Low budget, last minute dog costumes

Low budget, last minute dog costumes


It’s almost Halloween and if you’re like 29 million other Americans, you’re planning to dress up your pet. According to the National Retail Federation, those pet costumes will cost consumers $490 million. That’s about double what people spent on costumes for their pets in 2010, just 9 years ago.

If you want to be part of the excitement but don’t have a costume yet, here are some low budget, last-minute ideas to make a Halloween costume for your Morkie.

Low budget, last minute costume ideas for your Morkie

Meet the “Purebred” Morkie!

There are two ways to do this. The first is super easy but it won’t last long.

Cut out the middle, soft part of a piece of bread, just big enough for your Morkie’s face to come through. Ta-da! That’s it.



Turn your Morkie into a “Purebred Wonder Morkie” with this easy-to-make costume.

You’ll need:

  • an empty Wonder bread wrapper
  • a sheet of lightweight, white Bristol board
  • a bit of string or ribbon

This costume is beautifully made with fabric, but you can repurpose a plain old Wonderbread wrapper to make a quick version.

Get an empty Wonder Bread wrapper and cut it lengthwise along the bottom. Lay it out flat on a table, and cut some white Bristol board (lightweight) to fit, leaving about 3” of bread wrapper at end, with no Bristol board. 

how to make a wonder dog

The beautiful  Wonder Bread costume picture abo0ve features square off ends like a real loaf of bread, but we’re just going to leave some extra bag and tie it off. 

Now fold the wrapper/board so that the loaf is squared up on your Morkie. If your dog is really small, cut the Bristol board smaller, leaving more bag at each end.


To finish your costume, just use the string or ribbon to tie off each end.  This version doesn’t use the white Bristol board liner, but I think it looks better white. 


More quick ideas

The ever-pupular Ghost Dog

Simply cut a piece of white fabric to fit around your Morkie (don’t leave anything trailing), and cut out eye holes. You’ll probably need to keep it in place with white ribbon, one piece tied around the body and one tied around the neck.

hersheys kisses costume

The Hershey’s Kisses Doggy

You just need lots of aluminum foil and a name strip for “Hershey’s”

Be sure to leave your Morkie’s legs and feet outside the foil so he can walk.


Need a quick template for the paper strip that says KISSES?  Here’s one to print yourself.


template for kisses

Giant Loofah Puppy

I LOVE this one and it’s so simple.  All you need is lots of Tulle (netting fabric) in blue or any other color that strikes you, and a piece of white rope.  

Run a heavy thread along the long end of the Tulle fabric, then pull it tight to gather the fabric and make it curly. Fasten the thread off then wrap the fabric around your Morkie. Anchor a piece of white rope in the middle with a safety pin.

giant loofah costume

Watchdog Morkie!

Draw a watch face yourself on the back of a paper plate, add a big wide watchband and then attach an elastic and put it around your Morkie. Or download a cool-looking watch face from the web and print it out. Mount on light card and attach it to your Morkie with a band.

No time? Print this Morkie Time watch face.

Minnie Morkie

You’ll need some felt, in red, black and white to make the ears and the beautiful bow.  Add some netting, gathered into a skirt for the final touch.


Here are some specific recommendations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLJYxP4HdRI 

minnie mouse costume

angel or devil

Good or Bad Dog?

Gold pipe cleaners are perfect for making a halo; use red felt to cut out devil’s horns. 

Attach with elastic.

Lion King… or Queen 

Make a collar out of a strip of brown felt, measured to your Morkie’s neck plus 4″.

Then glue loops of felt in different browns, to the collar with a hot glue gun.

Glue on some velcro to close the collar once it’s on your little king or queen.

lion puppys.

harry potter

Harry Paw-ter

Pipe cleaners make good geeky glasses here (don’t forget the lightning bolt) and a necktie or orange and brown scarf add up to the perfect little Harry Potter.


Here’s another version:

another harry potter costume

And my fave - the Beany Baby Morkie

How about you? Got your Morkie’s costume ready yet? Please share!

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Dog Halloween Costumes for your Morkie

Dog Halloween Costumes for your Morkie

Halloween isn’t far off so it’s time to think about dog Halloween costumes for your Morkie. Did you know that 29 million pet lovers will dress their fur-babies up this Halloween according to the National Retail Federation?

From Ewoks to the latest DC comic characters, dogs costumes run the full range.

The top three dog Halloween costumes for 2019 are:










After these, popular costumes include the Bumble Bee, Lion, Devil, and Shark.

Dogs dressed as cats, and cats dressed as dogs are also popular in multi-pet households.

CNN recently picked the ‘best’ dog costumes for 2019 and they included a BACON COSTUME for dogs, matching dog and cat TACO COSTUMES, the PUPPY LATTE costume and the UPS DELIVERY DOG.

The dog-as-a-hot-dog costume is always a fave for dog lovers


hot dog costumes for dogs

Top Dog Halloween Costumes for 2019

And no, Candy Corn isn't good for dogs.

It’s not nearly as bad as chocolate or candies with nuts, but candy corn is just too much sugar for your little Morkie.

One of Halloween's favorite candies is almost 100% sugar.

Over 35 million pounds of Candy Corn is made every year for Halloween int he United States but it’s no longer the #1 favorite candy.

That honor goes to M&Ms, overwhelming favorite Halloween candy in 2019. M&Ms get out last year’s #1, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, KitKat (#3) and Snickers #4.

Candy corn has plummeted to #5 in popularity.

Candy corn is made from sugar, corn syrup, confectioner’s glazes, salt, dextrose, gelatine, sesame oil, artificial flavor, honey, yellow 6, yellow 5 and red 3. It also contains gelatin.


More tips to keep your Morkie safe on Halloween


Dog stress is real on Halloween. If your Morkie doesn’t want to wear a costume, then let him off the hook. Some dogs don’t mind at all but others are anxious and annoyed.

Keep your Morkie safe from dashing out the door when it rings… and rings… and rings. Like July 4th fireworks, Halloween activities can scare dogs and make them run away. The constant door opening is a temptation that’s just too much for some dogs, so keep them safely away from the front door on Halloween.

Chocolate is always a big no-no for dogs. Small dogs are at higher danger because of their size. Chocolate is made with caffeine, bad for dogs and their hearts, but theobromine in chocolate is the real culprit. We can metabolize it quickly but dogs can’t so it can quickly build to toxic levels in a dog’s system. Just half an ounce of dark chocolate can be enough to KILL YOUR MORKIE!

If your Morkie gets over-excited at Halloween, the result can be vomiting, diarrhea, submissive urination or even aggression. Keep your Morkie calm – and safe.

Best dog Halloween costumes

Best dog Halloween costumes

Halloween’s just around the corner. Time to start thinking about dog Halloween costumes for your Morkie. Here are this year’s best funny dog costumes.

Top Ten Halloween costumes for 2018

Star Wars never gets old


Action hero Batman character/princess Animal (cat, dog, monkey, etc.) Spider Man Star Wars character Witch Pirate Disney Princess Ghost Wonder Woman


Pumpkin Hot Dog Lion Bumble Bee Devil Batman character Ghost Cat Witch Star Wars character


Witch Batman character Animal (dog, cat, etc.) Pirate Spider Man Vampire Zombie Star Wars character Slasher villain (Jason, etc.) Wonder Woman

Pumpkin costume for dogs

Amazon.com $12.58 in size small.

dog pumpkin costume details

Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, not sweetened pumpkin) is the BEST for dogs. If your Morkie has diarrhea, or is constipated, pumpkin saves the day.

Just add about 1/2 teaspoon to your Morkie’s food per day, to solve either problem. Freeze the rest in an ice cube tray, to keep on hand.

Hot dog costume for small dogs

hot dog costume for dogsAmazon.com $14.21

Cowardly Lion costume for small dogs

cowardly lion costume for dog

Amazon.com $20.00

The iconic Wizard of Oz movie was produced in 1939. It started out in black and white, then became Technicolor! The first colour movie produced in Hollywood. Everyone loved it; the movie was nominated for 7 Academy Awards that year. However, it took 10 years for to earn back the cost of production, an astounding $3.1 million in 1939. (That’s  ike over $54 million today.)

Dorothy’s famous ruby slippers were stolen from an exhibit at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on the night of August 27–28, 2005. In 2015, the Associated Press reported that an anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for information about the stolen slippers.They were finally recovered just last month (September 2018).

Shark Week! Shark costume for small dog

shark costume for small dog

Amazon.com $12.99

Did you know more people are killed by bee stings and lightning than by shark attacks? Worldwide about 30 people die each year from shark attacks, which means a person has a one in 300 million chance of being killed by a shark.

About two-thirds of shark attacks on humans have taken place in water less than six feet deep. As long as a shark’s back is mostly under water, it can swim easily. A nine-foot-long bull shark can swim in just two feet of water.

Pinata costume for your Morkie

pinata dog halloween costume

Amazon.com $19.96

Who knew! The history of the pinata goes waaaay back, to the 1500s in Mexico. Priests used a star-shaped pinata with 7 points, to represent the 7 Deadly Sins (you remember them, right – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride ).

The candies and other goodies inside the piñata are the riches of the kingdom of heaven, that the virtuous who are able to overcome sin will receive. It’s a lot to teach your Morkie, but….

Hallowe’en Morkies

Hallowe’en Morkies

It’s that time of year – are you and your Morkie ready?? Once again, the lowly PUMPKIN is the most popular pet costume this year – come on people, can’t we be more creative 🙂  Also on the list, the devil, a hotdog, bee, cat, witch bow tie and pirate.


morkie halloween costume


morkie dressed as a pumpkinBy the way, here’s how costumes rank for Halloween for people. (This is adults and kids). The favourites are —

  • Witch
  • Princess
  • Pirate
  • Vampire
  • Zombie
  • Batman
  • Cat
  • Ghost


If your Morkie is like most dogs, he doesn’t really like wearing a costume, unless you’ve accustomized him to clothes from puppyhood.

When dogs are dressed up and not liking it, they simply freeze. They won’t take a step, won’t look  up, won’t do a thing. Here are the signs your dog is hating his halloween look.


Signs your dog is stressed:

  • Head down
  • Whale eyes (open wide, can see the whites)
  • Ears back
  • Turning away
  • Single paw raised
  • Freezing / refusing to move
  • Flattening to the ground

In that case, better to go with a festive collar, or  ummm, a festive collar.


Big runaway night

Even if he’s not afraid of his costume, your Morkie might choose October 31st to run off in the night. (The biggest runway night of the year is July 4th thanks to fireworks), so keep doors closed or better still, keep your Morkie in a quiet, closed off room or in his kennel cage.

Here are some handy safety reminders:


Safety reminders halloween dogs

What I want my dog to be for Halloween

What I want my dog to be for Halloween

morkie-halloween-costumeThere are lots of great costumes for small dogs, and if yours is game, it can be fun to dress him or her up.

Maybe a little bit of neighbourhood “trick or biscuit” or an afternoon get-together. Website BuzzFeed features the 57 Greatest Pet Costumes, from an Rob-Bun the rabbit Robin Hood to an actual Chia Pet.

But when it comes to costumes for dogs, it seems you just can’t beat the old standby: the hotdog – #1 in retail sales for the past 8 years.


A close second to hotdogs… the pumpkin!

dog pumpkin costumes

But Halloween can also be a stressful time for pets

morkie dog wig for halloweenThe ASPCA has made a list of some precautionary pet safety tips for all pet parents to heed so that there are no scaredy cats this Halloween.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.

  • Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst, urination and heart rate—and even seizures.
  • Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to depression, lack of coordination and seizures. In cases of significantly low blood sugar, liver failure has been known to occur.
  • Ingesting tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.
Morkie dressed as a Ty Tou

Here’s a really fun costume: make a big TY tag and attach it to your Morkie’s collar.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are swallowed.

3. Keep wires and cords away from pets; these wires from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4.  A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.

So more than anything, this is what

I want MY dog to be at Halloween:





Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips


Halloween can be great fun – we really get into the spirit here in North American, where millions of us adults dress up, and dress up our pets too. But here are some tips to keep it safe for your pets.

Some of the top dangers specific to Halloween are:

  • toxic Halloween candy – chocolate especially is deadly for small dogs like Morkies, and tinfoil and cellophane wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Be sure to keep your children’s haul out of the dog’s way.
  • don’t forget raisins – just a few can cause serious health problems for your Morkie including kidney failure, so keep these treats securely out of the way too.
  • lit candles – your Morkie could accidentally knock over a lit candle – consider using a no flame, no mess alternative to light up your jack-o-lantern.
  • wires and cords could harm your dog – dogs love to chew and Morkies are no exception. Make sure all wires and cords from temporary displays and decorations are properly secured and out of reach.
  • constant door bells and strangers – can be very stressful for your Morkie. Sometimes accidents happen and your Morkie might make a run for it when you’re opening the door. Be sure to keep his I.D. on, and ideally keep him quiet and comfortable in another room during the peak of activity.  Like the 4th of July, Halloween is a peak time for runaways according to the ASPCA.

Should dogs wear costumes?

Everyone loves to see dogs in costumes – in fact, most people have dressed up their pooches at some point in their lives.

However, if your Morkie is really resistant to the idea, this much stress might be a bad idea.

Start small – a little hat or a bandana, to get your Morkie used to the idea. Then try a T-shirt. Don’t rush — make it fun.

If your Morkie is anxious or upset in her costume, take it off right away and try later.

Should I take my Morkie trick or treating with us?

If you’re taking both children and a dog on your own that can be a real handful. As small dogs, Morkies can become frightened, and aren’t always as well socialized as large dogs.  My advice – if your kids are older and don’t need constant supervision, or if another adult can come with you, then give it a try.  But be prepared to take your Morkie home when he’s tired or overwrought.

Keeping your Morkie safe

Stick to your dog’s routine

So how do you protect your dog, short of canceling Halloween altogether? First, try your best to stick to the dog’s routine, especially regular walks. An exercised dog is a better behaved dog all round, so grab a walk whenever you can. The bonus – it will help reduce your own stress levels too.

Give your dog some time outs

You may want to remove your dog from the party central action if things get too hectic. A quiet room or his crate, is a far better solution than a stressed-out dog. Don’t assume your partner or someone else is watching the dog; be explicit about who’s in charge and plan ahead for the dog’s needs (a walk in the middle of trick or treating time?  Better reschedule that one).

Plan ahead

For an ounce or two of prevention, make sure your dog has his tag on at all times, with your current phone number on it. Check out which emergency vets will be open in your area that nigiht and stick that number up on the fridge.

One more tip – pumpkin!

Pure, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is a great thing to keep on hand for your dog-in pumpkinn costumeMorkie. Believe it or not, it’s great for both diarrhea AND constipation. Plus it’s loaded with betacarotene which your Morkie’s system converts to Vitamin A. One or two teaspoons a day (no more!) can be very helpful to your little Morkie’s digestion.

Remember however – DO NOT feed:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • raw pumpkin
  • pulp from your raw pumpkin
  • pumpkin pie or pumpkin pie filling

Happy haunting!

Doggy Halloween trivia

Doggy Halloween trivia


Pope costumes for dogs are very popular this year

We LOVE Halloween!

Just look at these numbers: this year’s poll from the National Retail Federation showed that 68 million Americans will dress up this Halloween — and another 20 million pet owners will dress up their pet!

After Christmas, it’s the single biggest retail spending holiday of the year and that’s not counting the dental bills after!

Really popular this year for pets?

Pumpkins are always a sure bet, along with Superheroes and bumblebees. Norwalk Store Manager Walter Randall says that this year, the best selling new style is what he calls “Pop Riders.”

“You put it on your dog, it can be a princess or cat, or even a horse rider. It makes it look like the little man is on top of your dog riding it like a horse.”  OMG  Picture one of these on your Morkie!


“Pop rider” for a bigger dog…. it’s a little person on top of the pet, dressed as a cowboy, Star Wars character or whatever else strikes you. They’re all the rage this year according to retailers.

More “pop riders” – this year’s hot trend in pet costumes



Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story, rides a pug on the way to the parade.

Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story, rides a pug on the way to the parade.

Top costumes for dogs, kids and adults

  • For the 11th year in a row, WITCH is the #1 costume for adults –
    Morkie Pumpkin

    Morkie Pumpkin

    about 4.3 million of us dress up in that old standby!

  • Pumpkin is once again, the #1 costume for both dogs AND cats
  • Kids #1 costume – princess!  This will be the choice for about 3.2 million Americans
  • Minions and Star Wars characters are on the top 10 for everyone – child or adult, four-legged or two

National Retail Foundation’s 2015 Top Costumes Survey

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