Consumers not afraid of Halloween spending

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - You might call it a sign of economic growth. But you can definitely call it a sign people love their pets.

Americans apparently aren't too scared to spend money on Halloween this year.

Newlyweds Jenna and Eddie Gonzalez don't have any children yet so they spend Halloween with their two dogs.

"You look pretty girl," said Jenna.

Each year the couple buys a costume for Luna and Mo.

It's an opportunity for some memorable moments with their pups.

"It's mostly just a photo opportunity," said Jenna.

"I think the costumes only last about 5 minutes on them before they are ready to take them off."

Despite the lean economical times Luna and Mo will each sport various outfits.

"At bargain stores you get really good discount," said Eddie.

"We don't want to spend a lot of money on them so we get them as cheap as possible."

The amount of money shoppers spend on Halloween costumes for pets has been a treat for retailers and it keeps getting sweeter.

This year they will spend about $370 million on their four legged trick-or-treaters, up from $310 million last year.

"It's a fun way to get involved in Halloween," said Jenna.

And the dogs don't seem to mind getting dressed up for the occasion.

Well sort of, you can't expect a guy to enjoy changing their outfit three times.

It's important to make sure costumes fit pets properly.

That means dogs and cats should be able to see, hear, bark, meow and move freely when they're in costume.

The most popular pet costume this year is a pumpkin and devil.