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Top 10 Halloween Costumes for Dogs

by Gift Spawt October 19, 2018 2 min read

Top 10 Halloween Costumes for Dogs | Blog | Gift Spawt


Are you excited to dress up your dog for Halloween? If you answered yes, then you are not alone. In fact, many retailers note that each year more and more dog owners set-out to find the perfect Halloween costume for their pooches.

Why are humans dressing-up their pups for Halloween?

So, why the increased interest in doggy dress-up? Pet experts cite social media as one of the main reasons that people choose to outfit their dogs in cute, cuddly, and spooky creations. What’s more, humans say that they love dressing up their dogs throughout the month of October because they know it will make people smile.

Plus, there are some pawesome Halloween contests going on for pups right now, including one hosted by Tootsie (@justcallme_toots) and Ozzie’s annual monster mash (@ozziedoodles). Check them out!


What are some quick and creative Halloween costumes for dogs?

Having fun with your dog for Halloween doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money on a costume or constructing an elaborate DIY design. That’s because some of the most creative costume ideas come from plush dog toys, especially those that have lost their stuffing or been thoroughly gutted.

Plus, since so many pups look just like stuffed animals to begin with, they can easily pass for TY Beanie Babies!

Nevertheless, a spooktacular bandana may be all dogs need to get into the Halloween spirit.

Important tips for Halloween dress-up

According to the ASPCA, pups that dress up for trick-or-treating or handing out candy should only wear costumes that are comfortable and don’t restrict their movement, sight, breathing, or barking. 

This also means staying away from any outfit with glitter, buttons, gemstones, and sequins that could pose a choking-hazard for pups.

What were last year's top Halloween costumes for dogs?

These were the most popular Halloween costumes for dogs last year based on data from the National Retail Federation:

1. Pumpkin 

2. Hot dog 

3. Dog, lion or pirate (tied) 

4. Bumble bee 

5. Devil 

6. "Batman" character 

7. Ghost 

8. Cat 

9. Witch 

10. "Star Wars" character


Do you think we’ll see any of these looks among the top Halloween costumes for dogs in 2018? Have you found a costume for your pup yet? If so, what is it?  Let us know in the comments below.

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