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10 DIY Dog Costume Ideas for Halloween

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Halloween has gone to the dogs! Have you been searching all over the internet for some fun dog Halloween costume ideas? Well you’re in luck! To help your dog celebrate the spookiest time of the year, we’ve compiled a list of 10 DIY dog costumes that includes some pawsome pictures and instructions on how to make a dog costume. So, what’re you waiting for? Let’s get started!

1. Bat Dog

I can’t sew to save my life. That’s what I love most about this bat costume—no sewing required! Not only is it perfect for the black dogs in your life, it’s also easy to make. Simply get your hot glue gun, some scissors and your dog’s harness, and you’re on your way to creating this classic Halloween costume. Watch the video above to find out how exactly to make it.

2. DIY Bloody Bandana

“Play dead” can take on whole new meaning with this dog Halloween costume from Erika Lindquist at Sew DoggyStyle. It’s also perfect for dogs who might not like wearing a full-on costume but don’t mind a bandana around their neck. If you have a dog with light-colored fur, throw some pet-safe red dye on your dog’s fur for a more dramatic effect. Find out how to make this dog costume over at Sew Doggystyle.

3. Taco Emoji (Bonus Second Costume: Pizza Emoji)

Emojis meet dogs with these two creative costumes featuring a taco and a pizza. I love this taco costume for dogs because a) what dog doesn’t love pizza? and b) the taco costume reminds me of the Taco Bell Chihuahua. (However, the kids might not get the reference.) And the best part, if you’re scrambling for a costume idea, these won’t take long to put together. Find out how to make them in the video above.

4. Wile E. Coyote

Looney Tunes were a big part of my childhood, and my favorite two characters were the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. Wile E. Coyote came up with thousands of crazy ideas in his effort to catch the quick and nimble roadrunner, but none is more iconic than the time he strapped a rocket to his back and lit the fuse. That’s what Amanda Gordon was thinking of when she designed this costume for the “little bird hunter” in her life. Not only is it iconic with the ACME rocket, it’s also super easy to make. Find out how to make over at Life at Cloverhill.

5. Robber With Cash (Bonus Second Costume: Eggs Over Yeezy)

This Halloween, my German Shepherd Forest will be part of my costume. I plan to dress up as a vault dweller from the video game series Fallout, with Forest playing as Dogmeat. If you want to dress up with your dog, too, try one of these two easy DIY dog costumes: Robber with cash or the eggs over Yeezy. They’re both super creative—one is a great pun after all—and it gives you a good excuse to bring your dog to any Halloween parties you’re invited to. Find out to make these costumes in the video above.

6. The Rare Dog Unicorn

Love unicorns? Turn your dog into one with this cute DIY Unicorn costume from the YouTube channel Hello Dudettes. Plus, it doubles as a cute hoodie for your dog to wear when it’s cold outside, or to wear just for fun. Find out to make this costume in the video above.

7. Charizard


It’s been more than 20 years since the game first launched, but Pokemon is still as popular as ever. You can join the Pokemon craze with this DIY Charizard dog costume and bring Pokemon Go to life. For some added fun, paint a tennis ball red and white, and your dog can chase his Pokeball around, too. Find out how to make it in the video above.

8. “Cereal” Killer

I am obsessed with serial killers and love puns, so this “cereal killer” costume is the best of both worlds. Best part? It’s super easy to make too, since the main part of the costume is a cereal box. Check out how to make it over at Sew DoggyStyle.

9. Red Riding Hood And The Big Bad Wolf

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Capture the spirit of this classic tale with this easy DIY dog costume set for both your small and large dog. This costume set was created by Mary G., who featured it on the website Coolest Homemade Costumes. The best part about these dog costumes? They’re ridiculously easy to make. All you need is a basket and to hit the craft store for the appropriate fabrics to sew together. For more information about this costume, go to Coolest Homemade Costumes.

10. Dog-osaurus Rex

Dinosaurs can roam the earth again with this fun, easy-to-make dog costume. It might just be me, but the dinosaur dog costume is one of the classic dog Halloween costume ideas, and you can’t go wrong with it. Plus this costume can be scaled for a dog of any size—you’ll just need more fabric to fit your dog. Find out how to make this costume at Life at Clover Hill.


By: Jessica Pineda

Featured Image: via Mary G./Coolest Homemade Costumes