Cute Alert! Adorable Pet Costumes Your Dog or Cat Will Flip For
Halloween is now firmly on the horizon, and while that fact has many of us thinking of ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and (real talk) candy, pet owners everywhere are also rejoicing. Because if you're a dog or cat owner who is comfortable embarrassing your little furball like I am, much of your Halloween excitement can be summed up in two words: PET COSTUMES.
Whether you want to buy your costume or go the DIY route, we've created the ultimate Halloween pet costume roundup that is sure to leave your furry friend feeling like they'd want to be in the next edition of this book.
Dress Your Pet - French Chef Costume for Pets
Slide the hat's elastic band over your pet's muzzle, being careful not to hurt their ears. Check that the chin strap isn't too tight; if it is, make adjustments. Place neckerchief around their neck, fastening the ends.
If your pet tends to hang out at the dinner table too much, this French chef costume would be a perfect choice. Bon appetit!
Make This: French Chef Costume
Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio
Is there anything wrong with putting your pup in a tutu? That's a decision only you can make. But I'm all for it. This bumblebee costume is sure to keep everyone in the neighborhood "buzzing" for weeks to come.
Make This: Bumblebee Costume
Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio
Keeping up with the bug theme, this handmade ladybug costume is all sorts of adorable, and there's no sewing required.
Make This: Ladybug Costume
It will feel like "bring your dog to work day" with this cute businessman (or woman!) costume. This would also look great with a bowtie.
Make This: Businessman Costume
This court jester costume gives me a bit of a Game of Thrones vibe. Just me? Anyway, this easy-to-sew costume is a snap to whip up with our printable templates.
Make This: Court Jester Costume
Rastafarian Costume For Pets
Your pet gets the Island vibe for Halloween this year with this fun Rastafarian wig and hat. Yarn, a premade crochet doily, and a few more materials are all you need for this great costume.
Turn up your Bob Marley Pandora station and make this groovy rasta costume. There's Smelly Cat and Grumpy Cat, but I think we should all work on making Rasta Cat a thing.
Make This: Rasta Costume
Bat Costume for Pets
Your pet takes flight for Halloween with this clever bat wing costume. Felt, pipe cleaners and a bit of Velcro are all you need to dress your furry friend as a winged bat for Halloween. This costume is not only easy to craft it's also lightweight so it's comfortable for your dog or cat.
I'm usually terrified by flying bats, but when the bat wings are plunked on the back of an adorable kitty kat, I suddenly think bats are adorable.
Make This: Black Bat Costume
H. Camille Smith
A rose may be just a rose, but a puppy in a flower costume is pretty much off the charts on the cuteness meter. The only thing I can thing that might be slightly cuter is…
Make This: Flower Costume
H. Camille Smith
…a pup in a fairy costume. The flower and the fairy would be a truly fab combo if you happen to have two dogs and wanted to dress them up in coordinating outfits.
Fluttering Fairy or Butterfly
Their favorite jacket and a few inexpensive craft materials are all you need to magic up a (cute!) winged Halloween pet costume for your pup. Get crafting with our easy step-by-step instructions.
Last-Minute Lion's Mane
Need to whip up a pet costume on the fly? We've got you covered! This cute costume is comfy for your pet and can be constructed in about an hour. Turn your dog or cat into the king of the jungle with our tutorial.
Honor your pup's inner goofball with a Halloween costume that celebrates his true colors. Colorful fabric remnants, basic machine sewing and our free printable costume templates make this a DIY project you can complete while binge-watching your favorite show. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Ooh-la-la! Your dog or cat will be the cutest chef on four legs in this crafty Halloween costume. Use tissue paper and card stock to create a mini version of a chef's toque blanche and a bit of red fabric to stitch up a jaunty neckerchief. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Ready for Business
Giving new meaning to the phrase, 'working like a dog,' this costume cleverly repurposes closet castoffs to create a costume that's easy on and off and is comfy for your pet. Our step-by-step instructions will help you dress your best friend for success.
Felt, pipe cleaners and a bit of Velcro are all you need to dress your furry friend as a winged bat for Halloween. This costume is not only easy to craft with our step-by-step instructions it's also lightweight so it's comfortable for your dog or cat.
Little Bo Peep and Her Sheep
For HGTV fan Sara Alavi, dressing her girls up in Halloween costumes is a tradition. She chooses a new look each year based on pop culture trends or her pups' personalities. For this look, she was inspired by Jelly Bean, initially a timid rescue, who followed Sara's older pup, Darci, around like a lost little sheep. To create Darci's Little Bo Peep costume, Sara stitched up the dress herself then topped it off with a curly blonde dog wig (yes, there's such a thing) she bought online. Sara also crafted Jelly Bean's sheep costume using faux fur for the body and hood and pink felt for the interior of the ears. Velcro strips added to each costume ensure easy on and off should either pup become overheated.
Pretty as a Posy
Easily turn craft foam sheets into an oversized flower costume for your furball. Attaching the foam flower to your pet's harness ensures they can move freely and be comfortable while enjoying the Halloween festivities. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Not only is Eli the Chihuahua a ship-shape sailor, he's also a canine celebrity who starred in the reality series Doggie Moms on NYC life. His mom and HGTV fan, Karen Biehl, capped off Eli's sailor costume by adding star stickers, a bit of white ribbon and a thin elastic band to a paper ice cream cup to craft his diminutive sailor's hat.
Low-Sew Pinata Pup
This year, celebrate Halloween, fiesta-style, with your best friend. Easily craft a piñata-inspired costume for your dog using felt, hot glue and just a bit of hand stitching. Canine couture designer Kelly Owen shares her step-by-step instructions for crafting this costume for your little party animal.
Disguise your dog in a cute ladybug costume you can create in under an hour using basic craft materials and a no-sew method. Our easy step-by-step instructions make this adorable costume a snap.
Royal Wedding Attendees
The fashion-forward hats sported by Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding weren't just a hit in royal circles, they also made quite an impression on HGTV fan Sara Alavi who began work on her pups' elaborate Halloween costumes soon after the royal wedding. To construct Princess Eugenie's blue hat, Sara used craft foam sheets secured with hot glue. Stretch cording keeps the hat comfortably on pup Darci's head while wispy white feathers and a purple rosette complete the look. For Princess Beatrice's fascinator, the trick was finding a flexible material that's also lightweight enough for pup Jelly Bean's small size. Sara used pipe cleaners, covered by a stitched tube of gold fabric, to replicate the twisting ribbon shape. An elastic band wasn't strong enough to prevent shifting so Sara stitched the ribbon to a fabric-covered disk that's sewn directly onto a blonde dog wig.
Arrgh, Me Kitties
Dressing your cat for Halloween is a rite attempted by only the bravest of pet owners — but, if your cat is willing, take a cue from HGTV fan Queen1Cat and turn your landlocked kitty into a seafaring rogue with a custom-stitched puffy shirt and felt pirate's hat. Just be sure to sleep with one eye open for a while.
King of the Beasts
A Great Dane is sure to turn heads any day — but add a furry lion's mane and tail and you can literally stop traffic. HGTV fan FriscoChick put her sewing skills to work to stitch up a thick, faux fur mane to slide over her pup's head. A soft, fabric covered band over his nose attaches to the inside of the mane to prevent it from shifting.
A Pack of Pugs
Many owners of pugs will tell you: You can't stop at just one. Clearly, HGTV fan bratlaw feels the more pugs, the merrier. She outfitted her 5 pups to resemble a favorite candy that's also better by the bunch. To make the costumes, she sewed colorful fabric remnants, filled with a thin foam circle, into round pillows that she then embellished with iron-on letters. A small fabric loop that attaches to their collars plus a wide strap that velcros under each pup's middle keep the pillows from shifting.
Trick-or-treaters will definitely do a double-take of this clever Halloween costume that uses toddler-size clothing on a well-crafted body to resemble the Headless Horseman and his horse, Daredevil. HGTV fan newfy1_5226167 is the creative genius behind this amazing pet costume that actually weighs in at less than 5 pounds total and even includes a custom-stitched saddle and bridle to accurately recreate the look.
Make This: Fairy Costume