Will you be one of two in 10 pet owners to dress up their fur babies for Halloween this year? Twenty percent is the number of pet owners who, according to the National Retail Federation, will put their pet in a costume for Halloween this year.
To be honest, as a dog mom and dog nut, I’m surprised that the turnout for pet Halloween costumes is so low. Even so, the NRF says the number of pet parents attending Halloween is actually at the top from 2017.
Another survey of pet parent participation is the 2018 Goodwill Halloween Survey. Thrift stores like Goodwill are a very popular place to buy Halloween costumes, even for pets. This survey showed that 10% of respondents would dress their pet for Halloween, a trend that is particularly popular among millennials. Fifteen percent of this demographic say their pet will wear a costume.
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Wondering what the most popular pet costumes will be in 2018? Here is the list of the top 10, according to the NRF:
- hot dog
- Cat (sounds cruel!)
- Dog (how to dress a dog like a dog?)
- star wars character
- Super hero
This list seems fair. I know last year my dog Sadie got a devil costume (so fitting for her personality) and my dog Oscar a Spiderman costume, all thanks to the folks at PetSmart who sent them a Halloween care package . I don’t know yet if we will recycle these costumes for Halloween 2018 or if we will buy new ones.
If you’re looking for a trendy Halloween costume for your pet, hit up the gallery slideshow for 10 ideas on how to dress up your pet for Halloween 2018. Some of these ideas match the top 10 list above. Others are just so adorable I had to include them.