Nearly Half Of All Dog Parents Plan To Wear Matching Halloween Costumes With Their Dog, Survey Finds

Have you decided what you and your dog are going to be for Halloween?

While dressing up in costumes is not for everyone or every dog, a recent survey by Rover found that nearly half (47%) of pet parents plan on wearing matching Halloween costumes with their dog.

The survey asked 1,000 pet parents how they were including their dog in their Halloween festivities.

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And it turns out that dogs will be involved in most of the fun activities.

Some pets find Halloween to be stressful with the constant ringing of the doorbell, strangers at the door in costumes, and dangerous candy within reach. If this is your pet, please allow them to stay indoors and in a safe and quiet area.

On the other hand, if your dog doesn’t mind costumes and doesn’t stress over strangers, consider dressing up in matching Halloween costumes.

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Halloween Costumes

According to the survey results, 65% of dog parents plan to dress up their dog and are planning on spending up to $40 for their dog’s costume.

A majority of pet parents (47%) are taking it a step further by wearing matching Halloween costumes.

Some dogs are completely fine with a full costume, while others would do best with just a bandana. Please consider your dog’s comfort when choosing a costume or involving them in activities.

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The #1 way pet parents are easing their dog’s anxiety about wearing a costume is getting them used to it by wearing it early to get comfortable.

There are endless options of “couple” costumes that you and your pet can go as. But if you need inspiration, take a look at these adorable dog costumes and the list of ideas below.

Creative Human & Dog Halloween Costumes

  • From the Wizard of Oz: Dorothy dog costume & wicked witch, tin man, scarecrow, or lion for human
  • Iron Man dog costume & Black Widow for human
  • Bumblebee dog costume & sunflower for human
  • Spider dog costume & web for human
  • Dinosaur dog costume & Jurassic Park Ranger for human

Trick or Treat?

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58% of dog parents plan on having their dog help hand out candy or greet trick-or-treaters at the door. Make sure you keep a close eye on Fido to make sure he doesn’t eat any dropped candy or sneak out of the house.

For those parents heading out to go trick-or-treating, over half (55%) are bringing their dogs.


The vast majority (69%) of dog parents can’t resist showing off their adorable pup and plan on posting a photo or video on social media of their dog in their Halloween costume.

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy seeing their feeds full of adorable dogs in costumes?!

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Doting parents want to make sure everyone sees their fang-tastic pup so 54% are planning on sharing photos with coworkers or including their dogs in a Zoom call.

No matter how you choose to spend the holiday, we wish everyone a safe and happy Howl-oween!

Check out The Dog People, a blog by Rover, for more pet tips, tricks, and information.

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