6 DIY Halloween Costumes for Dogs

As you know, autumn is among us and with that comes one of the spookiest times of the year… Halloween! You’ve probably already started brainstorming costume ideas for yourself, but have you thought of some for your pet? Well, we’ve gathered some rather simple yet adorable costume ideas, so they can also join in on the fun! Stay tuned to find budget friendly DIY ideas that will have you and your furry friend looking #SquadGhouls this Halloween.

Beanie Baby

The first DIY costume dog Halloween costume idea will work perfect for pets of any kind. The Beanie Baby is an American plush toy commonly recognized by their iconic red ‘Ty’ heart tag. Each heart tag is designed to open up and include a description on the inside. Therefore, this would be an adorable and customizable costume option for your pet!

A flat lay of scissors, a hole punch, a Ty logo printout, and a piece of string

You will need:

  • Red ribbon
  • Cardstock
  • Logo template 
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  1. Find a ‘Ty’ logo template online–we recommend this free printable from “One Savvy Mom.”
  2. If you are in a time crunch, simply just print the logo onto cardstock and cut out the heart shape. Everyone will still be able to easily recognize what the costume is and is cute on its own.
  3. But… if you have more time and decide to give the costume the full Beanie Baby effect– you can take these additional steps. Cut both printed tags from One Savvy Mom including the connecting piece. Fold into the booklet-like formation. On the back side, include a barcode and “for ages 3 and up.” Then on the inside, personalize by labeling your pet’s name and a description consisting of their birthday (or gotcha day) and personality!
  4. Make a hole punch in the finished tag and string a piece of red ribbon through it.
  5. Attach the ribbon to their collar and you’re set. Now, you have your own life size Beanie Baby!

Loofah

Your pet will be lookin’ fresh and squeaky clean with this next costume. Take bath time to a whole new level by turning your pet into a loofah!

A flat lay of rope, blue tulle, a blue t-shirt, scissors, and a hot glue gun to make a DIY loofah Halloween costume

You will need:

  • Tulle (color of your choice)
  • Shirt (same color as tulle)
  • Rope
  • Rubber ducky (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  1. Pick any color tulle of your liking, as well as a shirt in the same color.
  2. Bunch up the tulle and begin to swaddle the shirt until it resembles a loofah shape.
  3. Add a little rope for the handle. Attach and assemble using a hot glue gun.
  4. We also recommend embellishing with a rubber ducky. Then, there you have it– splish splash! Who’s ready for a bath?

Barista

Calling all Starbucks lovers!  Anyone need a pup-kin spice latte? Well… order up because with this costume you’ll have your own little furry barista. TIP: This is something you can easily create for yourself if you and your pet both want to be baristas this season.

A flat lay of a green apron, hat, hot glue gun, scissors, and a coffee logo

You will need:

  • Green apron
  • Green baseball cap
  • Starbucks-like logo printout
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  1. Find a standard green apron and coordinating green baseball cap. We recommend using a child-size apron for your pet and adult-size if you decide to dress up as well.
  2. Print out a Starbucks logo or lookalike. We decided to use this super cute one that our design team created.
  3. Once you print the desired logo, cut it out and feel free to attach it how you please. We hot glued ours on for the sake of time. An additional option may be choosing an iron on.
  4. Place the barista-fied apron and cap on and you’re ready to go. Order up!

Pineapple

If you’re feeling tropical this Halloween, give the pineapple costume a try. It’s easy to assemble, so it would be a great last minute costume idea! 

A flat lay of a yellow t-shirt, green foam, a glue gun, scissors, and a marker for a DIY pineapple Halloween costume

You will need:

  • Yellow shirt
  • Green foam
  • Marker
  • Scissors 
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hole punch
  • String
  1. If need be, cut or safety pin the shirt to better fit your pet.
  2. Draw cross-hatched lines on the pineapple shirt.
  3. Cut green foam into thin leaf shapes for the stem of the fruit.
  4. Cut one strip of foam and connect the ends to make a “crown” then glue on the leaves.
  5. Punch two holes at the bottom of the crown and run a string through to attach it to your dog’s head.
  6. Place the fruit-ified shirt on your pet and the crown on their head, tying the string under their chin!

Strawberry

If you’re in need of a fun group costume, pair the pineapple costume above and this easy strawberry costume for a super cute fruity combo!

A flat lay of a red t-shirt, black and green foam, a hot glue gun, and scissors for a DIY strawberry Halloween costume

You will need:

  • Red shirt
  • Green foam
  • Black foam
  • Marker
  • Scissors 
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hole punch
  • String
  1. If need be, cut or safety pin the shirt to better fit your pet.
  2. Cut out black dots from the foam and hot glue them to the shirt, or draw on the dots with a marker.
  3. Cut green foam into shorter leaf shapes for the stem of the fruit.
  4. Cut one strip of foam and connect the ends to make a “crown” then glue on the leaves.
  5. Punch two holes at the bottom of the crown and run a string through to attach it to your dog’s head.
  6. Place the fruit-ified shirt on your pet and there you have it. Such a fun, bright costume!

Ghost

If you’re looking for the ultimate last minute Halloween classic, you can always go with the ghost costume. This is quite possibly the easiest costume of all time as it only really requires one item.

A flat lay of a white sheet, marker, and scissors to make a DIY dog ghost costume

You will need:

  • White sheet
  • Scissors 
  1. Find a white sheet – or even an oversized white shirt.
  2. Cut white sheet (or shirt) to fit your pet.
  3. Cut eye holes and a nose hole for them to see and breathe out of.
  4. Place the modified sheet (or shirt) on your pet. There you have it, your own little Casper the Friendly Ghost is ready to bring the tricks– as long as you have the Earthborn Holistic treats

Hopefully you have some idea of how to dress the furry friends in your life this Halloween. Happy trick-or-treating! (P.S. Don’t forget to check out our treatos, we have plenty of oven-baked and moist treat options to choose from.)