A New Survey Finds That 66% of Pet Owners Will Dress Their Dogs Up for Halloween—and Nearly Half Chose Quarantine-Themed Costumes
With Halloween one day away, pet owners are getting in the spooky spirit by dressing up their dogs in one-of-a-kind costumes—some that even speak to everyone's time in quarantine. According to a Rover survey, 66 percent of dog owners are going to dress up their beloved companions for Halloween, and 41 percent of them are tying the costumes to themes, including Netflix specials and household goods inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After studying the results from 1,000 United States dog owners, it was revealed that many will be dressing their canines in everything from Tiger King- to toilet paper-themed costumes this year (which were both highly discussed early on in the COVID-19 lockdown). With stay-at-home orders enforced during the pandemic, virtual calls—whether work-related or just meant to connect with loved ones—have been more present than ever. And this Halloween, you will also see dogs in Zoom call costumes to fit the occasion. Sourdough costumes are on dog owners' radars this year, too—after all, who didn't take up baking during the pandemic?
Even though many four-legged friends will be dressed in attire reminiscent of 2020's popular themes, classic costumes are still in style. Traditional costumes also topped the list of dog outfits for this year's festivities, including witches, ghosts, and zombies. As more people are spending time at home, some dog owners are even creating the costumes: One-fifth of those surveyed are planning to make their canine's costume themselves this year.
And to abide by the COVID-19 social gathering guidelines, many pet owners are playing it safe and staying in instead of walking around with their canines for Halloween. In fact, 66 percent of dog owners will show their dog's outfit over Zoom or social media this year, the survey noted.