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Making a Halloween costume at home doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. With just a few supplies, it’s simple to craft eye-catching costumes for the kids, yourself, or even your pet.

Pumpkin Costume

This simple and inexpensive pumpkin Halloween costume can be pulled together with just three items: a pumpkin lawn bag decoration, holiday garland (optional), and a festive hat or wig. To make this costume, cut a hole for your legs to fit through at the bottom of the pumpkin bag. (The bottom of the bag refers to the end with the seam.) Make sure the seams on the side of the bag remain intact. There will be one hole so that the bottom is like a dress. Next, cut a hole in each side at the top of the bag for the arms to go through.

5 minute pumpkin costume

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Now it’s time to dress up. A long black sleeve shirt and black pants work best underneath this costume. If the costume is for a child, help the child carefully step into the leg hole area of the pumpkin bag, and slide his/her arms through the armholes. Put the final touches on the costume by draping the green garland around the child’s neck like a scarf. Finish off the costume by wearing a festive hat or wig, preferably green or brown to resemble a pumpkin stem. Use face paint to color the kid’s face orange like a real pumpkin. Really creative parents can use black face paint to make triangle eyes, a black nose, and a silly mouth on their child’s face too.

Messy Chef’s Costume

Not the creative type? Then the Chef’s costume is just what the doctor ordered. It doesn’t get much easier than this. An apron, Chef’s hat, fake mustache, and a little ketchup are all that’s needed to craft this cute costume.

messy chef homemade costume

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To make this costume, dress in a black t-shirt and pants and then put on the apron and Chef’s hat and affix the fake mustache to your face. If you do not have a fake mustache, you can draw in a mustache with eyeliner. Next, splatter a few drops of ketchup on the apron and rub it in to create a “messy” look. And voila, the costume’s complete.

Trash Bag Costume

This unique costume is not only easy to make but is certain to draw a lot of attention too! A black trash bag, empty food packages, and some super glue are all that’s needed to make the trash bag costume. Start by cutting a slit in the bottom (seam side) of the trash bag for your legs to fit through so that the bottom of the trash bag essentially looks like the opening of a dress. Next, cut a small hole on each side of the bag for the arms to fit through.

Coolest Bag of Trash Child Halloween Costume

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Once the cutting is done, collect several empty food packages: empty chip bags, mini cereal boxes, candy wrappers, and other packages along with that line work best. Glue the food packages onto the trash bag. Once dry, it’s time to get dressed. Carefully help the child step into the trash bag and put his/her arms through the armholes. For the finishing touch, “mess up” the child’s hair, using hair spray and gel as needed, and, if desired, use a bobby pin to clip a few candy wrappers to his/her hair. Some black or brown face makeup can also be smudged on the child’s face to make it appear dirty too.

This ”Howloween” why not invite your four-legged friend to join you upon celebrating the scariest holiday of the year? If you have a dog who loves attention and does not mind having people coming over to greet the happy camper, then dressing him up for this Halloween may be a good idea. Remember to always keep your dog’s well-being in mind as not all dogs love to wear costumes even though we wished they did. The ideal Halloween costumes for dogs are, therefore, those that do not impair movement and allow your dog to walk naturally. The following are some DIY costume ideas for four-legged friends.

Halloween Costumes You Can Make for a Dog

You do not have to dig a hole in your wallet this year to afford a dog costume. Indeed, some costumes you can make on your own. The advantage of this is that obviously, you will save some money, but most of all, you may end up having a quite creative and unique costume nobody will find in stores.

devil and angel dog costumes

Some general rules to follow

  • Check that your dog can breathe normally while wearing the costume.
  • Can the dog see well? Don’t let your dog wear something that impairs his vision.
  • Check for tight clothing. Make sure nothing he wears is too tight.
  • Avoid things that dog may swallow, such as beads, buttons, or other accessories.
  • Never leave your dog unattended when wearing a costume.

Keep it Simple

Not all dogs love to dress up. If you have a pooch that seems uncomfortable wearing a costume or you do not feel like dressing him up too much, then try to go with the bare minimum. Let your dog wear a cute bandanna or a decorated collar. If your dog accepts it with no problem, you can also go with a hat or fake braids.

Borrow a Shirt

You can let your dog wear a nice fancy shirt of your choice. Simply put his head through the shirt and insert his front legs where you would let your arms through. You can use a Halloween-themed shirt or have a sweatshirt made purposely for your dog with some special writing, such as ”Happy Howloween” or ”Ask me to do the trick for a treat”.

Use a Child’s Costume

Sometimes, you can alter a small child’s costume and allow it to fit your dog. The results may be hilarious and may resemble one of those expensive dog costumes out there.

Buy a Tutu

If you have a small pooch, a tutu may make your dog look tremendously cute. Find a size that will not drag on the floor, making it difficult for your dog to walk. Expect to do some sewing if the tutu is not the right size. You may have to add some elastic if it does not fit right around the waist.

dog wearing tutu

As seen, there are many ways you can dress up your pampered pooch at home. With some time, a little bit of sewing, and materials you may have at home, you may dress up your pampered pooch for a fraction of the cost of those expensive Halloween dog costumes. Best of all, you can proudly tell all your friends you did it all yourself!

Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas