Pet costumes grow in popularity

As Halloween approaches, millions of pet owners in the U.S. are looking to dress up their furry friends in celebration of the holiday.

In fact, more people are planning to dress their cats and dogs for Halloween than at any point in the last 10 years according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween report.

Of those surveyed, 16.2 percent of pet owners will dress their cat or dog in costumes this October. That is up from 10.8 percent in 2014.

For several years the most popular costumes have been pumpkins and hot dogs, but this year has seen a rise for lion costumes. The release of a new Star Wars film has also apparently rocketed Yoda hats and Wookie costumes to a higher popularity for pet owners.

And retailers are making a pretty penny on those costumes. Pet owners spent $350 million on pet Halloween costumes in 2014 and are expected to pay even more this year.

Halloween Hound Treat-or-Treat

Who: Bring your pet in costume

When: Oct. 31, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Pet Nation at Shoppes of Navarre Shopping Center

Why: For treat bags with yummy goodies for your pet

Read the full article in the Oct. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

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