If dogs and cats ever decide to collectively rise against humans, they will likely pick Oct. 31 as the date of the Great Pet Revolution – to get revenge for all the hilarious Halloween costumes we put them in over the years.
On the other hand, toddlers will always find a way to eventually revolt against their parents for all the embarrassingly cute Halloween costumes they endured – its called teenage rebellion.
Nevertheless, here are some of this year’s hottest trick-or-treat accessories for parents and pet lovers.
BRIDE OF FRANKENWEINIE: Wedding Dog costume
PRICE: Price: $12.99
WHERE TO BUY: Partycity.com
This year’s newest dog costumes feature a line called Pup-A-Razzi that can transform your Cujo into canine versions of Lady Gaga, Madonna, Katy Perry or even Snooki.
But for a howling good time, you can’t go wrong with classic pet costumes such as the Wedding Dog. This fetching white wedding dress has lace detail and arms that hold a bouquet of pink roses. It even comes with a veil headpiece for the blushing and slobbering bride-to-be.
RETURN OF THE JUNIOR JEDI: Infant Darth Vader costume
WHERE TO BUY: Buystarwarscostumes.com
According to Google Trends, searches for Halloween costumes involving Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man and even reality TV child star Honey Boo Boo are leading the way.
Even the most popular baby costumes are based on trends and pop culture headlines.
“This year searches for Halloween costumes on Google in Canada started earlier and the volume of searches have been at historical highs,” says Aaron Brindle, spokesman for Google Canada.
“This may explain the increased interest in ‘baby costume' searches on Google, including searches for baby hotdog costumes and baby versions of the Gangnam Style popstar PSY."
Trends like PSY come and go and you don’t want your little one asking you “What’s Gangnam Style?” when they grow up and look at their old Halloween photos. However, an infant Darth Vader outfit will stand the test of time and space.
The little Sith Lord’s romper is made of soft polyester/flannel material and has detailed stitching on the front. It also comes with a detachable cape and fabric headpiece that doesn’t cover the baby’s face. Too bad they didn’t include a suckable tiny red lightsaber that stores a secret stash of baby formula.
TRICK OR TREAT OR TOYS: Roxx
PRICE: $6.99 to $14.99 (depending on accessory)
WHERE TO BUY: Roxxnation.com
Instead of giving out rock-hard candy that might crack some teeth, surprise a few lucky tykes at your door with the latest trend in toys: Roxx.
Roxx is a new series of collectable palm-sized discs that can be spun, tossed and flipped high in the air. The lineup features more than 70 original graphic designs rooted in skate culture, showcasing symbols that include Spider-Man and all the Avengers. Some Roxx are considered rare collector items, so make sure you remind the one or two lucky trick-or-treaters not to eat the toys. They might chip a tooth.
BRATZ FOR BRATS: Bratzillaz
WHERE TO BUY: Bratzillaz.com
There was a time when little girls just wanted to dress up as princesses, now they want to go as Bratz. Imagine handing one lucky trick-or-treater dressed as a Bratz a new Brazillaz toy. With striking glass eyes, movable joints and spell scrolls, Bratzillaz magic powers fit right in for Halloween play. Just make sure not to hand this toy out to an actual bratty kid – or they’ll tell the whole neighbourhood and you’ll suddenly have a gang of brats at your door.
COSTUME CONTEST: Post a picture of your pet or baby in a cute Halloween costume at Facebook.com/IWantThatThien or @IWantThatThien and enter a draw to win one of two Hunger Games or Twilight-themed vampire contact lenses packages from Clearlycontacts.ca