Halloween may look a little different this year, but you can still get in the spooky spirit with your loved ones at home – and that includes your furry family members too! If you need some ideas for a simple pet costume that won’t break the bank, we’ve got three easy options for you. Using materials that you can find at the dollar store or that you may even already have at home, these are quick and budget-friendly.
Remember, comfort is key! Don’t place anything on your pet that could be a choking hazard, that is too constricting or bulky. Respect their wishes if they don’t seem comfortable, as not all pets will tolerate clothes. Supervise your pet at all times when they are in their Halloween gear.
Your pet will be the buzz of the block with this ladybug cape!
- Red felt or fabric
- Black felt or fabric
- 2 pipe cleaners
- Sewing kit or glue gun
- Pet harness
- Optional: googly eyes, pom poms or other decorations of choice
- Lay your red fabric on your pet’s back to get a rough idea of your desired size
- Trim the fabric to size, a little larger than your desired length and width
- To create your ladybug shape, trace the outline of half your desired shape on a piece of cardboard. We opted for an oval shape with a small inverted “v” notch in the bottom
- Cut out your cardboard tracer
- Fold your red fabric in half (lengthwise) and lay your tracer on top
- Trace the outline of the shape on to your fabric, with the middle of the design starting at the folded edge and start cutting around the edges, leaving the centre fold intact
- Unfold and you should now have a symmetrical base shape
- Now for the fun – it’s time to decorate! Using your black fabric, decorate the ladybug. We opted for a black stripe down the middle, a few spots on either side and a pair of googly eyes to top it off
- Let the glue dry completely
- To attach the ladybug cape to your pet’s harness, you’ll need to cut 2 small holes around the shoulder area and feed a pipe cleaner through each hole. We recommend that you put your pet’s harness on them and lay the ladybug cape over their back to see where the holes should lay, as every harness is different
- Once you have your holes cut and pipe cleaners in, you’re ready to roll! Wrap the pipe cleaners tightly around the straps of the harness to hold the costume in place. You can leave the ends pointed up to look like antenna (make sure there are no sharp edges, and that they aren’t too close to your pet’s ears or face)
If bats don’t fit your pet’s personality, try out butterfly, fairy or angel wings instead – this method can be used to create any type of wings you like.
- 1 sheet of bristol board
- Pet harness
- Glue gun
- Optional: yarn, glitter, feathers, markers, or other decorations of choice
- Lay your bristol board on your pet’s back to get a rough idea of your desired size
- Trim the board to size, a little larger than your desired length and width
- Fold the bristol board in half lengthwise
- Trace one wing onto the bristol board, with the middle of the design starting at the folded edge of your board
- Cut out your shape around the edges, leaving the center fold intact
- Unfold and you should now have a symmetrical pair of wings, connected in the middle
- Decorate the wings in whichever way you like – you can use glitter, yarn, reflective tape, pom poms, feathers
- Put your pet’s harness on loosely
- Feed the wings underneath the harness so that the center fold is sitting in the center of your pet’s back
- Tighten the harness securely
- Depending on the shape and style of your harness, you may need to fold the wings back around the straps so that they point upwards instead of down
If your pet doesn’t love dressing up, a simple collar bandana can be a good way to show off their festive spirit.
- Fabric (we used orange, white & black)
- Glue gun or sewing kit
- Paper or stencil
- Pet’s collar
Measure your desired bandana length, no longer than the length of your pet’s collar. If you are using felt or a stiff fabric, you will want the bandana to be about 1/3 the length of your pet’s collar. If you are using a more flexible, soft type of fabric, you can run the bandana longer, covering most of the collar but making sure to leave space for the buckle and ID tags
- Cut the fabric to your desired length
- Fold an edge of the fabric over, about half an inch or so, making a tunnel that your pet’s collar can slide through
- Either sew or glue gun down the fold, holding it securely in place
- Next, fold the fabric in half lengthwise and mark the middle point. Using a ruler, draw a line from the middle point diagonally across your fabric to the opposite corner, to create a triangle shape
- Cut along the line and then unfold. You should now have a triangular piece of fabric, with a tunnel along the top edge
- Decorate with your pattern of choice. We used white and black felt to make a ghost
- Slide your pet’s collar through the tunnel and you’re done!
We hope that you and your family have a safe and Happy Halloween! If you are trying out any of these DIY’s or have others to share, tag #PetsPlusUs so we can admire your creations.