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User-Submitted Halloween Pet Costumes

10 HGTV viewers share their original ideas for handmade Halloween costumes for cats and dogs.

Kitai — Lhasa Apso mix
Lives with Stacie Tamaki
San Jose, Calif.

Stacie creates imaginative handmade Halloween costumes for Kitai each year. Modeled after Cesar Millan of The Dog Whisperer, Kitai shows that she knows how to be the pack leader, especially easy when the rest of the pack is literally attached to her back.

Created by Debbie Richmond
Port Charlotte, Fla.

Debbie's cat is ready to fly off into the night in this black vampire cape and gothic gold cross. Debbie says that she "dresses her cats every year — poor things."

Emma — Pug
Lives with Maureen Engh
Boise, Idaho

Emma looks sharp in this "porcu-pug" costume. Her owner, Maureen, created the look by hot gluing drinking straws to a full-body-style harness and visor. It was a long process which Maureen says she completed while watching HGTV.

Reba — Schipperke/Jack Russell mix
Lives with Brenda Main
Frederick, Md.

Reba is ready for a luau in this colorful lei and matching dress. Brenda, her owner, has created a suitcase full of wardrobe choices for Reba, all made by hand mainly from cut down human clothing and accessories. Elasticized, ruffled trims work perfectly as skirts, and adding a bit of lace to a cut-off men's shirt collar creates a fun, dressy collar the perfect size for Reba. Brenda also recommends using children's elastic bows for paw decorations, just make sure they don't pinch or impede your pup's movement.

Takoda — Shiloh Shepherd
Lives with Cynthia Schleifer
Whippany, N.J.

Everyone told Cynthia that she should put a saddle on Takoda, her 125-pound Shiloh shepherd. For Halloween, she decided to do just that. To create Shiloh's saddle, Cynthia used fleece for the horse blanket, felt for the saddle and a child's visor for the stirrups. A thin ribbon bridle along Takoda's muzzle completes the costume. Now this pampered pooch is ready to "giddyup" all over town.

Eli — Chihuahua
Lives with Karen Biehl
New York, N.Y.

Eli is adorable in his tiny sailor costume. His owner, Karen, created the sailor hat from a paper cup, which is loosely held in place with a rubber band. Eli is not just a shipshape sailor, he is also somewhat of a canine celebrity. He has been featured in New York Dog Magazine, has won many costume contests and a canine beauty pageant. This fall he and Karen will be featured on the Milkbone box after they won a cover dog contest.

Kitai — Lhasa Apso mix
Lives with Stacie Tamaki
San Jose, Calif.

Kitai is ready to roll in this smoked salmon nigiri sushi costume created by her owner, Stacie. She creates imaginative, handmade Halloween costumes for Kitai each year. She obviously delights in finishing Katai's costumes down to the tiniest details, such as the soy sauce packet, chopsticks and felt ginger and wasabi.

Abby — Saint Bernard
Lives with Mary C. Ratcliffe
North Olmstead, Ohio

A pinch of fairy dust and Mary's sewing skills have transformed Abby into a pretty pink princess. Mary has trouble finding canine clothing in Abby’s size in stores, so she has decided to make the outfits herself. She often uses online patterns, letting them out a little to more comfortably fit Abby.

Chloe — Pug
Lives with Debra Thesing
Webster, N.Y.

Chloe is ready for the rodeo in this adorable western costume, complete with a cowboy hat and tiny holster. Debra, Chloe's owner, makes clothes for all four of her pugs and says that her pets' comfort and safety are key. Before beginning an outfit, Debra measures each pug and tries on the pieces as she is sewing to ensure a comfy fit. She avoids adding small parts that could fall off and her pets could choke on. This seasoned seamstress says that no matter what the holiday, Chloe and the rest of her canine clan are accustomed to dressing up and don't mind it at all.

Sascha, Sarah, Sally, Sybil, Sophia and Sidney — Pugs
Live with Lynda Rosenberg Zacks
Vancouver, B.C.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a pugglebee?! This adorable bumblebee costume is just one of more than 200 custom outfits Lynda has for her six pugs. The dogs not only have an outfit for every occasion, they also have a large collection of jewelry and hundreds of coats. Lynda takes her pugs everywhere with her and when traveling by plane even buys a seat for each dog. To transport her clan on land, she uses a "puggy buggy," a stroller that holds all six pugs.

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