The Halloween pet costume business is booming. More than 31 million Americans plan to spend about a half-million dollars this year on costumes for their dog or cat. Nebraska Humane Society spokesperson Pam Wiese says isn’t surprised with that amount saying that more people consider pets part of the family. Wiese says more people are including their pets in all sorts of activities, including trick-or-treating and Halloween fun. As people started buying pet costumes they became more elaborate and the trend grew from there.
Wiese says if you are considering buying one just use common sense.
Wiese says, “You are going to want to make sure it fits them appropriately so it doesn’t trip them. It doesn’t hang down and impede their eyesight. So they can move comfortably in it. If it is binding or scary they may try to run away from it and in a sense run away from you. If it is in a place where they can easily chew on it they can ingest pieces of it, buttons and things that become impediments to their digestion.”
Wiese says no matter the cute factor, some pets just won’t tolerate a costume. She says if the pet isn’t enjoying it you are really doing him a disservice. The best idea is if he is enjoying it, fine. If not, get it off of him.
The most popular Halloween costumes for pets this year include a pumpkin, a hot dog, devil, lion Star Wars characters and super heroes.