Making A Dog's Halloween Costume

October 12, 2009

Brown Eyed Susan Costume For A DogNote: I am a sewer, not professional but you should have some machine sewing experience to make this costume.



Our dog is only 6 1/2 pounds so you will have to adjust the pattern for your size dog. Measure around the widest part of the body and also the length of the back area. Cut your felt to wrap all around the stomach/back area, you will need to sew on an additional length (second piece of felt) to make it go all the way around. You will need a dart on the top center and two darts at the top back end of the felt, this gives it a better fit.

Next attach the Velcro strips to the ends (this part is on the under side or belly area). Cut the green ribbon in half and attach near the neck area to keep the felt in place on your dogs back. Once you get this, the rest is much easier, I promise!


Iron on interfacing to the yellow felt, covering it completely. Measure around your dogs head with a string in front of the ears. Now find a dish, cup or something round that is about 1/4 inch smaller around than the string to use as a circle pattern for the opening in the flower. Trace this circle in the middle of the felt then cut a straight line from an edge to this circle, cut out the circle.

Next fold your piece in half and cut around the edges "petals" about 2 inches from the center circle. Unfold and tweak if necessary. Sew a straight stitch about 1/3 inch from the inside edge then clip 1/4 inch cuts all around to allow for a snug fit around the head. Cut the yellow ribbon in half and attach one end to the corner edges to be tied and kept on the dogs head.


Using your leftover yellow, cut different size flowers, then pin them all over the back side of the green felt, place a button on top and sew by hand or a simple zigzag by machine, this will hold the flower and the button on. If you have a lady bug, she looks good on one of the face flower petals. Hopefully the photos will help but if you have questions let me know and I will try to help.

By NoRulesArt from Sunny Florida

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August 9, 2009

I am trying to find a lizard (gecko) costume pattern for a small dog (XX-Small). Our local community is having a Gecko Fest and I would love to dress my 4# Chihuahua "Dixie" up as a gecko. Any suggestions?

By Pam Kennedy from St.Petersburg, FL

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October 16, 2009

The white shirt is from the Salvation Army. The plaid fabric was also from the Salvation Army. The wig is a from a previous costume.

A Dog Dressed
as Dorothy from
the Wizard of Oz

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November 13, 2009
I never enjoyed playing with dolls when I was little, but I get a real kick out of dressing my dogs for Halloween. This year I made a special costume for Petey because he is as big as a horse!

A dog dressed as a horse for Halloween

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November 23, 2005

Here's a picture of my Son's dog Sadie dressed up for Halloween. She loves to dress up and last year she was a devil. We call her our doggone cowgirl.

A dog dressed as a cowgirl

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September 19, 2012

This is a page about homemade Halloween costume ideas. Making your own Halloween costumes is not only thrifty, but it also can result in a truly unique costume.

A box of popcorn Halloween costume.

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December 15, 2019

For pet lovers who also enjoy Greek mythology, this project might be just what you are looking for. These Halloween pet costumes are amazing.


The instructions for making costumes to portray Medusa turning a soldier to stone can be found on this page.

A dog dressed as Medusa and another dressed as a soldier being turned to stone.

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November 20, 2019

Create a Little Shop of Horrors scene with your dogs dressed for their parts. This project includes step by step instructions and photos.

Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - dog dressed up as plant and one as Seymour

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November 18, 2019

Include your pups in the Halloween costume fun with this delightful recreation of an arcade stuffed animal claw machine. This page contains the instructions and photos needed to put together this fun project.

Claw Machine with Stuffed Animal Costumes - dogs in costume in the machine

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November 16, 2019

Make these fun illusionary costumes for the characters of the classic Jim Henson movie 'Labyrinth, a tribute to the late great David Bowie.

Labyrinth Movie Costumes - Sarah and Toby part of the costume

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November 16, 2019

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November 13, 2019

These elaborate pet costumes are actually relatively easy to make if you follow the instructions on this page. Transform your dogs into a witch doctor and a shrunken head.

Witch Doctor and Shrunken Head Costumes - finished witch doctor and shrunken head

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December 9, 2013

This page contains photos of dogs in Halloween costumes. On this fall holiday many adults and children enjoy dressing in costumes. Some people even dress up their pets.

A dog dressed up like a chia pet.

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November 11, 2020

Come enter Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory, if you dare! Phoenix is dressed as Dr. Frankenstein, the mad scientist who has created this green monster. Gryphon is Frankenstein's monster. He is currently in two pieces, and the top half of him is waiting on the slab to be assembled together with his legs.


When the monster on the slab is ready to arise, suddenly, to your surprise, he'll do the mash!

The completed costumes for Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.

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