Are you super Halloween person? Do you deck out a haunted house, continuously collect Halloween decorations, and coordinate your costume with your dog? We’ve created this list of Halloween dog names for the true-blue Halloween fans of the world. If your puppy is born on Halloween or you adopt your furry gremlin in the fall, one of these names might inspire. We here at Rover dug into our database and consulted the experts to find Halloween dog names for supernaturally cute dogs, plus some fall dog name classics.
We’ve handpicked these great Halloween dog name ideas for your pet by digging through millions of names chosen by dog owners in the last few years, going way beyond the top 100 dog names to find the ghostliest (is that a word?) options for the newest member of your family.
These Halloween dog names, along with more fall puppy names, are fun, fresh, and a bit frightful—just like the Halloween season. Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to pick a name that you’ll be comfortable saying well beyond October 31st.
The Best Halloween Dog Names
- Bat (Batman?)
- Buffy (The Vampire Slayer)
- Candy Corn (because, duh)
- Gizmo (from Gremlins)
- Halloweenie (perfect Dachshund name?)
- Luna (moon in Spanish)
- Rosemary (like the one with the baby)
- Sookie (from True Blood)
- Zuul (from Ghostbusters)
More Fall Dog Names
For a puppy born in the autumn—or a dog with a fall-colored coat, perhaps. Either way, these invoke those cozy fall feelings every time you say them.
- Leaf (or Leif)
- Persephone (Persie)
- Rain / Rainy
- Topaz (it’s the November birthstone, after all)
Do Puppies Born around Halloween Need a Themed Name?
Sure, an autumn dog named Windy, Pumpkin, or Spirit is pretty cute. But you don’t have to go that route. Some of the names on Rover’s list are inspired by the season, but not all! You don’t have to give your new puppy a name that has anything to do with Halloween if you don’t want to. Here are some other considerations when choosing your new dog’s name.
People Names for Dogs
Do you like the sound of a human baby name on a puppy? If so, you’re not alone. It used to be that most of us agreed on a good name for a dog. Fido, Rex, Lady: we expected generic choices. Now, however, you’re more likely to hear human names on dogs.
Our data shows that each year, dog owners increasingly turn to human names for their pets. This reflects the larger cultural trend that embraces dogs as full-on family members who deserve their own special place in our homes and hearts. Our dog love runs deep.
Dog Naming Advice
If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that a great Halloween dog name can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite foods, books, celebrities, your heritage, or even dog breed history. For example, a chocolate Lab puppy might sport a water-inspired name like Stormy, while a Latin dog breed could carry a cute name like Canela (Spanish for “cinnamon”.)
Another consideration when choosing your dog’s name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.”
Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue. The best names will make you happy. We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for dog name selection. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog‘s potential name. Saying “Casper, it’s time for dinner!” or “Shadow, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.
The Bottom Line
Good luck, have fun and be sure to check out our other dog name coverage. As dog lovers through and through here at Rover, we find dog names absolutely fascinating, and we love searching our data on the topic to discover hot trends, quirky choices, and unique twists on classics. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse—and we keep our lists updated with new data each year.
To start, check out our list of the most popular names of 2018, and then jump over to unique dog names to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering top Irish choices, male dog names, female dog names, and popular names for hunting dogs, small dogs, white dogs, Huskies, German shepherds, and many more.