You believe your dog would enjoy dressing up for Halloween, and loping along with you while you trick or treat or attend a costume party. Creating a homemade costume for your best friend could be lots of fun.
Before you begin, make sure your dog will tolerate a costume by testing with a t-shirt or other piece of light clothing. Allow the dog to walk around without trying to bite or claw it off.
Another concern, especially if you’ll be out on Halloween night with a large or nervous dog, is safety. There will be many children running around and loud noises. Make sure the dog won’t react with panic and become a danger to people. That said, there are many simple costumes you can create to make your dog the Halloween hit of the evening.
1. Lady BowWow: Naturally, this year’s top costume for humans of all ages will be Lady Gaga. Would you consider dressing up your dog as Lady BowWow? First you’ll need a colorful dress that can be torn and tattered at the bottom. Paste on lots of glitter and fake jewels.
Hang strings of colorful beads around the neck, and if the dog will tolerate it, add big clip-on earrings. Additionally, if the dog will cooperate, apply non-toxic lipstick, fake eyelashes and a jeweled eyepatch.
Drape a long blond wig over the dog’s head, and top it with an old hat with cut-out ear holes that has colorful feathers sticking out ot it. If you’re really into the task, carefully paint your Lady BowWow’s toenails red or other bright color.
2. GI Dog: Especially if you have family members now in the military or others who’ve served, you may want your best friend to dress up as GI Dog. Dress the dog up in a camouflage-pattern t-shirt or jacket, add insignia, medals, unit patches and chevrons to give it distinction. Add a black or green beret, also with military items on it.
3. Supermutt: Make a blue body suit with the familiar S design on the chest. Attach four red cloth tubes to the legs and a flowing red drape on the back. If your dog will tolerate it, add a large black wig with sideburns a la Superman.
4. Dog the Bounty Hunter: With a name like that, the big, husky TV character who repossesses cars needs to be represented by a big, husky real canine on Halloween. Needed for the costume is a leather vest, arm (upper dog leg) bands, black sunglasses and a long, braided blond wig. Around the neck must be an official-looking police badge.
If your large dog is willing to join in on the fun, you can have extra fun creating an original homemade Halloween costume. Then, when your big pal and you go out trick-or-treating together, you can expect to get lots of treats.