8 Ways to Comfortably Dress Your Dog For Halloween

Halloween – it’s spooky, it’s scary, it’s a sugary rush of fun, and let’s face it. You either love it, or you don’t.

Halloween Costume That Is Comfortable to Your Pet DogPersonally, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love seeing the kids in costumes, I love taking my own kids out to experience the night, and I love dressing my dogs up. Yep, I said it, I love dressing my dogs in Halloween costumes. Today, I want to share 8 ways to comfortably dress your dog for Halloween.

Not all dogs like to be dressed up in a costume, and while I would not recommend taking your dog trick or treating, there are ways to help your dog feel more comfortable in a costume, at least long enough to snap that super cute holiday photo.

8 Ways to Comfortably Dress Your Dog Up for Halloween

1. Choose the Right Costume

But what does that even mean? If your dog is not a fan of costumes, you will want something minimal. Maybe a vest of some sort which would typically feel like the dog is only wearing a harness. Maybe even something as simple as a cute Halloween themed bow tie or bandanna.

2. Let Your Dog Sniff His Costume

Leave it out for a couple days, so he sees it, smells it, basically gets used to it being around.

3. Do Not Wait Until Halloween to Try the Costume On

In order to get that picture perfect photo, you will want your dog to feel happy and comfortable in his costume. Try the costume on your dog once a day, for a very short period of time.

4. Treats!

I cannot express just how much a good high value treat stash will help you while trying to get your dog used to a costume. Each time you try the costume on your pup, feed him treats at the same time. This will help him associate the costume with something positive.

5. Make Sure the Costume You Choose Is Not So Loose Fitting, That Your Dog Is Tripping Over It

6. Once You Have Tried the Costume on Your Dog a Few Times Using Treats, Try Leaving It on Him for a Few Minutes This Time

Same thing as above, have some high value treats on hand, use lots of praise, and try to keep your dog focused on anything but the costume. Maybe even grab a toy to play with him while he’s wearing the costume.

7. If You Choose to Use Some Sort of Makeup for Your Dogs Halloween Costume, Please Make Sure It Is an All Natural, Fully Washable, Dog Safe Makeup.

8. Finally, Do Not Force Your Dog

Halloween Costume on Bandanna CostumeIf you chose a costume, and your dog is just not having it, or seems overly stressed when he is wearing it, don’t force him. In a case like this, a simple bandanna or collar accessory might be your only option.

Have fun this Halloween season, and make sure your dog does too! You can totally achieve an adorable holiday photo with your dog in costume if you follow the tips listed above. So, put that leash on, head to the pet store with your dog, and pick out the paw-fect costume.

Do you dress your dog up for Halloween?
Share any tips you have with us in the comment section!

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jenna drady headshotJenna Drady

Jenna Drady  is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too!  As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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46 Responses to 8 Ways to Comfortably Dress Your Dog For Halloween

  1. Jana Rade says:

    Aah, we don’t do these things at all. JD thinks that cone of shame is bad enough. If they don’t need it, they don’t have to wear it.

    • Jenna Drady says:

      I think everyone has their own views on dressing up their dogs for Halloween, and that is absolutely understandable. For dogs who really and truly can’t stand a costume, I always recommend just a simple Halloween themed bandanna.

  2. Clowie says:

    Those are great tips! That’s more or less how the bipeds got me excited about wearing a rucksack (backpack) for hiking.

  3. MattieDog says:

    Good tips to help us dogs feel more at ease with our Halloween outfits!!! We got our outfits picked out and we’re trying em on dis weekend!!

  4. I enjoy dressing Bentley & Pierre up for a Halloween photo shoot. We don’t actually go trick or treating but a costume contest is always fun. Great tips!

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Yes! Exactly! I really only put the costumes on to take a photo, and that’s it. I take my human kids trick or treating, but definitely not the huskies. Thanks for coming by!

  5. Mr. N doesn’t mind clothes at all. He doesn’t like hoods/hats particularly so those are only worn for a short duration for photo shoots.

  6. Carleen says:

    Costumes are a no go with my corgi Eve. She refuses to move in them lol!

  7. Maureen says:

    I enjoyed your post. I’m not a fan of costumes for dogs. It just seems so uncomfortable and senseless to me. I guess I’m just a fuddy duddy but I do love a great scarf!

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Well, i’m glad you enjoyed, and everyone has their own opinion on dog costumes for sure. My view is, as long as your dog isn’t stressed about it, and you follow these tips to help him feel more comfortable, no harm done, and it makes for an adorable pic!

  8. Jan K says:

    These are very good tips. I was never big on dressing the dogs up, but since our Luke is more tolerant of wearing things, I’ve been wanting to try it…even if just for a short time for some cute photos.
    I ordered some bandanas for all the dogs, the girls don’t like dress up as much, and I can be happy enough with just that.

  9. Kama says:

    Great tips! I tend to dress my dogs for pictures, then take off the costumes :)

  10. jessica says:

    Great tips for this halloween!!!

  11. Robin says:

    Wonderful tips! It is so important that our pets are comfortable and safe for our pets. Cinco and Manna aren’t fans of being dressed up, so I will probably just Photoshop some costumes on them this year.

  12. Marie says:

    My dog is not a fan of Halloween costumes. I have never tried to dress the cats.

  13. I love dressing up Matilda, even when it’s not Halloween. She’s gonna be a bee this year, she hates her antenna hat so I’m just going to compromise and leave that part out. She loves the extra attention and compliments she gets when she dresses up!

  14. Important post, with so many people dressing their pets for Halloween in the US. It’s about safety and the comfort of your pet more than anything else.

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Exactly!! I know some people think it’s silly to dress up our pets, but as long as we make sure they aren’t stressing about it, and they are comfortable….. why not? :)

  15. FiveSibesMom says:

    We love Halloween here, too! A fun holiday! I don’t actually “dress up” my Huskies, but as a photographer, I love to use props, accessories, and photo backgrounds for my photo sessions of my FiveSibes! I do see many pets who are dressed up, and it’s always good to spread helpful tips like these!

  16. Good tips. Kilo hates big jackets or things that involve touching his paws or hats and sunglasses. However, the greedy little cutie now associates bowties, comfy shirts, jackets, vests or bandanas with treats. He comes racing over when he sees a new outfit and the camera. I pick his outfits very carefully. He knows paw so he even puts his own legs in and out. He very happily poses for a while and will even wear a few things around without complaint (but not many). Happy Halloween. XS

  17. Beth says:

    Terrific tips! I think that dogs in Halloween costumes are great provided the dog is comfortable and the costume is safe. This is a great reference for people who want their dogs to wear a costume.

  18. Great tips mom has almost the same ones on her post! Love Dolly

  19. Mary Haight says:

    Tashi is not so much a costume lover, but he’ll wear a coat so that part works…he says no hats, thanks =) Good tips, Jenna! Have a fun and safe Halloween!

  20. Cathy Armato says:

    Great tips! I love Halloween too and I dress my dogs up as well. I must say, I’ve never considered using makeup as part of my pet’s costume. That’s a new one for me! Along with not tripping over a costume make sure nothing obstructs the dog’s vision.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Yes, Halloween makeup for dogs is becoming more and more popular these days. But I would only recommend the all natural, safe for dogs, pre-made makeup. That was, it’s safe, fun, and your dog will look great!

  21. Great advice, I’m already putting Finn’s hat on once & day & giving him a treat ;)

  22. I don’t usually put things on Truffle and Brulee. I did buy a Halloween costume this year, but Brulee hates it. Haven’t tried it on Truffle yet.

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