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Halloween can be tough for the costume-loving person with a dog who hates wearing clothes. The trick is to scale down your expectations with a simple dog costume.
To do this, incorporate the costume into your dog’s normal, everyday wear. That means festive collars and bandanas that tie around the neck or ultralight costume elements that attach to a walking harness. If your dog will tolerate a coat in wintertime, that’s a costume option that won’t drive them bananas (but maybe not a banana costume…those get a little unwieldy).
We combed through product listings to find the best, simplified Halloween costumes for your dog who hates dressing up. From a light-up Halloween collar to superhero pajamas, there’s something here for every budget and every type of dog.
Not every dog is comfortable with dressing up, and that’s perfectly okay. There’s a whole world of festive bandanas and collars that let your dog participate in the Halloween spirit without anxiety or stress. This Jack-o-Lantern bandana ties around their neck, letting your lil pumpkin show off some style without having to wear clothes.Buy Now on Chewy for $6.99
Here’s an adorable Halloween collar that turns your dog into a cheerful vampire with a simple collar attachment. The collar is made from high-density polyester with a strong D-ring for attaching a leash, and the buckles are made of eco-friendly plastic.Buy Now on Amazon for $12.99
Okay, so your dog doesn’t like to wear clothing. How about a cape that attaches to their collar? This bright, sparkly, Merlin-esque cape is attached to an LED collar for extra visibility on Halloween night. The included pointy hat is a nice, optional touch if your dog will tolerate a hat.Buy Now on Amazon for $19.99
Nana-nana-nana-nana BAT DOG! This ingenious “costume” for dogs who hate costumes is made from a padded nylon harness with a cape attached. To your dog, it will feel like they’re wearing a regular walking harness. To everyone they pass, it will look like your dog is off to save Gotham City.Buy Now on Amazon for $19.99
Technically, this is an alternative to the bulky plastic e-collars that dogs wear when recovering from surgery or another medical procedure. But on Halloween, this practical accessory becomes a perfect—and perfectly easy—Halloween costume for dogs. The soft, comfortable e-collar stays on with an adjustable Velcro fastener.Buy Now on Amazon for $14.99
6. Business Dog
Another simple collar costume, this work-appropriate shirt collar and necktie will show your friends and family who’s the real boss in the family. Best of all, the lightweight materials and Velcro fastener make it easy to wear and easy to take off.Buy Now on Amazon for $6.99
Staying in the realm of “formalwear for Halloween,” this simple dog costume (aka the doggy tux) will turn your best friend into a dapper dog as fast as you can tie a bandana. Maybe they’re going as James Bond this year or the groom to your Halloween bride?Buy Now on Amazon for $13.99
If your dog will tolerate a lightweight t-shirt, this spooky “ghost” costume is a great choice! The ribbed sleeves, neck, and waistband help keep this shirt in place, while the white material keeps your dog glowing spookily in dim light.Buy Now on Amazon for $9.99
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Because angels walk on four paws, too. For dogs who hate costumes but are comfortable wearing a harness, these adorable golden wings from Pup Crew might be just the thing. They come in four adjustable sizes for any angel and have a convenient ring for easy and secure leash attachment.
Because your dog always makes you smile, make it official with this jingling, velvet court jester costume. It slips over the head and can be worn over a collar so your dog will barely know it’s there. You could even dress it up with a hat and some ankle ruffles—and hey, does your dog know how to juggle?Buy Now on Amazon for $7.73
For a simple dog costume, practicality is the name of the game. This adorable LED pumpkin collar lights up at night for enhanced visibility and comes with an adorable Howl-O-Ween bandana for extra flair.Buy Now on Amazon for $9.99
So, your dog refuses to wear a Halloween costume. But will they wear a lightweight fleece jacket? This soft, cozy hoodie will feel just like a regular jacket, but it’s definitely a costume. Just look at those adorable dinosaur spikes and tail (which both won’t get in your dog’s way when walking). As a bonus, it’ll keep them warm on a chilly All Hallow’s Eve.Buy Now on Amazon for $22.90
Harness costumes are the perfect simple solution for dogs who don’t do clothes. It’s a practical nylon walking harness with a pair of detachable butterfly wings that your dog won’t even notice. The wings even glow in the dark! You can remove the wings when Halloween ends, but why would you want to do that? Antenna included, but it’s okay if your dog doesn’t want to wear them.Buy Now on Amazon for $24.99
This sarcastic bandana is sure to be a hit with any more jaded trick-or-treaters who might come knocking on Halloween. It ties comfortably around your dog’s neck and lets everyone know what they think about playing dress-up.Buy Now on Amazon for $3.99
If your dog says uh-uh, no way, absolutely not to all forms of costume, don’t push the issue. They can still get in the spirit with these cute-as-can-be squeaky toys. The trio includes an adorable bat, a happy pumpkin, and a grinning Frankenstein’s monster for your dog to squeak on.Buy Now on Amazon for $9.99
While Halloween can be a lot of fun for us humans, it’s important to remember it can be a difficult time for your pets, full of unpredictable activity, visiting strangers, strange costumes, and disrupted routines. As the holiday approaches, it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your pet, costumed or not, to monitor stress and anxiety levels, keep them away from potentially harmful food and candy, and to continue to be a reassuring presence—the best treat you could ever give your dog.
For more on Halloween and dog costume ideas, check out:
- 11 Adorable Halloween Costume Ideas for Big Dogs
- Everything You Need to Know for Your Puppy’s First Halloween
- The Ultimate Dog Halloween Guide