Spooky season is officially upon us, and there’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than by dressing up – so why not make it a couple’s affair and get your dog involved too?
7 Dynamic duo costume ideas
1. Little Red Riding Hood & the Big Bad Wolf
Has your pup got big eyes, teeth, or ears? Then they’ve got the job! Dress in red with your dog at your side – bonus points for a wolfish howl.
2. Cruella de Vil & 101 Dalmatians
Although we definitely don’t condone Cruella’s behaviour, we’ve got to admit – she has style. Don your nicest fur coat and bring your pooch along, whether they’ve got spots or not!
3. Han Solo & Chewbacca
Die-hard Star Wars fans will get a kick out of this costume idea! Han’s vest is a must have accessory, and scruffy dogs will pass perfectly for Chewbacca (but any canine bestie will do!).
4. Dorothy & Toto
Spend your Halloween somewhere over the rainbow, in ruby red slippers, with a pup on your arm. This costume is the perfect excuse for leaving the party early, just click your heels and say, ‘there’s no place like home!’
5. Charlie Brown & Snoopy
These classic Peanuts characters are the best of friends – just like you and your dog! Slap some black gaffer tape in a zigzag on a yellow t-shirt and grab your dog, costume sorted.
6. Elle Woods & Bruiser
Bend and snap your way into some pink, and if you’ve got a small dog, bring them along in a tote! But not to worry, big dogs can play Bruiser too, try a pink collar or lead for added flair.
7. Shaggy & Scooby Doo
Zoinks! Head out to solve some spooky mysteries dressed as Shaggy & Scooby – just don’t forget to bring along some Scooby snacks.
Dressing with your pet can be lots of fun! However, costumes aren’t right for every dog. Always check to see if a costume fits properly before wearing it out and try it on at home to determine whether it might be uncomfortable or induce anxiety in your pet. We recommend not putting your dog in a costume unless they’re 100% happy and stress-free!
It’s important to remember that while holiday festivities are really fun for us, they might be stressful or dangerous for our pets. Here are some things to keep in mind around Halloween.
Only a few days ahead of Bonfire Night, it’s not uncommon for people to set off fireworks on Halloween. To avoid extra distress for your dog, try these tips:
- Walk your dog during daylight hours, making sure they have an opportunity to use the bathroom before any fireworks might go off.
- Close windows and curtains to muffle the sounds of fireworks.
- Put on some background music or a soothing TV program to mask the sounds outdoors.
- Create a quiet, comfortable space where your dog can go to rest and relax.
Keep trick or treat sweets out of your dog’s reach! Chocolates and candies can be extremely harmful and often toxic for dogs, so make sure they’re kept out of harm’s way.
- Wrappers and strings on sweets could cause blockages and require medical assistance
- Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and may be fatal if ingested unnoticed.
- Other sweets can be toxic, especially if they have raisins or nuts – so best to avoid them all!
Happy Howl’oween from all of us at We Love Pets!