5 Family-and-the-Dog Themed Halloween Costume Ideas!

Best-in-Show Costume Ideas That Include Fido!

Halloween has become a family affair! Now, everyone can get in on the fun as more families want to celebrate Halloween with every member of their family, including the four legged kind!

Here are 5 costume ideas for the entire family, including the Dog!

1.     Cops n’ Robbers

I got this idea from a pair of p.j.’s when my daughter was 6 months; HannaAndersson had these great black and white horizontally striped pajama top and matching bottom set for infants.  For Robbers, use a white cotton shirt and white sweat pants as bottoms and either fabric paint on the horizontal stripes or, use black tape.  Then, on a piece of fabric, using a wide black Sharpie, assign a Prison number in a 5 numbers hyphen 3 numbers sequence such as 09201-006 and affix to top with double backed tape. A combination of your child's(rens) birth date and age is cute. Parents dress as Cops by wearing a pair of black pants, black shoes, and a blue short sleeved button down shirt. You can buy fake badges and handcuffs at any costume shop (handcuffs optional).

Depending on the nature of your dog, Amazon has a Cop costume as well as aPrisoner costume.

2.     Arrrrrr!… Woof!  Band of Pirates

Key colors here are red, black and white. Red striped fabric found in t-shirts, knee socks, skull caps or black do- rags in combination with white bell-sleeved button downs or over-sized white button downs with a red or black sash will do.   Pants are usually black, women black skirts, and if you have an old wide-legged pair or pants, cut them into knickers (just below the knee) at the bottoms into jagged- triangle shapes, top of triangle down to get that shipwrecked look.  Pair with heavy black boots and the entire family can be a band of pirates!  Purchase swords, jolly rogers and eye patches at your local pop-up costume shop. 

For the dog, Amazon has a variety of pirate costumes.

3.     Lobster Fisherman, Fisherman’s Wife &  Lil’ Lobsters

Great for Parents with toddlers.  Adults wear yellow rain slickers with hoods and black or blue jean pants tucked in to rain boots.  Fisherman cable sweaters can also be worn underneath rain slicks.  Lobster costumes for toddlers can be found at Target, and for dogs go to Baxter Boo  or  Buycostumes.com

4.     Angry Birds

I’m not going to attempt to suggest how to DIY for this idea.  Party Magic has Angry Bird costumes for kids, toddlers, adults, canines too!

5.     Where’s Waldo

I love this one.  Everyone looks like Waldo but the real Waldo is the Dog!  You can DIY with red and white horizontally stripped short sleeved polo shirts with white long sleeved thermals underneath over blue jeans.  The Waldo Dog costume can be found at Cagedheat3 or at Costume Express for the entire family.

Which idea above is your favorite?  Do you have another idea? Let us know. 

Cynthia Dartley is Publisher/Editor of Macaroni Kid, a FREE weekly newsletter featuring recipes/crafts, events and activities for kids and their families.  Follow her on Face BookTwitter and Pinterest.

 *To ensure your pet(s) is not subjected to cruelty this Halloween click here for tips http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/halloween-safety-tips.aspx

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