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Halloween costumes for pets to top $330 million — 19 Comments

  1. I don’t know anyone who dresses their pet up for Halloween and I hope it never catches on here.
    It used to be a very low key day when I was a kid, but now the supermarkets have whole sections of kids costumes and accessories and Halloween sweets and pumpkins and so on.
    We have been pestered for weeks by ‘trick or treats’ at the door on an evening.
    I just today heard someone grumbling about ‘damn yank customs coming over here’ lol
    But it’s totally confusing right now anyway, as we have had Christmas stuff in the shops since September and fireworks since October for Guy Fawkes day on November 5th as well as Halloween stuff too, I keep expecting Easter cards and eggs to appear any day now lol lol

    • Agreed again. Halloween is an American import isn’t it? I don’t know. I never get involved with it. Or Guy Fawkes night nor Christmas… 😉 Well, I do get involved with some Christmas festivities. It’s quite nice. But do cats enjoy these festive times? No, not really. The opposite probably.

      Things have become far too commercial. Businesses encourage people to buy during these festivities. It is driven by business. There should be a greater emphasis on the basics, cat welfare. I sound like a stuck record 😉 It’s just me. I am more interested in the real things.

        • The money would have a massive impact. It would transform TNR or the shelters. People prefer to buy cat clothes and I am fairly sure lots of what is bought gets thrown away before the next Halloween celebration. C’est las vie. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (“The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.”).

          We can’t get out of our rut.

      • I’m a stuck record too lol but it makes me sad the amount of money thrown away when cat charities (and some people too) are in dire need of financial help.
        I can’t see the need for all the over the top celebrating costing huge amounts of money, nor the constant knocking at the door by kids nowadays wanting money for some occasion or other, it just doesn’t seem right.
        Our local police have even put out a warning about youths harrassing older people in their own homes, demanding money for Halloween. They can be quite frightening, big figures dressed up in masks and refusing them money puts peoples cars and property at risk! I’m glad the police are taking this seriously and calling it a crime.

        • Our local police have even put out a warning about youths harrassing older people..

          That is another problem with this “celebration” or festivities.

          I call the extravagant use of money waste. A lot of people with disposable income prefer to throw money away on trivial products rather than using it wisely to help animals.

          • Yes it’s usually the people who haven’t much themselves, or who have known a time of hardship, who are the ones who help charities most.

              • We get quite a few trick or treaters. Monty is mystified by Halloween because all these people are coming to the door saying his favorite word but no one is giving the kitty anything. My friend Melanie and I sat out on our front porch carving pumpkins and handing out candy. Monty sat on a chair inside the screen door watching everything. At first he wanted to be out on the porch with us, but as soon as people started coming he wanted to be inside. He was so cute in the window watching as the first few kids came, but then he disappeared when things really got hectic. It was a nice day for it (West Allis trick or treats the Sunday afternoon before Halloween) so a lot of kids came out. I saw quite a few dogs in costume trick or treating with their people, but the dogs didn’t get anything for trick or treat. The way so many pet treats have been tainted I’d be afraid to buy anything for them, and their humans would probably be afraid to give it to them. Not that candy isn’t seriously bad for kids. I think I nibbled too much candy myself while handing it out, because I’m really sick with a nasty virus and I never get sick. Sugar lowers your immune system function.

            • Good point Elisa. I think it is because people who have suffered hardship, understand it and empathize with others including cats who are suffering. The privileged remain above it all.

    • Communities have set times for trick or treat here. Some have trick or treat on Halloween night, but most do it on the weekend before Halloween in the afternoon. You just look up online when your community has it. In the past we’ve had a few who start early or continue a little past the official start and end times, but not this year. We do always get kids obviously not from our neighborhood. Some people don’t like that, but what are they supposed to do? Send the kids trick or treating up to drug houses?
      When I was a kid we didn’t just trick or treat in our neighborhood because that consisted of about five houses. Mom would drive us to the homes of people she knew, many out in the country. Some of my friends from Lake Delton trick or treated in Wisconsin Dells because the houses are closer together there so they could get more candy. My mom thought that was wrong. Every house we went to was actually in at least the town of Delton if not the village. She felt we should trick or treat only in our own community and only at the houses of people she knew.

  2. I still remember sticking poor Lola in that outfit long enough to photograph her. There are lots of cat photo contests for cats in costume. I believe its more for showing off on social sites that actually taking the cat anywhere in public. Dogs in our area had costume events last weekend. Mainly to gather dog lovers together.

    • I hate to say it but it is having fun at the expense of the cat. Halloween is entirely about people looking for fun. Low and behold the cat is a convenient object to dress up for a laugh.

      I know I am a bit extreme (let’s say passionate) but dressing up cats for Halloween is about people using cats for entertainment.

  3. Thanks for this Elisa. Two comments (a) Halloween is much bigger in the USA than UK. Halloween is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom so everything is as normal (b) in the UK very few people dress up their cats anyway. I’ve never seen it in real life.

    I suppose the amount of money spent on cat’s clothes for Halloween is part of the dressing up by people. If a person buys clothes for himself he might also buy for his cat or dog.

    Halloween is big in America and very commercial it seems.

    • It wasn’t always so commercial and overdone. It used to be most costumes were hand made and you only trick or treated at homes of people you knew. My favorite Halloween memory is trick or treating at Mr. Rooney’s house. He and his wife had celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary shortly before we moved into the neighborhood. They invited all the trick or treat kids into the house and offered homemade cookies. He put oranges or apples into the plastic pumpkins we used to collect our trick or treat candy. I remember my plastic pumpkin had such a narrow opening at the top that Mr. Rooney always had trouble getting the apple in there and later it would be stuck, almost impossible to remove, and like a big plug it would make it hard to dump the candy out.

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