Turn Your Dog Into a Monster — a Cute One! — for Halloween


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This Halloween, put away the princess dresses and police uniforms and bring out what the holiday is really about: scary monsters. Let’s take a look at 10 costumes that’ll transform your pup from beloved family member into spooky nightmare.

1. Turn your walking buddy into a walker


This zombie look requires a lot of costuming skill, but if you pull it off, your dog will look so dead even Rick Grimes would be left shaking in his blood-splattered boots.

2. Harness your pup’s hot breath

Dragons are definitely trendy this year. Embrace your inner Khaleesi by adding a few scales and a set of wings to your most loyal subject. Your dog might not breathe fire, but a gust of hot, smelly dog breath is sometimes just as scary.

3. Take this pup to your leader


Practice for an extraterrestrial takeover by wanting to believe in your alien-disguised pooch.

4. Turn to Transylvania


They’ve already got the pointy teeth, so turning your pup into a vampire is a relatively easy makeover. A high-collared Dracula cape is essential to this look — we’re going for classic, not Cullen.

5. Create a comic style mutant

Unleash your creativity with this comic book-inspired look. Add some limbs, an extra head, wings, super specific superpowers, whatever. Give your mutant mutt an origin story to rival Wolverine’s and, who knows? Maybe the next X-Men movie will feature a canine cast.

6. Add some dino DNA

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Pretend you’re John Hammond, and bring the T-Rex back to life in doggie form — but have your escape helicopter on standby when this beast gets hungry.

7. Find your Loch Ness Monster

This mythical creature is a great costume choice for water-loving mutts. A word of warning, though: This look is not Instagram friendly. All photos will be out of focus, and your friends might mistake your dog for a log.

8. Play doctor (Frankenstein)


A big green forehead and a bolted neck isn’t what Mary Shelley imagined, but this look is certainly synonymous with the modern monster. Your dog may not stand out from the costumed pack much, but he will rekindle fright in anyone who thought they could skip the reading in English class.

9. Make your own mummy


If your pooch is a shredder, you’ve already got the makings for this Halloween look. Get those ripped up bed sheets and blankets out, and wrap your destructive pooch in his own handiwork.

10. Bake up a cookie monster

If Halloween might need to be more about family fun than fear this year, there are plenty of furry, friendly monsters your pooch can channel. Just remember, if you dress your dog as Cookie Monster, you must provide him with plenty of dog cookies. It’s a fair exchange for his dignity.

Take note: The comfort of our little mutt monsters is the priority during any Halloween activity. We want them to be scary, but not scared, so take cues from your pooch, and let him ditch his outfit if needed. Even naked, dogs won’t be deterred from celebrating tricks and treats.

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