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5 Fun, Easy Halloween Costumes for Your Dog!

If you’re taking your pup to a costume contest, a Halloween party or parade, out trick-or-treating, or just for a walk around the neighborhood on October 31st, try out one of these dog Halloween costumes. From unique to classic, you’ll find something that fits his personality.

1. A Hotdog

Say “hot dog,” and people won’t know whether you’re talking about the delicacy at an Astros game or a real dog, panting in the Texas heat! Why not combine both of these fan favorites in a costume that’s as cute as it is classic?

BUY THE COSTUME: target.com

Match Your Dog

Complete the hot dog theme by stepping out with your dog dressed as a vendor!

To make the costume yourself, you’ll need:

  • 1 shallow box
  • Bright red acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • A large flat paintbrush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Thumbtacks
  • A tape measure
  • Scissors
  • A hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Props like ketchup and mustard bottles and an apron

GET THE FULL DIY INSTRUCTIONS: bystephanielynn.com

2. A Taco

Maybe hotdogs aren’t your favorite, but you never miss Taco Tuesday. This costume is perfect—complete with lettuce, ground beef, tomatoes, and cheese!

BUY THE COSTUME: amazon.com

Match Your Dog

What pairs nicely with tacos? Tequila! Dress yourself up in a white or gold dress, drawing or stamping a Patrόn emblem on the front. Don’t forget the yellow or green ribbon around your neck!

And if you have a partner or friend, a couples costume can easily be part of the delicious mix. A few pieces of green felt can be easily fashioned into a sash across your body that looks just like a lime slice.

GET DIY INSPIRATION: communikait.com

3. A Businessman

If you’ve always felt your dog was smarter than people gave him credit for, don’t pass on this cute little business suit, complete with navy jacket, crisp white button-down, and striking red tie. All he’ll need is a briefcase!

BUY THE COSTUME: amazon.com

DIY Dog Businessman

This DIY dog costume has all the important elements of a wear-to-work outfit, so it will look like your furry friend is ready to take on whatever Monday throws at him.

It requires some sewing skills, but the elements are so simple, it’s likely to be comfortable for your pup and an outfit you can break out year after year—or any time he needs formal wear.

To make the costume yourself, you’ll need:

  • A sewing machine
  • An iron
  • Straight pins
  • A stitch ripper
  • Hook and loop tape (Velcro®)
  • Scissors
  • An old dress shirt
  • A child’s clip-on tie
  • Matching thread

GET FULL DIY INSTRUCTIONS: hgtv.com

4. A Lion

senior dog in felt lion mane

Credit: HGTV

This is such a classic costume that it’s hard to pass by. Your little beast will look fierce with a brown or a brown and black mane (and those adorable ears too). Just make sure he doesn’t get too hot, and if he’s uncomfortable with fabric covering his ears, opt for a different Halloween costume.

BUY THE COSTUME: amazon.com

DIY Lion

If you have brown felt lying around, use it to craft a lion’s mane without going to the store or clicking “Add to Cart.” Old or young, any pup is sure to look ferocious (and adorable) in this DIY Halloween costume.

You’ll need:

  • 4 to 8 pieces of lion-colored felt
  • 1 package snap tape
  • Scissors
  • A hot glue gun and glue sticks

GET FULL DIY INSTRUCTIONS: hgtv.com

Match Your Dog

Everyone will recognize the sight of a ringmaster with his lion. The basic elements of a ringmaster costume are a red jacket with a white shirt underneath, a black bowtie, a black top hat, and gold elements in the right places. It’s a costume that can work for men, women, and children.

BUY THE FEMALE COSTUME: amazon.com

GET FULL DIY INSTRUCTIONS FOR A KID’S COSTUME: stylemepretty.com

BONUS: If you or your little one own the iconic yellow dress Belle wears in The Beauty & the Beast, get it out of the closet! Your dog in his lion’s mane would make the perfect Beast.

5. A Jester

boxer in colorful jester hat

Credit: HGTV

This simple costume is wonderful for a goofy, class-clown-of-a-dog. Don’t pass up the opportunity to embrace his true colors!

To make it yourself, you’ll need:

  • A printer
  • A sewing machine
  • An iron
  • Fiberfill
  • Hook and loop tape (Velcro)
  • Felt in 8 different colors
  • Red thread
  • Red felt
  • 11 jingle bells

GET FULL DIY INSTRUCTIONS: hgtv.com

Match Your Dog

Grab a crown or tiara, a long purple robe (Even a blanket would do.), and your most regal jewelry to dress up as the king or queen to your jester pup!

Tips for Making Sure Your Dog Stays Comfortable on Halloween

Each of these costumes for dogs is so cute, you might be tempted to put your pup in something he’s not entirely comfortable with. Both of you will have a much more enjoyable Halloween if he’s relaxed and not itchy, anxious, or in pain.

Avoid:

  • Costumes with potentially hazardous add-ons, especially if your dog likes to chew – For example, the jingle bells on the jester costume are best if you can trust your pup to leave them alone.
  • Fabrics and outfits that are too hot – Keep an eye on the weather for the day you plan to dress your dog up, and scale back the costume—or skip it altogether—if your dog runs the risk of overheating.
  • Costumes that don’t fit properly – Pay attention to sizing charts, and measure your dog before you buy or DIY.

Halloween is so much fun. Make it even better by sharing it with your dog! Choose from these dog Halloween costume ideas, and he’ll accompany you on your October 31st adventures in style.

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