Halloween is about fun, and dressing your pet can be as fun as dressing your kids. But no four-legged-friend wants to come upon another pup wearing the same getup, so do your dog a favor and find one that will have other dogs whining with envy. Here are 5 great ideas:
There’s no doubt about it: the most unique Halloween costumes are the ones you make yourself, and you don’t need to be very crafty to turn your pup in to a favorite happy hour beverage. First, go by a pet supply store and get one of those cones vets give you to keep dogs from scratching wounds. Then, visit a craft supply store and get a dowel rod, some foam balls, and some red and green paint. The cone is your martini glass. The other materials are your garnish: paint the balls red and green to look like olives, slide them onto the dowel rod, and attach it to the cone. Check out Romp Rescue’s site for a great example.
Chia Pet Pup
Pets are iconic, so why not bring one to life via your dog? In its simplest form, all you have to do is take any item of dog clothing and attach greenery. You can use either the kind from the floral section of a craft store or from the aquarium section of a pet supply store. If you want to get craftier, you can make your own “foundation garment” for the greenery and even terra cotta legs. Romp Rescue has a cute picture of this one, too.
If you’re not crafty at all but still want something unique, turn to paint. It’s easy, inexpensive, and comes in a formula made just for pets. You can order it from Spirit in any of 7 colors for $9.99 per can. Check out the Spirit website for some creative examples.
Wedding Party Animal
If you’d rather buy a costume but still want something unique, wedding day attire may be just the thing, especially if you have your own canine couple. The bridal gown ($23.99), available at BigDog-Boutique, is made of white satin with an organza overlay, a ruffle, and a bow. It even comes with a veil! The tuxedo, (available separately from BigDog-Boutique for $34.95) includes formal tails, a bow tie, and a satin top hat.
No, not an alley cat…we’re talking King of the Beasts! Turn your pooch into a lion with an easy-to-make mane. You can get the material at any craft store, and it requires very little stitching; you could even fasten it with safety pins. Cut two holes on the head, pull your pet’s ears through, and you’re ready to go. Here’s a cute example at Costume Works.
Whether you want to buy a unique Halloween costume for your pet or make a costume that’s one-of-a-kind, there are endless ways to include your pet in your Halloween fun.