More Americans dressing their pets in Halloween costumes

(NBC News) — Halloween is just around the corner, and this year Americans are getting the whole family involved…including their pets.

“Going out trick-or-treating with them is part of the experience, or going out to halloween doggie parties,” says Ana Smith of the National Retail Federation

But pets aren’t always as thrilled as we are about dressing up.

“I think the most important thing is that the dog is comfortable, that they can walk full stride and not be restricted,” says trainer Caitlin Cornwell, the “Dog Wizard”.

Get the right fit by considering breed, weight and measurements when sizing a store-bought costume. Be sure the animal can see, breathe and drink normally, and just know some may not be on board.

If your pet seems stressed, consider a simplier option.

“Think about making your own costume, like you can use pet friendly paint on a black dog to make a zebra, rather than the whole costume,” Cornwell says.

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