8 DIY Pet Costumes for Halloween

Lea Jaratz

Golden Retriever puppy dressed as a mummy

Hooray, it’s October! I don’t know if it’s because it’s my birth month or because it’s truly superior, but I just love this month! It gets cooler and darker, we can all get cozy and drink spiced hot drinks, and we kick off the holiday season with Halloween! Oh man, I look forward to this time all year. However, for as much as I love it, I always find myself waiting until the last minute to think of costumes. Luckily, it’s still early enough that we can all throw together some pretty easy and cute ensembles for our best fuzzheads.

Remember that no matter how you dress your pets up for Halloween, their safety and comfort come first!

Poop Factory

Let’s face it: a good majority of the time we spend caring for our pets involves poop. Why not pay homage to the glamorous reality with this charming (and easy-to-make) option?

Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Ribbon/string/yarn
  • Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • Polyester stuffing or cotton balls
  • Packing tape
  • Non-toxic paint and/or paper and embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Non-toxic markers

Get the full Poop Factory how-to and photos here. 

Office Worker

If you have old shirts and ties at home and are handy with a sewing machine, this is a fairly easy one. It's nice because it doesn’t involve your pet wearing a lot of material. It’s pretty minimal and doesn’t get in the way.

Supplies:

  • Old dress shirt with a collar (adult or kid’s, measure your pet’s neck to determine size)
  • Kid’s clip-on tie
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • Velcro

Get the full Office Worker how-to and photos here. 

Watch Dog

Okay, SUUUUUUPER easy – and who doesn't love visual puns?!

Supplies:

  • Foam core/cardboard/poster board (something with some firmness to it)
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Marker or non-toxic paint
  • Craft paper
  • Elastic band/ribbon
  • Tape/glue/stapler

Make a clock face out of your chosen craft materials, then attach it to the firm core you pick. You can wrap an elastic band around your pet’s waist or tie it with a ribbon around their neck. You could even attach it to your pet’s harness, collar, or leash depending on your design.

Get photos of the Watch Dog costume here.

101 Dalmatians

Supplies:

  • White sweater or t-shirt
  • Black marker or non-toxic fabric paint

Your pet may want to dress up as their favorite Disney movie. This works best if you have more than one pet. Grab a plain white sweater or t-shirt and draw black spots with fabric paint or markers. To really sell the look, you’ll have to dress up as Cruella de Vil. Muahahahaha. 

Mummy Pet

This might take the cake for easiest.

Supplies:

  • Several rolls of white gauze or Ace bandages
  • A very patient pet

Grab a few rolls of white gauze or Ace bandages and go to work wrapping! Remember to leave plenty of space around their hind end so they can still go to the bathroom.

Underdog

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without appearances from your childhood faves! There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here! It’s easy to transform your pooch into that flying crime-fighting pup from the 60s.

Supplies:

  • Red shirt that fits your dog well
  • White felt/paper (something to make the U)
  • Fabric glue
  • Blue fabric for the cape

Cut a U from the white material and glue it to the chest of the shirt. You might want to put the shirt on your dog first to figure out where to place the U. Then, tie the blue fabric to their collar or around their neck (not too tight!). Voila – time to fight crime!

Spaghetti and Meatballs

It’s easy to transform your little buddy into this classic dish, and there are infinite possibilities for you to create a complimentary costume for yourself (wine bottle, restaurant server, breadstick, etc.).

Supplies:

  • Off-white or yellowish yarn (think noodle color)
  • Brown wool balls or similar for meatballs
  • Hot glue gun
  • Base layer for costume, like a shirt that fits your pet snugly
  • Optional: material to create a table cloth on either side of pet

Get the full Spaghetti and Meatballs how-to and photos here. 

Use their Cone

What pet parent doesn’t have a cone of shame lying around? We’re sitting on a Halloween goldmine, friends. With a little creativity and a few extra supplies, you can turn that cone into:

  • A martini
  • A satellite TV dish
  • The Death Star
  • A flower
  • Any scene you want with some markers or paint

Just remember, their cone could have negative implications of a traumatic vet visit. You know your pet better than anyone, make sure that you keep their best interests at heart.

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