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The Best Dog & Child Halloween Costume Duos

Every Halloween, I have extreme envy of other dog owners whose pups not only allow them to squeeze them into adorable dog Halloween costumes, but also will tolerate being outside in a swarm of trick-or-treaters without inviting a lawsuit. I am especially jealous of those parents of dogs and children who consent to team up in their Halloween theme, because a dog-and-kid costume is just deadly cute. I will have to make do by studying them intently on the internet, under the guise of helping you, dear lucky readers with well-behaved mutts and children.

There are many directions you can choose for a coordinated costume. Your canine and human children can be dressed alike, or they can be two characters from the same story/show/movie/book. Your dog can be a famous fictional dog, human, or some other animal. You can cater the costume to their natural doggie features, or play against type for laughs. There’s just really no way it isn’t going to get squeals of delight from everyone who sees you.

There is one way this can go wrong: You don’t want to spend a ton of money or time on a Halloween costume only to have your child or your dog refuse to wear it. This is why we don’t recommend elaborate, expensive costumes or long, involved projects unless you’ve already tested out their costume tolerance. Some dogs are happy to wear wigs and glasses. Others are going to roll on the ground the whole night and do everything in their power to get that thing off. And yeah, basically the same with young children. If this is your first Halloween doing a dog-and-kid costume, go for something inexpensive and easy. When all goes well, you can risk being ambitious next year.

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Here are some store-bought and homemade Halloween costume ideas to steal or take inspiration from:

Monkey and Banana

Monkey and Banana child and dog halloween

What makes this store-bought costume duo so priceless is the very unenthusiastic expression on the dog’s face. This comes to us from She Media’s own Cristina Velocci, who has not let her pup Remy talk her out of continuing to dress him up for Halloween.

Dog Banana Costume $14.28 on Amazon.com Buy now

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks dog costume

Two bears Halloween costumes

The Vintage Modern Wife blogger Stephanie Wolf devised this family costume years ago for herself, her husband, their daughter Addie, and their little dog Pearl, a.k.a. Goldilocks. Read her super-easy instructions here.

Hot Dog and Vendor

We love when someone can take a store-bought costume and make it better, the way Stephanie Lynn enhanced this standard hot dog costume … by adding an entire human to it. Follow her instructions for turning your child into a hot dog vendor (remember those?) at ByStephanieLynn.com.

Hot Diggity Dog Costume $20.99 on Amazon.com Buy now

101 Dalmatians

Cruela de Vil costume

I’m still too disturbed by the notion of a kids movie about a woman who wants to make fur coats out of puppies to watch this with my kid (seriously, who thinks of these things?!). But I have to admit that it is really hilarious to have your child dress as Cruela De Vil. It’s not even necessary for your dog to be a Dalmatian for this to work.

Cruela Shawl $18.00 Buy now

The Mandalorian & the Child

After years of seeing dogs in Yoda costumes, we’re not surprised to see the Child, a.k.a. Baby Yoda, as a popular offering in 2020. What will make your version truly original is when you pair it with your own child in a Mandalorian costume.

The Child $19.99 Buy now
The Mandalorian $49.99 Buy now

Lion Tamer and Lion

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Home of the Harveys.

I am about as big a fan of real lion tamers as I am of puppy-coat makers, but I will make a huge exception for this little circus princess Pia, and her fearsome pet Mac, who seems quite content to chew on Pia’s “whip.” Mom Dana of Home of the Harveys has instructions on how to make this whole thing.

Farm Animals

I have little in the way of commentary to add here other than that my heart is full.

Annie and Sandy

Can your kid pull this costume off if they don’t have a halo of curly red hair? I’m sure they can. I do not recommend trying to get a toddler to wear a wig.

Red Annie Dress $13.39 on Amazon.com Buy now

Dr. Frankenstein & Monster

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HalloweenCostumes.com.

Prepare your child for ultimate horror geekdom by dressing them as a mad scientist and coaching them to correct strangers who call the dog “Frankenstein.” Ahem, it’s Frankenstein’s Monster. It’s bound to be a night of fun.

Frankenpup $29.99 Buy now

Beauty & the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Child and Dog Halloween Costumes

The only problem with dressing your dog like the Beast is that it may make your child realize just how weird the plot of this fairy tale really is. Anyway, I’m sure your dog is very charming and a great ballroom dancer.

Blue Dog Tuxedo $108.64 Buy now

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Narwhals & Gnomes

Narwhal costumes

Target’s Hyde & EEK! Boutique costume collection includes a number of ways for families to dress in the same theme. What is better than seeing a pair of narwhals or gnomes walking up to your door on Halloween night?

Dog Narhwal $12.99 Buy now
Dog/Cat Gnome $12.99 Buy now

Whatever you do, don’t consider putting your kids in any of these tasteless Halloween costumes this year.

Inappropriate Halloween Costumes

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