How to Dress a Dog as a Skeleton

Dressing a dog for Halloween can be great fun for the entire family, but dogs are sometimes unwilling participants. A well-behaved dog might sit patiently while you use pet-safe body paint to turn him into a ghoulish skeleton, while others might not. A handcrafted costume is an alternative for the pooch too persnickety to hold still for a paint job.

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No Bones About It

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Brush your dog well, whether you're using body paint or a hand-crafted costume. This will help the paint adhere better or keep loose hair from the costume.

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Trace out the skeleton bones based on the size and shape of your dog. Use photos of bones as a guide, or stencils that can be purchased at a craft store.

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Cut out the bones, using the scissors, creating a homemade stencil.

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Secure your dog by hooking a leash to his collar and attaching the leash to a stable object such as a table leg.

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Give your dog a treat to make body painting an enjoyable experience.

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Place a small amount of body paint into a small dish.

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Place the stencil against your dog's body, and using the makeup sponge or paint brush, depending upon preference, carefully add paint. Move slowly, allowing your dog time to adapt to the process. If your dog decides he isn't having anything to do with body painting, proceed to step 9.

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Repeat with all the stencils, treating your dog frequently.

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Purchase a black hoodie based on the measurements of your dog. Make sure it is long enough to reach the dog's backside.

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Cut the sleeves, if necessary, to avoid a trip hazard for your pet.

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Cut ear holes for your dog's ears.

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Place the hoodie on your dog, and take one side of the waistband and wrap it around one of his rear legs.

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Make a chalk mark where the material meets. This is where you'll add your Velcro.

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Repeat steps 12 and 13 on the other rear leg.

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Cut away any excess material that covers your dog's tail.

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Attach the Velcro at the chalked marks, using the sewing scissors and black thread.

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Cut out your white felt to create the bones of your costume using your stencils.

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Attach the bones to the outfit using the fabric glue.