Every doggie loves a good reason to walk around the neighborhood, take a few photos, mingle with friends and be the center of attention, but when it comes to the costume part of Halloween, all doggies do not think alike.
DO IT YOURSELF
If you have the time for a special project, a homemade costume can be tailored to your pup’s likes and dislikes. In addition, DIY means that you can control the cost and the level of difficulty.
This is one of those crazy creative costumes that will test your patience but be well worth it. Best suited for the laid back pup that likes to dress up. (In case you haven’t figured it out, the real dog is at the front with his front legs in the red suit and his back legs in the blue suit. The dog at the back is the top half of a stuffed animal.)
Light-weight and easier than it looks — felt leggings and craft store plastic foliage attached to a felt blanket transform your pooch into your very own chia pet. This costume may be better suited to photo ops rather than walking the neighborhood.
For the dog who doesn’t like headgear or too much fuss, this simple get-up might be perfect. It’s recycled foam padding covered in fabric and secured to doggie using velcro. (This could also be made easier by using a real brown paper bag.) Best endorsement is that this guy actually looks happy!
For the little diva dog who likes to be warm and cuddly, being wrapped up like ET and chauffeured around in a bike basket may be the ideal Halloween.
(get to the store ASAP for the best selection)
Not really much different from doggie’s regular harness, this costume was found online. However, you might find it fairly easy to make your own version with your dog’s own harness and a stuffed animal.
And of course, some of the best costumes are ones that are a perfect match with your dog’s personality.
THE NON-COSTUME COSTUME
Has your dog put his paw down when it comes to dressing up? There’s still hope. Pet Paint could be the answer to the dreaded uncomfortable costume.
Let your imagination run wild and paint freehand designs or use stencils for a precise application. Even easier: make an appointment with a groomer at Petsmart to do the stenciling. They also offer chalking highlights, feathering, fur extensions and jewels for that bedazzled beauty.
Whatever you decide, just have fun and make sure doggie has fun too!