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Best Halloween dog costumes 2021: Vamp up your pooch in safety and style

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Halloween dog costumes are the perfect way to let your pooch take part in all the fun of this spooktacular holiday and if you haven't already been out and bought one, don't worry, because there are still plenty of fantastic options to choose from. But before we take a look at the best of the best, let's talk safety. 

Should you buy a halloween costume for your pet is often a hot topic of debate among pet professionals and pet owners and for good reason. Not all costumes are created equal, so while we definitely don't want to rain on your parade or pop your balloon, there are a few things worth considering before you select one for your pup.

The good news is, your dog can definitely have a Halloween costume, so hurrah for that! To make sure your pup is safe and comfortable, choose one that allows for plenty of freedom of movement. Your dog should still be able to carry out all their regular daily activities, such as walking or running, without any difficulties.

Next up, while there are some super cute costumes lining the shelves this year, it's important that whatever costume you purchase doesn't block your dogs ears or eyes. They should still be able to hear and see clearly, so avoid anything that covers the ears or obstructs their vision.

We also recommend that you do a trial run with your dog in their costume before taking them out. Pop it on them when you're at home and watch to see how they react to it. Many dogs will quite happily strut about in a costume, but others aren't so keen. If your fur baby falls into the latter camp and shows signs of stress or anxiety, remove the costume immediately. It's vital that you don't force your pup to wear something they're not comfortable in.

Now that you know a little bit more about what to look for in a costume, it's time to get into the good stuff! From understated and sophisticated to extravagant and downright hilarious, here are our favorite Halloween dog costumes for 2021. 

PetsRadar's pick of the best Halloween dog costumes

  • Best overall Halloween dog costume: Mogoko Halloween Pumpkin Costume
  • Best budget Halloween dog costume: Vehomy Cape and Hat
  • Best stylish Halloween dog costume: Frisco Formal Dog Tuxedo
  • Best historical Halloween dog costume: Roman Toga Dog Costume
  • Best superhero dog Halloween dog costume: DC Comics Batman Dog Costume
  • Best humorous Halloween dog costume: Delifur Dog Cowboy Costume
  • Best spooktacular Halloween dog costume: Dorakitten Bat Wings
  • Best whimsical Halloween dog costume: California Costumes Pet Monarch Butterfly Dog Costume Costume
  • Best understated Halloween dog costume: EXPAWLORER Halloween Dog Bandana Bibs
  • Best glamorous Halloween dog costume: azuza Halloween Glitter Bat Wings
  • Best snuggly Halloween dog costume: iChoue Dog Halloween Shark Costume

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Mogoko Halloween Pumpkin Costume

Best overall Halloween dog costume

Size: S - XXXL | Material: Microfiber & Velvet | Machine Washable: Yes

High-quality material
Easy to wear
Warm and cozy
Small fitting

We are head over heels in love with this adorable pumpkin fleece, so it’s no surprise that it takes top spot. Turning up in a pumpkin costume on Halloween might be a tad predictable, but when it’s this cute, who cares?

Your dog is going to be turning heads left, right and center in this warm and cozy hoodie, and the soft and breathable microfiber material will have your pooch feeling super comfortable while doing it.

If you love Halloween costumes but worry about safety, this is a great option. There’s no obstruction of your dog’s ears or face, and no small parts that they might decide to chew or swallow. It’s easy to put on and take off, with a simple, click-together button design, and it’s durable with solid stitching to prevent fraying.

You’ll be relieved to know this costume holds up well in the washing machine too, simply wash with warm water and air dry. There’s a variety of sizes and a handy measurement and recommended weight guide to help you choose the right one. Some reviewers have noted that the sizes are a little snug, so if your pooch is at the upper end of the guide for one size, we would recommend choosing the next one up to ensure it fits well with plenty of space for comfortable movement.

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Vehomy Cape and Hat

Best budget Halloween dog costume

Size: Adjustable | Material: Polyester | Machine Washable: Handwash

Soft and breathable material
Easy to put on
Adjustable
Not suitable for larger breeds

If affordability and safety are your key concerns, this is a great Halloween costume that ticks both boxes. We love that this is simple and no-fuss while at the same time being fun and playful. The price makes it a steal, and most importantly, it won’t restrain your dog's movement or make it difficult for them to see or hear.

The soft and breathable material makes this a comfortable costume to wear, and the strings on both the hat and cape are adjustable so you can find the perfect fit for your pup. Black and decorated with gold witches, wizards, pumpkins and bats, the quality is great given the low price, so you should get plenty of Halloween wear out of this for years to come.

We recommend hand-washing the cape and hat in warm water, rather than putting it in the machine. The sizing of this costume makes it unsuitable for larger breeds of dogs, but those things aside, this cute costume is a bargain that’s sure to receive admiring glances.

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Frisco Formal Dog Tuxedo

Best stylish Halloween dog costume

Size: XS - XXL | Material: Polyester & Cotton | Machine Washable: Yes

Adjustable
Leash hole for easy walking
Hook and loop fasteners won’t trap hair
Velcro is low-quality

Come on down bachelor number one! This is the ultimate in suave sophistication for the lad about town, the James Bond of Halloween costumes if you will. Whether your pup is single and ready to mingle or more of the older gentleman type, this costume oozes style and class.

This is a tuxedo that’s as comfortable as it is convenient. The black jacket comes secured to the white shirt flap, and the bowtie is sewn-on – you’ll love this all-in-one ensemble. We love that the hook and loop fasteners won’t snag your pooch’s hair, and the strips allow for adjustability to get that perfect fit.

Unlike some costumes, this one comes with a leash hole, which makes it super easy to walk your pup and keep an eye on them; after all, when they’re dressed to impress in this get-up, who knows what they might get up to.

Fully machine washable, the costume is easy to keep clean, and air drying will keep it looking crisp. The only drawback is that the velcro isn’t the best quality, but if you don’t mind bearing with it or attaching your own, then this is definitely one of the swankiest costumes around.

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Roman Toga Dog Costume

Best historical Halloween dog costume

Size: S - XL | Material: Cotton | Machine Washable: Yes

Comfortable and lightweight material
Lovely design
Well made
No leash hole

If you’re a fan of Ancient Rome, then why not dress your pup up like a mini Julius Caesar in this sweet toga costume that will never go out of style. The soft material makes it comfortable to wear, while the ivy headwear and golden clothing are sure to draw admiring glances.

Available in four different sizes, this is an especially great costume for small and medium-sized dogs. We love how lightweight this costume is, so your dog will barely know they’re wearing it. At the same time, it’s made from durable fabric that can be gently machine or hand-washed.

The team at Coppthinktu are so sure you’ll love their premium products, they will happily give you a full money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with the costume. You can also exchange it for a different size if it’s too big or snug.

The only drawback is the lack of a leash hole, but aside from that, this is a super cute costume that’s sure to make your dog the envy of any Halloween party.

Best halloween dog costumes: DC Comics Batman Dog CostumePets Radar Approved Award

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DC Comics Batman Dog Costume

Best superhero dog costume

Size: XS - XL | Material: Polyester | Machine washable: Yes

High quality
Itch-free material
Great range of sizes
Not suitable for very large breeds

Your pup will be the star of any halloween party when they rock up wearing this adorable Batman costume and even better? It can be worn all year round!

Available in XS through to XL, there's a size to suit most breeds, and the super soft and itch-free material allows for a really comfortable fit. 

The Batman logo is visible on both the front and back of this pullover costume and there's a hood to keep your dog's head warm if the weather gets chilly. 

This is a really fun costume that's easy to put on and won't restrict your dog's movements. It's also machine washable, so keeping it clean will be a breeze.

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Delifur Dog Cowboy Costume

Best humorous Halloween dog costume

Size: XS - L | Material: Polyester | Machine Washable: No

Stays in place with no sliding
Cowboy hat can be worn on or off the head
Great value for money
Inaccurate sizing measurements

If your dog loves being the center of attention, they’ll enjoy dressing up in this playful cowboy costume. This hilarious get-up has been a hit with pet parents, and it’s not hard to see why with the costume blending uniqueness and fun with affordability.

Available in four sizes, this is a good choice for all breeds of dog, and the hook and loop system makes it easy to put on. The straps are self-adjustable to ensure a comfortable fit and the saddle won’t slide around once in place. The cowboy doll is fixed in place and completes the look perfectly. The hat can be worn on or off his head.

Made from high-quality cotton, the costume is lightweight so it won’t weigh your dog down or restrict their movements. It’s a great choice if your dog is already used to wearing a harness or coat, as it gives that same sort of feeling.

The one downside is that pet parents report the sizing can be inconsistent, and the measuring guide is not always accurate, so we recommend reading the accompanying sizing advice carefully before purchasing.

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Dorakitten Bat Wings

Best spooktacular Halloween dog costume

Size: One Size Adjustable | Material: Felt Cloth | Machine Washable: No

Adjustable chest strap
Sturdy safety buckle
Leash included
Leash doesn’t work well when attached to wings

If you and your dog prefer understated minimalism to over-the-top fancy dress, then these fangtastic bat wings are sure to be a winner. If you fancy jazzing it up a bit, the wings come with two carved pumpkin bells that add a splash of color and a touch of pizzazz, while still keeping things classy and cool.

Lightweight but durable, this costume is made from 5mm strong felt fabric that helps the wings maintain their shape and stay upright, while at the same time being soft enough to feel comfortable on. With two felt belts that fasten around the neck and chest, the wing straps are also adjustable to ensure maximum comfort.

The costume comes complete with a leash that can be fastened onto the wings or the collar. We suggest the latter as some reviewers report that the wings aren’t strong enough to withstand pulling and tugging.

These eye-catching bat wings are easy to wear and super affordable, making them a must-have for this year's Halloween season.

Best halloween dog costumes: California Costumes Pet Monarch Butterfly Dog Costume CostumePets Radar Approved Award

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California Costumes Pet Monarch Butterfly Dog Costume Costume

Best whimsical Halloween dog costume

Size: XS - L | Material: Polyester | Machine washable: No

Perfect for dogs up to 100lbs
Eye catching design
Plush feel
Straps aren't adjustable

For a beautiful and eye-catching costume that's bound to earn lots of admiring glances, it's hard to go past this playful monarch butterfly number.

Made from 100% polyester, the costume features soft foam wings that measure 19-inches and a black headpiece that fastens around the neck with a velcro strap. 

This is a great choice for larger breeds who often struggle to find costumes that will fit as it can comfortably accommodate dogs up to 100lbs. Bear in mind though that the straps aren't adjustable and they do tend to run slightly on the larger size.

You won't be able to machine wash the wings but they can be easily wiped or spot-cleaned if they get marked. A bright and vibrant costume at a really affordable price, it's the perfect choice if you want to bring a touch of whimsy to this years Halloween festivities. 

Best halloween dog costumes: EXPAWLORER Halloween Dog Bandana BibsPets Radar Approved Award

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EXPAWLORER Halloween Dog Bandana Bibs

Best understated Halloween dog costume

Size: 24" x 17.3" x 17.3" | Material: Cotton | Machine washable: Yes

Value pack of four
Comfortable material
Suitable for small to large dogs
Only suitable for dogs under 90lbs

For the dog who prefers understated minimalism to going all out, these colorful holiday-themed bandanas are just the ticket. Super affordable, you'll receive four in a variety of colors and patterns, all for under $10!

Made from cotton, these triangular bibs will fit small dogs as well as larger breeds such as German Shepherd's and Labrador's. Soft and breathable, they fit comfortably around the neck and are durable enough to be machine washed.

The orange bandana features ghosts and spiders, the purple has pumpkins, the black features funky skeletons and the blue has a haunted cemetery theme - so no matter how many parties you and your dog are attending, they'll have a fresh look to wear to every one. 

Best Halloween dog costumes: azuza Dog Costume Halloween Glitter Bat WingsPets Radar Approved Award

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azuza Halloween Glitter Bat Wings

Best glamorous Halloween dog costume

Size: S, M, L | Material: Felt | Machine washable: No

Adorable purple glitter design
Lightweight
Adjustable
Velcro is quite snug

Add a touch of glitz and glamor to any Halloween event you and your dog attend with these gorgeous purple glitter bat wings. The glitter embroidery is set against a black background and offset with a LED pumpkin for a stunningly dramatic effect. 

Available in small (neck: 12"-14", chest: 12"-18"), medium (neck: 13"-18", chest: 18"-24"), and large (neck: 18"-24", chest: 24"-34"), the bat wings are made of 3mm thick felt cloth so they keep their shape for longer. They're also incredibly lightweight, which makes them comfortable to wear.

We love that these wings have a velcro design, so they're fully adjustable with neck and chest fastening straps for convenience and flexibility. It's worth pointing out though that some pet parents find the velcro to be quite snug, so if your dog is right on the cusp between one size and another, we recommend sizing up.

Best Halloween dog costumes: iChoue Dog Halloween Shark CostumePets Radar Approved Award

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iChoue Dog Halloween Shark Costume

Best snuggly Halloween dog costume

Size: S-XXL | Material: Cotton | Machine washable: Yes

Super soft
Warm
Wide-chest design
Runs big

If you're the proud pet parent to a French Bulldog, Pug, English Bulldog, Pit Bull, Boston Terrier, Corgi or any other broad-chested breed, this cute shark costume is a real winner with its wide-chested design that ensures a comfortable fit. 

Made from 100% baby soft cotton, this outfit is ideal for pups with sensitive skin and it's both warm and breathable, ensuring your furkid stays toasty while not overheating. It's also machine washable, so it's super easy to keep clean.

Available in a wide range of sizes from S through to XXL, this costume will fit most breeds, although it's worth bearing in mind that the fit is quite snug, so you may want to size up. 

How to choose the best Halloween dog costume

If you’re thinking of dressing your dog up this Halloween, we’ve pulled together some tips to make sure your pup has fun and stays safe.

The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog in a costume unless you know they enjoy dressing up. For some dogs, wearing a costume can cause them to feel stressed and anxious, so keep that in mind when making your pick. Watch how they react to things such as the velcro and headpieces – if they’re not comfortable, don’t force them to wear it.

If you do decide to dress your dog up in the Halloween spirit, then make sure the outfit is lightweight and doesn’t restrict their movement or their ability to breathe or bark. It’s best to keep things away from their eyes and ears too so that they can see and hear, so avoid masks and let their cute face shine.

Steer clear of costumes with small or dangling parts that could easily be chewed or cause your dog to choke. Make sure the costume fits well, as anything loose or ill-fitting could cause your dog to fall and injure themselves. Go for a durable material that isn’t easily flammable and make sure your dog is by your side throughout the night so you can make sure they’re safe and happy.

We recommend trying your dog in their costume before the big night to see how they react. If they’re at all distressed, let them don their birthday suit, a cute bow tie, a Halloween themed dog collar, or even a warm dog coat, instead of fancy dress.

 

Kathryn Rosenberg

Kathryn is a freelance writer with a passion for creating health and wellness, travel and wildlife content. Originally from New Zealand, her nomadic lifestyle has her currently fur baby-less. She scratches her pet parent itch by stealing frequent cuddles with any neighbourhood cat kind enough to indulge her.