If you’re having a Halloween party this year, why not invite your dog or cat into the festivities?
You can dress them in costume. You won’t be the only one doing it. Last year, many consumers dressed their dogs as a rabbit, a bumble bee or some other critter, according to the National Retail Federation. PetSmart also had costumes for horses and turtles.
Petco was selling dog treats in skull, pumpkin and bat shapes for about $4 a pound. Its Spa Works grooming package included pumpkin spice shampoo, a frilly orange and black party collar and glow-in-the dark nail polish.
Some fancy pet stores held doggie fashion shows featuring costumed pets in funny or scary outfits.
Cats can be dressed for a party as well, but they are mainly lap cats who like to be handled. Petco says cat hats are a big seller, including cowboy, witch and pirate styes.
Walmart usually carries princess, witch and Dracula costumes for pets, plus frilly dresses. Last year, one dress had a glow-in-the-dark skull on the front.
Veterinarians think most pets enjoy the extra attention from their doting owners and more attention from party guests. They say petting and dressing your dog increases bonding.
When Halloweeners come to your door this year, you and your costumed pet could greet them with smiles.