Americans are expected to spend a record-setting $310 million on pet costumes this year, according to a new survey.
If your veterinary clients seem to be going overboard this Halloween, they aren’t alone. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $2.5 billion on Halloween costumes this year: $1 billion on children’s costumes, $1.2 billion on adult costumes, and a whopping $310 million on pet costumes. Plus an additional $72.31 per person on Halloween candy and décor bringing total spending to $6.86 billion—the most in the survey’s nine-year history.
The most popular pet costume—like last year—is a pumpkin (11 percent), with devil (8 percent) and hot dog (6 percent) following closely behind. Some pet owners also plan to dress up their dog like a cat (4 percent) or their cat like a dog (2 percent). Here’s the entire list of top 10 pet Halloween costumes:
3. Hot dog
7. Bowties, fancy collars, bandanas
Click here to see pictures of dogs and cats all dressed up for Halloween.