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30 DIY Halloween Pet Costumes


30 DIY Halloween Pet Costumes
11 min read

Halloween is almost here, which means that you should start brainstorming your pet’s Halloween costume. If you want some awesome Halloween costumes for your dog, then consider DIYing their costume yourself.

What are some fun Halloween costumes that you can DIY for your dog? A few of the fun Halloween costumes that you can DIY for your pet include the following:

  1. Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo
  2. The Cat from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in The Hat
  3. A Reindeer costume
  4. Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie costume
  5. A Starbucks’s barista costume
  6. A Little Red Riding Hood costume
  7. The fairy costume

The sky is the limit when it comes to creating a Halloween costume for your pet. You can think of your favorite show, your favorite childhood cartoon, or your even your kid’s favorite animation and come up with a unique costume idea for your furry friend.

30 DIY Halloween pet costume ideas

I browsed the internet for inspiration and was able to collect great Halloween costume ideas for our pets and was inspired to think of some unique ones myself. Without any further ado, let us talk about thirty awesome Halloween costume ideas for your furry friend.

Costume No. one: Blossoms from Cartoon Network’s Powerpuff Girls

The Powerpuff Girls is Cartoon Network cartoon that first aired in 1998. If you are a millennial or if you had kids during that time, then you are probably familiar with the show.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Powerpuff Girls

Making a Blossom’s costume for your dog is very easy. All you need to do is use a red ribbon and make it a big bow.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Blossom Costume

To make the costume look more authentic, make an eye mask that is made of carton paper. Make sure that you make eye holes that are big enough for your dog to see through.

Pain the eye mask with black, pink, and white paint. Here is how they eye mask should turn out to be.

This is Boots! Check their instagram here

Costume No. 2: Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo

If you are a huge fan of Scooby-Doo, then you are in for a treat cause I have three different pet costume ideas that are Scooby-Doo related!

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Scooby-Doo

The first one is going to be a Velma Dinkley costume, one of the smartest people in this amazing mystery solvers gang.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Velma Dinkley

All you need for this costume to get your dog a pair off black glasses that have a squared frame ( make sure that you remove the glasses and just use the frame) and a short, brown, bob wig.

Make sure that the fringe of the wig is short enough to prevent the hair from poking your dog’s eye. If you want to go the extra mile and the weather is a bit cold, then you can knit them an orange sweater crop top.

Costume No. 3: Scooby-Doo from Scooby-Doo

If we are going to make costumes from the Scooby-Doo franchise, then we must make a Scooby-Doo costume as well. Because this does not require you to dress your pet in something, it is great for both cats and dogs that are brown in color.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Scooby-Doo

You will need a pet-friendly black paint to paint Scooby’s black dots on your pet’s body. We are not going to stop there, though. We are also going to make our pets a customized collar tag for them like Scooby’s

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Scooby-Doo

You can use cardboard and cut in the shape of a square. Next, paint the borders yellow, then paint the rest space in light blue. After you’re done and the paint dries, write your dog’s or your cat’s initials in the center with a sharpie and paint that yellow as well.

Costume No. 4: The Mystery Machine Van from Scooby-Doo

The last Scooby-Doo costume I am going to mention today is the Mystery Machine Van costume!

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Scooby-Doo

For this costume, you are going to need cardboard paper that is big enough for your dog body. You are going to draw the shape of the van twice and cut them out. Next you are going to paint it and draw on it similarly to the Original Mystery Machine Van.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- The Mystery Machine Van

Finally but not least, attach the cardboards to the sides of your dogs vest or crop top ( when they are not wearing it of course).

Costume No. 5: Bugs Bunny from Looney Toons

Bugs Bunny is another classic cartoon and anyone can recognize. Bug’s bunny is renowned for his long ears, so all you have to DIY for this costume is Bug’s Bunny’s ears.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Bugs Bunny

You can watch tutorial on how you can do that in this YouTube video. Go to 5:12 to see how Jenny makes her DIY Bugs Bunny ears.

Costume No. 6: A Graduating Pooch

This costume idea is adorable and it allows you to make it unique by writing something funny o the back of the cap. You can write ” I no longer bite strangers” or whatever puns you have in mind!

You can write on the cap using fabric markers or by sticking the words.

Costume No. 7: Dressing them as Santa Clause

This is a costume that you can keep it simple by just getting your pooch Santa’s hat, or you can go all out and make them Santa’s outfit as well.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Santa Costume

Just remember to not make them wear any pants so they can go to the bathroom whenever they want.

Costume No. 8: Using a stuffed animal toy

If you have old stuffed animals that are falling apart, you can use them for your dog’s DIY Halloween costume. You can either take a specific part of it all use it entirely. Here is an example of a dog wearing a Reindeer’s head.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- A costume using a stuffed animal toy

Costume No. 9: Dressing them as a pinata

This is going to take you a while to make, but it is going to look amazing on your pooch.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Piñata dog costume
CI_Kelly-Owen-Halloween-dog-costume fro HGTV.com

Click here for a step by step guide on how you can make this amazing costume

Costume No. 10: Dressing them as a Reindeer

Another way to dress your dog as a reindeer is to you buy or DIY a reindeer’s antlers headwear.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Reindeer costume

Costume No. 11: Dressing them as an Angel

No, I am not talking about Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the Angel TV show, although it would be epic to see a dog who is dressed in a black leather coat. If you dress your dog as one of the characters who are in Joss Whedon’s Buffy universe, then please send me a picture of that!

I am just talking about regular angels who are not vampires with a soul, so all you need for that is halo headwear. You can also get a pair of small wings that you can attach to one of your dog’s vests or crop tops.

Costume No. 12: Dressing them as a demon

Was your dog acting out a lot this year? If they were, then get them a red demons horn headwear or DIY that your self.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- A demon dog costume

Costume No. 13: Dressing them as Scraps from Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride

If you are huge fan of Tim Burton’s work, then rejoice because I have a few costume ideas that are based on Tim Burton’s movies.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes-  The Corpse Bride costume

If you have seen The Corpse bride, you know that Scraps is Victor’s dog pet who is a resident of the Land of the Dead. If you have a black dog, this costume will be perfect cause all you need is a pet-friendly white paint to paint on the bones of your dog’s skeleton

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Scrap's Costume from The Corpse Bride
Credits go to Bryn

Costume No. 14: Dressing them as Frankenweenie from Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie stop motion animation

If you have a white dog and you were upset that you can dress up a Tim Burton character, then rejoice again because this costume is perfect for white dogs.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Frankenweenie's costume

Unlike the previous look, you are going to need pet-friendly paint that is black to draw Frankenweenie’s stitches on your dog.

Costume No. 15: Dressing them as Willy Wonka from Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie

If your dog is neither black or white, and you still want to dress up your dog as one of Tim Burton’s characters, then rejoice one last time!

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

To dress up your dog as Willy Wonka, you are going to need a short, brown, bob wig, a black top hat, and weird looking glasses that look like this one.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Willy Wonka costume

Costume No. 16: Dressing them as a Flower

Is your dog so sweet and gentle? Perhaps you should dress them up as a flower!

Costume No. 17: Dress them in a flower crown

Looking for a flower costume that is simpler than the previous one? Well, you can always make your dog a flower crown!

Costume No. 18: Dress them like a cow

Whether your dog is black, white, or brown, you can make them look like a cow. Depending on your dog’s collar, get them either black or white pet-safe paint, google a picture of a cow, a paint them accordingly.

Costume No. 19: Dress them as the Fox from Little Red Riding Hood

Remember how the fox dressed up as little red riding hood’s grandma? Well, this is how you can dress your dog as the fox who is dressed up as little red riding hood’s grandma.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Red Riding Hood Grandma Wolf costume

All you need is plain hair protecting cap, eyeglasses, and a shot sleeping gown!

Costume No. 20: Dress them like Little Red Riding Hood

For a simpler costume idea for your beloved dog that is from Little red Riding Hood’s story, then dress them up as Little Red Riding Hood. All you need for that is red cape.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Red Riding Hood costume

However, make sure that the cape is not too long so they don’t trip on it and get hurt.

Costume No. 21: Dress them like a Lion Mane

You can stitch a mane using faux fur for your dog that can slide over their heads.

If you are busy and you don’t have time stitch a lion mane for your dog, then you can purchase one here.

Costume No. 22: Dress your cat like Dr. Suess’s The Cat in the Hat

If you cat love getting dressed up, then this is a simple yet a unique Halloween costume for your precious kitty.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Dr. Suess's The Cat in the Hat

You will use a red ribbon to tie a bow into your cats collar and you will make a headwear that has striped black and red hat that is attached to it.

Costume No. 23: Dress your dog as a tiger

If your dog hair color is light brown or white, then you can use pet-friendly black paint to dress to make their tiger Halloween costume.

All you have to do is paint black stripes on their body and your dog is going to be ready for Halloween.

PS: I highly recommend that you do not paint much on your dog’s face, especially near their eye.

Costume No. 24: Dress your dog as a scientist

If you are a science lover, then this might be a great Halloween costume for your dog.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- A scientist dog costume

All you need for this costume is a lab coat that fits them properly. Of course, you might need to adjust the measurements of a child sized or a small lab coat according to your dog’s size.

Costume No. 25: Dress your dog as a Starbucks Barista

This is another simple costume idea because all you need is a green apron with Starbuck’s logo stitched to it.

Costume No. 26: Dress your dog as a Unicorn

A headwear with a single, centered horn on it is all you need to dress your dog as this magical creature!

However, make sure that the unicorn is neither sharp nor strong. Instead, make it squishy and not so pointy so no-one accidents take place

Costume No. 27: Dress your dog as a Pirate

Turn your dog into the cutes pirate ever by dressing them in a pirate’s hat!

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- A pirate dog costume

Costume No. 28: Dress your dog like Harry Potter

This is another simple yet quirky Halloween costume for your dog. All you need is a black cape, round glasses, and orange and red striped short tie that you can tie into their collar.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Harry Potter dog costume

Costume No. 29: Dress your dog as a Fairy

Do you believe in magic? If you do, then dress your dog as a fairy for Halloween. All you need is a pair of wings and a cool looking headwear that has an antennae.

30 DIY Halloween pet costumes- Fairy dog costume

Costume No. 30: Dress your dog as a Diansour

If you’re good at sewing, then why not make your dog a dinosaur suit?

If you too busy to DIY a Halloween costume for your pooch this year, then bookmark this post for next year and check out our Top 30 Large Dog Halloween Costumes to Glamour Up Your Dog blog post where you can take a look at the already made costumes that you can purchase.

Other questions related to 30 DIY Halloween pet costume ideas

How to spend Halloween with your dog?

There are so many things that you can do with your dog on Halloween. The most important one is to know and implement doggish Halloween safety tips. You can also bake them some yummy and safe Halloween dog treats. Finally but not least, dress them up in a fun and safe costume.

To read about this in more details, make sure you read my What to Do with Your Dog on Halloween blog post

That’s it for today’s post. You should now have a lot of DIY Halloween costume ideas for your four-legged best friend, or at least have other costume ideas inspired by the one you have read about today.

Let us know in the comments down below which DIY costume you like the best and which one do you plan on DIYing for your four-legged best friend.

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