Pets are expected to play a big role in Halloween sales this year with pet owners predicted to spend $370 million to outfit their pets this year, according to the National Federation of Retailers.
The hottest costumes on the market for pets this fall include pumpkins, devils, hot dogs, ghosts, witches and super heroes. Sales are also expected to skyrocket for bow ties, fancy collars and bandanas.
But owners of local retail pet stores, the Feed Bag in Cutchogue and Harbor Pet in Greenport, aren’t stocking too many of the cutely embarrassing outfits for your dog or cat.
“I have a few costumes — one skunk, one pig, and one cheerleader — and some Halloween tee shirts and sweaters but that is it,” said Amy Cirincione, owner of the Feed Bag. “Last year I ordered so many costumes and sold maybe five — it’s unlike all the other years, where they flew out.”
Joe Nelson at Harbor Pets said he too has just a few pet costumes — an angel, a pumpkin and a pirate.
So Patch wants to know: What will your pet be dressed as this Halloween? Comment below.
The following is a list of area retailers stocking pet costumes:
• The Feed Bag, Cutchogue
• Harbor Pet, Greenport
• Petland Discounts, Riverhead
• Petco, Riverhead