10 Halloween Couples Costume Ideas For You and My Dog

There comes a time in every dog-owner’s life when she’s one week away from a trip and has yet to secure a dog-sitter for the entirety of her journey, due to the cruel collapse of Plans A, B, C and D. (D was “take her with you to Portland,” rudely foiled by Delta’s $150-each-way pet companion fee, which is skyway robbery!)

This past Saturday night, I doubled-down on one particular element of Plan B: convincing Jen, Carol’s #1 fan in Los Angeles, to commit to watching Carol on Halloween. Jen will generally do anything to spend time with Carol, so you can imagine how impossible her schedule must be next week for her to turn down this opportunity. So the angle I took here, in hopes of overriding very practical concerns and logic, was to pitch Carol not as a dog in need of care, per se, but as a necessary Halloween accessory. I began throwing out Halloween costume ideas ranging from “Dog and dog-sitter” to “Lady and the Tramp,” each idea better than the last.

Then I thought, why share these ideas in such a limited forum on a day when we are short on content! Surely all of you could benefit from these costume ideas!

Top Ten Couples Costume Ideas For You and a Small Pet, for Example My Dog Carol

1. Koala and a Eucalyptus Tree

Sometimes when I pick up Carol, she holds onto me like she’s a Koala and I’m a tree. It’s really cute. Koalas are very “in” this year ’cause they’re from Australia, which is a country many Americans wish they lived in instead of this country.

Your costume: brown long sleeve t-shirt + bark drawn on the shirt with a sharpie + felt leaves glued on with gorilla glue
Your dog’s costume: koala costume

2. Harry Potter and Dobby the Free Elf

Chihuahuas and house elves have a lot in common, for example: ears like snack chips; intense, unbreakable and somewhat demented obsessions with their owners. Would Carol die for me? She would. But not if I died for her first!

Your costume: Harry Potter robe + Harry Potter crest tie + white button-up shirt + glasses
Dog costume: tan pillowcase + dirt (find your own dirt!)

3. Baker and a Blueberry Muffin

This wasn’t my idea specifically, but it’s a really good idea because it’s inspired by Jen’s favorite meme!

Your costume: chef’s hat + apron
Your dog’s costume: If it is a light-haired chihuahua, like Carol, it already looks like a blueberry muffin, so you’re good to go. If not then maybe get some Jiffy blueberry muffin mix, coat your dog in it, and then put your dog and the mix outside in the sun. Then the mix will bake around your dog, I think.

4. Calvin and Hobbes

I’m fully cribbing this idea from many moons ago when I made a list of couples costume ideas for height-disparate couples, which I was, at the time, a part of. That year, me and my then-girlfriend were going to be Calvin and Hobbes. As you can see in the picture above, I have replaced my ex-girlfriend’s head with Carol’s head, which is a normal thing for somebody to do as part of their job.

Your costume: Tiger Suit
Your Dog’s Costume: black-and-red striped t-shirt

5. Kermit and Miss Piggy

We all know that Kermit and Miss Piggy are the ultimate big femme / little butch power couple, and nothing’s cuter than a big femme carrying a little butch around in her arms.

Your costume: Pig nose + ears pink sparkly bodycon dress boa. (Our Community Editor Vanessa was Miss Piggy one year if you want some inspo.)
Your dog’s costume: frog costume

6. A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor” is a divine cinematic experience I cannot recommend more highly! It’s a great date movie, but also a great movie to see alone, with friends, with a service animal or while eating a hot dog. Reasons this film are fantastic include but are not limited to “Blake Lively’s 17-piece suits.”

Your dog’s costume: bowtie & cuff set
Your costume: What you want is this Allice & Olivia sweater and this Bhanuni by Jyoti skirt but they are, unfortunately, out of stock. So instead you’re gonna get this sweater and put pom-poms on it and also this skirt, which is close enough.

7. Carol and the Monster Down The Street

Many homes in Los Angeles are surrounded by enormously tall foliage fences, so that poor people can’t see in and get jealous. So I can’t say for sure what danger lurks beyond the giant bush surrounding the house at the end of my block — I’m pretty sure it’s a German Shepard, but the way Carol behaves, physically and verbally, every time we pass that house while the [mysterious thing] is in the yard, suggests that it is not merely another dog but something much worse. For example: a killer zombie, a Velociraptor from Jurassic Park, Chuck Grassley, the ex-girlfriend I’m the most annoyed with right now, Ezra Fitz and/or the loch ness monster.

Your costume: A scary monster
Dog costume: Carol

8. Simba and Rafiki

I am demonstrating Carol’s relaxed attitude about blinking, stepping into the sun

Carol’s been practicing for this her whole life, ’cause I love playing The Lion King song and then lifting Carol to the sky while saying things like, “look how high up you are!!!” She stays totally chill the whole time.

Your costume: Baboon 
Dog costume: Little lion

9. Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie & Tinkerbell on “The Simple Life”

“But I already have a human being I’d like to do a couples costume with,” you might be thinking to yourself about the idea of doing a couples costume with a dog. Really, if this is your situation, the only thing you can do about it is to dress up like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie from The Simple Life, a classic reality television program that nobody cares about anymore besides me and Kayla. The dog in this scenario, Tinkerbell, is an icon, and I think about her every day.

Dog’s costume: Jeweled dog collar
Your costume: denim corset + flared denim skirt + blonde wig + choker necklace
Your activity partner’s costume: overalls + pink bra + pitchfork + blonde wig

10. Yoga Teacher & Downward Facing Dog

Carol on my yoga mat, expressing her love of yoga


Your costume: Yoga pants + yoga shirt
Dog costume: Basically you just need your dog to face downwards. You can encourage your dog to look down by playing that song from Les Miserables or by tying a piece of fish to your shoe.

What’s your favorite human/dog duo costume? Do you have any pictures of your cute dog in a costume? Feel free to share!

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. I love this website. For Halloween I am going to go as a hospital patient having major leg surgery and being separated from her dog, while Gimli is going as the stressed dog who is acting out of character while with a dog sitter. I miss my boy!

  2. Let’s say that I’m desperate to spend Halloween as Baker and a Blueberry Muffin, this means that I get to dog-sit Carol?

  3. I Lion King my dog regularly. He does not love it. In fact…

    [puts down phone, finds dog, FINDS DOG CHEWING ON A BRA, Lion Kings him as punishment]

    Honestly, this took a turn I wasn’t expecting, but I’m glad I am so susceptible to suggestion. I don’t have that many bras.

  4. The two Halloween costume ideas I have for me and my dog are Gandalf and Frodo (the height difference is self explanatory I feel plus who doesn’t want to be Gandalf if only so you’d never have to worry about being late ever again because you’d always arrive precisely when you mean to). You could go Gandalf and Bilbo too though for a similar effect.

    The other one is Frodo and Sam which is because my dog is my service dog in training and he does a heck of a lot for me. Though…he’d probably not be as willing as Sam was to give up the one ring because giving up my dirty socks is hard enough for him. He’d do his best to carry me up Mount Doom though (despite not being large enough to safely do such work AT ALL)!

    • My dog Gimli and I love your comment, I’m the Legolas to his Gimli, though really I’m more Rosie Cotton

      • My dog’s name is Theoden but…that’s not a character with a memorable costume so that’s why that’s not an option! (And he’s a purebred so needed a Fancy Name and Theoden works for that tho I went with “Bright King” instead of “Renewed King”. Otherwise he woulda been Faramir but I am NOT AN ASSHOLE LIKE DENETHOR and would not name anything “Sufficient Jewel” (esp if I already had a pet or like…a son like steward of assholes Denethor named “Brilliant Jewel”).

  5. On the one hand, I’m glad there is a Carol the Dog tag so I can easily set up an alert for such premium content in the future.

    On the other hand, I’m wondering whether there’s been a Netflix poster situation here, because the feature image was 100% Carol, but the content was probably only around 30% Carol. Are AS readers being profiled?

  6. My new puppy has a sweater with bunny ears. One of my coworkers advised me to dress up as a carrot.

    I am taking him up on his advice.

  7. I have a suggestion in memory of the tiniest fucking chihuahua I’ve ever seen, a very chill fellow who was named Godzilla.

    Procure lizard costume for a dog, a T-shirt with a cityscape on it for the human and hold dog.

  8. Dobby?!? Genius.

    A blueberry muffin?!? There are tears of laughter in my eyes.

    Thank you for this gem.

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