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7 Last Minute DIY Halloween Dog Costumes

Halloween is right around the corner – no literally – only a couple more days until the spooky day! Do you have a costume yet?  I have loved dressing our dogs up over the years, and enjoy creating quick and easy DIY costumes for them to wear on our walk around the neighbourhood on Halloween evening. Plus, it always makes a good photo-opt! 

Whether you’re crafting your own costume for your pup, or buying a last minute costume from your local pet store, here are some of my favourite looks for the spooktacular night. 

Beanie Babies

Red golden retriever dog dressed as a beanie baby for halloween at Toronto Dog Mom halloween event.

The 90’s girl inside me absolutely LOVED this idea when I found it on Pinterest. It was so easy to recreate and highly recommend – everyone loved it. 

Sushi 

Talk about an easy to put together look! Not sure how long this would stay on with my two dogs, but definitely worth the photo! 

Pennywise 

I mean, perfect for if it’s raining outside too! Grab a balloon and you’re ready to go. 

Ghost

Have an old white sheet hanging around? Turn it into a cute ghost costume. Works for humans too! 

Mummy

While this may not stay on the longest either, it’s super cute and super simple. 

Dobby

Lab dressed as Dobby from Harry Potter for Halloween with a sign that says "Free Dobby".
Source: https://pin.it/1o9e6we

This is what our Koda girl is going to be this year! Super easy and we purchased a t-shirt from the dollar store and tacked a sock onto the front. 

Chewbacca

Couple and their dog dressed in Star Wars Halloween Costumes as Princess Leia, Hans Solo and Chewbacca.
Source: https://pin.it/4PFPwNL

And this is what our dog Ace is going to be! So simple and so accurate with his red fur and chewy-like growl. 

Don’t forget to always measure your doggo before making anything and ensure they’re comfortable, whatever it is you’re dressing them up as! 

Have a safe and Happy Halloween! 🎃👻

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Mermaid Makeup Look + Photoshoot

Looking for a last minute easy Halloween costume? Look no further! At the end of the summer my sister and talented photographer at Magic in Colours Photography, Christina, put together a ‘colour-bomb’ photoshoot. Each model had a theme and a colour story such as Galaxy (pink and purple) and Sunset (red, orange and yellow). My theme was Mermaid. AMAZING. With my love of makeup and doing makeup for others, I immediately volunteered to create the looks! The photos turned out so well. You should definitely take a look at her Facebook page to check out some of her other photography shoots!

Take a look below to see how they turned out along with instructions on how to recreate the look.
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As for the Mermaid makeup…here’s what you’ll need:

  • Aqua, turquoise, navy blue, green and purple eye shadow
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Fishnet Stockings
  • Highlighter
  • Blue lipstick (optional: I used the eye shadows to create the lip look!)

I started the look by creating a smokey blue eye, defining the lashes with eyeliner and then applying many coats of mascara. I then placed the fishnet stockings where I wanted to add the effect of scales and dusted a layer of light blue and then added deeper tones such as the green and purple. I found it easier to wet the brushes so that the eye shadow stuck well to my face! Once the scales were in place, I added a blue lip to tie the whole look together. Since I did not have any blue lipstick, I simply wet the eye shadows on the back of my hand with a lip brush and then applied directly to my lips. I added highlighter on the high points of my face and lightly over the scales to add some sheen and dimension.

For my hair, I wanted it to look wet and slicked back, as if I had just surfaced from the water (did I mention I have a really big imagination?). So I used gel and mousse to slick my hair back with a comb and hair sprayed it in place. I used a couple of bobby pins to keep some stray hairs from slipping out. But overall, the look was very simple to do.

The shots definitely speak for themselves! They turned out great.

Fun fact: the shoot took 10 times longer than planned because wasps were attracted to the colour bombs and we had to keep running away! Okay…I had to keep running away…they are my #1 fear!

For a more detailed guide on how to recreate this look check out this video here by one of my favourite beauty bloggers, Melissa Alatorre. Want the outfit too? Check out Lauren Conrad’s DIY post here.

What are some of your favourite Halloween costumes? Leave me a comment below!

Happy Halloween!

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