2019 Trendiest Dog Halloween Costumes (& States Most Likely To Dress Up)

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Dog in costume getting photo takenNearly half a billion dollars is spent in the U.S. each year on Halloween costumes for pets1, and 29 million people plan to dress up their pets in 2019.

If you’re one of the Americans who loves humiliating their pets (and a good chuckle), you’ll enjoy our report that names the states most likely to dress up their pups and the most popular costumes this year.

20 Top States For Dog Costumes This Year

Our findings show that the middle of the country and even the west coast are gaining interest in dressing their pets up for Halloween this year, whereas last year, it was mostly the states east of the Mississippi River who were howling in excitement.

Here are the top 20 places most likely to dress their dog up for Halloween in 2019:

  1. Kansas
  2. Mississippi
  3. West Virginia
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Arizona
  6. Alabama
  7. New Mexico
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Ohio
  10. Indiana
  11. New Jersey
  12. Massachusetts
  13. Colorado
  14. Michigan
  15. Utah
  16. South Carolina
  17. Tennessee
  18. North Carolina
  19. Oregon
  20. Pennsylvania


We used Google Trends to search Halloween costumes for dogs and determine the states that had the most interest in this topic over the past 30 days.2

Google Trends analyzes the popularity of search queries performed over time via Google Search. This analysis provides directional data of what people in a specific geographic region are searching for most and, thus, may be most concerning for citizens.

States Most Likely To Dress Their Dog For Halloween 2019

Map of States Most Likely To Dress Their Dog For Halloween 2019

10 Most Popular Pet Halloween Costumes For 2019

Chart of 10 Most Popular Pet Halloween Costumes For 2019So now that you have confirmed your desire to dress up your dog, it’s time to find the most popular pet Halloween costumes!

Well, this year’s trends are yet to be known, but according to those surveyed by the National Retail Federation (NRF), there’s a good chance you’ll see a lot of doggy (and kitty?) pumpkins waddling around.

Super Hero costumes seem to be the fastest-growing trend for pets this year, up 4.5% over last year. And there are also some new addition to the top ten pet costumes list for 2019, with Witch debuting as the sixth most popular and Shark biting off the last spot.

Top 10 Halloween Costumes For Pets In 2019

Here are the top 10 costumes that people expect to dress their pets up as this year.1

#1 Pumpkin: 9.3%

Pumpkin Pet Costume

#2 (TIE) Hot Dog: 7.2%

Hot Dog Pet Costume

#2 (TIE) Super Hero: 7.2% (Up 4.5% since 2018)

Wonderwoman Dog Costume

#4 Bumble Bee: 3.9%

Bumbe Bee Pet Costume

#5 Cat: 3.2% (Dogs As Cats?)

#6 Witch: 2.5% (New Since 2018)

Dog Witch Halloween Costume

#7 Lion: 2.2%

Lion Pet Costume

#8 Dog: 2.1% (Cats As Dogs?)

#9 Devil: 2.0%

Devil Pet Costume

#10 Shark: 1.7% (New Since 2018)
Dog Shark Halloween Costume

Dog Halloween Tips

Dressing your dog up for Halloween can be fun and entertaining for everyone. But remember, pet safety is paramount.

1. Make It Enjoyable For You And Your Pup

Make sure your dog is comfortable wearing a costume – for Halloween or any time of year. You want to make sure your pup is well-trained and won’t mind getting into an outfit.

Try out some dog clothing beforehand. Once you (and your dog) feel comfortable with playing dress-up, go ahead and try out a costume.  Give it a treat while you are putting on the clothes to keep your canine calm.

2. Safety First

If you decide to take your dog trick-or-treating, be sure that the costume is comfortable and safe. You don’t want anything to cause your dog to choke, block its vision or distract it.

If you don’t plan on taking your dog out and would rather show it off to trick-or-treaters, make sure Fido is comfortable with people and won’t become frightened or escape from your house.

Dog in halloween costume: Halloween Safety Tips for PetsIt may also be helpful to warn trick-or-treaters that you have a dog before they ring the doorbell (sadly, not everyone loves dogs as much as you do). Consider posting a sign at the end of your walkway to alert visitors. We have an entire article on Halloween safety tips if you want to learn more!

3. Tricks & Treats (But Not Candy)

Last but not least, make sure your dog doesn’t get a hold of the candy! Yes, it is Halloween, and everyone is joining in on the fun, but candy is still harmful to dogs. You don’t want your pup to choke or accidentally swallow any wrappers.

Note chocolate is toxic for dogs, so don’t let it run off with any Hershey’s or Snickers!

Happy Howl-o-ween

It is time to put together an unforgettable costume. Then, get ready to celebrate a cautious yet fun Halloween with your canine this year!

What is your dog’s favorite Halloween costume?

[1] National Retail Federation; [2] Google Trends: Halloween costumes for dogs (9/16/19-10/14/19)

About The Author:

Sadie graduated from the Moody School of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Advertising and minor in Business. Her love of pets started from an early age with her childhood cocker spaniel, Peanut, and two cats. She is currently dog mom to Lexie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

As a professional dog sitter for more than a decade, Sadie has cared for dozens of canines of various breeds, sizes and temperaments. The responsibility of caring for others' pets has helped her understand the importance of giving animals a loving home. She has experience potty and house training as well as teaching dogs tricks such as sit and shake. Sadie is passionate about canine well-being so she feeds her pup all-natural meals and no table scraps.

Sadie and her husband live in Washington DC and enjoy walking Lexie to nearby dog parks or patios and taking her canine companion on trips. Having an adventurous, long-haired Blenheim means frequent baths and home grooming to maintain a clean coat. A small dog also requires more frequent dental care and Sadie is proactive with Lexie's oral hygiene.

She has been covering dog-related topics since 2012 and is proud to share her latest personal experience, resources and information with fellow pet parents. Her expertise has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest, Apartment Therapy, and other regional news organizations.

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August 2, 2019 1:42 am

My mini doxie had a K-9 cop uniform! It had a blue hat, uniform and attached to his “,was a pair of handcuffs! It was sooooo cute!

November 10, 2016 11:21 am

My dog dressed as Hillary this year with a pant suit on, it was the cutest thing ever!

Cathy C Bennett
September 18, 2014 9:33 pm

We love costumes (not really), we do however tolerate them for photo opps but as far as wearing them – not really. Hard to find costumes for dogs over 45 lbs that really fit. That would be a terrific market for someone… Costumes for large dogs. Great information – enjoyed the post.

Sadie Cornelius
September 19, 2014 10:21 am

Cathy, so glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, dogs sometimes aren’t the most cooperative when it comes to playing dress up but it’s fun for the parents and makes for good photos. 🙂 The Dog Tux (above) is a good one for bigger pups and might look good on your Goldendoodles. But you are right, there should be more outfits for bigger dogs. Genius! Thanks for reading and happy howl-oween!