Best dog costumes for Halloween, Christmas, and Parties

Everyone loves parties! Be it a Halloween party, a Thanksgiving get-together, Christmas family reunion or a costume party with friends, dressing up for these events is a lot of fun. So why your beloved pet should miss out on all the fun? In this article, we list out some of the best dog costumes for Halloween and other events.

Be it a theme cosplay party, family get-together or special gathering of pets, these costumes would help your pooch look as its hilariously best and be the center of attraction. These costumes also make excellent gift items for dog owners.

In addition to our favorite picks, we will also list some manufacturer collections that you can check out to pick a suitable costume for your puppy or dog. We also list some of the most important factors to keep in mind before picking the best dog costume and also share some collections that you can check out.

Read on to check out some of the best funny dog costumes for Halloween and parties!

Also check out our articles on the best dog bandanas for some stylish dog dress ideas that are less elaborate but equally stylish.

Best dog costumes list

Some of the best dog costumes for Halloween and parties available in the market are listed below:
PictureProductPrice Range 
TOMSENN Realistic Dog Lion Mane$

California Costumes UPS Pal Pet Costume$ to $$$

Rubie's DC Comics Wonder Woman Pet Costume$ to $$$

NACOCO Cowboy Rider Dog Costume$ to $$

Rubie's Business Suit Pet Costume$ to $$

California Costumes Holy Hound Dog Costume$

Casual Canine Glowing Skeleton Pet Costume$ to $$$

Rubie's Star Wars Classic Jedi Pet Robe$ to $$

Animal Planet Triceratops Dog Costume$ to $$$

MaruPet Dog Tutu Dress$

The Price Indicator for these costumes is defined based on the following scale:

$ – Up to $15
$$ – $15 – $25
$$$ – $25+

Which are the best dog costumes for Halloween and parties this year?

Tomsenn Realistic Dog Lion ManeTOMSENN Dog Lion Mane - Realistic & Funny Lion Mane Dogs - Complementary Lion Mane Dog Costumes - Lion Wig Medium to Large Sized Dogs Lion Mane Wig Dogs

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Material: Silky woolen material.
Size: Single size for medium to large dogs with neck size – 60cm to 80 cm (24″ to 31.5″).
Price: $
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The Tomsenn Dog Lion Mane is the best-selling and most realistic looking lion-mane that can turn your beloved canine into the king of the jungle in no time.

The mane/lion wig is made of a high-quality silky woolen material that is comfortable to the pooch and easy to clean (hand wash and air dry). Available in a single size, the dog wig is suitable for all medium to large dog breeds (such as Mastiffs, Great Danes, Labs, German Shepherds etc.) with a neck size of 60cm to 80cm (24″ to 31.5″). With a diameter of 35 cm. (13.8″) and a length of 40 cm. (15.8″) the wig provides a realistic mane cover over the dog’s face.

The mane is available in two color combinations – brown and brown +  black. And as a bonus, the package also includes a lion tail fur to attach to your dog’s tail.

The best-selling, Tomsenn Realistic Dog Lion Mane is a perfect dog costume for medium to large dogs. Just make sure you warn the neighbors of the “prowling lion” in the neighborhood!

California Costumes UPS Pal Pet CostumeCalifornia Costumes Collections PET20151 UPS Pal Dog Costume, Large

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Material: 100% polyester fabric with polyurethane foam.
Size: XS, S, M, L for dogs with neck size ranging from 10” to 20”.
Price: $ to $$$ depending upon the size.
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Turn your pooch in a UPS delivery executive by dressing it in the California Costumes UPS Pal Pet Costume!

The costume has a UPS shirt with sleeves for the dog front legs and a cap with openings for the dog ears. The costume is made of 100% imported polyester fabric and fiberfill with a polyurethane foam filling that is soft and not too uncomfortable to the pet (slightly more suitable for fall/winter weathers). The costume has an elastic chin strap and can be fastened securely around the pet’s neck with attached Velcro tape.

The California Costumes UPS Pal Pet Costume is available in four different sizes and suitable for puppies and all small to medium/large dogs (Maltese, Dachshund, Beagle, Pug, Terrier etc.) with a neck size ranging from 10″ to 20″. Make sure you check out the dog size chart before picking the best option.

The UPS Pal Pet Dog Costume by California Costumes is a popular frontal dog costume, especially for those fall and winter parties. For some more options (NASA, Amtrak and other US organizations, you can check out the full range of pet costumes by California Costumes Collections.

Rubie’s DC Comics Wonder Woman Pet CostumeRubie's Big Dog Wonder Woman Dog Costume

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Material:  100% Imported polyester.
Size: S, M, L and XL for dogs with 12” to 20” neck and 17” to 27” chest girth.
Price: $ to $$$ depending upon the size.
Details:

Rubie’s is the world’s largest costume manufacturer since the 1950’s and a popular destination for authentic, officially licensed super-hero costumes. The DC Comic Wonder Woman Pet Costume is one of their best-selling options in recent times.

The Wonder Woman Costume features a WW symbol headpiece and a full body dress – red top with a blue skirt having a gold belt and white stars. Made of high-quality polyester material, the costume is double stitched for durability and has Velcro tabs for easy fitting. The costume is pretty comfortable for the pet to wear in all weathers.

Like most other Rubie’s costumes, the Rubie’s DC Comics Wonder Woman Pet Costume is available in four sizes – S, M, L and XL, suitable for small to medium-large (up to 70 lbs.) dogs and puppies. Just make sure you check the size chart and watch the sizing instruction videos before picking one to ensure the right size for your pooch.

The Rubie’s DC Comics Wonder Woman Pet Costume is an excellent option to turn your beloved pet into a super-hero for the next Halloween, Christmas or cosplay party. And if you are looking for matching super-hero costumes, check out the Rubie’s Pet Costume Collection. Also, check out the following cute video of a Yorkie in the Wonder Woman costume:

NACOCO Cowboy Rider Dog CostumeNACOCO Cowboy Rider Dog Costume for Dogs Clothes Knight Style with Doll and Hat for Halloween Day Pet Costume (L)

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Material: Soft Cotton and polyester fiber.
Size: S, M, L suitable for dogs with 7” to 25” neck size and 10” to 33” chest girth.
Price: $ to $$ depending upon the size.
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Turn your pet into a knight-horse with the NACOCO Cowboy Rider Dog Costume!

This ingeniously-designed saddle-shaped pet costume features a breathable soft cotton and polyester fiber costume with Velcro tabs for cozy and snug fit. The costume has a cowboy rag-doll on the for extra appeal. The costume is easy to clean (hand-washable and air dry).

The NACOCO Dog costume is available in three sizes – Small, Medium and Large and suitable for all small to medium/medium-large dog breed (Pug, Maltese, Jack Russell Terrier, French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Teddy, Corgi etc.).

Make your pet the attention of the crowd by getting the popular the NACOCO Cowboy Rider Dog Costume. For more options and NACOCO saddle costumes, check out the NACOCO Full Costume Collection for pets.

Rubie’s Business Suit Pet CostumeBusiness Suit for Pet, X-Large

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Material: 100% polyester fabric.
Size: S, M, L and XL for dogs with 12” to 20” neck and 17” to 27” chest girth. XXL size also available.
Price: $ to $$ depending upon the size.
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The Rubie’s Business Suit Pet Costume is another funny dog costume that looks especially cute on puppies and small dog breeds.

The Business Suit Pet Costume features a blue jumpsuit with an attached white collar and a red necktie. The jumpsuit is made of 100% imported polyester and double stitched on the sides for added durability.

The costume is hand-washable with gentle/mild soap or detergent and air dry. And like most other pet costumes, it is available in four sizes – Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large. Make sure you check out the Rubie’s Pet Size Chart and measuring instruction video to determine the best size for your canine.

The business suit costume can be combined with other pet accessories and works especially well with the Rubie’s pet billionaire wig.

So, try it out on the next cosplay party or get together and expect some rave feedback!

California Costumes Holy Hound Dog CostumeCalifornia Costume Collections Holy Hound Dog Costume, Large

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Material: Imported polyester blend.
Size: XS, S, M, L for dogs with neck size ranging from 10” to 20”.
Price: $
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Turn your beloved canine into a high-ranked priest – a bishop or cardinal, with the California Costumes Holy Hound Dog Costume. This costume looks especially nice on small or medium dogs.

A part of the manufacturer’s Pup-A-Raazi collection, this unique pet costume features a three-piece detachable set containing a red and white frontal costume, a printed miter headpiece and a detailed stole with a golden lining on the sides. The pieces are all made of 100% polyester and securely stitched around the periphery. The headpiece covers the ears, so if you have a fussy dog who does not like the ears covered, you may have to improvise and cut the sides of the headpiece to let the ears out.

The California Costumes Holy Hound Dog Costume is available in four standard sizes and suitable for small to medium dog breeds. It also works well with cats too! And best of all, it is very competitively priced under $15.

In summary, the California Costumes Holy Hound Dog Costume is an excellent funny dog costume (as long as you do not consider it blasphemous – we know Saint Roch would love it!).

Casual Canine Glowing Skeleton Pet CostumeCasual Canine Cotton Glow Bones Dog Costume, Medium, 16-Inch

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Material: Soft cotton
Size: XS, S, M, L, XL for dogs with 8” to 22” neck size and 13” to 34” chest.
Price: $ to $$$ depending upon the size.
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The Casual Canine Glowing Skeleton Pet Costume is a perfect glow bone pet costume designed specifically for those Halloween and other night parties.

This funny dog costume features a spooky-looking, glow-in-the-dark, two-piece full body costume with a fitted outfit and matching hat. The costume is made of 100% soft cotton and is machine washable in gentle cycle. The costume is quite comfortable for the pet. Even the hat has ear holes. And it does carry a light glow in the dark night.

The Casual Canine Skeleton Pet Costume is available in five sizes suitable for small to large dog breeds (ranging from Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua to Beagle, Boxer, Lab and German Shepherd etc.). The costume is shipped in a polybag and comes with a hanger and hangtag for easy storage.

If you are looking for a funny dog costume for a night cosplay party, then consider picking the Casual Canine Glowing Skeleton Pet Costume. Your pet would be at its scary best!

Rubie’s Star Wars Classic Jedi Pet RobeRubie's Star Wars Classic Jedi Robe Pet Costume, Medium

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Material: Stretched, blended polyester.
Size: S, M, L and XL for dogs with 12” to 20” neck and 17” to 27” chest girth.
Price: $ to $$ depending upon the size.
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Turn your pet into a Jedi warrior with the officially licensed and detail-oriented Rubie’s Star Wars Classic Jedi Pet Robe!

This cute and funny dog costume features a Jedi cloak with attached shirt and belt (with frontal legs and ear holes for the pet ears). Made of thick, blended polyester, the costume is soft and cozy for the pet to wear. It is machine washable, though we recommend hand washing and air dry.

The Jedi pet costume is available in 4 sizes – S, M, L and XL, suitable for dogs with 12” to 20” neck size and 17” to 27” chest girth. For best results and minimum adjustments, check out the sizing video and review comments before picking the right one for your beloved canine.

The Rubie’s Star Wars Classic Jedi Pet Robe is an excellent choice for Star War Themed Cosplay parties and can be coordinated with other people costumes such as Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Yoda etc.

Animal Planet Triceratops Dog CostumeAnimal Planet PET20104 Triceratops Dog Costume, Small

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Material: Cotton blend with foam-filled horns.
Size: XS, S, M, L for dogs with neck size ranging from 10” to 20”
Price: $
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If you love the pre-historic Jurassic theme, then you would definitely love the Animal Planet Triceratops Dog Costume.

Manufactured by California Costumes Collections under license from Animal Planet, this simple, cheap headpiece can turn your pooch into a Cretaceous creature in no time.

The headpiece is made of synthetic blended cotton with foam-filled horns that stay upright- two long side horns and one small head horn, giving the canine an authentic Cretaceous look. The dinosaur headpiece attaches securely with a Velcro strap under the dog’s chin.

If you are looking for a simple yet funny dog costume for some pre-historic fun, then consider getting the Animal Planet Triceratops Dog Headpiece.

MaruPet Dog Tutu DressMaruPet Fashion Sweet Puppy Dog Blingbling Princess Skirt Pet Dog Lace Cake Camisole Tutu Dress Pink S

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Material: Blended cotton
Size: XS, S, M, L and XL suitable for dogs up to 20 lbs.
Price: $
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If you have a small puppy, cat or dog weighing less than 20 lbs. then the cute-looking Tutu dress is a sweet pet costume option to check out and the MaruPet Bling-Bling Pet Tutu dress is an excellent purchase.

This budget pet Tutu dress is made of blended cotton and features a full-back camisole with frills and laces. The dress is multi-stitched around the corners for durability. The Tutu pet camisole is available in 7 girly colors, so you have many options to pick from. The dress is elastic and fits the pets comfortably.

The MaruPet Tutu dress is available in five sizes and is suitable for cats, puppies and small dog breeds (<20 lbs.). Consider picking one size up.

Enhance the cuteness factor of your pet for parties and special occasions such as weddings and birthdays with the beautiful and elegant MaruPet Pet Tutu dress. For some more cute and funny dog costumes, check out the full MaruPet Costume Collection.

Additional options for the best dog costumes

If you are looking for something different from the most popular and best-selling pet costumes listed above, you can check out the following collections for a suitable costume for your pooch:

Rubie’s Pet Costume Collection

Best dog costumes - Rubie's Dog Costumes

Rubie’s is the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of costumes for men, women and kids since the 1950’s. And to cover for the human’s four-legged best friends, they have a special line of authentic, licensed dog and cat costumes, headpieces and accessories – ranging from superhero-themed costumes to everyday pet costumes and hats. Almost all of their pet costumes work for cats as well (pick Small size option). Just make sure you pick one of the right size by checking out the size chart, instructional videos and reviews.

Frisco Pet Costume Collection

Frisco Pet Costume Collection

Frisco is Chewy’s In-house pet product brand that offers high-quality and affordable pet gear and products. Frisco has a wide selection of costumes, bandanas and collars for both cats and dogs for all occasions. Just make sure you check the sizing chart before ordering.

California Costumes Collections Pet Costumes

Best dog costumes - California Costumes Collections Pet Costumes

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California Costumes Collections is another popular year-round supplier of human and pet costumes, wigs and accessories. Established in 1992, the California Costume Collections sells pet costumes through physical and online retailers across 11 countries in North Americas and Europe. Their specialty is in licensed costumes from popular organizations such as NASA, Amtrak, UPS and US Postal Services.

Casual Canine Pet Costume Collection

Casual Canine Prison Pooch Costume for Dogs, 24

Casual Canine is a casual clothing range from High Society Canine Clothing company. Designed specifically for dogs, the manufacturer offers a wide range of canine jackets, shirts and Halloween and party costumes in a variety of colors, styles and fabrics.

NACOCO Pet Costume Collection

NACOCO Pet Policeman Costumes Dog and Cat Halloween Suits (Small)

NACOCO is a popular online pet costume retailer specializing in saddle-design dog and cat costumes.

How to pick the best dog costumes for Halloween, Christmas and parties?

While the choice of the best dog costume for Halloween and other occasions is largely governed by your requirements and your canine’s preference and comfort, there are still some important factors to check out before picking the best dog costume for your pet. These major factors are summarized below:

  • Size of the costume
  • Material and design
  • Cost and budget
  • Cleaning and Maintenance

Size of the costume

Once you have zeroed in on a specific design and type of costume, you need to pick a size that is most suitable for your pet. It is important to pick a costume that is a comfortable, snug fit for your pet. The costume style and your animal’s shape can often play a major role in this.

Most manufacturers provide their own sizing charts and measuring instructional videos to help you pick the best size for your pet. Check these videos and charts out. You can also rely on the Q&A section and reviews for some more information.

Dog Sizing Guidelines (Source: California Costume Collections, Amazon.com)
Typical Dog Sizing Guidelines (Source: California Costume Collections, Amazon.com)

Most of the costumes that we listed have Velcro straps that can also help in providing a comfortable fitting to your pet. It is also worthwhile to mention that not all costumes fit the pets perfectly and you may have to make some do-it-yourself adjustments and tinkering. And if you are unsure of the size to get, pick one size up.

To summarize, measure-up your pet and pick the right costume size based on the sizing chart provided by the manufacturer.

Material and design

The fabric material and design of the costume is also an important criterion to consider before picking the best dog costume for your pooch.

Though such costumes are not daily-wear apparel, they still need to be comfortable and durable to last multiple parties. The dog costumes that we listed are generally made of blended polyester or cotton and are double or triple stitched for extra durability. Such costumes are quite comfortable for the pet in almost all weathers. Some options, such as the full-frontal California Costumes UPS Pal Pet Costume, are more suitable for fall and winter seasons because of the polyurethane foam filling.

Closely related with the fabric of the costume is its design. Most of the full-body and headpiece options that we listed are equipped with Velcro tabs and neck straps for convenient wear and adjustments. Some even have detachable pieces which can be left out if your pooch is not comfortable with them. A couple of options such as the California Costumes Holy Hound Dog Costume , which cover the pet’s ears , may require some further improvisations if your pet is finicky about it.

Check out the fabric material and design to determine if a specific dog costume would be suitable for your beloved canine.

Cost and budget

Like other party costumes, dog costumes are generally special-use dresses. So, it is obvious that you would not want to spend a fortune on them.

The options that we listed are competitively priced and provide a reasonable value-for-money. You can generally find a wide variation in the pricing of some of the costumes. Furthermore, the price may vary with sizes.

Make sure you check all the seller options for a particular size and pick a “Fulfilled by Amazon” manufacturer/seller to get the best deal on your purchase.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Dog costumes would invariably get dirty and you would have to clean them after use. Most of the polyester and woolen costumes that we listed are can be washed by hand and air dried.

Only a few blended cotton options that we listed such as the Rubie’s Star Wars Classic Jedi Pet Robe support machine wash in gentle cycle.  Even for those costumes, we recommend a gentle hand wash.

Keep the cleaning and maintenance requirements in mind before picking the best dog costume for your pet.

Final thoughts on the best dog costumes for Halloween, Christmas and parties

Be it a Halloween party, a Christmas or Thanksgiving family reunion or a cosplay party for pets, you can really make your canine the center of attraction and toast of the town with some ingeniously-designed and fun-filled dog costumes.

In this article, we listed out some of the best dog costumes available in the market. We also listed out some popular pet costume collections from the best costume manufacturers and also shared some tips on how to pick the best dog costume for your pooch.

We hope that you found this article useful and it would help you in picking some funny dog costumes for your beloved canine. Do let us know your feedback by commenting below. For some other do-it-yourself costumes, check out this popular article on DIYNetwork.

Until next time, happy partying with your beloved pet!

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  • November 14, 2018 at 10:04 am
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    Cute collection of costumes. Thanks for sharing..

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