When your pets are part of your Halloween festivities, unique costumes are a must-have. When dressing up smaller dogs in particular, you have a wealth of options open to you. Go with the store-bought choices for about $20, or opt for handmade costume selections that might cost you about $50. (It’s worth every penny!)
Raptor Pet Costume
If an officially licensed Animal Planet dog costume is the way to go, Meijer has the goods. The raptor pet costume turns your small dog into a furry version of the extinct reptile. When you are looking for a costume that slips on quickly and does not need a lot of adjusting and pinning – but makes going potty possible without taking off the duds – this is the costume to pick.
Hot Dog with Mustard Halloween Costume
Dress up your Dachshund in the classic hot dog costume complete with mustard. The version sold by Baxter Boo encases the dog’s body between two plush poppy seed buns. Available in back lengths measuring from nine inches to 17 inches – and chest sizes from 9 inches to 24 inches – this is a particularly good choice when your small dog is not actually a Dachshund. Turn a Yorkshire terrier into a wiener dog is no time!
Yoda Pet Costume
Let your inner geek rejoice with the Costume Super Center’s Yoda pet costume. Made up of a jumpsuit and headpiece, this is the type of outfit you choose for the small dog that does not mind having something put on its head. This is not a good option for the dog that fusses. Why not make this part of a two-character outfit? You could dress as the Luke Skywalker to your dog’s Yoda. Since this costume is made of polyester, be sure to hand-wash it after use.
So far, the pet costumes have been priced at about $20. Easily affordable, these are the types of costumes that you do not mind getting dirty. Of course, they are also off the rack. If you are looking for the unique pet costume that will make your small dog stand out this Halloween – and if you do not mind spending closer to $50 – there are some amazing handmade options to choose from. Submit your dog’s measurements to the artists for a custom-made look.
Despicable Me Kyle
ZayaLosya operates an Etsy store that offers a crochet knitted Halloween dog costume. Completely handmade, this costume makes your pampered pooch the talk of the town. With “Despicable Me 2” being a hit movie, the Kyle character – Gru’s pet – is perfect for your dog. Despicable Me Kyle is made of acrylic yarn, fake fur yarn, fiberfill and Velcro. This is the ideal pet costume when you need a unique dog outfit for a costume show or parade. If the kids are dressing up as minions, the dog will fit right in. It helps if your dog does not mind wearing things around its neck and on its head.
Sir Lincoln Log
WorldatHeArt has come up with the quintessential Knight in Felt Armor costume. Made of felt and featuring wooden accessories, this pet costume transforms your dog into a knight of the realm. Velcro straps make dressing your pet easy. Since there is no headgear, this is a suitable costume for the dog that will tolerate a body wrap but wants no part of head dresses. By the way, if your pet also accompanies you to Renaissance fairs, this costume can do double duty!