20 Funny, Creative, & Outrageous Pet Costumes

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 | Amy Dyck
Updated October 9, 2023

Love or hate them, funny pet costumes are all over the internet and will make a real-life appearance in your neighbourhood soon. We love cute dog clothes any day of the week, but take a look at our list of the craziest, silliest, and most ingenious dog and cat costume ideas we've seen so far.

Dressing up your dog for Halloween is a great way to help them feel the excitement of this spooky season. There are some easy and simple store-bought costumes, like the Dracula and Witch costume kits from Zippy Paws. 

These are great for dogs who are new to costumes or may not be comfortable with a full-coverage outfit. If you are looking for something a little more extravagant, then one of these unique and funny pet costumes might be just what you are looking for. 

 

1. Peacock Dog Costume

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Wow. This peacock dog dress (with matching hat!) is exquisite - if a tad ridiculous. 

 

2. Pirates and Treasure Dog Costume

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For creative ideas, this pirate and treasure dog costume may just take the gold! A lot of time and effort must have gone into this hilarious creation. Arr!

 

3. Egg Roll Dog Costume

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One must wonder where the inspiration comes from some of these costumes. Who thinks...I'm going to make my dog dress as an egg roll! But...successfully pulled off in the end with bonus points for originality. 

 

4. Star Wars AT-AT Walker Dog Costume

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It has to take some kind of fan to create this masterwork. But if any movie following can deliver that sort of fan dedication, Star Wars can.

 

5. Baby Seal Dog Costume

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While pretty simple in design, this dog costume is perfectly executed. That face just fits. Cute!

 

6. Spaghetti and Meatballs Dog Costume

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Dressing up your dog or cat like food has to be a category all its own for all its popularity. I think this DIY spaghetti and meatballs take the cake!

 

7. Martini Dog Costume

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This do-it-yourself dog costume idea is not just creative, it's inexpensive and a great way to use objects on hand. I'll drink to that!

 

8. Football Dog Costume

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This dog costume is definitely the simplest on our list, but that doesn't make it any less adorable! What a sweet costume for a chocolate lab puppy and a family of football fans.

 

9. Headless Horseman Dog Costume

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Just perfect - right down to the hoof paw covers. The best pet costume true to the spooky holiday it celebrates. 

 

10. Hello Kitty Cat Costume

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Aww! The perfect costume for a Hello Kitty fan's feline companion. That is if you can get your cat to keep that hat on...

 

11. IPad Dog Costume

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Pugs look funny in just about any costume. And if you find a way to add pug to the name, you've got a definite win. Corny, but undeniably cute.

 

12. Zombie Dog Costume

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While not a true costume, per se, this had to make my list for creativity and overall effect. An example of what's called creative grooming, this undead look is created using a dog clipper and pet-safe dye. Oh, and one very talented groomer.

 

13. Knight Dog Costume

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This dog costume doesn't just stand out for its uniqueness - just look at the detail. Huzzah!

 

14. Croc Attack Dog Costume

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This may just be the funniest costume on our list. Worth a double-take for sure! But it's maybe not the most practical for your dog. I wonder just exactly how this dog would do his business...

 

15. Scuba Dog Costume

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I wouldn't want to be the dog in this costume - I mean, that can't be comfortable! But kudos for the detail in the suit.

 

16. Ewok Dog Costume

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You'd really have to have the right kind of dog to make this work. And these dogs are working the Ewok look. Those super simple hoods just add to the effect.

 

17. Lion Cat

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If your cat had to choose a costume, I think this would be it. Then again, what cat doesn't already believe he's a lion?

 

18. Scuba Cat

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Even more daring and outrageous than Scuba Dog...Scuba Cat! In my opinion, any costume on a cat is a feat. A unitard? Praiseworthy.

 

19. Winnie The Pooh Dog

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So sweet! And doesn't the pose just match? Honey Coma!

 

20. Three-Headed Dog (Fluffy)

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This 3-Headed Dog Costume (Fluffy) from Harry Potter is fantastic! What a great combo with the child costume. Looks like a lot of work, but it sure pays off...

If you are creative and crafty and think you have what it takes to make a one-of-a-kind pet costume, show us what you got!

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Costumes

Are pet costumes safe for my furry friend? 

Pet costumes can be safe if they're designed specifically for pets and fit comfortably without restricting movement, vision, or breathing. Avoid costumes with small parts that your dog could easily chew or swallow.

How do I choose the right size costume for my pet? 

Measure your pet's neck, chest, and length from neck to tail to find the appropriate size. Most costume packaging includes size guidelines.

Can all pets tolerate wearing costumes? 

While many pets are comfortable in costumes, it ultimately depends on your pet's individual temperament. Some pets may feel stressed or uncomfortable in a costume.

What types of costumes are available for pets? 

A wide array of pet costumes are available, ranging from classic characters to seasonal themes, or you can make your own! You can find costumes that cover the entire body and simpler accessories like hats or bandanas.

How should I introduce my dog to wearing a costume? 

Introduce the costume slowly and in a fun way. Let your dog sniff and investigate the costume before gently placing it on them for short periods.

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Amy Dyck

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