Howl-O-Ween: Classic Costumes for Dogs

Published: October 12, 2021
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Halloween is one of the most fun holidays because of the opportunity to dress up in a costume and pretend to be someone else for a while. Whether you're hosting a party, taking the kids trick-or-treating, or just taking your dog for his usual walk, there is no reason why he can't join in the fun as well. While some costume fashions trend up and down, some are always in style. Whether you are looking for a theme to coordinate with your costume or allowing your dog to have the spotlight all to himself, here are some classic dog costumes.

Royalty Costumes

While you may treat your dog like royalty every day, a princess costume allows you to show the world the special place she holds in your family. Princess dog costumes usually come with a frilly dress, a hat, and other accessories. However, there are other ways to achieve a similar look. For example, you could put your dog in a tutu and then add a small tiara or sparkly collar. Part of the fun of Halloween costumes is to exercise some creativity. For a princess costume, bling is the key to communicate the intention behind it. It can be small, but it can't be subtle.

Your dog may not be a princess per se, but you can still dress him up like royalty. Is he the top dog, or does he give off a regal vibe? Then dress him up like a king .

Cowboy and Cowgirl Costumes

The cowboy is an iconic figure from American history and legend. For dogs and people alike, the cowboy costume is always popular and instantly recognizable. It's also an easy costume to pull off if your dog isn't fond of full-body costumes. If he will tolerate wearing something on his head, you can give him a special dog cowboy hat , and he won't need anything else for everyone to know what his costume is supposed to be.

If you can't decide on a costume for your dog, there are opportunities to combine them. For example, if you can't decide between a cowgirl or a princess, your little sweetie can dress up as a cowgirl princess .

Spooky Costumes

Part of the fun of Halloween is telling scary stories about evil supernatural creatures. Over time, these characters have become closely associated with Halloween, and costumes featuring witches and horror movie characters, such as Dracula or Frankenstein's monster , never go out of style. There are also costumes for your dog that feature more contemporary horror movie characters, such as Chucky or Jason or Michael Myers . The people you meet won't know whether to scream with fear or laughter.

While not a specific character, skeletons are another popular spooky Halloween motif. Dog skeleton costumes often glow in the dark, which not only makes them eerier but also helps keep your dog safe when trick-or-treating or just walking after dark by making her more visible to cars.

Funny Costumes

Is your dog a joker who keeps you laughing all the time with his amusing antics? If so, you can choose a Halloween costume that reflects this, such as a clown or a jester . On the other hand, if your dog is very serious and reserved, it can still be fun to dress him up in a costume that pokes gentle fun at his true nature. You'll get the joke, even if no one else does.

Angel Costumes

If you think your little poochie is sent from heaven, you can let the world know by dressing her up in an angel costume. This can be very simple, just a pair of wings that your dog wears like a harness, or very elaborate , complete with a gown, halo, and a pair of fake praying hands. There are lots of options in between, so choose something that suits your dog's comfort level.

Evil Costumes

Of course, even very good doggies have a bit of mischief in them, and you can reflect this side of your dog's personality with devil horns or wings . Of course, there are other costumes that celebrate your dog's rascally side, such as a pirate or a prison inmate .

Animal Costumes

Sometimes it's fun to dress a dog up as another animal. You can compound the cuteness factor by dressing up your pup as a bunny , a panda , or a bumblebee . You can also play against his innate canine charms by dressing him up as a creepy animal, such as a spider or a scorpion .

Movie Character Costumes

When you dress your dog up as a character from your favorite movie, it can say something about your taste as well as her personality. For example, "Grease" is a perennial nostalgic classic beloved by generations. If your dog is a bit of a rebel, you can dress her up as one of the Pink Ladies , whereas if she's more of a goody-two-shoes, she can channel her inner Sandy by dressing as a Rydell High cheerleader .

Cute Costumes

By their very nature, dog costumes have an air of cuteness about them. However, there are some that just can't be characterized any other way. Some cute dog costumes are Halloween-themed, such as pumpkin and jack-o'-lantern costumes . Others are adorable in ways that are not specific to the season, such as crayon costumes , teddy bear costumes , or ragdoll costumes . Should you have an occasion to dress up your dog other than Halloween, these costumes are appropriate for all times of the year.

Dressing up your dog in a costume can be a lot of fun. Just be sure to choose one that fits properly and is sturdy and safe.

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