Like the imposing election isn’t scary enough, without taking sides, I won’t be giving my dog a comb-over hairdo or putting my cat into a pantsuit … that’s all I’m saying. Enough of the political rhetoric, let’s get back to the real fun of the season … HALLOWEEN!

Let’s look at some other much happier and fun trends we can follow for all Hallow’s Eve and get ourselves and our pets ready for this once a year experience that’s full of tricks and treats, fun and frivolity for this most favorite autumn pastime. Let’s take a look at what’s trending for Halloween costumes and treats for our four-legged friends this year:

Super Duper

scary-halloweenSuper hero costumes are all the rage nowadays, even for animals who are sporting capes and even having an alter ego or secret identity, like Clark Kent. Some other top costume choices for pets this year include:

  • Almost anything from the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Ewoks, Wookies, or a Tusken Raider riding on the back of a Bantha
  • Animals like lions whose costumes come with a fluffy mane or a shark outfit that looks as though this giant sea creature is swallowing our dog whole
  • Since this is an election year, dogs wearing suits or even sporting a “political billionaire wig” are a real hit with animal lovers
  • With the release of a the newest Ghostbuster movie, the outfit worn by these spirit hunters are also available for animals
  • Batman and Robin are still popular choices for crime fighting critters
  • Glow in the dark skeleton costumes are not only spooky, they make it safer for our pets to go trick-or-treating with our children

While some of these outfits are adorable, characters that are completely imaginary, others are scary and include wild animals that could actually harm our pets in real life. But they’re still a sight to be seen on All Hallow’s Eve.

A 50th Anniversary Treat

scary-halloween2One of America’s favorite dogs, Snoopy, is celebrating the fiftieth year of staring in the Halloween classic, “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” along with the rest of the cartoon cast. Ironically enough, pumpkin is an excellent treat for dogs and it also aids with digestion. You can feed them this enormous fruit either raw, cooked or canned, but avoid those with added sugar.

Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Halloween always brings together two of human’s favorite ingredients combined, chocolate and peanut butter. While we all know that cocoa is a big no-no for dogs, peanut butter is often used as an interactive filling for dog toys or as a way to revive an old bone.

But as we mentioned in a previous post, beware of those brands that contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that can be deadly for dogs. So if you are going to treat your canine to some peanut butter, be sure to read the labels and think about other choices like almond butter or products specifically designed for dogs.

So have a barking good time this Halloween with your four-legged best friend. Dress them up and “treat” them like a star on the last day of October. Happy Halloween everyone!

Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.