Season 3 of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things came out in July and didn’t disappoint. Now that Halloween season is upon us, some of the most popular human and dog costumes are from the new season. (You can catch up here on Netflix.)
There’s also plenty of buzz about Season 4, with the recent release of a teaser trailer. No costume inspiration there, but here it is to get you in the mood for some Stranger Things dog costumes ideas from previous seasons:
If you’re ready to celebrate with your dog, we don’t blame you! We’ve put together easy DIY costume tips for dressing your dog like some favorite characters in the show.
You can search your family’s closets, hit the thrift shop, or just log in to Amazon for all of the clothing and wig pieces. Your favorite craft store can supply you with any odds and ends you might need to customize your dog’s look.
One of the more popular human costumes this year, your dog can also get in on the Scoops Ahoy craze. All you need is a snappy sailor suit and a jaunty hat to complete the look. Mark the hat with the Scoops Ahoy logo with a fabric marker to complete the look.
Remove the star and armband from this dog military costume, and you’re good to go!
Eleven’s Punk Look
Recreating Eleven’s punk transformation in season 2 for your dog is a snap. All you need is a leather jacket and some white dog socks or, if you’re just looking for a photo prop, a pair of white doll shoes should do in a pinch for smaller breeds. (And maybe a slicked-back wig, for completion’s sake.)
A minor character in Season 2 that becomes more important in Season 3, all you need to transform your dog into our favorite Russian-speaking conspiracy theorist is a white dog tank top and some serious glasses. Points if you dress up as Alexi.
Eleven Dress Costume
For Eleven’s most iconic look, a trip to the toddler section of Amazon or your local thrift shop will get you most of the way there.
Accessorize with an Eggo Waffle and a blonde dog wig to seal the deal.
Eleven ‘Lab Rat’ Version
Eleven’s alternate look will take a dash of craftiness but is simpler to pull together.
Pipe cleaners can be fashioned into the headgear like Doug used (pictured above), or some speaker wire and electrical tape could do the trick.
Finish the look with a hospital gown and Coke can— voila!
Joyce and The Wall
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You could cosplay this as Joyce with your dog as the wall in a jiffy.
Or just let your dog carry off the whole look.
Lucas is that ‘tough love’ friend every group needs. He’s stylish, skeptical, and always there for you in a pinch. Sound like a match for your mutt?
Established in Season 2 and going strong for Season 3, Max is a video game whiz from California. (And is in and off again on again relationship with Lucas.) All you need is a dog hoodie, for large or small dogs, and a red wig to pull this one off.
For extra credit, add an antenna for some Cerebro goodness. Or, if you’re looking for a doggie couples costume, grab a pigtail wig, a frilly nightgown, and some glasses, and go as the mysterious Suzie.
Growing from the troubled chief of police for Hawkins to a loving, if distressed guardian to a teenage girl, Hopper is a fan favorite. Dress your gruff pup up with a hat and badge for an easy, low-stress costume.
A Season 2 character that becomes the focus of Season 3, Billy is Max’s stepbrother and a complex 80s bad boy. You can either go for a Season 2 look of a jean jacket or the simpler Season 3 lifeguard look. Both of which can be completed with Billy’s signature curly locks.
To get this look, you’re gonna have to pull out all the crafty stops. (Or, buy it on Amazon and dress your dog up as a ‘Demodog’.)
For a customized, realistic look, start with a ready-made sunflower costume or headpiece. You could trim away some of the petals if yours is just too happy. Use dark fabric paint to get the proper evil color palette with a dark gray-green for the body and some dark, foreboding red for the inside of the petals.
Either paint on the teeth, or glue on some findings to play the part of teeth. Toothpicks, dowels, fake fingernails: it’s up to you how far into the upside-down you want to get.
If you’re into papercraft, you could work up a custom collar treatment to turn your dog into a demodog from Season 2. Consider using a cone of shame as the base for a sturdy costume. You can also buy this collar on Etsy. Presto! Demodog at your service.
You can also purchase the human costume, and make it into a human and dog couples costume by dressing up as the Demogorgon with your dog as a demodog.
The upside down’s the limit with these fun, spooky costumes.
Hat tip: Doug the Pug