Are you getting your pup dressed up for Halloween?
I wrote this feature for the Sun on Sunday about the most outlandish outfits people have dressed their dogs in and you can read it here.
BARKING mad dog owners are dressing up their pets as pumpkins, skeletons and monsters to celebrate howl-o-ween.
Forget dressing up the kids – animal lovers are flocking to social network site Pinterest for ins-paw-ation on kitting out their pets.
Some of the outfits are spook-tacular including a Neapolitan Mastiff dressed as Frankenstein with fur dyed green, bolts in his head, false teeth and a suit.
A Basset Hound worked his sad eyes as he posed as a zombie with a knife in his head, a cute French Bulldog gave her best smile in red lippy as The Joker, a fluffy Cockerpoo dressed as a Ghostbuster with a doggy backpack and another wore a Pumpkin suit.
Bats, Batman suits, witches and wizards costumes got the paws up and some pups even wore bodypaint – a black terrier had an intricate doggy skeleton drawn on his fur.
The trend for dressing up dogs at Halloween started in America with owners spending a huge £3 million a year in costumes for their pets.
Pet retailers like Pets at Home and discount store B&M bargains have followed, launching pet ranges including pumpkin suits, zombie jumpers and spider outfits.
Animal loving Brits spent £1.7 billion on their pets in 2017 according to Chana Baram, retail analyst at Mintel. She said: “As pets increasingly become viewed as family members and are ‘humanised’, pet owners are willing to offer them their own products and unique items.”
But Lucy Cooper, spokeswoman from the RSPCA warned owners against dressing up pets. She said: “Outfits or costumes can cause them stress and restricts them in showing their natural behaviour and how they may be feeling. A new game or toy is a much better way to have fun together.”