By Hannah Stein
Get every family member involved in the Halloween festivities this year! Need some inspiration? Check out these adorable DIY costume ideas to dress your pup up for the spookiest night of the year.
1. Beanie Baby
If you are looking for a simple costume, try making your pup an IRL stuffed animal. First, create a “Ty” Beanie Baby logo out of felt or paper. Attach the “Ty” Beanie Baby logo to your pups collar. This costume is especially great for any dogs that resembles stuffed animals because of their fluffy fur or small size.
The old trick of throwing a sheet over your head and being a ghost works for doggies, too! Grab a sheet and trace out two eye holes, two ear holes, and one large mouth hole. Start by making small cuts and check with your dog to see how much bigger to go. Better to start with small holes and continuously make them bigger for your pup to be comfortable. Try it on! Mark where the sheet falls onto the floor and hem the sheet, so your pup does not trip.
This costume works especially well if you have a black or other dark coat color dog. First, buy a black dog hoodie in your pup's size. Next, paint two white lines down the center of the costume from the top of the hood to the tail. Better yet, sew in two strips of white fur down the center of the costume.
4. Business Pup
This one may require some sewing skills, but all you will need is an old dress shirt and a clip-on children’s tie. First, cut off the collar and cuffs from the dress shirt. Measure your pup’s neck and wrist circumference and sew the collar and cuffs to fit that size. Attach the clip-on tie to the collar and your dog will be properly dressed for a fancy Halloween.
This will work especially well for a small sized dog. All you have to do is wrap your pup in a white blanket and place them in a crate. They may not stay in place for long, but you will get the most adorable pictures! If you want to get involved in the fun, put on a red hoodie to look like Elliot.
6. Ballerina or Fairy
7. Halloween Themed Collar or Bandana
Don’t think your pet will feel comfortable in a full-on costume? Try some Halloween themed collars and bandanas.
There are so many ways to get your dog involved in Halloween! Make sure to practice wearing the costume with your dog before the big day. If your pup is not used to wearing clothes, be sure to encourage positivity with treats, toys, or simply your special canine to human bond. Lastly, do not force your pup into the costume if they do not want to or are afraid. Have fun and enjoy the spooky holiday with your pup!