If your disabled dog is going trick-or-treating this year, I’ve got lots of costume suggestions. Choosing the right Halloween costume for a paralyzed dog can get complicated. You want it to be adorable, but it also has to keep your pup safe. That means no dangling ends to trip them, paying close attention to the weight of the costume and making sure the outfit doesn’t obstruct how they fit inside their cart. To help you put together the best costume, I’ve assembled a Halloween Costume Gift Guide for Dogs in Wheelchairs.
It shares simple and elaborate costumes, plus DIY ideas. I’ve even included the best costumes from the winners of our annual Dog Halloween Contest. You won’t believe these creative designs.
It’s all included below. I hope you’ll come away with great ideas for your pooch.
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Two schools of thought about costume design
There are two philosophies when it comes to the best type of Halloween costumes for dogs in wheelchairs. The first is a design that fits over your dog’s wheels. And the second is a costume your dog can wear while they’re in their cart.
In each case it’s important to create a costume that won’t add too much weight for your dog to pull or have on their spine. And you want a design that won’t restrict your dog’s movement, sight or trip them up.
If you’re not sure what I mean? Here are lots of examples.
Costumes that fit over a dog wheelchair
Here’s an example of a DIY costume that fits over a wheelchair. Oscar was the winner of our Halloween costume contest in 2017. Krysten, who is his genius pet mom, designed a cute-as-can-be police patty wagon that fit perfectly on top of Oscar’s cart.
I like this costume because it’s made of lightweight cardboard. It’s doesn’t add lot of extra stress for Oscar to pull.
More ideas that incorporate dog wheelchairs
- You could design a cardboard train.
- Use a lightweight basket to make an Old West wagon. (See Panzer’s wagon above)
- You could turn your dog’s wheelchair into a sport car.
- Design your dog’s cart into a motorboat.
Cool Pilot Hat If a DIY costume isn’t right for you, try adding a cool hat your pup can wear in their wheelchair. The Balacoo Dog Cool Pilot Hat comes in XS to XXL and ranges in price from $8.79 to $11.49. Click here to learn more.
Costumes that won’t stop your paralyzed dog from getting around
Designs that don’t go farther than your dog’s shoulders are best
Lion Mane – I love this lion mane costume from Animal Planet because it makes a big statement while only covering your dog’s face. It leaves your dog’s front legs able to maneuver the wheelchair. The Lion Mane runs $7.99 – $41.35 depending on the size, plus shipping.
Blonde Cheerleader Wig – Your female pup will be ready for any Halloween party with this blonde wig from Rubies Costume Company. The company also makes hats and wigs that will turn your dog into an aviator, a cowboy, and even Yoda from Star Wars. Check out the little aviator below. The Blonde Cheerleader Wig runs $6.84 plus shipping.
The Jockey works well because it’s lightweight and doesn’t get in the way of your dog’s movement while in or out of their wheels. This Halloween costume runs $29.99.
The Yoda headpiece is perfect for medium to large size dogs. You can dress it up with accessories or “keep it real” in this official design.
Hats are a great option for paralyzed dogs
The Aviator with goggles and scarf from Rubies Costume Company is cute and will gives that Halloween festive feeling without too much fuss. It’s reasonably priced at $11.46.
Other hats ideas include:
Cowboy hats, witch hats, princess hats, tiaras and more.
Costume outfits that won’t trip a disabled pup
Crayola Crayon – Here is one last costume idea. Turn your dog into a Crayola Crayon. There are lots of colors to choose from. While this costume surrounds your dog’s body, it leaves the front limbs free to move and it won’t obstruct any straps or harness on the wheelchair.
This adorable Cow costume works well for disabled pups. It doesn’t obstruct their vision and keeps their arms and legs moving freely. It comes in sizes from Mini to XLG and is priced at $42.00.
Your dog could be an Prisoner Inmate this Halloween. Once again this costume works because it’s lightweight and it doesn’t hand too low. It’s easy on the budget too, with prices starting at $11.99.
If your small dog wants to be a witch this Halloween, at least let her be a pretty one. This Witch costume with Cape and Hat from Vehomy is bright and adorable. It’s made from breathable materials. And it’s specially designed for small breed dogs.
Watch for our annual Halloween costume contest
October 15 is the start of the Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog annual Halloween costume contest for dogs in wheelchairs. If you’re not already on our mailing list, be sure to sign up now so you’ll be notified.
Here are the rules:
There are two ways to enter the contest.
1. Send me an email with a photo of your dog in their Dog Wheelchair Halloween Costume. Email to: email@example.com.
2. Post your photo on our Facebook page. Enter it as a comment on the pinned post at the top of the page.
The winner(s) receive a yummy prize and are highlighted in our newsletter. (You must live in the contiguous United States to enter.)
If you need more costume ideas, Click here to see the winners of last year’s contest.