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Trick or dog treat? Halloween pet costume sales rising


Trick or dog treat?

The National Retail Federation reports that Americans are set to spend a record-breaking $370 million on Halloween costumes for their pets this year.

For Gus the Wiener Dog, Halloween will be a chance to be a different kind of wiener, a hot dog!

"He goes everywhere with the kids and I so I figured we might as well take him trick or treating, too," said Dusty Staab, Shueyville.

Gus's costume came from the Cedar Rapids Petco, which has been open for about 15 years.

Customers have always been able to buy Halloween costumes for their pets, and over the past few years more and more have.

"Halloween's become a bigger holiday and you see more and more people that want to dress their dogs up," said Dan Lewis, General Manager.

The National Retail Federation just started tracking pet costume spending two years ago. In that time, the amount people are spending on their pets in a year has already gone up $150 million.

At PetSmart, owners can choose from more than 50 different costumes for their pets, ranging from five to $25 in price.

"This year the biggest theme would probably be the super heroes because we have all the superhero movies out this year," said Lezlie O'Connor, Operations Manager.

It's not just pet stores offering costumes for animals.

Even retailers like Target dedicate part of their Halloween section to outfits for four-legged friends.

But even with the wide variety of options, not all pet owners plan to dress up their pups.

"I don't think he'd like the costume, I don't think he'd want to stay in it," said Anna Finney, Cedar Rapids.  "I think it's kind of silly."

To Gus's dad it's just fun.

Most pet costumes are designed for dogs, but pet store managers say that smaller outfits will also fit cats-- however, they don't tend to be as tolerable wearing costumes as dogs are.

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