$370 million for . . . adorable pet costumes?

Americans spend more money every year buying getups for their dogs and cats. Here are 11 inspired creations. Vote for your favorite in the comments below.

By Kim Peterson Oct 24, 2012 11:02AM
Credit: Ilovememphis, FlickrSome pets love getting into costume about as much as going to the vet, but that isn't stopping their enthusiastic owners.

Shoppers are expected to drop $370 million this year on costumes for their dogs, cats and other pets this Halloween, the National Retail Federation projects. That's an increase of about $40 million over 2011.

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"Americans in general don't want to skimp on their pets. If the family is dressing up for the evening, they want to make sure all family members get in on the fun," a federation spokeswoman told The Star-Ledger.

I bought my 4-month-old puppy an Indiana Jones costume, and, well, she hates it. But some animals seem to love the novelty and attention. We set out to find some photos of dogs and cats in awesome Halloween costumes. Some are homemade but very effective, while others are elaborate concoctions that would even make a human jealous.

Pet stores are taking advantage of this consumer trend, launching all kinds of promotions to sell more costumes. Petco is running a "Howloween" photo contest and awarding a $5,000 American Express gift card for the best scene. Petco even created a Pets vs. Zombies video featuring a dog that cures zombies. Get that dog over to "The Walking Dead," fast! PetSmart (PETM) ran costume contests and pet parades in its stores last weekend.

Check out these snazzy pets who know how to celebrate Halloween. And feel free to vote for your favorites in the comments section below.

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Caption: Cat in Costume















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Credit: Plasticrevolver, Flickr


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Credit: Evilfoo, Flickr


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Credit: Ronnie44052, Flickr


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Image credit: Beverly & Pack, Flickr


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Credit: andreaarden, Flickr


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Credit: Plasticrevolver, Flickr


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Credit: Akaporn Bhothisuwan, Flickr


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Credit: D'Oh Boy, Flickr


Which one of these is your favorite? Vote in the comments below.

Top photo credit: ilovememphis, Flickr

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4Comments
Oct 24, 2012 1:48PM
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$370 million dollars? Society in general is crazy as hell to spend this kind of money on animals!!

 

Oct 24, 2012 12:48PM
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I like the cat in the pumpkin vines!
Oct 27, 2012 9:31PM
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Cute, cute!!!  ALMOST as cute as my own little min.pin.'s with his pumpkin top hat & orange harness.  And, as for the critics; Ya'll forgotten how to play?!?
Oct 24, 2012 4:20PM
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I love my two dogs and my cat, but they don't need a costumes. They are dogs and cats and I don't think they care about dressing up for Halloween.

370 million dollars is a waste for pet costumes, however to each their own.

 

 

 

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