There was a time when dressing up your dog for Halloween was considered a little, well, batty.
These days, the only time people are likely to frown upon your dog’s costume is when it’s not original enough. With so many canines in costumes making the rounds on Halloween, you gotta do something extra special to stand out.
Coordinating your dog’s getup with your own – or with another dog’s – is one way to take your pet costuming to the next level. After all, couples costumes have always scored bonus points on Halloween. When one or both of the of the couple happens to be an adorable pooch, you have a combination that’s greater than the sum of its paws.
Here are some ideas for Halloween costumes for dogs and owner, two dogs, and other frightfully fun pairings. You can buy these costumes off the shelf, or use them as inspiration for your own homemade creations.
Just don’t tell the dog it was our idea (we know how much they hate when humans pull this crap).
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Bonus Idea: For an ultra-simple human costume, get a safari hat and binoculars.
Batman and Robin
If you’ve got a dynamic dog duo to dress up this Halloween, this idea is for you. In fact, you probably already know exactly which one should be Batman (larger/more dominant) and which one makes a better Robin (smaller/more submissive). The Classic Batman and Teen Titans Robin costumes shown here are both from Rubie’s.
Bonus Idea: These costumes obviously also work well for a dog-human pairing, with the dog being your trusty sidekick.
Dinosaur and Cave Girl
The smaller and more cuddly the dog, the funnier this idea gets. Also note that you can easily extend this concept to another human, with your cave man, cave woman, and little dinosaur making one happy prehistoric family. There are a number of dinosaur costumes for dogs to choose from, but this Triceratops costume from Animal Planet is a favorite. The human is dressed in the Forum Women’s Cave Beauty costume.
Bonus Idea: You could also pair your dino-dog with a character from the Jurassic Park movies.
Chewbacca and Han Solo
Star Wars fans have more costume choices than you can shake a lightsaber at, but if you want to include your dog in your geeky sci-fi roleplyaing, you can hardly do better than this. Extra credit if you have a dog that actually resembles a wookiee under normal conditions. The Chewbacca Dog Harness shown here has to be one of the easiest “costumes” to get your dog to wear. In fact, you may be tempted to put it on your dog year-round. For the other half of the duo, there are of course lots of options, including this Han Solo costume from Rubie’s.
Bonus Idea: Other Star Wars-themed costumes for dogs include Yoda and the ever-popular Ewok.
Bonus Idea: If you want to go the traditional hot dog route, you can condiment complement your little wiener as a bottle of ketchup or mustard.
These are just a handful of couples costume ideas for dogs and their people. You can come up with plenty of other wacky options if you put your mind to it. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.