Millions Dress Dogs for Halloween

Survey reveals 7.4 million households plan on dressing up their dogs and cats this year.

Posted: October 9, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

As Halloween approaches, millions of families across the United States will be searching for the perfect costume.

For their pets, that is. Approximately 7.4 million households plan on dressing up their dogs and cats for Halloween, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

“Many consumers who own pets think of them as family members,” said NRF President and CEO Tracy Mullin. “Pet owners will go all out to include dogs, cats and other critters in Halloween festivities, including trick-or-treating, handing out candy, or even celebrating at a friend or family member’s house.”

The survey revealed the top 15 costumes for pets, which include:

  1. Devil
  2. Pumpkin
  3. Witch
  4. Princess
  5. Angel 
  6. Pirate
  7. Hot Dog
  8. Bat
  9. Black Cat
  10. Clown
  11. Athlete
  12. Bumble Bee
  13. Ghost
  14. Bowtie/fancy collar/bandana
  15. Superhero

Surveyors polled 8,877 consumers from Sept. 4 to 11, 2007, in an effort to gauge Halloween shopping trends. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, and its members include department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, drug, and grocery stores.


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mariah   fairborn, OH

8/27/2009 4:55:27 PM

we are dressing are dog taper gizmoe butter ginger sabel and bare

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megan   somewherein, OH

10/9/2007 12:44:33 PM

We're dressing our Goldens up!

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Christy   Covina, CA

10/9/2007 8:27:26 AM

Can't wait to dress mine up. She is going to be Snow White.

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Cheril   Amarillo, TX

10/9/2007 7:09:46 AM

... and I thought I was only one of a handful of animal lovers that were crazy ... glad I'm not alone! Thanks for sharing the numbers!

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