By Stacy Hackett, Cat Journalist
Here are some quick and easy ideas for making a costume for your dog at home, gathered from around the Internet. For more ideas, from the simple to the sublime, type "DIY dog costume" into the search bar on Pinterest or Google.
Shaken, Not Stirred. Has your dog recently worn a Elizabethan collar to prevent him from chewing at surgical stitches or for another medical reason? Turn that cone of shame into a martini glass. Just add olives made from Styrofoam balls (but make sure your dog doesn't chew them!).
Beanie Baby. Need a quick last minute costume? Cut a heart out of red construction or scrapbook paper, and add the letters "TY" in white. Attach the heart to your dog's collar, and you have an instant stuffed toy that was all the rage in the 90s!
A Rose by Any Other Name. Turn your adorable dog's face into the prettiest flower on the block. Attach handmade petals--made of fabric, paper or poster board--to your dog's collar, focusing everyone's attention on her sweet face.
Olympic Swimmer. Can your dog swim the freestyle in record time? Attire him in goggles, a swim cap and swim trunks, and introduce him as the newest member of the Olympic swim team! 5. Super Pet! Is your dog the mightiest in all the neighborhood? Help him proclaim his super hero status with a cape and mask. Use your imagination when coming up with his super hero name. Do you have more than one dog? Perhaps they can be a dynamic duo, or a hero with a sidekick.
Just Add Ketchup. It may be a little punny, but who can resist a hot dog? Make buns the length of your dog's body from paper or fabric, and affix them comfortably to your dog's harness. Add paper or fabric condiments such as mustard, ketchup, onions or relish.
Good Sport. Make your dog the No. 1 supporter of your favorite team. Just slip your team jersey over your dog's head and place his front paws through the sleeves. Instant fan!
Too Cute to Spook. Take your dog's costume old school. Using a small sheet (crib-sized), cut two small holes for eyes and a larger hole for your dog's muzzle, and gently drape the sheet over your dog's head. Voila! He's an old-fashioned ghost!
I Believe I Can Fly. Do you have butterfly or angel wings from one of your child's costumes? Modify the arm holes on the wings to fit your dog's front legs. Your dog can become a guardian angel or a beautiful butterfly.
Sweater Weather. Your dog's winter clothing--that is, her sweater--can be the starting point for a range of costumes. Attach eight spider legs to turn her into a giant spider, or add bat wings to make her into a bat. Let your imagination run wild!
When including your dog in your Halloween festivities, be sure to monitor his comfort level while he wears the costume, keeping his safety in mind. Don't leave him unattended in his costume, and remove any items right away if they start to interfere with his comfort. Have fun!