Everyone knows how profitable Halloween can be, but what you may not have considered is how lucrative it can be for the pet industry. According to a news story from Newsweek, dated October 23, pet owners will be spending a whopping $330 million on costumes for their pets. A recent survey found that 22 million pet owners plan to dress their pets for the holiday, which means that owners will be spending roughly $15 per costume.
There are literally hundreds of costumes to choose for your pet. A trip to your local pet store, or even discount department store, will result in finding everything from Disney themed costumes to costumes that make your pet look like another animal, such as a reptile or lion. The possibilities are truly endless and costumes can be as simple as a hat or as elaborate as a full costume.
While dressing up your pet this Halloween may seem like a fun idea, remember that not all pets enjoy the experience. Be patient with your furry companion. If your pet isn't used to wearing clothes, this will be a new, and possibly frightening, experience. According to a story from Philly.com, you want to make sure that your pet can hear, see, move, breath, and bark freely. If your pet does not enjoy the costume, take it off. Above all, keep an eye on your costumed pet at all times.
Halloween can be a fun holiday to share with your pets, but only if they enjoy it. Does your pet enjoy dressing up and, if so, what costume have you picked out this year?