Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Top 10 Costumes For Your Favorite Pooch This Halloween

People love their pets, and they love putting pets in embarrassing costumes. Halloween 2016 is going to be like the pet-costume Olympics: We’re not sure why we do it, but wow is it ever a joy to witness.

According to a September study by the National Retail Federation, 16 percent of people plan to force their pets into a Halloween costume that they’ll immediately shake off. Of those pet owners, nearly 87 percent already know exactly what their pet will be this year.

These are the most popular costumes for their furry friends:

1. Pumpkin

Photos by: Flickr user jill, jellidonut... whatever; Flickr user Ralph Daily
Photos by: Flickr user jill, jellidonut… whateverFlickr user Ralph Daily

A classic for human babies and furbabies, pumpkins are the top pick for pet costumes. Bonus points if you find a way to dress your dog up as a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

2. Hot Dog

Photos by: Flickr user Hrag Vartanian, Petful, Flickr user Hello Chaos
Photos by: Flickr user Hrag Vartanian, Petful, Flickr user Hello Chaos
Marco J. Wallace / Photo courtesy of Pat Wallace
Marco J. Wallace / Photo courtesy of Pat Wallace

Get it? Dogs? Hot dogs? Okay, if you’ve got a hot dog costume waiting for your pet, please consider being more original this year. Try a chili cheese dog, or a vegan hot dog, or a corn dog. Save your dog the embarrassment of being a foodstuff AND an uninspired one at that.

3. Bumble Bee

Photos by: Flickr user reader of the pack, Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user EricaJoy
Photos by: Flickr user reader of the pack, Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user EricaJoy

Did you know bees are dying globally at an alarming rate?

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Ellie Goldfarb / Photo courtesy of Fredda Goldfarb

4. Tie: Lion and Star Wars Character

Photo by Flickr user Mike McCune
Photo by Flickr user Mike McCune

Lions are popular for cats, surely, but also pretty darn funny on a dog. Dogs aren’t lions! That’s crazy. As for your Jedi doggos: This year, we’d better see some Rey and Finn pets out there. Yoda is so 1980.

5. Devil

Photos by: Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user CharlotWest, Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user Crystal Agozzino
Photos by: Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user CharlotWest, Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user Crystal Agozzino

This one’s for the pet that’s not a good boy. Just kidding, they’re all good boys.

6. Batman Character

Photos by: Flickr user Mike McCune, Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user Mike Licht
Photos by: Flickr user Mike McCune, Flickr user istolethetv, Flickr user Mike Licht

The number one pick for millennials this year is also the number six choice of pets. Dress ‘em up in Harley Quinn and Joker outfits and laugh about how abusive relationships are glorified in media, it’s cute!   

7. Witch

Photos by: (L-R) Petful, Petful, Petful, Flickr user Bennilover, Flickr user Lottie
Photos by: (L-R) Petful, Petful, Petful, Flickr user Bennilover, Flickr user Lottie

Cats and witches are bffs, but are dogs and witches as tight? Probably not. Dogs wag their tails too much, causing cauldron hazards. More research is needed.

8. Superman

Photos by: Flickr user editrixie, Flickr user istolethetv
Photos by: Flickr user editrixie, Flickr user istolethetv

Who needs Lassie when your dog or cat is from Krypton?

9. Action/Superhero

Photo by Flickr user Mike McCune
Photo by Flickr user Mike McCune

A catch-all for your less popular but more creative pet costumes. If you’re wanting to show off your nerd cred, dress ‘em as X-23 from Wolverine.

10. Cat

Photo by Petful
Photo by Petful

Cats as cats? So meta. Dogs as cats? Irony. Cats as street style? Just accurate.

Bonus: Jaded celebrity

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Angel Lou

Who’s that girl? She could only dodge the paparazzi for so long before this snapshot was taken, exclusive to The Fresh Toast.

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