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Day 3 of 13 Days of Halloween (2017)

Halloween costumes, they’re not just for humans these days.

These days dogs can get it on the fun too, and there are so many options to choose from!

From hot dogs to Star Wars characters, to just about anything you could think of is available as a pet costume for Halloween.

So, in honor of Day 3 I thought I would share some Halloween pet costume ideas.

Now, if you’re going for ease when it comes to¬† outfitting your pet a store bought costume is easy to find with numerous options to choose from. Simon and Rosee are partial to being a skeleton and lion, respectively.

Unfortunately, for bigger dogs, especially ones with larger necks it can be a bit more difficult to find a big enough size. The other downside to store bought costumes is the price. Like most things for your pets, costumes aren’t exactly cheap, and usually the bigger the size the more expensive it is.

Luckily, I’ve found some alternative costume ideas that are easy to put together and relatively inexpensive.

Simple costumes that require just a few accessories you might have in your home can also be good options. This way you save money and don’t have to buy anything extra.

Rosee here is sporting some groovy glasses and few flowered headbands I had lying around to turn into the grooviest flower child around.

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Rosee as a 60’s flower child.

Another idea for a simple costume is to visit your local dollar store for a few supplies to put together into a costume. This first costume requires a roll of white streamers or (what I found and thought would be perfect even if it was glittery) was decorative mesh. Then, all you have to do is wrap the streamers or mesh around your dog and you have created a monster! A monster! I’m just kidding, Simon was always a monster, but you have made your dog into a mummy.

I also like this one because it doesn’t require a lot of forethought or imagination, and always works, even if your dog wriggles around a lot.

However, if you are feeling truly ambitious about creating a costume for your dog all you need to buy is a bag of balloons, and a large plastic bag.

Actually from comments of other DIY costumers, because I adapted this idea from a costume idea for humans, a plastic shower curtain liner would work better because it wouldn’t break as easily as, say a gift-wrapping bag, which I would agree with. The plastic of the bag was too thin and broke too easily, but it worked for the moment.

And, what do you know, with just these two simple things you can turn your dog into… (imaginary drum roll)

A bag of jelly beans!

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Rosee as a bag of jelly beans.

Whatever you choose to do with your dog for Halloween do try to keep in mind a few things:

  • Do get your dog used to wearing a costume if they’re new to it buy putting it on them for a few minutes everyday leading up to Halloween and make sure that the experience is a good one. Give them treats or lots of praise while wearing the costume.
  • Do make sure the costume is comfortable and easy to move around in for your dog.
  • Don’t force your dog to wear a costume if they really don’t want to. At the end of the day, dogs are dogs and not necessarily meant to wear clothes. Although, some dogs with less body fat benefit from wearing sweaters in the colder temperatures, some dogs may not tolerate it well. If wearing a costume makes your dog uncomfortable, anxious, and unhappy don’t make them wear it.
  • Do make sure you come back tomorrow to check out a holiday-inspired fashion alternative to pet costumes that any dog would love!