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11 DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Dogs

Oct 03,2023 | Petbobi

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Spooky season is just around the corner, and that means just one thing - dressing up… your dog!


Because let’s face it, seeing your dog in Halloween costumes is twice as fun as wearing one yourself. And with more than 75% of dog owners enjoying dressing up their fur baby for Halloween, you’re not alone in thinking your little one looks super cute as a spooky ghost. In fact, if you’re anything like us, you scroll social media seeking out pictures of cute and funny dogs when Halloween rolls around!


Remember, Your Dog’s Safety and Comfort Should Always Come First

First, no matter how cute your dog looks in clothes, not as dogs like wearing them. If your pup seems uncomfortable while you’re dressing them, it’s a good idea to skip dressing up to avoid causing them discomfort.

Secondly, wear dog-friendly, safe materials. Avoid anything that itches or scratches, and look for natural materials like leather and cotton. Likewise, if you plan on painting your pup’s fur, find some dog-friendly paint.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into some DIY customers and how to make them. They’re terrifyingly good!



1. Ghost

If you want a costume with almost zero prep that you can pull together at the last minute, the ghost is a great one. Simply cut eye and nose holes in a white sheet and drape it over your dog.

Make sure it’s not so long that your pampered pooch will trip over!



2. Harry Potter

For this one, you’ll need black pipe cleaner and a scarf in the colors of one of the Hogwarts houses. If you don’t have the latter, don’t worry - you can simply use felt in the right colors to cut out a Hogwarts crest and stick it to your dog’s collar Use the pipe cleaner to create some round Harry Potter-style specs.



3. Grape

Okay, so this one isn’t spooky, but it’s a lot of fun!

To transform your pooch into a grape, simply blow up 5-10 purple balloons (depending on the size of your dog) and attach them to your dog’s harness. If you have a green set of ears lying around, you can add those to create the stem of the grape.

Note to dog owners - if your dog is scared of popping balloons and will likely cause these balloons to pop by running around, give this one a miss.



4. Spider

You’ll need large, thick black pipe cleaners for this creepy costume. Simply cut and shape them into eight spider’ legs and attach them to your dog’s harness.



5. Tin Man

To transform your dog into the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, craft them a pointy hat and a little jacket from tin foil.

This can also work for funny dogs wanting cyborg costumes - just scrunch the aluminum foil accordingly.



6. Old Lady

Ever wondered what your dog looks like as a Grandma? Now, you can find out! Simply tie a scarf around your pooch’s head and leave some space for some hair rollers in between their ears.

Stick on a pair of thick-rimmed round glasses (or create some yourself out of pipe cleaners) and pop them on your dog’s face, then you’re good to go.



7. Rocket Dog

This fun and innovative Halloween idea couldn’t be easier to put together. Pick up two soda bottles (choose the size depending on the size of your dog) and cover them in aluminum foil, and secure the two bottles together with an elastic band.

Stuff tissue paper into the open ends of the bottles to create the look of fire. Just watch that your pup doesn’t actually take off!



8. Bat

This simple costume idea is perfect for last-minute Halloween invitations. Simply grab some black felt and cut out the zig-zag shape of bats’ wings, then attach them to your pup’s harness at the back.



9. Starbucks Barista

Latte, anyone? Turn your dog into a barista with an old green apron.

Print out the Starbucks logo and attach it to the apron using a glue gun before wrapping the apron around your dog. If you have a green cap on hand, attach the logo to that, too, and pop it gently on your dog’s head.

Want to make it more Halloween-themed? Attach an old (washed) cup of Starbucks coffee to the apron with the word ‘poison’ written on the front.



10. Pineapple

To turn your dog into a pineapple (under the sea?), simply put them in an old yellow T-shirt and draw hatched lines onto it.

Make a crown of green pieces of paper cut into leaves and attach it to your dog’s head like you would a party hat.

If you want to add a spooky edge, drizzle some (dog-friendly) fake blood on the yellow top under their mouth and make them a killer pineapple. Just don’t use ketchup, or you’ll find your dog licking the costume all night!



11. Mummy

Transform your dog into Tutankhamun with a spooky mummy costume this Halloween.

Use either white medical gauze or toilet paper and attach it to a white all-in-one or a pair of white dog pajamas. You can wrap it around their head, too, but just be careful not to squish their ears.



Pamper Your Pooch with Goods Crafted by Dog Lovers

Pet Halloween doesn’t last forever, so you always need to be on the lookout for new ways to have fun with your pooch once the festivities are over. That’s where we come in!

Here at Petbobi, we’re home to pet care, pet travel, and pet entertainment, so you can make sure your best bud is always feeling their best. We’ll even help you prep for your dog’s birthday and celebrate Easter with our incredible selection of products.