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These Dogs in Costume Will Make You Wish Every Day Was Halloween

Photograph of Misty the dog by Caroline Cunningham.

If you love Halloween then you’re probably pretty stoked about the costume you’ve got picked out and ready to go—whether it be an attention-grabbing sexy lobster get up or a more topical Hillary Clinton outfit.

Regardless of what you’ve got planned, we are afraid to inform you that these DC-area dogs already have you beat. Because no matter how adorable you think you are in your “I’m a Mouse Duh” t-shirt and animal ears, nothing is cuter than a dog in costume. Take a look below for a few of our faves.

These reigning champs.

Sebastian and Luna are champions of doggy costumes, so we’d of course expect to bring it when it comes to Halloween.

This snarky dragon.

Me: Ok, now make a noise like a dinosaur. Conan: No. Me: Come on. It'll be funny. Conan: For who? Me: Well, me mostly. Conan: This is so degrading. Me: Come on. Just one roar. Get into the character. Conan: No. This is humiliating. Me: Look, if it'll make you feel better I'll put a costume on too. Conan: I thought you already did. Me: What? No. I'm just in my regular clothes. What did you think I was dressed up as? Conan: A son of a bitch. Happy Halloween! #theconanchronicles #dog #doglife #rescue #rescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #dogsofinsta #dogs_of_instagram #photooftheday #picoftheday #pic #dogsofdc #dogsofalexandria #halloween #happyhalloween #conan #costume #dinosaur #dogs #pitbullsofinstagram #pitbulls #pitbull #rescuepit

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Seriously, that caption though.

This future world leader.

More than one #bullie vying for the Oval Office. #Dray2016 ?? #halloween #bulldogs #bulldogsofinstagram #bulldogpuppy #dogsofdc

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Who could not vote for that face!

This very scary monster.

Headed to the doggy trick-or-treat!! ??? Am I a cute monster or what?! ? What are you going to be for Halloween?

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This pair of Minions.

We can smell the mischief from here.

This collectors-worthy Beanie Baby.

A costume that’s easy, yet so perfect.

This pair of super-duper super heroes.

Bat Girl and Super Girl to the rescue.

This savage lion.

Happy Halloween friends!! ?#rawr #doilookscary? #dogsincostumes #halloweendog #dogsofdc #dcdogs #gohealthypaws

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Lion, tiger, puppy—oh my!

This sweet sailor.

No ships are going to sink on this guy’s watch.

This stern “rufferee.”

Complete with what looks like a yellow card stuck into his back pocket.

This regal QUEEN.

Wonder Woman ain’t got nothing on this dog.

This dancing bear.

He’s got moves.

And our favorite little lobster.

That waddle gets us every time.

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.