Costumes aren't just for kids anymore. And they're not just for Halloween either. There's a booming industry for mascot costumes and pet costumes.
Many people who own pets treat them as part of the family. That includes a stocking full of treats from Santa at Christmas, and costumes at Halloween. Rather than leave Fido home while the family heads out to trick or treat, they actually dress him up and take him along for the fun.
Costume manufacturers have noticed the trend. These days, the family dog has nearly as many choices as the kids. Some parents even decide that their child's costume should coordinate with the dogs. For example, maybe your little boy dresses up as a football player, while the dog dresses up as a cheerleader.
Some families even dress up their pets for other occasions throughout the year. You can pick up wedding dresses and tuxes for dogs for a special doggie wedding. You can even purchase birthday themed costumes to help celebrate an important birthday among the members of the family. There are also hundreds of pet parades, fashion shows, and costume competitions held all over the country. Americans are flocking to costume stores and online shops to get their hands on prize-winning costumes for their pets.
The possibilities are really endless. Your pooch can dress up as a princess, a pirate, or a cowboy. For pet owners who want to dress their dogs up as a famous movie character, options include Yoda, Batman, The Joker, Spiderman, and even Indiana Jones.
Before Halloween night or the local pet parade, its important make sure your dog will be comfortable in his new costume. When purchasing the costume, make sure that it's the right size and it doesn't have any blind spots. Also, make sure that he has plenty of time to get used to it during the week leading up to the big day.
Mascot costumes are also in demand. Long gone are the days when mascots were only used at major league sporting events. High schools and colleges are now using mascots to help build morale at their games.
Corporations rely on mascots to help brand their name and product. Not only do they have a physical mascot costume, but they also include their mascot on promotional gifts, commercials, and on product packaging.
Mascots also pop up in many small town parades and children's parties. What child doesn't get excited over a dog, raccoon, or bunny mascot? By including one of them, you can make your child's birthday party a hit.
Many mascot costumes are animal based. There are lions, gorillas, squirrels, and parrots to pick from. There are also non-animal based mascots such as jesters and Santa's elf for a more seasonal touch.
Whether dressing up your dog or considering a mascot costume for your company's next big event, shopping is easier than ever thanks to the Internet.