It's that time of year again! It's time for a little ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, werewolves, and superheroes to come crawling out of the woodwork as children everywhere prepare for that All-American day of a candy celebration - Halloween. While dressing up in #Halloween costumes is always a hit with the youngsters, it has also become very popular with pets. Yes, believe it or not, of the millions of dollars spent on Halloween costumes, almost one-quarter of that is spent on our furry little friends.

Dressing your pets for Halloween?

So, do folks really dress up their pets for Halloween? Evidently, yes! Half of the fun of celebrating Halloween is dressing up, and many people worldwide who get into the Halloween spirit also love bringing their pets into the action as well.

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While some of us adults may be dressing up like a dog or cat for Halloween, what do you dress your dog, cat, bird or other family pet up as?

USA Today indicates that dressing up your pet is more popular than ever. The most popular ideas, according to their top ten list, include pirates, bumblebees, ghosts and a hot dog. The number one suggestion is a pumpkin. That one seems a bit harder to do, but with all of the pet costume ideas on the market, and growing number of DIY-ers, creativity has no bounds. Of course, when it comes to Halloween it is always better to think outside the box, even when it comes to dressing our four-legged friends.

Most popular kid’s costumes for 2017

When it comes to the kiddos, finding that perfect costume for Halloween can go two different ways - it can be the biggest chore of the year for a parent, or it can be as simple as placing a sheet over your child, making an instant ghost and calling it a day! The bottom line for kids on Halloween is to have fun and of course to get a boatload of candy.

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Kids of today are more in the know than ever when it comes to current events and what is popular in their surroundings, so you can be sure that they are up on the latest trends and fashion ideas for Halloween. Some of the most popular and best-selling Halloween costumes for kids are Wonder Woman, Minions, princesses, vampires and action heroes, with Batman and Spiderman leading the way. With the hit movie "IT" doing well, Pennywise is also a big seller this year.

To show how much things have changed over the past three decades when it comes to Halloween costume sales, this year retailers are estimating that between costumes and candy sales, they could break an all-time record.

Halloween spending should hit a record $9.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation, which surveyed shoppers with research firm Prosper Insights & Analytics. That would surpass the previous mark by 8.3%. That may not sound like a lot, but it will be nearly one billion dollars more than the previous mark set in 2016 of $8.4 billion.

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