Happy Halloween! Like many holidays this year, Halloween celebrations are looking a little different due to the COVID-19 virus. According to the National Retail Federation's annual survey, more than 148 million U.S. adults still plan to participate in Halloween-related activities. If you are like me, you could spend hours looking at your favorite dogs and cats in adorable Halloween costumes. Which is good, because 18% of us will dress our pets up in costume.
Read on for our favorite costumes, some fantastic social media pets and more interesting facts about Halloween. Enjoy!
Arghh! It's the Pirate Pug Life for me!
The Kansas City's former iconic mayor, Sly James, has a cat impersonator. The top pet costume this year is dressing them up as a pumpkin. 10% of the 18% of us dressing up our pets chose the pumpkin costume!
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During the Middle Ages, Europeans got the idea that black cats were associated with witchcraft, which is why they are still a big part of Halloween today.
Rock chalk beagle! This picture of #GlydeDog Lucky beagle is priceless. We are excited for basketball season!
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest retail trade association, Americans spend a lot of money on Halloween. This year, consumer spending is estimated to reach $8.05 billion, down slightly from $8.78 billion in 2019. More than 175 million Americans will participate in Halloween activities this year. This is the second-highest amount reflected in the 14-year history of the study. This averages to a spending of $86.79 per person this year.
Officials with NRF said one of the biggest new trends this year is the growth of spending on pet costumes. More pets than ever before will be in costume this year.
The Top Halloween 2020 Pet Costumes are:
- Pumpkin (10%)
- Hot dog (6%)
- Superhero (5%)
- Cat (3%)
Amazingly, 31.3 million Americans planning to dress their pets in costume, millennials age 25-34 are most likely to dress up their pets. The NRF said this is the highest they have ever seen in the history of this survey!
Here is #GlydeDog Jinxi, submitted by pet parent, Christie. Star Wars characters rank #8 on top pet costumes.
There are so many great pets to follow on Instagram. We follow Augie Doggy and his brother Tiberius (Ti for short). They are gorgeous Goldens and so photogenic! They have several costumes, hre is one of my favorite ones. Unfortunately, Augie has recently crossed the rainbow bridge. But the lovely photo memories live on. Check them out and follow on your favorite social media platform.
What costumes will you show off this Halloween? No matter what you do with your pet, be sure to do what's important: have fun!