15 Clever DIY Halloween Costumes for Pets
Spending on Halloween costumes is set to hit $3.1 billion this year, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation, and 16 percent of consumers are itching to spend some of that money to get their pets in the spooky spirit. Instead, save for candy, pumpkins, and your own Halloween getup by making a pet costume that's both inexpensive and easy. With these DIY ideas, your furry friend will be ready to go trick-or-treating with the family or roam the room during a Halloween party.
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Dress up an animal collar using a kid-size collared shirt. Cut the collar off the shirt, including the base with the top button, and hot glue it to a dollar-store pet collar. Embellish by adding a bow tie, or try the full businessman with instructions from HGTV. Don't forget a necktie to finish the look.
Any pet can be made to look like a beloved collectible. Cut a big red heart out of cardstock, craft foam, or felt. Then cut the letters "Ty" out of white material and paste on top. Fasten the "tag" to your pet's neck or collar with a red ribbon. For a more detailed version, use a template from the blog Pugdemonium to make a two-layer heart.
Transform the "cone of shame" into a martini. Paint some foam balls to look like green olives and skewer them with a wooden dowel, or follow Brit + Co's instructions for making olives out of felt. Then place the dowel inside an Elizabethan collar and secure it with a piece of electrical tape or hot glue.
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A toga can be fashioned from a white pillowcase cut at the seams or fabric from a white T-shirt that fits your pet. Drape the fabric, then fasten with a few small stitches, safety pins, fabric tape, or a knot. Glue some greenery to elastic and place it around your pet's head. For a pet that detests headwear, add greenery to the collar instead.
For two pets, a Dr. Seussian costume idea from the blog Farmhouse 38 requires red pet shirts or T-shirts that fit. Cut circles out of white craft foam, cardstock, or felt and print the words "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" in black on top. Fasten with hot glue, a few stitches, or a safety pin.