On Wednesday, October 12, The Martha Stewart Show features ways that pet owners can create do-it-yourself pet costumes for dogs and cats. The episode airs today on the Hallmark channel at 10 a.m. And 2 p.m. ET. The Martha Stewart Show is broadcast daily on Ch. 43 to central New York’s Time-Warner Cable customers.
Stewart’s DIY Halloween pet costumes episode airs just in time to coordinate with Petsmart’s Howl-o-ween pet events at Syracuse and central New York area stores. The high point of the chain’s Halloween promotions includes the Howl-o-ween photo event on Saturday, October 22, where readers can get a picture of their dog (or cat) in costume for $4.95. Syracuse readers should check the Dewitt, Camillus and Clay Petsmart locations for Oct. 22nd’s Howl-o-ween photo event hours.
Halloween toys and costumes for both dogs and cats from Martha Stewart Pets, Top Paw, Grreat Choice™ and WhiskerCity™ are all reduced to 20% off regular retail prices through October 23. See the slide show accompanying this article for a selection of Petsmart’s ready-made costumes and Halloween toys for dogs and cats. Not all sizes, all costumes or toys are available in every local store. Most are available online, but some sale items are only available in local stores.
Dog Halloween costumes available at local Petsmart stores include Martha Stewart’s dragon, devil, Dracula, pumpkin, skeleton and witch costumes, which are on sale from $11.19 to $12.31. All Martha Stewart Pets costumes are available in sizes from extra-small (toy dogs) through large (medium bodied dogs.) Stewart’s skeleton and pumpkin costumes are also available in extra-large.
Most of the Martha Stewart pets clothing line runs a little small for big-bodied and large dogs. The line’s “Large” costumes most comfortably fit medium-bodied breeds such as English springer spaniels, standard schnauzers, basset hounds and whippets at a healthy weight. Readers might consider taking their dog with them to Petsmart and actually trying on full-body costumes before buying.
Larger-bodied breeds like dalmations, setters, and greyhounds may have better sizing luck with Top Paw and Grreat Choice™ costumes in extra and double-extra large. Top Paw costumes are on sale now for $8.39 – $9.51. Grreat Choice™ full body costumes are on sale for $6.39.
Top Paw offers frog, chicken, bee, cow, basketball player and pumpkin costumes for dogs in extra-small to double extra-large sizes. In additon to full body football player, cheerleader and clown costumes (on sale: $6.39), Grreat Choice™ offers a Halloween collar/necklace, two glow-in-the-dark Halloween tees for dogs (sale price: $6.39), and costume add-ons including witch’s and pirate’s hats, butterfly wings, ghost hairbows, and tutus for the dog who isn’t comfortable wearing a full body costume.
Cats don’t often react well to being dressed up in a full-body costume, but Whisker City™ offers a selection of cat collar, hat and scarf combinations for the pet owner who wants to include Kitty in the family Halloween celebrations. Whisker City™ cat Halloween costumes include a jester collar and cap, pirate hat, butterfly wings, tiger hood and mouse hat, each $3.91 at Petsmart through October 23.
One easy and inexpensive DIY Halloween costume idea (and the approach Stewart will demonstrate in her Oct. 12th show) is to decorate human tees. This approach works well for large and heavy-set pets or pets carrying a little extra coat or weight.
Tall, long and deep-chested breeds like Greyhounds, who can be hard to fit in commercial full-body costumes, can often comfortably wear junior girls size small or medium tank tops, which owners can decorate to suit their tastes. Small to medium breeds like English cocker spaniels can often wear short sleeve toddler tees and sweatshirts. Measure the dog, and then take those measurements and a tape measure to the clearance racks at local discount clothing stores to find a good foundation for the costume..
Decorate purchased human tees with non-toxic washable fabric paint, markers, felt, glitter and iron-on appliques to create safe semi-homemade pet Halloween costumes. See these Martha Stewart DIY pet costume ideas from earlier Martha Stewart shows.
Before purchasing a ready-made Halloween costume, or a foundation tee or sweatshirt for a DIY Halloween costume, measure the dog.
- neck and head: at the widest part
- back: from the base of the neck to the base of the tail
- girth: the area around the dog’s body from the shoulder bones under the chest behind the elbows and back up to the shoulder blade.
Check out Petsmart’s pet clothing sizing guide for illustrated directions for measuring a dog for a costume.
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