PupStyle CEO and Author, Dara Foster was a guest on Fox Business News on Halloween to chat about the impact of social media on pet halloween costume spending and what is causing the surge in pet Halloween costume spending. Dara can be reached for further interviews and comments at Press@PupStyle.com
Once upon a time, dressing up your cat or dog in a Halloween costume was considered “wacky” and you were automatically put in the crazy pet lady/guy category by your family. Fast forward to Halloween season 2016 and it’s not only considered normal, but actually acceptable and eagerly anticipated by pet parents and retailers. In 2015, American’s spent $350 million on pet Halloween costumes. That’s $1 for every $3 spent on a kids costume according to the National Retail Federation. So what’s next? A sweater on a fish?
The small pet costume trend has been steadily growing over the past 3 years. Major pet retailer PetSmart has been expanding their small pet costume selection catering to the demands of guinea pig parents who want to put a tutu on their rodent. Etsy.com is a treasure trove of creative small pet costume designers offering everything from hand-made Yoda costumes for your bearded dragon to sweaters for chickens.
Chicken sweater by PaulFarm
Check out some of our favorite small pet Halloween costumes found on Etsy.com. These are great DIY pet costume ideas for you to experiment with or buy directly from the designers.
Sheep’s costume for a hedgehog by Crafted4Pets
Hedgehog or hamster birthday hat by Crafted4Pets
Guinea pig newsboy hat by Pinkismart
X-mas guinea pig costume by Crafted4Pets
Pizza slize rat costume by Custommadebybethany
Yoda Halloween costume for bearded dragons by Pampered Beardies
Bearded dragon Princess Leia costume by PamperedBeardies
Halloween is by far one our favorite holidays at PupStyle.com. In my family we have a yearly tradition of carving pumpkins. Every year I like to change it up so this year, I was inspired by my Chiweenie Sophie!
I can’t resist her adorable face and hey why not put her face on a pumpkin? Here are the steps I took to create my Sophie Pumpkin!
Simply go to google and type in the breed of dog you have along with free pumpkin printable. For example I typed: weenie dog free pumpkin printable.
After looking into some different websites, I then found a printable weenie dog pumpkin carving that also came with directions! http://www.ilovedachshunds.org/free-dachshund-pumpkin-carving-stencil-pattern/
I then followed the directions and wala! My Sophie pumpkin is complete!
Happy Halloween! CLICK below to Watch Dara Foster PupStyling rescue pups Halloween Fashion show on The Better Show!
Where to snag these snazzy costumes and accessories??? Check out Petsmart for all the exclusive costumes and DoggieCoutureShop.com for the elegant beaded leashes and other fun Halloween goodies for your pet.
If you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the green LED collar and Leash set featured as much as we do, go to MhuGhu.com.
Special Thank you to all of our Celebri-Dog rescue models for joining in on the fun today!
We love you Oliver, Miyuki, Nobu and Princess Gracie and their wonderful mamas for showing America how perfect rescue dogs can be! Thank you for helping spread the message!
These little art pieces make special gifts and also make very PupStylish Halloween decor for our home or office. The designer will even custom make a personalized version of your own dog. Think holiday gifst…LOOOVE! $23.00
OMG! So simple and beautiful! Shows you how important it is to match up the right wig with the right dog. This wig is perfect for this adorable dog! GREAT styling!
Photo credit: marthastewart.com
Check out the HOTEST Halloween Dog Costume trends this season from Star-Studded Celebri-dog look-a-likes, superheroes and costume ideas for dogs that don’t prefer a costume.
All dog models are from Humane Society of New York. Each dog featured is currently available for adoption! SAVE A LIFE!
Click below for video: Halloween costume
ideas for pets WABC 7
Our team today! Amazing volunteers from Humane Society of NY, my daughters and the AWESOME hosts at WABC 7 !!!