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Halloween's just right around the corner!

You've probably been dying to decorate your house ever since October came around but just hold up a sec.

Before you whip out that “Halloween Lovers Club” banner, the fake cobwebs, and the skeletons in your closet (wink!), why not start the celebration by letting your little furry monster friend in on the fun?

Whether your pooch is born on October 31st or you're bringing him home on D-day, you can celebrate this spooky season all year long by giving her the perfect Halloween dog name!

In this article, we compiled a monster list of spooky, horror-themed, and Halloween dog names to get the paw-ty started.

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How to Pick the Perfect Halloween Dog Name

Do you know that a quarter of Americans say Halloween is one of their favorite holidays?

You're probably not the only one thinking about what to call their pets in honor of this fang-tastic event!

But before you get all skel-excited about picking out dog names, let us give you some tips (or tricks!) on giving the perfect moniker for your pooch.

It has to reflect your pet's character

Observing your pup's behavior and character will give you a good idea of what name best suits her.

But there are two ways of doing this—you can either make it fun in a tongue-in-cheek way or… just creep it real.

Naming your Pomeranian “Boo” will make everybody hear it go “Aww…” but calling her “Fang” or “Monster” can make people laughin' 'til they are coffin. Your choice!

Make sure it's easy to say and understand

Sure, it's cute and cackle-worthy, but can your dog even understand it?

Try to say it out loud. If it rolls right off the tongue, and your dog perks her ears up when you're saying it, then it might be the one.

But calling her “Mrs. Frankenstein” or “Bride of Chuckie” might not make the cut. It might just be too long. You can do better than that!

If possible, try to stick to names with only 1 to 2 syllables. “Misty” or “Wolfie” might just do the trick!

Avoid command-like names

Regardless if it's a Halloween dog name or just a typical ol' moniker, a command-sounding one may confuse your pooch.

“Joe” can sound like a “no!” or “Jay” can be mistaken for “stay!”

Consider something that they can only understand as their name. Plus, you'd surely want something unique for your pet.

Be proud and let everyone know in the dog park that you and your pooch love Halloween too much that you just have to name her like so.

Trust your gut! 

After browsing through our monster list of Halloween dog names below, we're pretty sure you'll find what you're looking for.

Just keep your furry friend in mind and trust your gut. You'll know when you see it!

Halloween-Themed Dog Names

Prepare your pen and paper or do a screenshot when you see your chosen finalists for the perfect Halloween dog name for your pooch.

Just a warning though, this is quite a long list! But don't worry, we've categorized it into different Halloween-related themes for easier browsing.

Some of the generic Halloween-inspired monikers you can consider are:

  • Boo
  • Trick
  • Fang
  • Bone
  • Spider
  • Mummy
  • Cauldron
  • Cobweb
  • Broomstick
  • Spook
  • Boogey
  • Moon
  • Crescent
  • Eclipse
  • Halloweenie (Dachshund owners, you already know!)
  • Magic
  • Spirit
  • Rascal
  • Raven
  • Zombie
  • Blade
  • Wolf/ Wolfie

For Boy Dogs

The good boys also deserve the most badass-sounding name! Consider these 11 suggestions for your furry boy!

  • Jack (O-Lantern)
  • Dexter
  • Burton
  • Igor
  • Billy
  • Ninja
  • Michael
  • Norman
  • Sherlock
  • Dante
  • Edgar (Allen Poe)
  • Tim (Burton)

For Girl Dogs

They may be sweet, but our girl pups can definitely get more charming with a wicked Halloween-inspired name!

  • Luna
  • Misty
  • Mary
  • Charm
  • Jinx
  • Persephone/Persie
  • Vixen
  • Pandora
  • Marnie
  • Wanda
  • Janet
  • Elvirahalloweenie

Spooky Dog Names

If you want a straightforward creepy, spooky Halloween dog name, we got here a dedicated list for you!

  • Hal
  • Hallie
  • Hallden
  • Hex
  • Echo
  • Elm
  • Count
  • Hocus
  • Pocus
  • Frankenstein
  • Trickster
  • Dracula
  • Goblin
  • Beetlejuice
  • Fright
  • Carver
  • Cackles
  • Potion
  • Beast
  • Bogey/Bogeyman
  • Monster
  • Crimson
  • Lucifer
  • Salem
  • Trouble
  • Vamp
  • Rain
  • Gremlin
  • Omen
  • Tarot
  • Diablo
  • Skull
  • Creeper
  • Phantom
  • Eerie

Classic Monster Dog Names

Of course, no Halloween would be complete without the classic monster/villain characters we grew up loving (and hiding from!) as a kid.

Check out this selection of names from popular characters of enigmatic vampires, compelling werewolves, wicked witches and wizards, and ghosts in this list.

Vampire

  • Alexandra (The Witches of Eastwick)
  • Alice (Twilight saga)
  • Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Aro (Twilight saga)
  • Bella/Isabella (Twilight saga)
  • Carlisle (Twilight saga)
  • Claudia (Interview with the Vampire)
  • Caroline (The Vampire Diaries)
  • Barnabas Collins (Dark Shadows)
  • Cullen (Twilight saga)
  • Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
  • Delphine (American Horror Story: Coven)
  • Druscilla (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Edward (Twilight saga)
  • Emmett (Twilight saga)
  • Esme (Twilight saga)
  • Grandpa Munster (The Munsters)
  • Jane (Twilight saga, Witches of Eastwick)
  • Jasper (Twilight saga)
  • Lestat (Interview with the Vampire)
  • Lily Munster (The Munsters)
  • Louis (Interview with the Vampire)
  • Marceline the Vampire Queen (Adventure Time)
  • Matthew Claremont (A Discovery of Witches)
  • John Mitchell (Being Human)
  • Eric Northman (True Blood)
  • Pam (True Blood)
  • Reneesme/ Nessie (Twilight saga)
  • Rosalie (Twilight saga)
  • Selene (Underworld)
  • Sookie (True Blood)
  • Star (The Lost Boys)
  • Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
  • Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
  • Sukie (Witches of Eastwick)
  • Victoria (Twilight saga)
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Werewolf

  • Derek Hale (Teen Wolf)
  • Embry (Twilight saga)
  • David Kessler (An American Werewolf in London)
  • Jacob Black (Twilight saga)
  • Leah (Twilight saga)
  • Lucian (Underworld)
  • Remus Lupin (Harry Potter)
  • Hayley Marshall (The Originals)
  • Scott McCall (Teen Wolf)
  • Elena Michaels (Bitten)
  • Eddie Munster (The Munsters)
  • Maia Roberts (Shadowhunters)
  • Quil (Twilight saga)
  • George Sands (Being Human)
  • Oz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Rafael Waithe (Legacies)
  • Seth (Twilight saga)
  • Tony Rivers (I Was a Teenage Werewolf)

Witch/Wizard

  • Albus/ Dumbledore (Harry Potter Franchise)
  • Aunt Clara (Bewitched)
  • Aunt Frances (Practical Magic)
  • Aunt Hagatha (Bewitched)
  • Aunt Jet (Practical Magic)
  • Bonnie Bennett (The Vampire Diaries, or Bonnie from the 90s movie The Craft)
  • Cordelia Foxx (American Horror Story: Coven)
  • Diana Bishop (A Discovery of Witches)
  • Draco/ Malfoy (Harry Potter Franchise)
  • Doctor Bombay (Bewitched)
  • Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West)
  • Endora (Bewitched)
  • Esmeralda (Bewitched)
  • Fiona Goode (American Horror Story: Coven)
  • Gillian (Bell, Book and Candle, as well as Gillian Owens in Practical Magic)
  • Glinda (The Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz)
  • Harry/ Potter (Harry Potter Franchise)
  • Hermione/ Granger (Harry Potter Franchise)
  • Madison Montgomery (American Horror Story: Coven)
  • Mary (Hocus Pocus)
  • Nancy Downs (The Craft)
  • Paige (Charmed)
  • Patty (Charmed)
  • Penny (Charmed)
  • Phoebe (Charmed)
  • Piper (Charmed)
  • Prue, Prudence (Charmed)
  • Beryl/ Queen Beryl (Sailor Moon)
  • Rochelle (The Craft)
  • Sabrina (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
  • Sally Owens (Practical Magic)
  • Samantha (Bewitched)
  • Sarah (The Craft or Hocus Pocus)
  • Serena (Bewitched)
  • Severus/ Snape (Harry Potter Franchise)
  • Sorcerer
  • Tabitha (Bewitched)
  • Tara (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Uncle Arthur (Bewitched)
  • Voldemort (Harry Potter)
  • Wendy (The Good Little Witch, a character from Harvey Comics)
  • Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Winifred (Hocus Pocus)
  • Witchiepoo (from the classic Saturday morning series H.R. Pufnstuf)
  • Wiz/Wizard

Ghost

  • Casper
  • Danny Phantom
  • Ghost
  • Ghost Rider
  • Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde (Ghosts in Pac-man)
  • Myrtle/ Moaning Myrtle (Harry Potter Franchise)
  • Peeves (Harry Potter Franchise)
  • Slimer (Ghostbusters)
  • Annie Sawyer (Being Human)

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Halloween Pop Culture!

If classic Halloween monsters and characters didn't make the cut for you, don't worry! There are still lots of pop culture references

Get ideas from famous names from Halloween movies and pop culture in this selection.

Movie Titles/ Characters

  • Zuul (Ghostbusters)
  • Freddy/ Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Chucky (Child's Play Film Franchise)
  • Jason/ Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
  • Wednesday (The Addams Family)
  • Morticia (The Addams Family)
  • Fester (The Addams Family)
  • Gomez (The Addams Family)
  • Pugsley (The Addams Family)
  • Gizmo (Gremlins)
  • Blair (The Blair Witch Project)
  • Carrie (Carrie Movie)
  • Scooby (Scooby-doo, where are you!)
  • Shaggy (Scooby-doo, where are you!)
  • Fred (Scooby-doo, where are you!)
  • Daphne (Scooby-doo, where are you!)
  • Velma (Scooby-doo, where are you!)
  • Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Penny/ Pennywise (It)

Disney Villains

  • Cruella/ Cruella de Vill (101 Dalmatian)
  • Gaston (Beaty and the Beast)
  • Jafar (Alladin)
  • Chernabog (Fantasia)
  • Hades (Hercules)
  • Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
  • Madame Medusa
  • Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog)
  • King Candy (Wreck it Ralph)
  • Lotso (Toy Story 3)
  • Scar (The Lion King)
  • Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
  • Queen/ Evil Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

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Treats for the Halloween

It shouldn't all be about famous characters, you know? Why not take inspiration from our favorite Halloween treats?

Surely, nothing's gonna get sweeter than these!

  • Candy
  • Candy Corn
  • Choco/ Chocolate
  • Snickers
  • Tootsie
  • Skittles
  • Ruth
  • Twix
  • KitKat/ Kit/ Kat
  • Reese
  • Hershey
  • Andes
  • Taffy
  • Rolo
  • Mike
  • Ike
  • Joy (Almond Joy)
  • Junior (Junior Mints)

Chilly Fall Season Dog Names

Or… you can also name your precious pooch after the Fall season itself!

Although it only happens for a couple of months in a year, celebrate this sweater weather by naming your pup something that'll remind you of this season all year round.

  • Autumn
  • Bean
  • Birch
  • Bramble
  • Breezy
  • Briar
  • Clove
  • Crispin
  • Garnet
  • Harvest
  • Leaf/ Leif
  • Whiskey
  • Oakley
  • Maize
  • Nutmeg
  • Peregrine
  • Sage
  • September
  • October
  • Sorrell
  • Wheatley
  • November
  • Topaz
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • River
  • Olive
  • Sawyer
  • Apple
  • Acacia
  • Forrest
  • Hunter
  • Robin
  • Maple
  • Orchard
  • Juniper
  • Libra
  • Aspen
  • Woody

Color-blocking for Halloween Dog Name

We all know black and orange are the dominant colors during this season. Why not take advantage if your pooch is black or warm-colored like orange?

Here's another round of names inspired by our favorite colors during the chilly fall.

Black Dog Names

  • Ash
  • Asher
  • Bat
  • Carbon
  • Charcoal
  • Coal
  • Cole
  • Midnight
  • Shadow
  • Cinder
  • Dusty
  • Ebony
  • Ember
  • Graphite
  • Night
  • Noir
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Shadow
  • Shady
  • Slate
  • Slater
  • Smokey
  • Stormy
  • Tarmac
  • Thunder
  • Twilight

Orange Dog Names

  • Amber
  • Blaze
  • Clementine
  • Copper
  • Fox
  • Ginger
  • Goldy
  • Hazel
  • Honey
  • Marigold
  • Peaches
  • Pumpkin
  • Persimmon
  • Poppy
  • Red
  • Ruby
  • Rusty
  • Russet
  • Saffron
  • Scarlet
  • Sienna
  • Tabasco
  • Tiger
  • Tigger

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How to Teach your Pooch His Halloween Dog Name (or any names for that matter!)

Now that you've picked the perfect Halloween dog name for your pooch, it's time to teach it to her.

Don't worry, most pups pick up their names in no time. But here are some tips and tricks for you to give 'em a headstart.

Practice makes perfect!

Just know that it's easy for them to get distracted especially with all the decorations around the house. Don't worry, you'll still get their attention for sure.

Say the name again and again and again (but not without pause!) until they look at you.

Once they do, give them praise like “Good Job!” or a validating sound like “Yes!” or a click (using a clicker) to let them know they did well.

You can also give them Halloween treats that are safe for dogs for a little reward!

Keep their attention on you

Don't mix up teaching their names with making them do another trick before handing the treats as it might only confuse them.

They may think you're giving them treats for sitting or staying and not for paying attention to their name.

If your dog keeps getting distracted, try to walk her away from the distraction until you got her full attention.

Be positive

Keep a positive and perky tone when saying their name. This will help them associate the name you have chosen for them with positive things.

Feed them, play with them, or pet them while calling their name. Don't shout!

As soon as you get the response you want when you're calling her name, you can try to practice with her in a larger space with some distractions to see if she remembers. Just be patient!

Following these steps on teaching your furry monster friend her Halloween dog name will surely guarantee her knowing it before trickin' or treatin' in the neighborhood!

Halloween Dog Names—Final Thoughts

There are lots, and we mean lots, of options of Halloween dog names to choose from and it can get pretty overwhelming.

Whether you go with the classic Halloween-themed names, monster-inspired monikers, horror movie villains, or something else, just keep in mind that whatever you pick, your dog will have to live with for the next decade of its life.

Which one did you go for?

Whatever it is, check out this related article on dog Halloween costume ideas you can make at home to go with the name you picked for your pup!

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