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Forget the costumes for us humans, the highlight of my Halloween every year is seeing people dress up their dogs. You can add a little bit of extra joy to this fall holiday by having your pets dress up and participate in the tradition of wearing a Halloween costume. If you want to dress up your pup for Halloween but are struggling with coming up with costume ideas, here are some suggestions that don’t require too much effort.

Ty Beanie Baby

Everybody knows Ty Beanie Baby stuffed animals, with their iconic heart-shaped tags and design. You can easily dress your pet up as one of these adorable stuffed animals for Halloween with a few simple materials. All you need for this costume is some red felt or any other material you have that can serve the same purpose, and then either paint or cut and glue the letters “Ty” to the heart. From there, you can easily attach it to your dog’s collar, and there you have it!

Flower

Turn your dog into a cute little flower with these quick steps. All you need for this is some elastic, about one inch thick, and some colorful felt, which will make the petals of the flower. You can cut out the petals from the felt and then sew them to the elastic, and then all that’s left to do is dress your pup! You can even turn this into a group costume by getting a few dog friends together and they’ll look like a beautiful bouquet!

Lion

If the flower isn’t quite your dog’s style, you can do a very similar costume by dressing them up as a lion instead. Both of these costumes involve just having something to frame your pet’s face. You can easily get a lion mane costume from Amazon or Walmart, and all you have to do is put it on your dog’s head and let them roar!

Rocket

Give your dog a fancy jetpack for Halloween to blast off in by following these steps. The materials you need are two empty soda bottles, some tissue paper, spray paint and duct tape. Start by spray painting the soda bottles with a silver color. Once the paint is dry, you can use duct tape to connect the two bottles together so that they are facing the same way. After that, take your red, orange and yellow tissue paper and connect to where the cap of the bottles would be so that it looks like flames coming out of the jetpack. All that’s left to do is put it on your dog by attaching it to their harness or collar, and they’re ready to go!

Obviously, as a disclaimer, before dressing your dog up, you need to use discretion and should not do anything that will stress out your dog or make them uncomfortable. As long as they don’t seem to mind and show positive signs in response, this can be a nice way to include your pets in this fun holiday. If you want to share the joy and spirit of Halloween with your pets, consider some of these costumes so that they can participate in this holiday with you!

Caroline is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing a degree in Information Systems. She enjoys reading, running and spending quality time with her dog.
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