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DIY Pet Halloween Costumes

By Erin Pratt, PetSafe Marketing Intern

Why not employ your creativity this Halloween season and make your pet's costume? Use these DIY tips to get started.

It’s almost time for Halloween festivities to begin, which means pet parents everywhere are searching high and low for the perfect costume. Unfortunately, so many overspend on costumes that lack originality. So, what’s the solution to making your pet part of the holiday and not overspending? Get those creative juices flowing and make a costume for your pet.

A do-it-yourself costume will probably cost about half of what you would spend elsewhere, and it will be original and unique to your pet. So many Halloweens, I have dressed up my Jack Russell Terriers in expensive costumes that were never quite as cute as I imagined. I’m sure you can relate. Why buy a costume for your pet when you could make one cuter and cheaper?

The steps below include tips and tricks that will help you create your own DIY pet costume. Great items that will get you started on your DIY costumes are.

  1. dog costumes halloweenPipe cleaners (great for antennae!)
  2. Paint pens or markers
  3. Felt
  4. Hot glue gun or super glue
  5. T-shirts (child size to adult size depending on the size of the pet)
  6. Elastic or Velcro
  7. Loose or scratch fabric
  8. Glitter
  9. Child costume hats

When using a t-shirt as the base of your pet’s costume, cut the t-shirt down the front and cut to fit your pet’s underside (the décor will be on the top/back and sides). Dogs are usually most narrow right below their ribcages, so the t-shirt will most likely have to go in at that point. Then, attach Velcro to both sides of the underside of the fabric so that the Velcro will enclose the sides of the t-shirts to fit your pet. Here are some costume ideas that could be easy to create:

pets halloweenLadybug – Use a red t-shirt, then super glue black felt spots and wings to the shirt. Wrap black elastic around the animal’s head, and attach black pipe cleaners to create antennae.

SuperDog – Use a blue t-shirt and attach fabric around the collar to create a cape for your pet. Design an emblem out of felt and glue to the back of the t-shirt.

Spider – Use a black t-shirt, and glue four black pipe cleaners on both sides of the t-shirt

Construction worker – Use an orange t-shirt and glue on reflective pieces. Find a child-size “hard hat” and attach it to your pet’s head using elastic.

Angel – Use a white t-shirt, pipe cleaners and elastic or a headband for a halo, and attach wings

Cheerleader – Choose a t-shirt color and glue felt pieces or letters to display the team’s name. attaching pompoms to the sleeves are a spirited touch!

Cow – Use a white shirt and create black spots on fabric using felt or paint. Gluing pink felt on the underside for an utter is a nice touch, as well as attaching a bell the your pet’s collar. Moo!

Pumpkin –Use an orange shirt or fabric and draw a jack-o-lantern face on the back of the shirt – so simple!

For pets that are more reluctant to wear clothing, I suggest creating a costume that attaches at your pet’s neck or head. You could even decorate your pet’s harness or collar. Fall-themed bandanas are always a great easy resort that you could decorate as a pumpkin or a ghost. Also, don’t forget to treat your pet for dressing up! You don’t have to be an artist or a doggy designer to make a cute costume for your pet on Halloween. You can make a simple costume just using the simple steps above. Good luck on your DIY adventure!

What costume are you going to make for your pet? Post below about your experiences or ask your questions in the comment section below!

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Our solid black German Shepherd is getting painted and will be a skunk and our Greyhound is going as a peacock—and we always make their Halloween costumes.  We visit nursing homes, so their costumes are really for the residents, but they’ve brought a lot of smiles over the years.  I do try to be aware of what each dog can and can’t tolerate, and make sure that they won’t get too hot in their costumes, because they usually have the heat cranked pretty high.

Oh, Carrie!! That is TOO precious. You have to post pictures on our Facebook! I would just love to see them all done up. Thanks for reading!

My two fav k9 costumes just require some posterboard: MelonCOLLIE and COLLIEflower. Guess what breed of dog I have?

Monika, I guess you have a Border Collie? I bet they are the cutest Trick-or-Treaters in town! Thanks for reading.

On my gosh!! I should do that and make a collieflower head band!!

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