8 DIY doggie Halloween costumes

Cats loathe costumes but some dogs positively revel in dressing up for Halloween — strap on a pair of fairy wings and they begin to strut their stuff. Dressing up your dachshund can get pretty pricey, however, without major sewing skills or a big budget. Here, finance expert Andrea Woroch shares a list of easy and frugal ideas to keep your pup happy come Oct. 31.

Dog in ballerina costume


This works best with taller dogs. Stuff pantyhose with a lightweight material, sew eight of them together in a cluster and pin to your dog’s harness.

Chippendale dancer

Great for large dogs. Cut the collar and cuffs from a disposable white shirt and secure to your dog’s neck and front paws. Create a bow tie out of a strip of black cloth. Encourage donations by tucking a few dollar bills into the collar. This works really well if you have a dog who likes to dance on his hind legs.

Little Red Riding Hood

A good costume for a small dog, this one is also easy on the sewing-impaired. Hit Jo-Ann Fabrics for a yard of red material with some structure to it, like felt or flannel, and a length of red ribbon. Cut the material into a hood and cape shape, then baste the ribbon to the neck of the hood.

Rapper pup

Let your streetwise hound exercise his vocals wearing a hoodie and gold medallions. Make the bling out of Yoplait yogurt lids and pick up a hoodie on the cheap side with a PetSmart coupon from sites like CouponSherpa.com.


Those canine teeth will come in handy when your dog takes on the most popular costume of the decade. Simply cut a swath of black silk into a cape shape and attach it to the collar. If you have sewing skills or a glue gun, create a stand-up collar by attaching red silk to a cardboard frame.

Winged fairy

“Teacup”-size pups might be too tiny to handle wings, but a small dog should be able to pull off this low-cost outfit. Read how to create this look with directions from instructables.com.

Rescue dog

This one’s a natural for St. Bernards, but even funnier on a smaller dog. Strap an empty beer or pop can to the collar and use a long piece of red felt to create a waistband painted with a white cross. For a humorous twist, larger dogs might be able to handle an empty coffee can instead of the expected brandy barrel.

Pillow camel

From all reports, dachshunds enjoy a bit of dress-up now and then. Turn your wiener dog into a camel by attaching an old sofa pillow in a caramel shade to a center harness. For a lumpier look, wrap a belt around the middle to give them two humps.


You probably know that chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Did you know that candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be harmful? If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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