Halloween can be a fun holiday for the whole family, so don’t leave out the furry or scaly members of the family for trick-or-treating. When dressing up your pet, costumes should be simple and allow animals to move freely and naturally. If your dog walks alongside the kids at night, don’t forget a glow stick or similar light source so everyone can see the animal to prevent Fluffy or Rex from being stepped on by pedestrians.
Try these five fun costume ideas for your pets this Halloween.
Turn your pet into a treat bag simply by covering him or her in a piece of cloth with four holes for the legs. Add two stips of cloth on the back that rise up like handles that someone could grasp. Cut out the word “treats” in a different colored cloth that can be easily seen and attach the letters so they face up in readable fashion on the pet’s back. The trick is to find out how many homeowners have treats to add to the “mouth” of the living treat bag.
A black or brown plastic bag makes for a great representation of animal poop. Cut out four holes, one for each leg, and leave the backside open. Make sure to bring your pooper scooper and disposal bag for effect. If you take your dog out for a few hours on Halloween, chances are you’ll need that scooper anyway so have some fun with it!
Dress up your pet as some other animal. Making or buying cloth bunny ears should be fairly simple to put on the heads of cats or dogs. Double up your Christmas reindeer costume by putting an antler headpiece on your pet as a deer for Halloween. There are plenty of elaborate costumes you can buy such as dinosaurs, butterflies, sharks and peacocks.
Punch Bowl Aquarium
If you host a Halloween party, even fish can dress up for the occasion. Turn your aquarium into a punch bowl by placing decorations on the outside of the tank. It is not recommended to do something to inside the tank as fish are sensitive to changes in the water, according to the University of California-Santa Barbara . So if you decide to change the color of your tank, do so from the outside and not the inside. However, paper cutouts of a smoking cauldron can be made to give a simple illusion of a red punch bowl for your fish. Be sure to have a lightweight dowel rod attached to the outside of the tank that rises above the top and covered in colored paper to symbolize a ladle.
Pets as Their Food
A pet’s costume can be made to resemble the very food they eat. Cats love milk or fish. Dressing Fifi or Fluffy as either of these objects would be ironic and funny. Rex can dress up as steak as he goes for walks on his leash on Halloween. Rabbits can turn into carrots. Good luck turning a snake into a mouse, although some fake fur or white cotton attached to the animal’s back should suffice.
William Browning’s family owns a dog, a cat, two birds, two hamsters and several fish.