DIY Dog Halloween Costumes Using Materials You Already Own

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

Every year at the start of October, I begin searching the internet for fresh ideas for my pups' Halloween costumes. My pups are great sports and will let me put them in almost any type of costume. However, every dog is different and while some will tolerate hats, glasses, and capes, others will barely let you tie a bandana around their neck. With this in mind, I have collected ideas for a variety of pet-friendly costume options that will stand out at Halloween, but will also keep your pet comfortable, and for those that love a good DIY project I have provided a list of DIY costume ideas at the end of this blog.

Traditional Costumes

Pets Who Will Tolerate Full Costumes

I personally love this category, and have been very fortunate that all of my pets have always tolerated a full costume (at least temporarily). If you are in the market for spending $15-$30 on a costume, you can find tons of "made for pet" Halloween costumes at your local pop-up Halloween shop, Party City, Amazon, PetSmart, or Petco. Each year these stores put out some pretty funny costumes that look so cute on pets.

This year, I give you, Bentley, the taco....

Dog in taco Halloween costume
Not into spending money on a costume, but still looking for unique ideas? Scroll down to the bottom of this blog to see some fun DIY costumes or just click here to download and print of list of DIY ideas!

Pets Who Do Not Mind Hats

For those with dogs who will tolerate hats, I love this option for Halloween as you can easily find made-for-dog caps, toboggans, and animal head dresses (think lion manes). One of my favorite head pieces that I have is a set of Yoda ears. I think these are hilarious.

dog in Star Wars halloween costume

Of course if you have a larger dog, you can easily throw on one of your hats for an awesome Halloween photo shoot! Alternatively, for those with smaller dogs, you can sometimes alter a hat to make it work or use a child's headpiece. Personally, I have become very good at reshaping Mickey Ears to fit on my dogs' heads.

Pets Who Feel Pretty in Tutus

Tutus are always an option as well. Not all pups love this because of the bulk in the back, but if you find one or make one that fits your pup well, this can be so cute. Just make sure your pup can freely walk and run in it without tripping over the tutu fabric.

Bailey in her Witch tutu....

dog in halloween tutu

Pets Who Demand Comfort

There are some pets that will just not tolerate anything more than a bandana, bow, or tee, and that is ok. These pups just appreciate comfort and functionality. Luckily there are tons of Etsy shops and other small shops online that provide super fun Halloween prints for bandanas and bows. Some that I have purchased from and featured on my IG account recently include:

  • Asher and Gray Designs

  • Brodys Pet Boutique

  • Copper Jack Designs

You can access these online shops through my shopping link here.

You can also usually find lightweight cotton Halloween tees and dresses at your local pet store. Check out some of the ones I have picked up in past years.