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Dressing Up Your Dog For Halloween

Updated on October 23, 2015

Halloween is Going to the Dogs

Halloween used to be a night when children dressed up in costume and went from house to house begging for treats.

In times past costumes were simple. Cut a couple of holes for eyes in the middle of an old white bed sheet, throw the sheet over your head and you were a ghost. The more creative would invest a little more of their or their mother's time and make a more elaborate costume.

Seeing a potential market, retailers began offering ready made costumes for children. As the idea of off the rack costumes took off, adults joined in the fun and soon the revenue streams from the sale and rental of Halloween costumes began to rival those of Halloween candy sales.

A Pumpkin Costume for Our Dog

Chika in her pumpkin costume
Chika in her pumpkin costume | Source

Almost 300 Dog Costumes on Alone

Today there is a costume to match every taste, every size and every age from newborn to grandparent. While one would think the Halloween costume market would be saturated, this would be underestimating the creativity of entrepreneurs.

While the market for Halloween costumes for humans may be nearing saturation, there are still pets. In many households, pets have been elevated to the status of full family members and there is no reason not to include them in holiday celebrations.

Thus it is only natural that retailers stock Halloween costumes for pets and, like it or not, the pets are expected to dress up in costume and join the festivities.

This is no small market. In addition to dog costumes being displayed in stores, typing Halloween costumes for dogs in the Google search bar I came up with 1,840,000 results. Doing the same search on returned 293 specific costumes, while a similar search on eBay yielded 88 costume choices. And this is just searching for costumes for dogs.

But dogs are not the only pets people have, so it is only natural that merchants now offer Halloween costumes for cats as well as dogs. In fact there are a few offering costumes for ferrets, skunks and other exotic pets.

In Costume and Practicing Standing at the Door

If Chika would just wear a mask and carry a bag she could go trick or treating
If Chika would just wear a mask and carry a bag she could go trick or treating | Source

My Wife Loves to Dress Up Chika

Of course I didn't have to search the Internet or shop for Halloween costumes to discover this trend. No, all I had to do was walk in the house after work and see our dog Chika modeling her new pumpkin costume for my wife.

Actually, Chika did not seem all that happy with the costume or, for that matter, any of the other clothes my wife dresses her up in. And this is why the target market for Halloween costumes for dogs and other pets is the owners and not the dogs themselves.

So, like it or not, Chika will be forced into joining the festivities this Halloween and endure have all the children who come trick or treating to our house ooh and ah over the little dog in costume.

Trick or Treat

A Dog in a Pumpkin
A Dog in a Pumpkin | Source

Variety is the Spice of Life

While the pumpkin outfit is clearly a Halloween only costume, my wife, thanks to the local Ross Dress for Less store which has outfits for the entire family including the dogs, has accumulated quite a wardrobe for Chika any and all of which can be used as Halloween costumes.

Our Dog Has Almost as Many Outfits as My Wife

The costume is one thing but don't expect me to use this sweeper.
The costume is one thing but don't expect me to use this sweeper. | Source
Don't turn on the oven - it's just a costume
Don't turn on the oven - it's just a costume | Source
Before we start, what kind of insurance do you have?
Before we start, what kind of insurance do you have? | Source

© 2009 Chuck Nugent


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      Isabellas 8 years ago from Ohio

      My father-in-law used to be in law enforcement, I purchased my dogs a costume that is in the normal black and white striped jail outfit cannot wait for him to see them!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      This is just so cute!

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Hmmmm, I haven't seen a pet costume for Halloween around here. Maybe we're not catching on yet to this trend. But this is a great info to know. Thanks for the hub.

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      magdielqr 8 years ago

      I learned very with this article. Congratulations!

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      lyricsingray 8 years ago

      Okay, these are way too cute-I'm getting one for my little pal. Thanks-great idea

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      Wanderlust 8 years ago from New York City

      What a cutie! A little pumpkin with a tail and ears!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Awwwww! How cute! The great pumpkin! LOL