Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes for Your Dog

Want to get your dog in the Halloween spirit? Check out these awesome DIY ideas.

By | Posted: October 7, 2014, 12 p.m. PST

Dog in Halloween Collar

Although you can buy a cute Halloween costume for your dog, you can also make your own.

"It’s a great way to bond with your pet,” says Charlotte Reed, a pet expert in New York City. Just ensure that the costume is comfortable for your dog and allows her to move, see, hear, and breathe while she’s wearing it.

Check, too, that it doesn’t get in the way of going to the bathroom or make her trip when she walks. And of course, avoid using items that could harm your dog or other canines she might see while in costume, and supervise your dog when she’s wearing it. 

Need some help getting those creative juices flowing? Here are three costume ideas from Reed that can be a cinch to create:

Flower: Cover one of your dog’s old collars with green felt. Then, using brightly colored felt, cut pedals and arrange them around the collar, gluing them in place — use glue that’s nontoxic, and stay away from polyurethane glues, which can harm your dog if ingested. Again, keep your dog’s movement in mind; make the pedals by her chest shorter, so she doesn’t trip.  

Rock Star: Get a brightly colored T-shirt — or buy a doggie T-shirt — and rip the sleeves and back, so it looks like an animal’s claws tore it. Finish the look by cutting a star out of cardboard, wrapping it in foil, and attaching it to your dog’s shirt.

Superhero: Buy an inexpensive cape, or make your own out of blue or red fabric. If you decide to make a cape, Reed recommends cutting a pattern from newspaper first. You can also buy a blue or red T-shirt for your dog. Then glue a big, felt "S” on the back.

Festive Collar: Cut strips of tulle or fabric in orange and black. Tie them around your dog's old collar.  

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Rex - 43032   Allen, TX

10/22/2015 7:16:58 PM

How nice .. thanks for sharing this . tweeted and shared on face book .. great ideas!!

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Melian and Tiny   Etna, CA

10/31/2014 11:56:54 PM

Cute! And Happy Halloween!

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Rails   Adelaide/Australia, Armed Forces

10/28/2014 1:48:18 PM

Thanks for the hits I am going to dress Missy in a orange and black dress I made

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