Easy Halloween Dog Costumes To Howl About!
Halloween is fast upon us. Don’t make your dog sit out of the holiday fun! Here are two DIY Halloween costumes for your pup that are as cute as they are easy.
#1 – Dobby Costume (from Harry Potter)
- Pillow case – I used a beige color case
- Old Sock
- Safety pin
#2 – Julius Caesar Costume
- Pillow Case – I used a white colored case
- Gold leaf headband
- Fishing line
The Dobby costume is the simplest, so we will start with that one first. Use the closed end of the pillow case as the top. Determine how long you want your costume to be on your pet. Now cut the case cross-ways to the length that works best for your dog. I made this for my Chihuahua Percy and found that he is so little that I had to cute off half of the pillow case. Once you have your length, cut the pillow case up one side and across the top (the closed end of the pillow case). You should now have a completely open pillow case. Use the side that you cut open for the side of the costume that is knotted on your pet’s shoulder. On the case side that you did not cut open, go down a few inches and cut out one arm hole. Again, your size will be determined by your dog. Place the pillow case on your dog, putting his arm through the hole you just cut to make sure that it fits. If all is good, take the other side of the case that is cut open and tie the sides together in a knot at your pup’s shoulder.
So to make sure we are all on the same page, your dog should be wearing his costume now. One of his arms should be in the arm hole cut into the pillow case on the side that you left uncut. Your pup’s other arm should be free on the opposite side with the ends of the case tired together into a knot at his shoulder. Every dog’s chest is different, so adjust your knot as needed to make the neck line droop just a touch. If there is too much fabric on the knot side feel free to cut some off to better fit your dog. To make things easy, I didn’t sew up the open side of the pillow case. Instead, I just used a safety pin to close that side up. This worked well with Percy because it allows his skinny Dobby leg to be seen, adding to the costume’s effect. Last thing you need to do is safety pin a sock onto the chest area of your dog. Voila! You have a cute Dobby costume for you furry friend!
The Julius Caesar costume is just as easy, but has a few more parts. Take your pillow case using the closed end as the top. Once again determine the length of your costume based on the size of your dog. Cut across the case eliminating any fabric you don’t need. Oliver, our Caesar model, is also little, so I cut off about half of the case. Now, depending on the size of your dog you can leave all sides of the pillow case intact. You will need to cut a hole for your pup’s head. This is done by cutting off one corner of the pillow case at the top (closed end ). This is like when you cut a corner of a baggie off to make a cake decorating bag. Start cutting the corner conservatively. You don’t want to cut too much off and end up with the head hole too large. You want the hole to fit comfortably over your pup’s head with a slight dip in the neck line. We don’t want the neck to dip as much as in the Dobby costume. From the neck, come down on both sides roughly 2 to 3 inches and cut out arm holes. Again, cut the arms hole to fit your pup’s arms. Using the extra fabric that you cut off of the pillow case in the beginning to make a belt for your costume. Oliver is a bit on the pudgy side so I had to tie two pieces together. 🙂 If you need to make any adjustments to the length or arm holes, do that now.
I was able to purchase a cute gold headband with leaves all over it from my local Michael’s Craft Store. Obviously the headband was too large for Oliver’s head, so I took a piece of fishing line and tied it together in a circle to make it more of a crown. I also used another piece of fishing line to make an invisible chin strap to help the crown stay on his head. With that done, we all yelled “Hail Caesar!” to the most adorable Roman ruler ever.
I hope that these ideas can help you include your canine companion in your Halloween celebrations. We had fun putting these together for you. Let us know if you made one of these costumes in the comments below. If you didn’t make one we would still love to hear from you. tell us about any Halloween costumes you might have made or purchased for your pets – we’re interested in cats too! have a Happy and Safe Halloween from Rocket Dog Blog!
After the photo shoot: