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15 DIY Dog & Owner Halloween Costume Ideas in 2023 (With Pictures)

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

dog and owner posing for Halloween in costumes

We don’t need to remind you that Halloween is coming up–you’re already five steps ahead of us. If you were looking for a really creative spin this year, tons of inspiring ideas add your best buddy into the mix.

You can find many exciting outfits you can buy at the store or make yourself. Here, we rounded up 15 of the cutest costumes we could find. Perhaps one of them will give you just the inspiration you need to make this Halloween memorable for you and your spooky pooch.

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The 15 DIY Dog and Owner Costumes

1. DIY Little Red Riding Hood & the Big, Bad Wolf by Wide Open Pets

This idea would essentially work for any dog if you dress them up correctly. But it would be incredibly awesome for a wolf-like dog like a wolf hybrid, Husky, or German Shepherd. You could make the most of it yourself as little Red wandering through the wilderness.

2. DIY Cat and the Hat by Better Homes & Gardens

Are you a fan of Dr. Seuss? If so, this costume idea would be fantastic if you had a doggy duo to dress up this year. With you as Cat in the Hat and your dogs as Thing One and Thing Two, you can’t go wrong–instantly recognizable and incredibly classic, colorful, and fun!

3. DIY Elliot and ET by Social Doggy Club

If you have a big dog, you will think this is genius even if you can pull this one together. You could dress up as Elliot from ET, riding your basketed bike about town. And you could have your very own little alien wrapped in a blanket and your front basket. What a great idea for small breeds!

4. DIY 101 Dalmatians by Alice Richter

Do you feel like being a favorite Disney villain this Halloween season? If so, you could dress your dog up, no matter the breed, as Dalmatians. After all, they need a little fun too. Cruella de Vil is a terrific selection, but if you’re a guy, no worries. You could always dress up as one of the dreaded male characters—Jasper or Horace.

5. DIY Hotdogs & Condiments from BuzzFeed

We personally think this would be the cutest outfit ever for a long-body dog like a Corgi or a Dachshund. But essentially, it would work for any hot dog you have in your home. Your furry friend can be a frankfurter, and you can dress yourself up as any condiment you wish. You can’t have one without the other.

6. DIY Lilo & Stitch by Sydney Philibin

Did you grow up in the 90s? If so, you’ve probably seen the Disney classic Lilo and Stitch. You can dress up as Stitch, as the gal in the photo did. Or you can bring out your Hawaiian best and dress your dog up like a mischievous blue alien critter. A reenactment would be a blast, and it wouldn’t matter which one of you played the part.

7. DIY Egyptian Royalty by Brit + Co

Are you a fan of ancient Egypt? If so, you’re probably totally taken aback by their culture and connection to the domestic cats we love today. Even though you don’t have a feline on hand, your dog can certainly substitute. We think this cute little combination would be adorable for tiny dogs you can carry around on Halloween.

8. DIY Star Wars by Cheezburger

We think this outfit would be most hilarious for a Chewbacca-looking dog, like a Shih Tzu or Brussels Griffon. But really, it could work for any long-haired dog. Or, you could dress up your little one as a baby Yoda. Honestly, the possibilities are endless here. Put on your favorite Star Wars getup, and may the force be with you.

9. DIY Circus Theme by Abby

If you want to dress your dog up as another animal, it might be the time to whip up an adorable circus-themed costume. You? A ringmaster of epic proportions! Your little lion man or lady can be the star of the show.

10. DIY Wizard of Oz by The Denver Post

Your costume combo will get some attention for sure. In this example, you can see Dorothy and the lion. But you know there are many other potentials for the Wizard of Oz theme. If you have a smaller breed, they could play Toto. But if your dog is too big to fit the bill, then you can do what this gal did—make him another character in the bunch.

11. DIY S’mores by With Kids and Coffee

If you have a couple/dog combination happening, you might want a way to incorporate the three of you. What better way to do it than dress up as S’more ingredients? After all, you’re all squished together with sweetness and love.

12. DIY Garden Theme by Country Living

This is another cute couple idea. You can choose any adorable garden theme you want–gnomes, butterflies, bees, flowers, snails, or anything in between. We personally think the gnome really throws it all together, but the possibilities are endless!

13. DIY UPS Delivery by Karl Reiter

Special delivery! This adorable UPS-themed outfit is perfect for passing out candy. You and your dog could give the neighborhood kids a quick surprise, filling their bags and buckets. And we think they will all agree that your dog makes the cutest package in town.

14. DIY Jailer & Convict by M A R E N

Has your dog been a bad boy or a girl lately? If their behavior is a little spicy, it might be fun to dress them up like a convict and be their jailer. This costume is fun to throw together, and you can improvise on materials. Grab a pair of handcuffs, try a DIY, and you’re good to go for Halloween.

15. DIY Beauty & the Beast by The Dodo

This adorable Beauty and the Beast idea would be extraordinary for a little girl and her best friend. But it can also work for adults. You could throw on a beautiful Belle-style ball gown and tailor your furry royal beast to match. You will be the talk of the town!

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If you include your pup in this year’s Halloween fun, you’re sure to have a blast. Whether you have a party to go to, people coming to your house, or you’re just passing out candy on your porch; it’s time to get festive. Most people will appreciate the effort that you’ve put into making your costume duo or trio fantastic.

Featured Image Credit: otsphoto, Shutterstock

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