While season 3 of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things won’t be out until sometime in the summer of 2019, that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy its spooky beginnings for Halloween. (You can catch up on the first and second seasons here on Netflix.)
There’s plenty of buzz about the later release date, and teaser trailer for Season 3.
Stranger Things 3 Trailer
If you’re ready to celebrate with your dog, we don’t blame you! We’ve put together easy DIY costume tips for dressing your dog like some favorite characters in the show.
You can search your family’s closets, hit the thrift shop, or just log in to Amazon for all of the clothing and wig pieces. Your favorite craft store can supply you with any odds and ends you might need to customize your dog’s look.
Eleven Dress Costume (Season 1)
For Eleven’s most iconic look, a trip to the toddler section of Amazon or your local thrift shop will get you most of the way there.
Accessorize with an Eggo Waffle and a blonde dog wig to seal the deal.
Eleven ‘Lab Rat’ Version (Season 1)
Eleven’s alternate look will take a dash of craftiness but is simpler to pull together.
Pipe cleaners can be fashioned into the headgear like Doug used (pictured above), or some speaker wire and electrical tape could do the trick.
Finish the look with a hospital gown and Coke can— voila!
Eleven’s Punk Look (Season 2)
Recreating Eleven’s punk transformation in season 2 for your dog is a snap. All you need is a leather jacket and some white dog socks or, if you’re just looking for a photo prop, a pair of white doll shoes should do in a pinch for smaller breeds. (And maybe a slicked-back wig, for completion’s sake.)
Joyce and The Wall (Season 1)
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You could cosplay this as Joyce with your dog as the wall in a jiffy.
Or just let your dog carry off the whole look.
Lucas is that ‘tough love’ friend every group needs. He’s stylish, skeptical, and always there for you in a pinch. Sound like a match for your mutt?
For extra credit, add some chocolate pudding cups.
Max (Season 2)
A new character for Season 2, Max is a video game whiz that just transferred from California with her family. All you need is a dog hoodie, for large or small dogs, and a red wig to pull this one off.
Steve at Scoops Ahoy (Season 3)
Shown in the trailer for season 3, your dog can get ahead of the crowd dressing up as season 1 and 2 characters by creating Steve’s uniform for the new Scoop’s Ahoy ice cream parlor in the Starcourt Mall. All you need is a snappy sailor suit and a jaunty hat to complete the look. Mark the hat with the Scoops Ahoy logo with a fabric marker to complete the look.
Extra Credit: Demogorgon Dog Costume
To get this look, you’re gonna have to pull out all the crafty stops. (Or, buy it on Amazon and dress your dog up as a ‘Demodog’.)
For a customized, realistic look, start with a ready-made sunflower costume or headpiece. You could trim away some of the petals if yours is just too happy. Use dark fabric paint to get the proper evil color palette with a dark gray-green for the body and some dark, foreboding red for the inside of the petals.
Either paint on the teeth, or glue on some findings to play the part of teeth. Toothpicks, dowels, fake fingernails: it’s up to you how far into the upside-down you want to get.
If you’re in a hurry, or more into paper craft, you could work up a custom collar treatment much more quickly. Consider using a cone of shame as the base for a sturdy costume. Or, you can always purchase the human costume, and make it into a human and dog couples costume by dressing your dog up as the character below:
Continued Extra Credit: Demodogs (Season 2)
All you need to turn your dog into a demodog is to either create the collar detailed above or buy this one on Etsy. Presto! Demodog at your service.
Hat tip: Doug the Pug