A recent Savers Halloween Shopping Survey actually found dog costumes are growing in popularity. Pet owners expect to spend $59 on average to costume their four-legged family member. This is more than they expect to spend on themselves or their kids’ costumes!
Since we are less than two weeks away from Halloween, some of you may be debating whether or not to dress up your pet. While I can say my dog Riley isn’t a HUGE fan of playing dress up, he will take one for the team and power through when need be.
Two instances he was a trooper; first, our wedding, where he so graciously wore a tuxedo.
And second, on various snowy days when he wears his puffy jacket.
The reason I put him in a jacket on occasion is because he has hair and not fur, and whenever his hair gets wet from all of the snow, it hits his tummy and tangles his hair. So, the jacket acts a bit like a buffer. Or so I like to tell myself.
I’m still toying with the idea myself as to whether or not I might dress Riley.
Some ideas that might be fitting for me and others are DIY costumes. They’re kind of like accents not Halloween get-ups.
You could just tie a Halloween bandana on your pet. The easiest place to find one could be at a fabric store. Buy some fabric and cut it to fit your dog. And if you have leftover fabric, you could share some with a friend.
Along the same lines, your dog can become a cowboy with a bandana. Just add a little hat with an elastic to it to complete the look.
You can also turn your dog into a a king a queen. Take a nice red or purple material and sew or glue a white collar onto it. You can make a crown out of cardboard and spray-paint it gold or find a small plastic crown for a low price at a craft store. Use a piece of elastic to hold the crown on the dog’s head.
For more DIY costumes check out this site.