Sunday, October 6, 2013

Eco-Friendly Halloween with Your Dog

Halloween with your dog can be exciting and scary at the same time. The scary part is all the candy and chocolate that your dog may accidentally get into, but the exciting part is dressing up your four-legged friend. Unfortunately, so many dog costumes are made of synthetic materials that are bad for the environment from the point they are created all the way to when they are disposed. Finding an eco-friendly Halloween costume for your dog can be a bit "tricky" but it would be a nice "treat" for the Earth. Here are some eco-friendly costume ideas to consider for your dog:

1. Buy used material or costumes and reuse or upcycle is one way to reduce your dog's carbon pawprint. Consider shopping your local thrift store, ebay, or Craigslist for used dog costumes or parts to a costume. A Halloween tie or fabric can be turned into a bow tie collar attachment or you might even find materials that can create a Chia pet costume like the one featured on helablog!

2. Make your own costume! If you are good at sewing, you can buy eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, hemp or even newer fabrics made from recycled water bottles, and with the right pattern, you can have a great green costume...think Barkenstein maybe????

3. Recycle cardboard and other materials. One year, I created a flower costume for my dog using cardboard, paint and an old cotton t-shirt. I was able to recycle and compost all the materials after Halloween.

For more costume ideas, check out the pupcycled Pinterest board...I will be pinning ideas all month long!

After you get your dog's eco-friendly costume picked out, be sure to make some homemade dog treats and dog toys to give out during trick-or-treat. Here is my favorite recipe; it can be rolled out and you can use pumpkin or bat cookie cutters to make it a treat worth howling about! For Halloween dog toys, get funky Halloween socks/stockings and put a tennis ball in the end and then tie a knot. You can also do this with white tube socks and put a ghost face on it with a black marker.

My dog nephew Biggie dressed as a bumblebee.

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