Halloween brings cooler weather, carved pumpkins, bags of candy, and costumes! If you're a pet parent who loves to celebrate holidays, you've likely considered dressing up your pup. Better yet, if you have more than one dog, you can explore the fun of pet couples' costumes. Matching outfits aren't always easy to come by, however, so that's why we're giving you some easy DIY dog costume ideas to try this season. Ready for a scare?
1. Angel and Devil
All dogs have a little naughty and a little nice inside of them. These angel and devil costumes are so simple to assemble, you’ll be trick or treating in no time.
How to assemble:For your angel, all you need is a gold or white pipe cleaner and a matching headband that’s sized to comfortably fit your pup’s head. Simply construct your pipe cleaner into a halo and wrap it around the headband before placing on your pup. For the devil, you’ll need a similar black headband and some cardboard. Cut into two devil horns and paint with red paint. Let dry, then hot glue to the headband for a devilishly good time.
2. Thing One and Thing Two
Like our pups, Thing One and Thing Two are known for being a bit mischievous. If your dogs are game for rocking some wigs, then they’ll love this costume. Cat in the Hat not included – though that could be a fun idea for their human companions.
How to assemble:Grab two red children or infant’s tees and a circular piece of cardboard. Paint “1” or “2” on each corresponding cutout and attach to the shirts with safety pins or Velcro. For the wig, you can glue blue fuzz from your local craft store onto a headband, or if you happen to own dogs of the hairier variety, you can spray paint their mane of hair blue. Just be sure to use pet-safe paint – the safety and comfort of our pets is the most important factor when preparing for Halloween.
3. Oscar and Big Bird
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Dress your dogs as these characters, and they’ll be sure to lead the way. Bonus creativity points if you have more than two dogs and can figure out to make even more costumes out of this beloved children’s show.
How to assemble: Feather boas are key to making these outfits really shine. For Oscar, you’ll need a green boa, a headband, and a cardboard sign. Pile your green feathers up high and attach to headband with glue. On the cardboard sign, you’ll write “SCRAM” in big black lettering and hang from your pup’s scruff. For Big Bird, grab a yellow shirt that fits your dog and attach your feather boa to the back for maximum feather coverage. Then take a second feather boa and attach some feathers to the top of a yellow visor – similar to Oscar’s headband. Finally, grab some pink or orange socks and cut out the feet, then place around your dog’s legs like leg warmers.
The most simple costume of the bunch, your dogs might not stay in this for long, but they’ll be frighteningly fashionable for a photo or two.
How to assemble:Grab a set of small white sheets and cut out holes for the eyes and nose of your pups. Make sure there’s enough room for them to pant – otherwise, they won’t find it very comfortable.
5. Bonus: Pumpkins
If your dog’s sibling is of the human variety, we’ve got a costume idea for you. Two pumpkins in a patch is the perfect festive costume for endlessly adorable photo ops.
How to assemble: For your baby, it’s as easy as finding an orange tee-shirt and some green pants. Once those are on, you’ll want to find a headband and create a pumpkin top with some felt and hot glue. Place it atop your toddler’s head and if they’ll allow it, paint their face with a standard jack-o-lantern grin. For your dog, grab a similar orange shirt. Cut out some green socks and put them around your pup’s legs like pumpkin stalks. Finally, craft a similar felt headband and pop it on their head. Spooky fun for the whole family!
Lizz Caputo is a Content Strategist at Figo, animal enthusiast, and owner of a rescued senior American Bully. Her hobbies include checking out new restaurants in her area, boxing, and petting dogs of all shapes and sizes.