Every year since my daughter was born, my dog Neo and she have dressed as a “couple.” This year’s costumes idea came into my head when I saw a FaceBook joke post of a dog’s owner scared silly by the dog greeting them wearing a spider costume. I thought I can do that! I will make my dog “the spider” and my daughter “Little Miss Muffet.” Well, my daughter was not too keen on the idea of being called “Little Miss Muffet” who ran away from the spider in fright; instead she decided to be a Spider Princess with pet spiders!
Step 1: The Spider
To make Neo’s large spider costume, I used a doggie-camel pack that usually carries a water pouch. Felt fabric that is a close match to Neo’s coat color was attached to the doggie pack. A beach ball for the spider body was covered in the same felt. I used foam pipe covers that I painted with acrylic paint in black, brown and red for the juicy part of spider’s legs and wire hangers covered with black ribbon for the bottoms of the legs. Fuzzy animal fabric was sewn and glued to the ball and legs for more of a spidery look.
Painting the legs was a bit messier than I expected, but fairly easy once I got to the third leg. The most difficult part of the costume was that it is very wide, so when walking Neo I had to make sure that we didn’t get too close to cars, walls, people, or doorways. Also, because of Neo’s super soft silky coat, the spider ball would slide to one side or the other a bit too much. I placed a rug gripper under the doggie pack to stop it from slipping. This was definitely not a costume for a dog who hates to wear them. Neo is really a good sport about it all. He seems to like the “oooos” and “ahhhs” as much as I do, but only for Halloween and Christmas.