Trick or Treat: US Pet Owners Will Spend Nearly Half a Billion on Hall

The pet-pampering millennials love dressing up their four-legged companions for Halloween, and they’ll spare no expense for a perfect get-up.


The spooky season is in full swing. From decorations to treats, you’ve probably already stocked up for one of the nation’s most popular holidays. Statistics even indicate that Halloween is second only to Christmas when it comes to spending! And, if we’re to take a closer look at the same statistics, it seems that our four-legged family members are also to “blame” for the seasonal holes in the budget.


According to a report by the National Retail Federation (NRF), pet owners in the United States will spend about $480 million- a whopping figure- on pet costumes alone. Yup, that’s nearly a half billion dollars spent on adorable outfits for cats and dogs! The trend of buying pet Halloween costumes is one of the biggest this year, according to market researchers, and millennials will be spending a lot of dough to get their pupper a perfect get-up; often one matching their own.


NRF reports that an impressive 11.2 percent of the surveyed will dress up their furry bestie as a pumpkin, followed by a hot dog, which accounts for the 7.4 percent of costumes, or a little over $35.5 mills for many pooches to look like a snack. Other popular choices included bumblebee, the devil, lion, superhero and Star Wars characters.


Of course, while a lot of people will take to Amazon to find that swoon-worthy costume for their pawesome pet, you don’t have to break the bank for your dog to look cool as a cucumber this Halloween. Just check out our DIY section for some helpful instructions and creative ideas on how to make dog Halloween costume by yourself. (My favorites are Pineapple costume and the Lego Dogo– but there are many great ideas to choose from!)

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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