Don't limit your Halloween crafting just to your human family members. Get all members involved, including your fur babies. We've compiled a list of super creative DIY dog costumes to try out on four-legged friends of all sizes.
Just be sure to start desensitizing your dog to wearing articles of clothing and accessories prior to Halloween if you want them to wear the outfit for a longer period of time. Otherwise, put the costume on and snap a photo before the dog rips it off.
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Take Some Inspiration From the Movies
Do your kids have an obsession with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and want to be them for Halloween? Dress up your furry friend to match. This costume is easier than it looks to make. All you need is a turkey fry pan, paint, ribbon, and a dog shirt to get started.
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Dress Up Your Pup Up as a Lion
If you like knitting, consider giving this dog costume a try. This get-up looks especially believable and cute on lighter-toned dogs. All you need to complete the lion's mane is some medium weight yarn, circular knitting needles, and a crochet hook.
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Turn Your Dog Into Your Favorite Candy
This DIY dog costume might take longer to make than some of the others, but the end result is totally worth it. Fill the felt M&M's with cotton stuffing to keep the overall costume light and comfortable for your dog.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Fashion a Unicorn Horn
If you want to hop on the unicorn trend, gather up some shiny gold fabric and yarn. To make the costume extra girly, add a tulle tutu for your pup to wear. Just be sure to supervise your dog while wearing this costume so they don't accidentally ingest any yarn.
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Learn How to Make a Cupcake Dog Costume
This lightweight cupcake costume is such a cute conversation starter and uses only a few supplies to make. Head to your local craft store and pick up some felt, a paper mache box, cotton batting, and a few tools to get started.
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Pick Between a Devil or an Angel
If you forgot about a costume and need a last-minute DIY idea, consider making either a halo or devil ears for your dog. All you need is some felt, ribbon, pipe cleaners and some hot glue. This costume also works well if your dog doesn't like wearing articles of clothing.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Paint Your Puppy Into Something New
It might seem cruel and unusual to paint your puppy, but there is actually pet-safe paint on the market for this such thing. People have painted their dogs into zebras, skeletons, tigers, ladybugs, and more. Your imagination is your only limitation on this one.
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Transform Your Dog Into a Super Hero
Depending on your superhero of choice, this costume idea can go a number of ways. Two essentials are a felt mask and a cape. This black ensemble works well for a rendition of Batman.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Try Out This Dinosaur Dog Hoodie
For dogs with shorter coats, dog hoodies are a good idea for long, blustery walks. If you regularly put your dog in hoodies, you can easily transform one into a dinosaur for Halloween using felt and a hot glue gun.
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Craft a Giant Loofah
Some Halloween costumes aren't so much about trying to be someone else but rather to be something else. One creative DIY dog costume idea is to use toile fabric and white rope to create a giant loofah. All you need to do is adhere the toile to a dog shirt using hot glue or thread.
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Play Out a Childhood Book With Multiple Dogs
Some wolf-like dog breeds like Huskies make a great big bad wolf from The Little Red Riding Hood. All you need to do is dress your dog up like grandma using a bonnet. If you have two dogs, turn the other one into little red riding hood using a red cape.
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Teach Your Dog How to Play Dead in This Bloody Bandana
Add a little gore to your dog's Halloween costume with this clever dagger in the throat collar. Transform a piece of felt into a bloody collar. Next, use lightweight cardboard to make a fake knife. The original creator used a cereal box.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Put Together This No-Sew Pirate
You don't need to own a sewing machine to be able to put together some intricate dog costumes. Take this pirate costume, for instance. You can repurpose an old tank top and then adhere pirate accessories to it using a hot glue gun.
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Hide Away This Garden Gnome
The two main components of this garden gnome costume are felt and craft fur, which can be found at your local craft store. The mini mushrooms add a whimsical touch and are perfect for photoshoots.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Wrap Your Dog in This S'mores Costume
Many cute dog costumes come in the form of food, but this idea is especially clever. Who would have thought making a s'mores costume could be so simple to make and is relatively inexpensive? Purchase a white vest that fits your dog, then glue on some brown felt and cardboard graham crackers.
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Craft a Piñata Dog Costume With Crepe Paper
This DIY dog costume idea is less tedious to make for smaller dogs, but it could prove to be utterly time-consuming for larger breeds. Using a hot glue gun, adhere strips of crepe paper to an already assembled dog sweater. Mini sombrero sold separately.
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Dress Your Dog Up as Grandma
Some breeds just have such photogenic qualities that virtually any costume would look absolutely adorable. Such is the case for Maya the Bulldog, who is a popular fixture on Instagram. You can find her dressed in a variety of costumes, but this one is especially easy to replicate. All you need is a floral scarf and some play glasses.
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Transform a Stuffed Animal Into a Dog Costume
This clever idea repurposes a stuffed animal into a cute small dog costume using cardboard and a coat hanger. Though it might not be comfortable to wear for a long period of time, it is perfect for a fun family photo.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Learn How to Make This Cute Strawberry
This costume is perfect if you plan to take your dog along with you trick-or-treating because it is lightweight and comfortable. The other nice thing is that this project is completely handmade, so you can customize it to fit your dog perfectly.