It’s the spookiest season, and while dressing up your dog always brings a smile to everyone who sees him, it’s (literally) scary cute at this time of year, and bigger dogs don’t have to miss out on the fun. Even if you have a medium- to large-sized pupper, there are large Halloween dog costumes that would be perfect for your four-legged friend.
Ready to find the perfect large dog costume? Here are seven howl-worthy dog Halloween costumes for big woofers. Happy haunting!
1. “Fish are friends, not food.”
If your pup is always up to something fishy, the Frisco shark dog costume could be a perfect choice. It is sure to have people swarming over to be shark bait.
This costume fits dogs with a chest girth of up to 31 inches. It comes complete with embroidered eyes and white felt teeth, three plush-filled fins and even a tailfin. If you plan on taking your predator out and about to meet all of his prey, the costume has a built-in leash hole, so you can quickly head out the door for trick-or-treating.
2. “May the Force be with … your Labrador Retriever.”
Your pupster will cut an imposing figure in the Rubie’s Costume Company Darth Vader dog costume. This authentic three-piece dog costume comes in large, XL, XXL and 3XL. It includes a black shirt with foam armor, belt, a silk cape (fancy!) and a soft domed helmet to resemble Darth Vader’s suit.
Will your big baby go over to the bark side and wear this dog Halloween costume?
3. Hot diggity dog!
Turn your dog into a hot dog with Frisco’s hot dog costume. The one-piece costume fits dogs with a chest size of up to 31 inches and features adjustable Velcro straps for comfort. Your dog is the Oscar Mayer wiener between the two seeded buns, and it’s all topped off with a squirt of ketchup (sorry, Chicagoans!). With this costume, your precious pupper will be both a hot dog and haute dog!
4. Let him be a stupendous scallywag.
Adjustable and adorable, the Pet Krewe pirate dog costume will have your dog take on the neighborhood as a swashbuckling hero. This three-piece set includes a tunic, cape, and—the crowning glory—a skull and crossbones hat. It fits dogs up to 19 inches tall and with a neck girth of up to 19.5 inches.
5. Put your paws up!
Dress your little fur-gitive up in Frisco’s prisoner dog costume. The two-piece costume fits dogs with a chest size of up to 31 inches and includes a striped shirt and little hat. Your dog may be bad to the bone, but something tells us he’s still managed to steal your heart.
6. Swarm the Batcave
We know he’s as sweet as can be, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have some fun playing the villain one day a year. The Rubie’s Costume Company The Joker dog costume will transform your fur baby into the clown all of Gotham loves to hate. This large dog costume, perfect for any pet Halloween parade, is designed after the more modern movie incarnations of that twisted trickster. It fits dogs up to 45 pounds with a chest girth of 27 inches and a neck girth of 20 inches.
7. “Where’s Wilbur?”
If you were a “Charlotte’s Web” fan as a kid, we’re betting this Rubie’s Costume Company spider dog costume is one arachnid nobody will scream at when they see… unless it’s with delight! The costume fits dogs with a chest circumference of 27 inches and goes on like a harness. The velour legs jiggle for a life-like effect as your boo-tiful hound scampers around scaring up fun.
8. Pup-kin anyone?
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The minute he wriggles into the Frisco pumpkin dog costume, he’ll get plenty of “awws” as he goes around the neighborhood. This adorable two-piece set features a plush Jack-o’-lantern body with a matching pumpkin cap. The costume fits dogs with a chest circumference of 27 inches. There is also an XXL size for dogs, as well, for a chest circumference of 31 inches.
9. “Na na na na na na, Batdog!”
If your dog is a night owl, dress him up in the Frisco reflection bat dog costume so he can slay the night away. This two-piece bat dog costume fits dogs with a chest circumference of 27 inches and comes complete with an adjustable headpiece and bat wings with skeleton details.
Halloween Pet Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
Of course, as with all holidays, you need to balance out the Halloween excitement with a few pet safety precautions:
- Keep all the candy and other (human) treats away from your fur baby.
- Be careful when walking your dog around the neighborhood on Halloween night. There are glow in the dark pet products that you can get to help you and your pooch stay seen when out and about.
- If the constantly ringing doorbell and the scary sounds of the season seem to have your dog spooked—and not in the good way—it is a wise idea to keep him safely inside on the big night. You can consider hosting a doggy Halloween party a few days before or after October 31. That way, your pet and a few of his closest pals can safely strut about in all their splendor, while you and the other dog moms and dads snap pics.
Whichever costume you choose, one thing is certain—these large dog costumes will have your pet looking cute as can be for Halloween.
Christina Vercelletto is a pet, travel and lifestyle content specialist and a former editor of Parenting, Scholastic Parent & Child, and Woman’s Day. She lives on Long Island with her Chiweenie, Pickles, and 20-pound Calico, Chub-Chub.
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