Watch out, Christmas. Halloween is rapidly catching up to Santa territory as a holiday where we spend more than we intend to on everything from costumes to decor. The selection of dress-up outfits for the occasion is enormous, and sometimes the price tags are, too. Even pet costumes can be ridiculously expensive, and yet you still might be tempted to indulge.
Why do we dress up our dogs and cats on October 31? It's not like they're anxious to collect a bucketful of mini-Kit Kats and lollipops. And pets don't have our sense of fashion and fun; they don't know why a lion's mane hood or Harry Potter cape looks so awesome on them. Pet author Alexandra Horowitz told The New Yorker that for dogs, wearing a costume may make them feel submissive, because the pressure on their body is similar to having an alpha male lean or stand over them to assert dominance. Still, Horowitz added, a dog may go along with the spirit of the day for the sake of the attention and the treats its owner gives for being a good sport, and this may be true for other pets as well. So we revel in the goofy/creepy fun of going against the norm on this night of let's-pretend, and bring our pets into it because they look so Instagrammably cute in their hot-dog and biker suits.
While some pet Halloween getups for your pet are easy on the wallet, others will mean eating boxed mac 'n' cheese for a week or two. But if you love the holiday and your pet equally, the memory of a showstopping Halloween could be worth the expense. Take a look at some of the designer pet duds available online now.
Fairy Dog Wings With Free Harness
Fantasy lovers should be charmed by this custom-made fairy wing outfit, available on Etsy. The hefty price tag reflects the workmanship; the wings are bordered in leather and brass, and attach to the harness, which the designer offers for free with the purchase. The wings are tailored to flap freely when your dog moves.
Rhinestone Biker Vest
Maleficent Dog Costume
One of the most prevalent themes in designer doggie wear is popular Disney characters, both heroes and villains. This definitely fits into the latter category, though the only scary thing about it is the cost. The custom-made ensemble includes the evil fairy's signature horns and a comfortable cape. (Magic staff not included.)
Cat Clown Costume
Halloween Cat Costume
Cats are notorious for their dignified attitude, so dressing your kitty as a clown makes an ironic statement. Like many pet outfits, it's designed with a set of faux "arms" that make your pet look from the front as if it's walking on its hind legs. At under $100, this is one of the cheaper of the high-end pet costumes, but worth it just to be able to say that you were able to get your cat to sit still long enough to put this outfit on.
Coat Of Armor
Winter Is Coming Cat Armor
Is your kitty allied to House Tully, House Targaryen, or House Stark? Whatever their allegiances, a good suit of armor is a must. Like the real thing, a specially designed pet armor costume isn't cheap, but the effect is brilliant. (Come to think of it, maybe your cat belongs to the lion-crested Lannisters.)