If you’re a dog owner, Halloween isn’t just an opportunity to dress up. It’s an opportunity to dress your dog up, too. Instead of suiting them up in the same old thing this year, try your hand at a creative dog and owner Halloween costume.
Seriously, it’s a great option for a Halloween parade and will practically guarantee that you win the neighborhood costume contest. Most of these outfits are really easy to throw together (hello, DIY!), so you can avoid the tricks and just enjoy the treats.
Totally Ghoul Ghosts
You can’t get much more classic Halloween than ghosts. This costume is insanely easy to create. Just throw a sheet over your head, cut out some eye holes, and voila! Your dog’s sheet will need an extra hole for their snout (and ears if they have erect ears), and you’ll want to make sure it’s short enough that they don’t trip on it. We love this dog and human costume idea for just the two of you or an entire group of cute little Howlloween pups.
More fun Halloween-themed ideas for you and your dog:
- Jack-o’-lanterns: Make a cute DIY jack-o’-lantern costume for your dog with an orange t-shirt and a Sharpie to draw the face.
- Witches: Basic witch hats and broomsticks are a fun and easy dog and human Halloween costume.
- Mummies: Loosely wrap your pup up in strips of white fabric, avoiding their snout, eyes, and ears.
The Fairy Best Dog Costume
Spread a little magic around on Halloween with matching fairy costumes. All you need are children’s fairy wings that have elastic shoulder straps, which you can find at any store that sells Halloween costumes. If your dog will allow, you can put a sparkly tutu on their waist or even a crown on their head. Work with your dog’s comfort level. Whatever they’ll tolerate will look absolutely adorable.
5 Points for Gryffindor!
If the magical world of Hogwarts is more your style, you can easily transform your dog into Harry Pawtter. Just find a red and gold sweater for your pup or loosely place a striped tie or scarf around their neck. If you’re feeling really crafty, you can whip up a cape and some cute glasses. Don’t forget to sport your own Gryffindor garb to look the part!
Not part of the Gryffindor house? No worries. You and your dog can dress up as Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, or even Slytherins with the appropriate house colors.
Who doesn’t love digging into a big bowl of spaghetti? It’s even better when the meatball looks that cute. This dog and owner Halloween costume is incredibly creative and a perfect choice for the dog that doesn’t have the stamina for a long walk.
Just fill a dog-safe wagon with red blankets (sauce), white rope or yarn (spaghetti noodles), and your dog (your meatball!). Make sure to wear an apron and chef’s hat to complete the costume, then give your bowl a big stir with a cardboard fork anytime anyone asks what’s for dinner.
The Dog in the Hat
Cats aren’t the only ones that can dress up like Dr. Seuss characters. These cute cartoons can inspire tons of costumes for you and your dog. We love the idea of the pup being The Cat in the Hat and the owner dressing up as Thing 1.
More Dr. Seuss character costume ideas for you and your pup:
- Thing 1 and Thing 2: A simple red shirt with a big white circle on it will let everyone know your dog is the Thing 1 to your Thing 2. Add a blue wig for an extra flair.
- The Grinch and Max: Let your dog be Max from How the Grinch Stole Christmas with a single antler on their head!
- The Grinch and a Who: Pop a green shirt and a Santa hat on your dog to transform them into the Grinch.
- The Lorax and Once-Ler: An orange shirt and a big, fuzzy yellow mustache will turn your dog into the cutest Lorax ever.
Beauty and the Beast
We’re not saying your dog is a beast, but they could definitely masquerade as the Beast. And you can dress up as the independent Belle. Just throw on a yellow gown or go for a casual Belle vibe with a blue dress and apron, then walk your pup alongside you as the Beast.
Dogs who don’t like to dress up are the perfect candidates for this costume, because they don’t have to wear anything if they don’t want to. But if you feel like going all out, like the dog and owner in the picture, feel free to find a dress jacket for your furry friend.
More easy ideas that don’t involve a dog costume:
- Dorothy and Toto (The Wizard of Ox)
- Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf (Little Red Riding Hood)
- Scooby and Shaggy (Scooby Doo)
- Elle Woods and Bruiser (Legally Blonde)
- Agent K and Frank the Pug (Men in Black)
The Pink Ladies
Throw a little Greased Lightnin’ on the evening with this fun group costume. All you need are pink t-shirts for your dogs and either a leather jacket (and plenty of hair grease!) or a pink poodle skirt for yourself. This is an easy last-minute costume or one that can include as many people and/or dogs as you want.
The Addams Family
Wednesday Addams’ look is iconic, as is Cousin Itt’s. If your dog is super shaggy, you can easily transform them into Cousin Itt with a bowler hat and sunglasses. Then, braid your hair and put on a black dress with a collared shirt underneath. Why not make it a family affair and have others dress up as Morticia, Gomez, Pugsley, and Uncle Fester?
Cruella With Her Dalmatians
We love a good role reversal, which is why this dog and human costume idea is so darn fun. Instead of Cruella de Vil being a person and the dalmatians being dogs, it’s the other way around. The best way to turn your dog into Cruella is by putting a black and white wig on them, but if they’re naturally black and white, that’s even better! A spotted coat with red trim is the finishing touch. You can buy or DIY a dalmatian costume to wear and get as many people to dress up as spotted dogs with you as you’d like!
Choose From Dozens of Iconic Pairs
There are tons of iconic pairs you can use for inspiration when looking for a great costume involving your dog. Most of these only require a hat or headband to get the idea across, although you can certainly go as big as you’d like.
- Angel and devil
- Barbie and Ken
- Wayne and Garth (Wayne’s World)
- Luigi and Mario (Super Mario Bros)
- Cher and Dionne (Clueless)
- Elsa and Anna (Frozen)
- Ketchup and mustard
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Batman and Robin
- Wilma and Fred (The Flintstones)
- Peter Pan and Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)
Wear Matching Costumes
You can’t discount matching costumes. That doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy two identical outfits, though. If you have a Halloween costume that your dog feels comfortable in, start there and try to replicate it for yourself. And vice versa, if you have a costume that you love, find something that looks similar for your pup. The options are truly endless and will be adorable no matter the theme.
Choose Safe and Nonrestrictive Halloween Costumes
Including your dog in your Halloween costume can be tons of fun. Just don’t forget to work with your dog to make sure their costume doesn’t stress them out. If you can, get them used to wearing it in the weeks or days leading up to Halloween, so it’s not totally new. With the right elements and accessories, everyone will recognize your duo or group costume.