Halloween Costumes…. To Make or Not to Make

I love the Fall with its beauty.  I do admit to some sadness at the end of summer but once Fall starts up with the changing leaves, the fresh apples and cider in our local orchard, the opening of the pumpkin patch and some cooler evenings spent snuggling with my favorite Springer Spaniels I am completely on board.

And of course, there’s Halloween which can be such fun for humans but not always for our canine friends.  That’s not the topic of this blog, however, please remember to keep your pets safe during this time of year.  What I’m really wondering about today is … dog costumes.  I had a Springer named Wembley and he LOVED to trick or treat with the kids.  Normally I think this is not a great idea for dogs because it can be very stressful for them and potentially unsafe.  Wembley, however, was unique in so many ways.  So, my sister and I dressed him up for several years and took him through our neighborhood with my niece Brittney and nephew Nathan to gather treats.   He was a huge fan of treats and would do just about anything to gain one.  My sister, being the creative one, was in charge of costume design.  He was batman, which was a hit with the male trick or treaters, a gift wrapped Christmas package one year and the traditional hot dog.  He loved greeting all the people and they loved seeing him.  When Brittney and Nathan went up to each house, he went right along with them because he was one of the kids.  Wembley has been gone for several years now and gave up his trick or treating as he aged.

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Even though I no longer go trick or treating, I find that I still dress my dogs up in costumes, especially if attending this year’s English Springer Rescue America (ESRA) costume party on Instagram and Facebook.  Linus and Lila will be there for sure!  There are prizes and I’m a sucker to see all the dogs in costume.  It’s so much fun.

Now comes the part that requires much thought.  Costumes!  What should Linus and Lila be for Halloween?  How do people decide?  How many others dress up their dogs in costumes?  I think a lot of people do much to the dismay of their best four-legged friends.  I’m going to need to do some research for Lila anyway.  Linus was named after Linus Van Pelt of the Charlie Brown series and I have wanted to dress him like Linus for so many years and this year is the year.  But what about Lila?  She is also named after a lesser known Charlie Brown character and that could be an option.  Lila was Snoopy’s first owner who had to give him up when her family moved into an apartment that did not allow dogs.  Not exactly my Lila’s story but she has a happy ending like Snoopy regardless.

So, back to my research.  Each year ESRA has a Halloween party on Facebook and Instagram.  Let’s check out the competition and see if we can get some ideas.

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Wow!  This looks like serious competition.  I could be in big trouble here.  I no longer live near my creative sister.  I have this really creative co-worker that can make anything and she convinced me that I should MAKE their costumes.  What was I thinking?   I mean Amazon will deliver in 2 days!

Linus’ costume wasn’t too difficult.  He wears a red shirt with stripes and carries a blue blanket.  Surely I can draw some black lines on a red shirt.  I’m going to need some pumpkins too, if he’s to be in the pumpkin patch looking for The Great Pumpkin.  It seems clear that Lila will need to be Lucy Van Pelt aka Linus’ sister.  I’m going to need to make her a dress and some “Lucy hair”.  All I can say is it’s not Thanksgiving but I am so thankful for three things; glue guns, my sister-in-law and my mom.

I think they look great!  Linus and Lila think they prefer the treats that I’m giving them instead of these clothes I have put on them.  I have no idea if they will win any prizes but they both get top awards from me for being fantastic models and good sports.  Lila’s Lucy hair, in particular, is hilarious.  Wait, you didn’t think I was going to show them to you on this blog, did you?  If you want to see their homemade costumes, you’re gonna to have come to the ESRA Halloween Pawty on October 31.  Links to ESRA’s Facebook and Instagram accounts are on the bottom of the page.

What will your dog be this year?  Will you make your costume?  Is your Springer going to be scary or funny?  I can’t wait to see.

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