You have a party coming up, or there is a significant holiday about to arrive that you’re looking forward to celebrating. However, you want your pet to get in on the fun as well. You know that there are costumes for pets out there, but how will know which is the right one for your pet and this event?
What are some of the best pet costume and onesie ideas? The best types of costume are popular or funny – but if you’re lucky they are both. These include Batman, Captain America, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to name a few.
To learn more about these types of costumes, store-bought vs. do-it-yourself costumes, where to find them, and how much to spend, keep reading.
The Best Pet Costume and Onesie Ideas Anywhere
When trying to decide on the best costume for your pet during any special occasion, whether its Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, St. Patricks Day or any other significant holiday celebrated by the bulk of the world there are specific parameters you are going to want to meet.
Best Types of Pet Costumes
Do you want to purchase a more popular costume, something related to comic book movies or some other pop culture icon? Do you want to do something funny or off-kilter to get a laugh out of anyone who sees your pet? Do you want to purchase a costume onesie from the store or do you want to try your hand at homemade gifts?
Any and all of these options are promising. In the end, you just need to decide what works best for the event your dressing your pet up for and the kind of reaction you want others to have when they see it.
For popular costumes, it’s tough to go wrong with a costume based off of comic book characters. With comic culture going strong superhero costumes are easy to come by for pets. They can also be entertaining if your choosing to do something like a Marvel marathon with your friends.
Popular costumes aren’t just based off of popular culture though you can also use human costume traditions that dogs can partake in as well, such as ugly Christmas Sweater parties. If this doesn’t appeal to you, there are still other favorite costume traditions to consider.
Funny pet costumes are relatively easy to come by simply because of the ridiculousness of putting your pet in a costume, to begin with. However, if there is a particular theme you are trying to follow, having your pet in the appropriate costume can help set it.
Typical funny costumes range from dressing them up as pieces of fruit to putting them in absurdly colorful costumes. Each type of costume can solicit a laugh of good humor, whether your taking the dog out this Halloween or entertaining your guests at a themed event.
Once you’ve decided on the best type of costume, be it famous, funny, or both the next question is, how can you find one. The first option is looking online for your intended purchase. However, this may not be the best option for you.
Fortunately, a DIY pet costume can be easily made and affordable if done right. While they may not be a carbon copy of the store-bought costumes, a homemade pet costume can have its own original flair.
If you are looking for the best pet costume for your event, or just because you want to dress up Mr. Mittens, consider what kind of costume you’re looking for. What is the reaction you are hoping to get and how much time do you have to buy it or make it, and they put it on your pet.
Whatever costume you decide on, be sure to do a test run of the costume before having your pet wear it for an extended period. Make sure the costume isn’t going to sit too tightly or irritate any sensitive areas. You also want to use this test run to make sure that your pet is going to be able to tolerate wearing the onesie.
Speaking from personal experience, I remember one Christmas where I tried to get my poodle mix to wear this adorable little elf worker onesie. Not ten minutes after it was on, I found her dragging her body across the carpet trying to peel it off. Needless to say, you don’t want your dog to spend the entire holiday and/or party miserable.
The Most Popular Pet Costumes and Onesies
For store-bought costumes, as stated before the most popular kind to get right now are related to comic book characters and other pop culture-based creations.
Personally, I have two favorites in the comic book verse and one related to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, because they are and always will be awesome.
The first store-bought pet costume you can find reasonably often everywhere is a costume for Batman or Batdog as it were.
It is a shiny black onesie with a bright yellow bat emblazoned on the back. To top it off there is a set of pointed ears you can place on top of your pet’s head in place of Mr. Wayne’s cowl.
This is a good costume for the pet owners who have a deep and abiding loyalty for DC Comics and its Dark Knight.
In the other famous comic book universe, Marvel, there is a slew of costumes to pick from. The last Marvel movie installment, Avengers: Endgame, which signaled an end of an era for characters and fans alike, is bound to have many characters represented in pet costume this year.
The go-to for Marvel-based pet costumes is Captain America. Just check at any online retailer. Though in a fresh sort-of twist you don’t see a lot of modern Captain America. Most pet costumes take the lead from the original comics, with a lighter shade of blue in the onesie and a bright star with a red circle, representing the shield.
My favorite part about this costume is the cap, where you can see the little wings sticking out of the sides, just like the comic. It’s cute and full of nostalgia.
If comic books aren’t really your things, don’t worry, there are other pet costumes based on favorite movies, cartoons, tv shows, cultural icons in general. My favorite, as mentioned before, is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Like with a lot of the popular costumes it’s a throwback to the original non-CGI turtles with the very 80s colors. Like with the two costumes mentioned previously, the costume is completed with a mask with the color associated with your chosen Ninja Turtle.
You may not be able to afford one of these costumes, or maybe you don’t want to deal with the other people shopping for pet costumes. If that is the case, there are a few really cool DIY pet costume projects you can try.
They are Butterfly and Black Bat. Both of these costumes can be quickly done if you’re relatively crafty and have easy access to felt and wire.
The Butterfly is an adorable little last-minute costume. All you need to make it is some colored paper, your pets favorite onesie, lightweight wire, glue, and glitter (if you’re so inclined).
First, cut the colored paper into your desired wings. If you want them to be big like a Monarch or if you want them to have a unique design similar to a fairy, that is your prerogative.
Once you have the paper cut, measure, and shape the wire. Then attach the wing to the wire using glue. Wait a few hours to make sure the glue is set.
Then using your pet’s favorite onesie decide and mark where you will be placing the wings, I recommend their favorite since they will be familiar with it and the extra weight of the wings may not bother your pet as much.
Before attaching the wings to the onesie dull the sharpened edges of the wire. There are a lot of ways to do this, my preferred method is bending the wire up and twisting it around itself.
This should be easy if you’re using a lightweight wire. You want to do this to avoid scratching your pet and causing unnecessary discomfort.
Once you’ve made sure the edges are adequately dulled, you can begin attaching the wings to the onesie. Is the glue doing the job you were hoping for you can also use tape to ensure the wings will stay secured?
Wait a few hours and once the glue has dried and you’re sure the wings are affixed to the onesie have your pet try it on. Then watch as they walk around, every movement causing the light wings to spring up and down, like wings fluttering.
The Black Bat is a similar costume in design. I would recommend using this for black cats or small black dogs if you’re wanting to highlight that serious-ish Halloween element.
- Captain America
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Black Bat
The Funniest Dog Costumes
Funny costumes are my preferred type of costumes for pets. It’s already absurd, so why not pile onto it with a legitimately funny costume.
As I stated before the most common kind of funny costumes requires dressing up your pet as an inanimate object, however, there are exceptions to this, particularly with fin DIY projects.
Before we begin looking at DIY projects, let’s look at what you can buy premade at the store. My preferred favorites are Pet Shark, Hot Dog, and UPS Deliveryman.
To start with is the Pet Shark costume. The main reason it’s listed here is that its advertisement is of a little chihuahua dressed up in it.
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with that particular breed of dog, but growing up around them, I can state with certainty that the accuracy of that costume is very apropos.
It’s a very tiny costume, again suited for smaller and miniature breeds. Like with most costumes it is made up of bright colors, the shark’s skin is an eye-catching light blue.
Though the best part of this costume is the front. Within the shark’s open mouth is where the dog’s head rests, creating an amusing image.
The hot dog costume is perfect for those whose humor is based on irony. From a small Dachshund to a Great Dane, this type of costume tends to come in a variety of sizes. Wrapped in the facsimile link and bun, with the single line of mustard down their back anybody who sees your pet in this costume will give a light chuckle.
My favorite of the store bought costume would have to be the UPS Deliveryman. On the one hand, there is an excellent image of role reversal.
Whether your dog has a deep seeded hatred for your local delivery man or if he eagerly greets the approaching truck with excited barks every time he hears its tell-tell engine, all dogs have some relationship with their postman.
The costume slides onto your pet’s torso, the front taking the shape of a body holding a package. With the dog’s head above the body, you get the image if the dog is delivering the package taking the role of his adversary or friend, depending on how the pet acts around the postman.
There are two DIY projects that I think are pretty funny and easy. They are Bed Sheet Ghost and Business Man.
The Bed Sheet Ghost is pretty self-explanatory. To give yourself a better idea of what it would look like, think about the beginning of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. All you need for this costume is an appropriately sized bed sheet, markers, and scissors.
When picking the right size bed sheet, think about how big your pet is. If you are dressing up a Scottish Terrier, you will need significantly less sheet than say a Golden Retriever. Try to pick a lighter sheet, something that if the dog panics, they can quickly get it off without too much aggravation.
Once you’ve figured out the size sheet needed, trace out the shapes you need to cut out. You’re going to need three tracings in total. Two for the eyes and one for the mouth. To make sure that your pet doesn’t become really stressed, make sure that both the eye and mouth holes are massive.
The eye holes should be large enough for the dog to see easily out of. The mouth holes should comfortably fit over the dog’s nose and mouth. Be sure to leave enough room for the dog to open its mouth.
This is an adorable costume, and, as I said before, it makes me think of Charlie Brown. I’m willing to bet that anybody who had ever seen the particular Charlie Brown holiday special will get the same nostalgic feeling.
The next DIY costume is perfect for bigger dogs. An issue you get with more substantial dogs is that it is hard to find costumes that will fit them comfortably and won’t be too heavy.
The Business Man costume solves this by giving you the option of a smaller lightweight costume.
I have a friend with a huge Pit Bull. She loves dressing him up for holiday events, and her go-to costume is this .99 cent velcro bow tie. The tie and the white stripe that goes down the front of his chest creates the image of this giant dog in a suit.
Automatic costume with minimal effort. This is what the Business Man costume looks like mostly.
To make the Business Man costume, all you need is an old men’s shirt that no one’s going to miss and a very cheap tie. You can get both of these at any local Good WIll or consignment store. If you really want to embrace the funny costume idea, you can even look for a novelty tie.
You will also need scissors, to get the necessary costume pieces, and elastic bands to help make the collar.
When picking your shirt, make sure that you pick a shirt that has a large enough collar to fit around your dog’s neck. Remember, your dog should always be able to breathe comfortably. Once the shirt is picked cut out the collar and cuffs.
Double check to make sure the collar will fit comfortably around your dog’s neck, if it is too snug, cut out the back of the collar and attach the elastic pieces to make a better fitting collar. Once the collar is fitted, put on the tie.
A simple know will do, make the knot loose enough to slide over the dog’s head if needed.
The cuffs are going to be placed on the dogs front paws. You may need to move the buttons over so that they’re smaller and have a tighter fit.
Once this is done, you have successfully made a dog costume for the dog ready to take on Wall Street on the go. Be ready, your dog is going to be in many photos in the hours to come because of the humor and adorableness.
- Pert Shark
- Hot Dog
- UPS Deliveryman
- Bed Sheet Ghost
- Business Man
How To Find Costumes For Small Dogs
When you have a smaller breed, you have an array of options when it comes to potential places to find costumes.
You can go to the traditional pet store route, you can try being creative with DIY projects, or depending on the size of your dog some infant costumes may do.
A costume bought from a pet store is a good idea if you have questions about the type of materials a costume is made out of. Most sales associates are given at least necessary information about what is and aren’t suitable for dogs.
This way, you are sure that you are putting your dog’s best interests first, all while looking for a way to make your pet adorable this holiday.
DIY projects are great for savvy and creative pet owners. If you already know what kind of sensitivities your dog may have, such as have the costume touching them in certain places that make them agitates you will know how to avoid them when you are making your pet’s custom.
The best thing about DIY costumes is that your pet won’t look like the others that holiday season.
If you don’t find any costumes that really appeal to you in the pet stores and you don’t think you’re creative enough to make a fun DIY costume you can always look at the costumes made for babies and toddlers.
Baby costumes are traditionally made out of soft, non-irritating material ideal for newborns and small dogs.
If you find something in the infant costumes that you like some strategic cutting can make it easy for your small dog to get into the costume and easy for you to get it out of said costume at the end of the day.
Personally, I’m an advocate for DIY costumes. These types of costumes can be fun and because you re familiar with what your dog does and doesn’t like you have the best chance of making a costume that your dog won’t hate wearing the whole time.
Where To Find Costumes For Smaller Dog Breeds:
- Store-Bought Costumes
- DIY Costumes
- Infant and Toddler Costumes
The Best Places To Buy Pet Costumes and Onesies Online
Pet Stores are always the right place to start when looking for pet-specific items. Since their target demographic are pets and pet lovers, they are going to make sure that their product is always of the highest quality.
Also, a reputable pet store with an online presence is more likely to have a timely delivery service for their products.
Amazon can be good if you are buying from Amazon proper. The issues that arise with Amazon is when you purchase an item that is provided by an Amazon subsidiary. Sometimes its high-quality costumes other times when you finalize your order it isn’t what you wanted at all.
Finally, there are costume specific stores. A personal favorite of mine is Spirit. This is a Halloween specific store that has a year-long web presence.
While their optimal market time is seasonal and they’re most active in the fall, during the spring and summer months if you fin pet costumes you like you can get great discounts.
The best way to know if you are on an excellent online shopping site is to check out the customer reviews.
This is where you will get honest feedback about the different kind of vendors and stores you are considering. Once you have that information, you can then make an informed decision.
Where To Shop For Pet Costumes Online:
- Pet Stores (PetSmart, PetCo, etc.)
- Halloween Seasonal Stores (Spirit)
How Much Do People Spend on Pet Costumes
To start off with pet costume pricing, I’m going to mention the most expensive costume I’ve found briefly.
Things To Consider When Doing DIY Projects:
- Already Available resources
An Upcycled Denim Studded Skulls Jacket costs an overage of $329. This is extreme, considering most of us won’t spend that kind of money on ourselves, much less a beloved pet.
In the real world, a person will average $15 on a pet costume. Depending on where you are buying it, the costume may cost a little more or a little less.
At Amazon, a Batman pet costume with a cape costs $14. The PetSmart’s Batman costume cost $24. The Spirit Store’s Batman costume costs $21.
A few things to consider is the fact that this item is rather favorite, as mentioned before, so the Batman costume will be a little more expensive.
When you compare the prices side by side, you see that traditionally, Amazon has the most affordable product, followed by Halloween and costume-specific stores, then pet stores.
While cost does play into it, a pet-owner may be more willing to go through a more expensive manufacturer that is pet-centric, mainly if they’ve done business with this store before. It becomes a matter of quality over quantity.
The price of DIY costumes depends entirely on you. Some people will already have the materials on hand and won’t need to spend the additional money. However, money is the only thing spent with DIY costumes, time is also a commodity with these projects.
When you think about how much these kinds of project cost, the time has to be considered. Some crafty people are more than willing to spend some of their time doing this. Others may not be as willing and choose to go through the store to spend a bit more money to save on time.
Whatever costume you get for your pet and however you choose to get it the most important thing to always bear in mind is if your pet will be comfortable in this costume. If it seems that your pet will be in any sort of physical discomfort because of a costume you’re going to put him in rethink putting said pet in that costume.