It’s that time of year again, as pet parents everywhere prepare for the bewitching hour with their favorite four-legged companions. And you know what that means – costumes!
The National Retail Foundation estimates that about 16 percent of people will be celebrating the haunting season by dressing their pets in their spookiest best. For this year’s most popular Halloween costumes for pets, hot dogs, pumpkins and movie characters all top the list. And while some will surely DIY their furry companion’s festive threads, many Americans will be hitting the costume shops and pet stores to try to find the perfect costume for Fido, with record estimates predicting Americans spending around $9.1 billion this Halloween!
If you’re a pet owner, you may have already predicted that the rise in popularity of dressing up pets for Halloween is due in large part to social media. After all, who doesn’t love to look at those fun photos of a cat wrapped as sushi or a dog dressed as Pennywise, the clown from the movie ‘It.’ Getting the whole family dressed up like this is just another way to have a laugh, celebrate Autumn, and share the fun with friends and family. We’ve certainly had pet costume photo shoots! You just can’t help but smile when you see a pet dressed in a costume; they light up everyone’s day!
Dressing up your pet for Halloween doesn’t even have to be expensive. Just look around your home and get creative. For example, one pet parent says that they take stuffed teddy bears (or other stuffed animals) and remove the inner stuffing. Then, they cut the appropriate holes for the face and legs, and voila, you have a real-life Teddy! There are all sorts of fun creations you can make from what’s laying around your house, and if your ideas come up short, just search the Internet for DIY pet costume ideas. You won’t be disappointed!
This year’s top 10 Halloween costumes for pets include (according to the National Retail Federation):
- Hot dog
- Dog, lion or pirate (tied)
- Bumble bee
- “Batman” character
- “Star Wars” character
However you decide to dress up your pet this year, always make sure that your pet is both comfortable and safe. Wearing a costume should never cause undue stress, so if your little buddy shows signs of discomfort or anxiety, don’t force it. It’s really best to only put a costume on your dog or cat if you know they love it.
If you do dress up your pet, make sure that their costume doesn’t restrict any movement, their sight or their ability to breathe, bark or meow. Fear should only be a human’s response to a haunted house, not your pet’s response to their costume. So, play it safe, and have fun!