Howl-O-Ween 2016: 5 Creative Halloween Dog Costume Ideas

Didn’t find your pet’s perfect costume in our “10 Homemade Halloween Dog Costume Ideas for Beginners to Experts” post? Never fear, DogWatch is here to help! We’ve found 5 more fantastic, trendy options to highlight your dog’s unique looks, personality and attitude. Try one out this Halloween, and don’t forget to snap a photo and enter our 3rd Annual DogWatch Halloween Photo Contest!

1. Dog for President

With the conclusion of the wild and unpredictable 2016 U.S. Presidential election just days away, only one thing’s for sure: you’re gonna see a lot of Trump and Clinton costumes this Halloween. Puppy presidential candidates will be running around in their red ties, wigs and pantsuits campaigning for treats. Some dogs already have their costumes ready, like last year’s DogWatch Halloween contest winner Barney the “Billionaire”! Check out his mom Shannon’s tutorial, showing how she transformed her adorable pup into Donald Trump. Any dogs in Hillary Clinton costumes out there want to challenge Barney for this year’s title?

First Place - Barney as the Billionaire

Barney the “Billionaire” won first place in last year’s DogWatch Halloween Photo Contest. Photo by scasserly via Instagram.

 

2. The Force is Strong With These Pups

It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. The Force Awakens was a massive hit last December, and the Star Wars prequel Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is coming to theaters this December. With so many iconic characters to choose from – Luke Skywalker, Rey, Yoda, Han Solo, Finn, R2D2, Darth Vader, Leia, Chewbacca and (of course) the Ewoks – your dog may have to have multiple costume changes this year!

Dogs in Ewok and Yoda costumes

Riley the French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix in his Ewok costume, with sister Lizzie the Boston Terrier as Yoda. Photo by Laurie Gallo Felber via Facebook

 

3. Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING

Coffee, cookies, breakfast cereal, yogurt, ice cream, donuts, salsa, wine…you can find pumpkin spice flavor in every aisle of the supermarket this fall. Why not embrace it this Halloween with a pumpkin-themed costume? One of our favorite variation of this theme is the “Pugkin Spice Latte” costume, as modeled by Homer Pugalicious. Even if you don’t have a rolly-polly pug, you can recreate this costume with cardboard, a Starbucks® logo and a coffee lid cap.

4. Stranger Puppies

It seems like everyone loves Netflix’s summer surprise hit Stranger Things, so you can bet lots of pet owners will be transforming their pets into characters from the spooky TV series. Telekinetic mystery kid Eleven is sure to be popular this year. To get her unique look (like Instagram star Oliver the Goldendoodle), you’ll need a frilly pink dress, blue 1980s windbreaker and, of course, Eggo waffles.

Oliver the Goldendoodle channels Eleven from Netflix's "Stranger Things." Photo by oliverthegoldendoodle via Instagram

 

5. Snapchat Swap

Snapchat lovers, this one’s for you. Turn yourself into an adorable “dog filter” and your dog into a stunning flower crown selfie addict! Check out YouTuber crafter/graphic design Karen Kavett’s quick-and-easy tutorial to make your own “Snapchat Dog Filter” costume.

We also love this tutorial from Peace and Woof showing how to make a flower crown for your dog. As a bonus, your pup’s flower crown costume can do double duty by paying tribute to pet photographer Sophie Gamand’s inspiring #PitBullFlowerPower campaign.

 

Remember, if you do decide to dress your dog for Halloween, make sure the costume is safe for the dog. It should not have small pieces that the dog could chew off and ingest, and should not restrict the animal’s vision, hearing, or ability to breathe properly. Make sure elastic bands for headpieces are not too tight, and that hats don’t fall in your dog’s eyes. If your dog is not the costume type, opt for a festive bandanna or collar instead. (Find more Halloween safety tips here.)

Have a blast this Halloween!

Our amazing Featured Photo dogs are all competing in the 2016 DogWatch Halloween Photo Contest! To see these and more photos, go to our Facebook Page or search #DogWatchHalloween on Instagram.

Photo Credits
Far left: @oliverthegoldendoodle via Instagram
Center top: Laurie Gallo Felber via Facebook
Center bottom: Donna Sellers via Facebook
Right top: Walter F. Aparicio via Facebook
Right bottom: @shelterpets_az via Instagram

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