Halloween has gone to the dogs (and cats). They’re the true stars of Halloween.
You don’t have to take them trick-or-treating.
And unlike kids, you don’t even have to consider what kind of costume they want to wear.
You can just put them in whatever you want them to wear.
And there’s nothing they can do about it.
It’s so much easier that way.
But it’s ok, because it’s clear they totally love it.
Or at least most of them do.
In the photo on the left, it almost looks like the golden retriever is smiling.
And even if they’re not always super happy about it, they look so cute! So how can you not dress them up?
It’s just too hard to resist.
Fun fact: The National Retail Federation in the U.S. estimates that 20 million pet owners will dress their pets this Halloween, spending $350 million on the costumes.
“There does not seem to be a ceiling on what people are willing to spend on their pets,” said Michael Esposito of Costume SuperCenter.
The majority of their pet costumes sell online for $14.99 to $24.99. You would never know the costume only required a 10th of the fabric needed for a human costume, he said.
“Costume SuperCenter has seen its pet costume sales double every year for the last three years,” Esposito admitted. He expects the trend to continue.
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The 25th annual Halloween Dog Parade held in NYC last weekend had roughly 300 costumed canines.
There were doggy dinosaurs, an alligator and a fisherman. There were also characters from The Wizard of Oz and The Flintstones, as well as a pup dressed as Pope Francis.
You can still send in photos of your pet dressed up in its Halloween costume. Email email@example.com! And don’t forget to keep your Halloween candy away from your pets.
With files from Sue Manning, The Associated Press