Halloween Is For The Dogs

Move over kids! The National Retail Federation reports that more than $300 million will be spent this year on Halloween costumes for pets.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business a canine costume. Forget about what you or your kids may be wearing for Halloween. The big question is how to dress up your pets.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The National Retail Federation reports that more than $300 million will be spent this year on Halloween costumes for pets. That number has been increasing dramatically over the past few years. Twenty-two million Americans plan on dressing their dogs up this week for the holiday, or their cats, although I have to say good luck on that one. How about maybe guinea pigs?

INSKEEP: OK.

MONTAGNE: I'm sure they're more reasonable. They're guinea pigs.

INSKEEP: They might be. One of the most popular costumes among pets is a pumpkin. Or at least, that costume is popular with pet owners. We're really not sure if the pets get a say here. The classic hot dog is a favorite.

(LAUGHTER)

INSKEEP: Getting, you know, dress up your dog as a hot dog. Pun intended.

MONTAGNE: Dressing your dog as a cat is another popular option. Whoa. Though side effects may include meowing, hissing and a major identity crisis.

(LAUGHTER)

MONTAGNE: That is the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: I'm Steve Inskeep.

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