If you plan to have a Halloween party this year, you might enjoy going all out and dressing your dog or cat in a costume also. Taking your dog out trick or treating is not usually a good idea, but having a little fun playing dress-up at home makes for good memories and extra fun photo opportunities.
Although the pirate phase has faded a bit in the last few years, it is still one of the most popular costumes that owners choose to dress their dog or cat in. If the owner is going for a pirate look for their own costume, finding a matching costume for the dog is a fun project. Pirate costumes can be purchased at a local pet store or online, or can be made at home with just a few supplies and a good imagination. This type of Halloween costume can be used for a cat or dog. To make a pirate costume you will need some black material to make a body cover, (basically a tube sewn together after measuring the animals width and length, then cut a rick rack pattern on the edges), a few print-outs of skull and crossbones to glue on the body suit, and an ability to sew the costume together. Big gold bling necklaces are always a plus in making a pirate costume look more realistic. If you plan to use any type of large plastic jewelry, make sure the pet can’t get choked on it by attaching it safely to his or her collar, not directly around the neck where it may tighten or get caught in the pets fur. A black or red bandana around the forehead will complete the costume.
Pumpkins are another popular Halloween costume for dogs, along with the spider theme, which can be made my sewing eight fabric legs to a simple black dog sweater or shirt.Any breed of a black coated dog makes an extra convincing spider. For the Dachshund breed, the most popular costume is, not surprisingly, a hot dog. Adding a little extra yellow, red or bits of green material will give the costume the appearance of being a hot dog with “the works”. One of the most popular Halloween costumes for the Poodle breed is the sock hop style. If the owner is having a 1950’s theme Halloween party, this type costume will match perfectly.
Many dogs enjoy the extra attention they receive when dressed in a Halloween costume, (cats probably a little less so), but it is always important to make sure that whatever costume you choose for your pet, that you keep safety and comfort in mind. It’s important to make sure the costume isn’t too tight and also that it doesn’t block the pets vision in any way. If you live in a warm climate and will be taking the dog outdoors, make sure the costume isn’t made of a heavy, warm material that could cause the dog to get overheated.
There are several online stores where pet costumes can be purchased if you don’t have the time or ability to produce a pet Halloween costume yourself. Some of these include the following: