazon has Underdog costumes in sizes x-small to x-large for $8 to $18 dollars depending on size.
This easy go to costume for adults is now dog sized! You could dress your whole family up as crayons actually, the only downside is that they do not make that many different colors. I always had more than one box of crayons around as a kid so two blue crayons might not be that out of the ordinary. In any event, this one seems to be a popular and easy to find design. Target has it, party city, and I am guessing most local temporary Halloween stores with dog costumes should have this one too.
Target’s website lists this as unavailable online but costing $20. Amazon offers the blue crayon in sizes from x-small to x-large for around $15 depending on size.
Again, Target’s website refers you in store to buy this for $20. Amazon has the green crayon in sizes from x-small to x-large for around $15 depending on size.
The one might be available at Target, but I did not see it on their website. Amazon again has this one in sizes x-small to x-large for around $15 depending on size.
I really like the colors of this costume, how it fits, and the detail. It is made by Animal Planet and comes in sizes from x-small to large. On Wag.com this costume is available for only $18.90.
2. Dog rider figures
I love this idea because they offer so many choices in style, and for its simplicity. It is just one item you put on your dog’s back like a harness. The weight is different than a simple harness, but if your dog is finicky about wearing something more covering and does not mind the feeling of wearing one then this might be your best bet. The downside is that these are easy for your dog to bit onto and possibly destroy. Regardless, these would make for great pictures or a fun time during trick or treating.
Dog Riders Cowboy
I feel like this option is fun and really applies if your dog loves to run or is hyper. Amazon.com sells this costume, one size fits most style, for $20.99. The product reviews indicate this product is fun, well made for the price, and easy to get on or off your pet with well placed Velcro.
This is so cute! I would love to have tried this on my dog because he LOVED to run! You can find this one in your local Target store, or online on their website. The harness for the jockey comes in different sizes, and on Target.com you can still buy small, medium, and x-large for only $14.
Dog Riders Headless Horseman
This one is a one size fits most dogs product, and can be found at Amazon.com for $20.99. It is a more “scary” option in this type of costume. Based only on the picture it looks to be quite detailed.
The one also comes from Target, in two different color schemes. The harness for this one comes in different sizes as well. You can look for it in store, or buy it from Target.com in sizes small to x-large for $14.
This one is my favorite of the dog rider costume ideas because if you have two dogs you can buy both color schemes for a joust competition theme. It also makes a cute family themed costume idea to be able to include your dog if you have a boy dressing up as a knight, king, or dragon, or a girl dressed as a princess or queen.
Dog Rider Monkey
This is the most odd option. It reminds me of dog and monkey acts in the circus. There seems to be poor reviews of this product compared to others made by the same company and it is harder to find, so I am wondering if this is an older option that was discontinued? You can find it on Amazon sold by Toynk. I also found it on Target.com for $24.99.
1. Disney Characters
Petsmart has Disney themed pet costumes this year! They are super simple, mostly just shirts your dog can wear. I appreciate these offerings because they are easy to put on your pet, don’t feature any extra things that could really bother your dog, and are very child friendly. Some kids are really scared of dogs, and dressing them up as friendly and well known characters can help if you plan to take your well behaved dog out trick or treating with the family. This could be an easy way to include your pet in your family costume theme if you are doing anything Disney. These should also be easy to get for this Halloween, I saw some of these at my local store (call before going if it is an out of the way trip). You can also purchase online on petsmart.com.
Here are a few of the options:
This simple Pooh costume comes in x-small to large, costing $13.59 to $15.19 by size.
Petsmart also has more detailed designs with hoods featuring Pooh, Tiger, and Eeyore. These come in sizes x-small to xx-large in most styles for $19.99 to $21.59.
A simple pet t-shirt design of a somewhat obscure costume. Everyone knows Pinocchio, but I have not seen many kids dress up this way so it might be a good way to fit this costume in if you love the story but no one else desires to dress up as the character. Available in sizes from x-small to large, for $13.59 to $15.19 by size.
Available online in sizes x-small to large, from $13.59 to $15.19.
Available online in x-small to large, from $13.59 to $15.19.
I love this Woody costume! It comes with the detailed looking shirt, hat, and even the pull string on the back! I would buy this if I had a dog to wear it because it looks so cute. I wish they had featured this one with a dog actually wearing it, but I know that is not always possible. Available in sizes small to large, for $19.99 to $21.59.
This is a shirt with hood, so some dogs might not appreciate this one as well as just a shirt. This is available in sizes x-small to x-large, and costs $16.09 to $17.49.
This dress is so cute and it looks like attention was paid to small details. Available in sizes x-small to medium for $16.09.
Also available in a Cinderella design in the same size range for $16.09.
I am not really sure this is the correct size of costume for this dog, or if the costume is meant to fit like this, but the idea is neat. Everyone loves Nemo right? It is a fun and different option. Available in sizes x-small to xx-large, for $19.99 to $21.59.
Mickey Mouse Ears
Yes, your dog too can wear Mickey ears! Although it comes with strings to tie around your dog’s head to make sure it stays on longer, I cannot see many dogs allowing this for more than a photo op. I think this would be fun for Halloween, a fun way to announce to your kids that you are going to Disney on vacation, or for a family picture after you all have mouse ears from the parks. These are one size fits most and cost $7.99, available from Petsmart in store only!
This list is only a small sample of purchasable costumes, so don’t limit yourself if you do not enjoy this list. I suggest looking at Target, Petsmart, Petco, and Amazon for even more choices. Be sure to check specific measurements on each costume to assure that you are purchasing the correct size for your pet.