8 DIY Pet Costumes for Halloween

By: Chrissa HardyUpdated:


8 DIY Pet Costumes for Halloween

A DIY pet costume not only gives your pet the opportunity to join in on all the Howl-o-ween fun, but it also gives you a reason to get crafty while sipping on some apple cider.

Are you thinking of dressing your pets up in homemade cat costumes and dog costumes? The good news is that you don’t have to shell out a ton of money to create killer pet costumes. You can make picture-worthy costumes for cats or dogs that will turn all the heads on All Hallows’ Eve. Let these eight brilliant DIY pet costume tutorials guide you.

1. Angel and Devil

Whether your fur babies are typically naughty or nice, there’s a costume that fits their vibe! This tutorial by Vicky Bermudez shows you how to create an angel and devil headband that your pet can adorably rock on Halloween.

For the angel, you’ll need:

  • Elastic band
  • Gold chenille stem
  • Gold garland
  • String and needle

For the devil, you’ll need:

  • Elastic band
  • Red felt material
  • Hot glue gun

2. Harry “Pawter”

Turn your four-legged child into The Boy Who Lived with this magical Harry Pawter costume by Instructables user sarahndipity.

With felt as the main material for this look, it might just be light enough for your pet to wear for more than five minutes!

You’ll need:

  • Red felt
  • Gold felt
  • Black stiffened felt
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon

3. Bat Dog

Holy clever Halloween costume, Batman! This “Bat Dog” costume only cost YouTuber Sea Lemon $2 to make (sans harness), and the end result is lightweight and sleek enough for your pup to save the day in the dark of night.

You’ll need:

  • Harness
  • Craft foam
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Glue that dries clear (optional)

4. Beanie Baby

Revive the Beanie Baby craze of the ’90s by turning your pet into a giant version of these fuzzy toys with this tutorial by Cats & Crafts. It won’t take much time, effort, or supplies, and the result is beyond endearing.

This is also a costume that your cat may not even realize is on since it’s not much more than a collar. Plus, this tutorial contains three other DIY costumes for cats, including a witch, a Starbucks cup and a s’more!

You’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Hole punch
  • Red ribbon

5. Cereal Killer

You know that your dog or cat is a precious creature, but just for Halloween, why not pretend they’re a terrifying slayer of breakfast food? This amazing Cereal Killer costume by Sew Doggy Style is easy to make, and sure to win any pet costume contest in town.

You’ll need:

  • Cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or Fabri-Tac glue
  • Black and silver paint
  • Red 3D paint

6. Catbus

Of all the Halloween costumes you could choose for your cat, you probably never expected a bus to be such a brilliant choice. But this costume by blogger Sweet Ipomoea is just too creative to pass up. It’s based on the Catbus character from the beloved Japanese animated movie, “My Friend Totoro.” Though this lacks actual steps to recreate, there are so many images that it’s basically a photo tutorial. And based off of the photos, you’ll need the following to create the amazing Catbus.

You’ll need:

  • Brown felt
  • Light brown felt
  • Blue felt
  • Grey felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

7. Martini Dog

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via Homes Alive Pets

Turn your pup into a signature cocktail on Halloween with this Martini Dog costume by Homes Alive Pets. There are no instructions with this tutorial, but based on the photo, you’ll only need a few items to recreate the look—most importantly, the cone of shame. The rest you can use from items you probably already have around the house or you can make an “original dog-tail.”

You’ll need:

  • E-collar
  • Red ribbon
  • Thin stick or cardboard
  • Green felt
  • Red felt
  • Hot glue

8. Minion Cat

While this Minion Cat tutorial by 2 Cats & 1 Doll might be a little more labor intensive, what you’re left with is a cat with wearing a Minion hat, so it’s worth the effort, am I right? What a beautiful tribute to those tiny, yellow, babbling monsters.

You’ll need:

  • Yellow fleece fabric
  • Yellow thread and needle
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Marking pen for fabric
  • Velcro
  • Sellotape
  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Grey fabric for the goggles
  • Styrofoam ball
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Computer paper
  • Drawing markers/pencils for the eye
  • Water-based varnish
  • Fabric/Textile Glue (Recommended: Gutermann HT2)
  • Hot glue
  • Black ribbon
  • Black embroidery thread

Now you have everything you need (or at least know everything you need to go get!) to create the best pet costumes this Halloween. Don’t forget to show off these Halloween costumes by taking pictures of your pet all dressed to impress.

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By: Chrissa Hardy




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