Trick-or-Treating With Your Dog

September 6th, 2007 by Aileen


Leafing through dog magazines and dog supply catalogues, one could easily get the impression that canine fashion is a regular Big Business these days. Sweaters, bathrobes, raincoats, paw-booties, back packs. The really hip urban dog owner can even purchase dog strollers – just like your basic child stroller but with a fabric cage for Fido, which lends a whole new meaning to “walking the dog.”

As we move into fall and parents are juggling back-to-school wardrobe needs with the youngsters’ plans for who and what they want to be for Halloween, this is a good time to do some planning for your dog’s costume as well. Whether your dog will be accompanying the children door to door in the neighborhood – and earning extra goodies to add to the pile at the end of the evening – or just competing in the local grade school’s Halloween costume contest, there are some amazing costumes out there just for your dog.


A clever and talented dog owner can make a costume without too much trouble, or there are dozens for sale at various sites on the internet (linked below). Just browsing some of the photographs at those sites will lend great ideas for crafting your own dog’s costume. And if you’ve more than one dog, consider the cute costume duos – angel and devil dogs, Red Riding Hood and wolf, bride and groom, football player and cheerleader, etc.

There are even some patterns for dog costumes from both Butterick and Simplicity. There is plenty of time to work on the projects, and often the very best costumes all around are those that Mom makes.


The costume on the left struck me as particularly clever – Hagrid’s 3-headed dog Fang, accompanied by a young Harry Potter. You’d have to have just the right dog for this one, as well as some extra large-sized stuffed animals your child won’t miss too much, but it’s guaranteed to be the hit of the Halloween Parade at the mall!

Check out some of the links below for ideas or to purchase, and don’t forget the candy-sack that can be slung over your dog’s neck for collecting treats from the neighbors. Have a happy and safe Halloween!


Costume Craze: Dog Costumes

Annie’s Costumes: Pets

Pet Costumes

Dog Costume Ideas

Extreme Halloween: Top Pet Costumes

3 Responses to “Trick-or-Treating With Your Dog”

  1. Joyce Says:

    I like the three headed dog! Halloween is much more fun this way.

  2. Aileen Says:

    Hi, Joyce! I like the three headed dog too. Such a clever costume that would be a big hit. I figure that if Santa always brings the family dog some gift treats at Christmas, then that dog should get to do the rounds on Halloween too!

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