Halloween has become an excuse to have fun for people of all ages, not just kids — so why should our best furry friends be left out? Just like costumes for humans, however, costumes for pets tend to be expensive. Here are 5 ways to save on your pet’s next Halloween costumes.
1. Get deals
With a bit of extra effort, you can shop smarter. Look for coupons and deals for stores such as ASOS,, which famously used a dog model for their 2014/2015 menswear collection. Many Halloween staples such as animal headbands can be worn by both humans and pets, but even human fashion items like bow-ties, knit hats, and T-shirts can look great (not to mention hilarious) on a cat or dog. To see asos’s halloween selection click here.
2. Start swapping
Most pet owners own at least a few dress-up items for their pets, whether it’s the classic bumblebee suit or a Marvel superhero costume. If you don’t mind secondhand, consider trading out your pet’s old outfits. Arrange a costume swap with other owners for Halloween — everyone gets something new, your pets get to socialize, and no one spends a penny.
3. Do it yourself
The Internet is full of ideas for homemade pet costumes, which is especially useful if your pet is too small (hello, rabbits!) or unusual (nice lizard) for store-bought costumes. For instance, Buzzfeed recommends sewing two wiggly stripes to a piece of fabric and then cutting out a hole for the head: instant bacon costume. For something even simpler, glue extra parts (e.g. fish fins, toy weapons) to your pet’s clothes and you’ll have a brand new getup.
4. Work with what you’ve got
We’ve all seen cats and dogs shaved to look like tiny lions, but have you seen dogs dyed into pandas and dinosaurs? This Halloween, jazz up what your pet already has to offer: hair. Trim longer hair in fun ways, or shave a word or pattern into your pet’s coat. If you want to add crazy colors, spots, or stripes to your pet’s coat, be sure to use only juice, basic food coloring, or vet-approved pet dyes. Foods that are safe for dogs and can be processed into a juice dye include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, beets, and spinach. Apply your choice of liquid to the fur, avoiding your pet’s eyes, and wash it off when dry. Your pet’s Halloween look might even last until the next bath day.
If all else fails, use an image editor to add a Halloween “costume” to photos of your pet. Who’s going to check if your pet is actually dressed up as Pikachu — the Halloween police? There are countless computer programs and phone apps out there that can help you do this, completely without charge: GIMP, Fotor, and PicSense, just to name a few. Since some pets hate wearing clothes anyway, this might honestly be the best way to save on your pet’s Halloween costume this year.