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Nearly half a billion dollars is spent in the U.S. each year on Halloween costumes for pets1, and 29 million people plan to dress up their pets in 2019.
If you’re one of the Americans who loves humiliating their pets (and a good chuckle), you’ll enjoy our report that names the states most likely to dress up their pups and the most popular costumes this year.
20 Top States For Dog Costumes This Year
Our findings show that the middle of the country and even the west coast are gaining interest in dressing their pets up for Halloween this year, whereas last year, it was mostly the states east of the Mississippi River who were howling in excitement.
Here are the top 20 places most likely to dress their dog up for Halloween in 2019:
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
Google Trends analyzes the popularity of search queries performed over time via Google Search. This analysis provides directional data of what people in a specific geographic region are searching for most and, thus, may be most concerning for citizens.
States Most Likely To Dress Their Dog For Halloween 2019
10 Most Popular Pet Halloween Costumes For 2019
So now that you have confirmed your desire to dress up your dog, it’s time to find the most popular pet Halloween costumes!
Well, this year’s trends are yet to be known, but according to those surveyed by the National Retail Federation (NRF), there’s a good chance you’ll see a lot of doggy (and kitty?) pumpkins waddling around.
Super Hero costumes seem to be the fastest-growing trend for pets this year, up 4.5% over last year. And there are also some new addition to the top ten pet costumes list for 2019, with Witch debuting as the sixth most popular and Shark biting off the last spot.
Top 10 Halloween Costumes For Pets In 2019
Here are the top 10 costumes that people expect to dress their pets up as this year.1
#1 Pumpkin: 9.3%
#2 (TIE) Hot Dog: 7.2%
#2 (TIE) Super Hero: 7.2% (Up 4.5% since 2018)
#4 Bumble Bee: 3.9%
#5 Cat: 3.2% (Dogs As Cats?)
#6 Witch: 2.5% (New Since 2018)
#7 Lion: 2.2%
#8 Dog: 2.1% (Cats As Dogs?)
#9 Devil: 2.0%
#10 Shark: 1.7% (New Since 2018)
Dog Halloween Tips
Dressing your dog up for Halloween can be fun and entertaining for everyone. But remember, pet safety is paramount.
1. Make It Enjoyable For You And Your Pup
Make sure your dog is comfortable wearing a costume – for Halloween or any time of year. You want to make sure your pup is well-trained and won’t mind getting into an outfit.
Try out some dog clothing beforehand. Once you (and your dog) feel comfortable with playing dress-up, go ahead and try out a costume. Give it a treat while you are putting on the clothes to keep your canine calm.
2. Safety First
If you decide to take your dog trick-or-treating, be sure that the costume is comfortable and safe. You don’t want anything to cause your dog to choke, block its vision or distract it.
If you don’t plan on taking your dog out and would rather show it off to trick-or-treaters, make sure Fido is comfortable with people and won’t become frightened or escape from your house.
It may also be helpful to warn trick-or-treaters that you have a dog before they ring the doorbell (sadly, not everyone loves dogs as much as you do). Consider posting a sign at the end of your walkway to alert visitors. We have an entire article on Halloween safety tips if you want to learn more!
3. Tricks & Treats (But Not Candy)
Last but not least, make sure your dog doesn’t get a hold of the candy! Yes, it is Halloween, and everyone is joining in on the fun, but candy is still harmful to dogs. You don’t want your pup to choke or accidentally swallow any wrappers.
Note chocolate is toxic for dogs, so don’t let it run off with any Hershey’s or Snickers!
It is time to put together an unforgettable costume. Then, get ready to celebrate a cautious yet fun Halloween with your canine this year!
What is your dog’s favorite Halloween costume?
 National Retail Federation;  Google Trends: Halloween costumes for dogs (9/16/19-10/14/19)
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