I don’t want to get carried away too early or anything, but once September hits and those leaves start falling there is literally only one thing on my mind: Halloween. I can’t wait to do all the spooky things. Crack open the Halloween decorations, fill up the candy bowl, hang some purple string lights around my apartment, use a Ouija board to contact the dead…there’s no limit to the spooky fun! Of course, Beau and I are super excited to dress up for the occasion. Here are my fave dog and owner Halloween costume ideas for a little spooky inspiration. We have so many pet and owner costumes that we have worn over the years. If you are a crazy dog mom like me, read on for all the best matching costumes with dogs.
And perhaps most important of all, planning out what costumes to wear.
I’m a firm believer that you can never start too early, especially if you’re someone who loves an opportunity to craft and DIY yourself into the perfect costume. If you aren’t into DIY check out Etsy for Halloween costumes. They’ve got tons of different costume ideas . The further ahead you start, the more chances you have to rehearse, redo, and tweak your outfits to be the perfect storm of cute, creative, and realistic. And I like to think I am all of those things!
Halloween Costume Ideas with Your Dog
Lots of folks are really into couples’ costumes. Which makes sense. You have so many options when your costume is a two-part! Puns, famous characters, or even a chance to live out your favorite love story. Lots of people like to do them with their perfect match year after year.
And I’m no different. Well, I’m a little different. That’s why my best friend Beau and I are going to absolutely crush the Halloween costume game this year with these dog and owner Halloween costume ideas. If you need a reason to do a couples’ costume with your dog instead of your boo – no you don’t. But I’ll give you some anyways so you can be ready for all the Halloween parties. Way more than just a simple hot dog costume.
Dog and Owner Halloween Costume Ideas
Dogs are loyal. They’re usually cuter. You won’t have to twist their arm to dress up with you (although you might have to feed them a few dog biscuits). They won’t spill drinks and ruin them. The list goes on and on.
Costume details: Dog UPS delivery and recycled box with printed stickers
Don’t think twice about whether to dress up with your dog with these scary cute dog and owner Halloween costume ideas. But do think twice about what costume combo you’re going to do, because you want to get it right! I personally have thought long and hard about what to do with Beau this Halloween, and I’ve got a collection of pet Halloween costume ideas to get your brain working as well. Large dog Halloween costumes, adorable dog Halloween dog costumes, funny dog Halloween costumes…Beau’s got a lot of range, you could say. I just want to give him the chance to show it off!
And don’t worry, I won’t be mad if you copy me with any of these dog and owner Halloween costume ideas. There’s more than enough cuteness to go around. We are so excited about this season and kicking it off with these Halloween Movies to Watch This October.
1. Mario & Princess Daisy
Every day with Beau got me saying “Yes! I’m the winner!” But today, I get to do it in costume. This pairing feels so appropriate for how in love we are with adventure – and each other. Catch my furry friend and I running around the block, jumping down some pipes, and crushing some Koopas. It’s-a me!
2. Cowgirl & Cowboy
Sometimes we all need a little break from the big city energy and apartment living. Sometimes, getting back to our roots and soaking up the joy of old traditions can energize and invigorate you. I know that’s how I feel when I set out on a new adventure. And I can guarantee Beau loves nothing more than to stretch his legs and run out some of that energy.
When you don’t have time for a foray into the country, dressing up is the next best thing. Since Beau is a natural working dog, playing the role of cowboy seems only fitting. And I love a straw hat moment. Yee haw!
Costume details: Dog Cowboy Hat, Rest of outfits thrifted
3. Batgirl & Robin
Beau is my trusty sidekick every other day of the year, but on Halloween, we’re really going to play it up. Brittany Spaniels have a natural knack for hunting and normally Beau would be all over a bat flying nearby. Halloween is no exception – just with kisses instead! And believe me, those kisses are firm, just, powerful, and never give up, just like our favorite fictional characters.
4. Cute Monsters
Welcome to the family, Hank! Glad to have you join in on the Halloween fun with these too cute to spook monster costumes. You will be winning the award for the cutest pet and owner costume ideas with these monster Halloween costumes. This costume idea for your puppy, dog, and you is just scary good! Boo!
5. Cindy Lou Who & Max
It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit – or fight against the lack of. I’ve always loved Cindy Lou’s passion and determination for holiday cheer, so it’s only right to pay homage to her with a costume like this. Plus, Beau loves how low maintenance this outfit is. Being a dog? It’s the perfect DIY Halloween costume for him. Such a wholesome fun dog and owner Halloween costume idea!
Boil, boil, toil and trouble; fetch me a bone and make it double! Big hats, big moles, big teeth – there’s no way to do this one wrong. I didn’t have to cast a spell on Beau to make him mine, but we’ll be casting spells on all of you this Halloween – to have a great night!
7. BB8 & R2D2
Ya’ll know me – I’m a happy person. So dressing up as BB8 feels like the perfect addition to my normal resume of cuteness, chirping, and whistling. Just a little bit more round on Halloween!
Beau, as he always does, balances me out with his wisdom, good judgment, and leadership. Plus, he’s so much more graceful than I am when he moves, so I let him be the more sophisticated Star Wars robot. Together, we’ve got this whole Force thing down with this dog and owner Halloween costume idea. I will always say a Star Wars character costume is a good choice! I think Darth Vader and Princess Leia should be on our costume idea list for next year.
8. Star Trek
Beau and I, we transcend space and time. Two travelers in the darkness, finding our way across galaxies, with only one pledge: to live long and prosper.
This is a really fun way to embrace your inner nerd. We love how many ways there are to shake up this costume, because there’s so many versions of Star Trek! Keep it vintage or go new-school. If you’re feeling extra dedicated, we’d love to see your Borg face make up. A Star Trek costume is always a solid choice and one of the best Halloween costumes even for dog owners.
9. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
Okay, so we’re not exactly identical twins, but it sure is a cute idea to pretend to be! Catch us walking around talking (or barking) in rhymes, playing practical jokes, and being the happy little freaks that we are. Plus, how could we pass up an opportunity for a propeller hat? This could possibly be the CUTEST dog and owner Halloween costume idea ever!
10. Alice in Wonderland & Mad Hatter
It wouldn’t be the first time Beau and I have shared a little side-eye and agreed that we’re all a little mad here. However, it’s the first time in a long time that we did it in costume! It’s so fun to take on the craziness of the world with Beau as my guide, per usual – he’s just that type of dog. We’ll just have fitting outfits on this time for this Halloween night. This is one of the cutest pet and owner costumes I have done.
11. Beanie Babies
Nineties kids unite! This idea is great because it’s easy to do and full of major throwback energy, which is always fun for Halloween. Beau loves his stuffed toys, so naturally, he’s thrilled to become one of them! Don’t get any funny ideas, though – no matter how cute and collectable our pet costumes are, we are NOT for sale!
Retro never goes out of style, and naturally we had a blast time-travelling back to the fifties with this cute costume! I love the cute femininity of this one and Beau loved pretending to be a tough guy for a day. I don’t want it to get to his head, but he sure did a great job as we bee-bopped around in this funky get-up.
I’m not saying that I’m smarter when I wear this costume – but it helps! And Beau, being the brainy pup that is he, really leans into this one as well. Sometimes a little too hard. Stop chewing up my pocket protector.
I love how easy this one is to throw together on the fly without spending a lot of money. We just put our two minds together, maybe hit up the thrift store, and like any great adventure we go on, we come up with some great ideas and great energy.
14. Box and UPS Delivery Guy
Wanna do something a little more outside-the-box this year? I don’t. Instead, I’m going inside the box – and Beau is going to be my keeper. Usually, Beau is the best gift I’ve ever received, but with this easy DIY halloween costume, we’re reversing the roles. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always got a cardboard box laying around – usually one that arrived on my doorstep recently, usually full of goodies.
What can I say? I just love the idea of embodying the joy you feel when a package shows up!
This is one of the best pet costumes, simply because large dogs, small dogs, and anything in between all look good in brown. Just like always, Beau will be hard at work by my side, making sure I get safely to where I belong. This might even be the perfect dog Halloween costume for my hardworking boy. Grab a box and add this to your list of pet and owner costumes to try.
Costume details: Dog UPS delivery and recycled box with printed stickers
15. Surfer and Shark
Time to let my fur baby have his ferocious moment! Beau has always been all bark and no bite – and with this funny dog Halloween costume, that’s all about to change. He looks so tough. Just imagining him with double the teeth in his mouth cracks me up.
I’m a sucker for an easy DIY, and as far as human costumes, this is as easy as it comes. Strap yourself into your favorite bikini, or maybe some board shorts if you’re feeling official, and get ready to hang loose like never before. One thing is guaranteed – wherever you go, this shark costume is sure to make a splash.
Costume details: Dog shark fin and wet suit/surf board
16. Fisherman and Fish
This costume is a great way to reel in the compliments at Halloween parties, if that’s what you’re into. No matter what type of dog you’ve got, they’re definitely a catch – so they’ll look great as your scaly little buddy, attached by a leash that looks suspiciously like fishing line. Hooks are optional and discouraged, though. If you are looking for an easy idea for matching costumes with dogs, this is it!
Another bonus: if you’re a fisherman, you finally have the opportunity to wear waders to a Halloween party. When you’ve got waterproof boots that go up to your chest, it doesn’t matter what’s going on around you. Spill a drink! Drop buffalo chicken dip! Your costume is a little different, but it’s up for the challenge. Hook, line, and sinker.
Costume details: Dog fish and fishing gear
17. Dorothy from Wizard of Oz and the Lion
Okay, before you even say it, I know what you’re going to say: how could Beau possibly be the Lion when he’s such a courageous pup? He’s nothing like that cowardly lion. And to that, I say: look at his gorgeous lion’s mane of a fur coat. How could he not be the Lion?
There’s no better pup to guide me on my journey through life. He’s doing a great job of that already. So this Halloween night will be no exception. I’ll have my cute little braids, my cute little basket, and hopefully he’ll get along with Toto okay. He’s usually pretty good about that stuff!
18. Umbrella Rain and Rainbow
If this isn’t the most symbolic, adorable Halloween costume then I don’t know what is. Just think: your pup is by your side, through whatever weather. They stick with you through every storm life throws at you. And in the same way, you are your dog’s protector. They can always stand under your umbrella. Ugh, I love a good camaraderie. And I love dogs.
That’s what makes this couples costume one of the most iconic pairs. It’s so meaningful, and yet, so gosh-darn fun. I love a costume that is just as bright as the light in my perfect pup’s eyes. He really is the best part of everything.
19. Thing 1 and Thing 2
Okay, speaking of iconic pairs, what about these guys? Blue hair? Mischief? It’s the perfect mixture of fun for Halloween night. Beau was kinda quiet about it, but I know we had a good laugh looking at each other. We might even be naughty enough to rig a costume contest – not that we need to. If only we had a cat, too – this would be a great option to flex on those family costumes.
Don’t worry, we won’t go too crazy. No TP’ing houses, or smashing pumpkins. But if your friend’s goldfish goes missing, it’s a good idea to try to keep your mouth shut. Because we definitely didn’t do it.
What is Your Fave Pet and Owner Costume?
Which is your favourite of these dog and owner Halloween costume ideas? Do you have any suggestions for dog and owner Halloween costumes next year? Have a great Halloween and go all out with your pet and owner costumes and your matching costumes with dogs.