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For our Friday Fun post last week we enjoyed some rather preptastic Halloween pumpkins. Today we look at our four-legged friends, it was time for the annual Tompkins Park Halloween Parade. The dogs were ready and waiting as seen in this photo from Frenchie in the City.
It turns out we spend oodles of money on costumes for our furry family members. A CBS MarketWatch story says the total last year was $370 million dollars.
What’s behind the boom? In many ways, it speaks to America’s growing fascination with Halloween, which has gone from being a kid-centric event to almost a mini-Christmas, with all the attendant decorating, dressing up and partying.
The fascination with Halloween dovetails with our passion for pets. “Your pet is now seen as an extension of your family. And you’re going to spend on that pet like you spend on your son and daughter,” says National Retail Federation spokesperson Kathy Grannis.
Below, one of the participants from this weekend’s Parade.
More from the MarketWatch story:
The trend has gotten so big that a number of communities are hosting pets-in-costume parades or gatherings. Already for several years now, in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, hundreds of pet lovers have gathered for a dog parade, replete with “Best in Show” costume honors.
A look at the Tompkins Park crowds in this photo from Scott Lynch for Gothamist.
Two more of those enjoying the Parade. (Any ideas….? Alice in Wonderland?)
And Dunkin DoDog.
The hashtag dog was cute.
How about a Pumpkin Spice Latte?
To see all 70 of Mr. Stopera’s photos from the New York Parade, click here.
This weekend was also time for a Halloween event a little closer to home, the annual Detroit Bulldog Rescue costume party.
Like so many rescue groups, DBR works incredibly hard to help bullies that have been abandoned, abused, neglected or surrendered because an owner can no longer care for the dog.
It’s always a fun event, this guy was one of the most sociable dogs at the party.
It wasn’t just the dogs that were in costume.
Here we see Lilli and Madeline.
All dogs were welcome, not just bulldogs.
There was even a stegosaurus. (Triceratops?)
This is Potato, she is 13 years old. She is also blind and deaf, so she gets a cushy ride to the big party.
DBR is one of our favorite charities, you can immediately see your dollars in action. Below, two of Potato's friends at the party.
Back to the MarketWatch article.
And individual retailers say they see demand only increasing in the years ahead. PetSmart points to the fact that it now carries 111 styles of pet costumes and accessories; it’s even starting to offer items for “small animals.”
“If you don’t have a cat or dog, you can still dress up your guinea pig,” says Dara Foster, resident pet-fashion stylist for PetSmart.
That's the job title I think I want: Pet Fashion Stylist at the Prepatorium. We leave you with these two images.
We wanted to share a few more preppish pumpkins, including this one from Susan Romano Trader, founder of the very popular Re-Lilly page on Facebook. This year Sue went with a cat theme for the pumpkin, explaining that Lilly herself was a cat lover.
Much as everyone enjoys the spectacular pumpkins, there is a sizable group who generally prefer their pumpkins orange. I don't think this is what they actually had in mind, here is one of the amazing carved pumpkins by Ray Villafane.
This one is also by Mr. Villafane, but not quite so creepy: a pumpkin takes a selfie.
I like this one, it's much tamer, more of the "creepy but cute" genre.
There is a plethora of nautically-themed jack 'o lantern motifs, like this whale from Quaint Living.
When all is said and done, this is really more our speed.