For many pet owners, there’s nothing more exciting than picking out the perfect Halloween outfit for your dog.
And as more and more people set up Instagram and TikTok accounts for their dogs, it’s important that they look their very best on October 31.
But, what are the most popular outfits for pets who want to look too cute to spook? And will you go with the majority, or think outside the box when it comes to their costume?
According to Google trends, searches for Squid Games Halloween costumes have increased more than 5000%, as have the terms ‘Halloween costume ideas 2021’ and ‘couples’ Halloween costumes 2021’, so it’s likely that people will want to twin with the canine companions and opt for a red jumpsuit or green tracksuit.
Money.co.uk have revealed the most popular Halloween costumes for pets in 2021, based on Google searches.
And it was spiders that came out on top, with nearly 23,000 searches as people planned to turn their pups into eight-legged arachnids. And prices for these costumes on Amazon have already started rising – with this geneic spider costume has risen by 23% in the past 90 days.
In second place is the less scary pumpkin. With just over 17,000 searches in the UK, it’s not hard to see why this seasonal costume is adored by Brits.
Star Wars is a much-loved franchise, and dog owners are planning on dressing their dogs up as Yoda, as searched 13,160 times since January.
Since the release of The Mandalorian in 2019, costumes relating to ‘baby Yoda’ are still proving extremely popular. In fact, Star Wars’ official baby Yoda costume has risen by 109% in the past 90 days from £22.04 to £46.11 (correct at time of writing).
In fourth place was pet costumes of the terrifying Chucky, from the Child’s Play films, with 10,300 searches. Dinosaur costumes were not far behind, with 10,110 people looking to turn their pup into something from Jurassic Park.
Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at money.co.uk , provided his tips on keeping your pets safe on Halloween.
He said: “First and foremost, when thinking about dressing up your dog for Halloween, you need to ensure your pet is comfortable and safe in your costume of choice. Some pets enjoy wearing clothing and others don’t. If your pet doesn't want to wear something, you shouldn’t force them to as this could cause stress and anxiety. “
Before dressing your pet for Halloween, bear these tips in mind:
1. Make sure your pet is comfortable in their costume - The costume should be large enough and allow movement so your pet does not feel restricted. You’ll also need to ensure that their nose, eyes and mouths are not covered by the costume.
2. If they start to get spooked, it might be time to head home - Halloween can be a stressful and confusing time for animals, and if they start showing signs of distress if you’re out with them trick or treating it’s best to cut your evening short to make sure they are safe and comfortable. If your pet shows signs of anxiety or stress at home you can try playing calming music to soothe them.
3. Take care they don’t get into your Halloween treats - Make sure all sweets are out of reach from your pets. Not only is chocolate toxic to our pets, but sugar or high-fat sweets can be dangerous if ingested too, as well as the risk of potentially swallowing sweet wrappers made of foil or plastic which could block their airways.
Try to have some pet-friendly treats closeby so that if your pet tries to get into any sweets you can offer them something safe to eat instead.