DIY Halloween Costumes for Pets
Witches, pumpkins, bats and ghosts, oh my! For many, the costumes are the best part of the Halloween celebration. If you enjoy the process, this year consider including your your fur baby in the fun. You can dress alike, as a pair (think Pooh & Tigger, Mickey & Minnie, etc.), or as a group if you have more than one pet (like The Scooby Doo Squad, minions, or Star Trek). Many larger cities have trick-or-treating events just for pets, or that are pet friendly so you can bring the whole family.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be expensive. By crafting a handmade costume and your own creativity, you can stay young at heart and celebrate the fall harvest time alongside your pet.
Also, if your pet is safe with children, they can participate in handing out candy. Kids will love the creative costume, you can continue to socialize your pet, and you’ll be teaching children about safely approaching animals they don’t know.
Factors to Consider
- Be sure to use only soft, lightweight materials that don’t obstruct your pet’s movement, eyes, nose or mouth.
- If your four-legged friend. doesn’t seem to appreciate the costume, try starting slow. Have your pet wear their costume for 5 minutes, then 10 and so on each day, building up to the big night.
- For home made costumes that will only be worn once or twice, hot glue or fabric tape can save time over sewing.
- Thrift stores often have a variety of costumes (for humans and pets) that were never worn or just once that can be used straight off the rack or modified to suit.
- Use your imagination. Many costumes can be made with materials you already have at home.
- If your pet just isn’t in to wearing a costume, consider a modification to a paired costume. For example, if you have a dog, you could dress as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and your dog can be Toto, or dress as a policeman and pretend your dog is the police dog.
Need inspiration? Here’s a list of links with easy DIY (Do It Yourself) to get you rolling in the right direction.
- 15 DIY Pet Costumes from HGTV
- Pet Costumes from DIY Network
- POPSUGAR – DIY Pet Costumes
- Top 5 Homemade Pet Costume Ideas from Animal Planet
Not feeling confident as a crafter? Its always best to start with something simple if its your first time. The same is true for your pet. If they’re not used to wearing a costume, start with a sweater or a special collar and work your way up. With these cute ideas you’ll be able to find just the right options for your pet. We at Run Those Dogs wishes you and your pet family a very safe and Happy Halloween!