According to a recent survey conducted by DogTime Media, 57% of readers will be outfitting their pet on October 31st. The majority of pet dresser-uppers -- 68% -- are dog owners according to the survey.
But as companion animals are increasingly embraced as important members of the family, adults are including both cats and dogs in traditions once reserved for human children.
The study shows that 40% of pet owners will spend upwards of $10 on their pet's costume -- not insignificant considering many Americans are watching their wallets these days.
About 30% of respondents said they will hand-make their pet's costume; another 30% plan to dress their pets for $10 or less.
Top 8 most popular pet costumes for 2011:
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Pet bloggers have responded by providing costume suggestions, recipes for Halloween treats, and more for both dogs and cats. DogTime also provides suggestions for throwing the perfect Howl-o-ween party, as well as important reminders about keeping pets safe this Halloween by providing comfort, security, and safety.
The DogTime Media Halloween Survey was conducted between 10/18/11 and 10/24/11, and consisted of five multiple-choice questions with options for open-ended responses. Results were based on survey respondents that completed the survey in its entirety.