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Trend Setters: Howl-o-Ween Costume Alternatives

About seven percent of dog owners plan to purchase a Halloween costume for their pet this year, up from four percent in 2004, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association's annual pet owners survey. The pet costume business is booming, but that doesn't mean a costume is necessary – or right – for every pet.

Consider the seasonal options – try a bandana, a fancy Halloween collar and leash, or a simple headpiece. Check out my fave PetMarked costume alternatives below!


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Nikki713 Nikki713 8 years
Aw, the bat costume is adorable. I have a cat but I don't think she'd hold still long enough for me to dress her up. :-P
BunGirl BunGirl 8 years
I work at a dog grooming shop and we send many of our dogs home with bandannas made by simply cutting fabric into large triangles with pinking shears. It's a great, inexpensive way to "dress up" your pooch for any occasion, and even the dogs who refuse to wear clothes will usually tolerate these. Also, Lupine Collars has a really cute collar/harness/leash pattern called "Bling Bones" that is perfect for Halloween. The best part: it's guaranteed for life, even if the dog chews it apart!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
My dog has been a pirate and a chicken so far. I wanted to dress her up as a sailor this year, but I can't seem to find a costume. For a booming business, it sure is hard to find costumes that aren't like a fairy or a hot-dog (har har).
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 8 years
lol omg mikediesel that sounds adorable! I looooove pets in costumes its hilarious
MikeDiesel MikeDiesel 8 years
I got the bat wings for my black chihuahua. He looks so hilarious & cute in them. :) The green wig looks awesome too.
Jennifer14759925 Jennifer14759925 8 years
I'm totally getting my dog the skulls tie! She's a Chinese Crested and will love showing the neighborhood kids how much of a badass she is!
amberleigh amberleigh 8 years
My dog is a rescue dog and she LOVEEEEEES wearing outfits! This year she's going to be a pumpkin! =]
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
I love bandanas all year round and the superman leash is so cute!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
I love the bat wings. :D
chancleta chancleta 8 years
my sister-in-law got married recently and her dog (the ring bearer) wore something very very similiar to the Halloween Smoocher Collar!
ER1008 ER1008 8 years
I think they can be funny and cute on some but my dog would neeeever stand for it, especially anything on his head.
simplysorry simplysorry 8 years
My beast does not fit into any costumes, there is not much available for the giant breeds. But I did buy devil horns to put on him last year.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Yeaaaa....I have a kitty and I don't think she would let me get away with putting any of those on!!!
lisafrank lisafrank 8 years
I use bandanas year round, its the easiest and cutest and I am sure my pup prefers it. You can also make a cape out of an old shirt, Ive done Harley Davidson one! :)
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i like the simple ones that are just decorated leashes etc.
missmaddie missmaddie 8 years
Vivi'd throw a fit. She's a rescue dog.
sashak sashak 8 years
Bodhi would look really cute with wings. but Sully would probably pull them off. stinker!
hyper-somnia hyper-somnia 8 years
It's great to share the halloween fun with your best friend, especily when they are with you all the time, but I never want them to feel uncomfortable. A few years ago, I made a bell collar like you see on Fuu Dog statues for my pekingese Winston. It was very simple, comfy and easy to wear. He looked liked a real little Fuu dog too. The only trouble we had was when halloween was over he didnt want to take it off! I'm thinking of getting Tulip a little collar that looks like a pearl necklace and mabey comfy doggy sweater and go together as the (tiny) wolf-woman. :)
bellanatella bellanatella 8 years
Something simple, yeah.
tawvry tawvry 8 years
I like the crazy green wig. Especially on that wide-eyed chihuahua :)
emalove emalove 8 years
Couldn't agree more, Aimee...keep it simple or don't do it at all. Like you said, I'm sure they hate it when they're squeezed into some silly full body costume.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think a little something to dress up a pet for a holiday is okay but I don't think full body costumes are okay for a pet. You may think it's cute but I'm sure it's not all too comfy for them.
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