Does your dog enjoy dressing up for Halloween?
Laika’s pretty fussy about what she does & does not like — especially when it comes to clothing. She doesn’t mind wearing hoodies, in fact she comes running over every time I break out her red one. She doesn’t mine capes or shirts either, but anything that covers her back legs or goes on her head is a no go.
I know it’s tempting to see your dog in a full pirate outfit (I’ve tried), but not all dogs like wearing elaborate Halloween costumes. So instead of making my dog wear something she’s not happy or comfortable in I stick with something simple — like a classy bow tie or fancy bandana.
If your dog doesn’t isn’t a fan of wearing that pretty princess gown or prancing around in that full wizard’s robe don’t worry — there are some simpler options that still look quite festive. Here’s 8 easy ways to dress your dog for Halloween.
1. A Festive Bandana Makes One Simple Costume
Bandanas are such a simple way to dress up your dog, and if they’ve ever been to the groomer you might already have a few on hand. You can find bandanas at most pet stores or buy one online – and of course if you’re crafty you can make one of your own.
2. Fancy Decorative Collars Are a Nice Touch
Some of us are a bit obsessed with dog collars and already have quite a collection — and there’s no better time than Halloween to show off some of our more decorative choices. If you don’t have any collars that fit in with Halloween there’s a ton to choose from — from simple pumpkin patterns to ones with LED lights.
3. Dog Bow Ties Are Always a Hit (and Quite Classy)
There’s nothing quite as classy as a dog in a bow tie. Such a simple way to get your dog looking festive – and the best part is you just attach them right to your dog’s collar. (and for that extra touch of class you could always add some little cuff links)
There’s a lot of super cute dog bowties available from Etsy and Amazon, or you can learn how to make your own.
4. Onesies Make Great Dog Costumes
I can’t take credit for this brilliant idea, it comes from Beagles & Bargains. Onesies make excellent last minute dog costumes, and if you’ve ever been shopping for a baby you know how many options there are.
They’re pretty non-invasive as far as costumes go since, and most dogs will probably appreciate that they leave their back legs bare. Check out how a few simple steps can turn a regular onesie into an awesome dog costume & how to determine the right size for your dog.
5. Scarves Make a Simple, Comfy Dog Costume
Just like bandanas scarves are about as simple as it gets. And I don’t know what’s happened in the scarf world but have you seen how many different kinds to choose from these day? Just make sure if you’re using a long one you wrap it up so they don’t trip on the ends.
You could make your dog into a ski bunny or just pick some awesome bright colors for some extra flair. Or a simple orange scarf alone looks quite festive for Halloween, and if you’re shopping last minute you can probably find plenty at your local store.
6. Customized T Shirts Have Endless Possibilities
Just like onesies, T-shirts are nice to use as dog costumes because they’re available in a million sizes and colors. You could make your dog into a ghost with or if you’re on the creative side you can decorate your own. (remember puffy paint?)
They make one simple costume, and most dogs don’t seem to mind wearing a t-shirt since they don’t restrict their movement in any way.
One of my favorite t shirt costumes is this adorable dinosaur – and the whole thing cost about $10 to make.
7. Decorate Your Dogs Harness for Halloween
You’ve probably seen those jockey dog costumes that have become quite popular over the past couple years; I think part of the reason they’re so popular is because rather than being a full out costume it’s just basically a toy on top of a harness – something fussy dog’s might not mind.
But it doesn’t have to be a jockey – I think one of the cutest ideas I’ve seen is this simple ladybug. You could create it yourself by designing the patterned fabric & attaching it onto your dog’s harness.
8. It’s Hard to go Wrong with a Doggie Tutu
A tutu is such a simple way to dress up your dog – and they’re so easy to make if you’re feeling a little crafty. You can buy a doggie tutu in the pet costume section of your local store – or you can make your own in about 30 minutes for $10.
Do You Dress Up Your Dog For Halloween?
Does your dog mind wearing costumes, or do you have to keep it simple? Do you have a costume picked out for your dog this year?
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