10 Halloween Costumes You Need To Get Your Pet

10 Halloween Costumes You Need To Get Your Pet

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It’s almost Halloween, and if you’re a last-minute procrastinator like me, you might’ve forgotten to get a costume. Never fail! This page will be your guide, that is if you’re trying to dress up your dog and/or cat. For you? I’m not so sure. Good luck on that one. If it helps, a cute animal costume might distract others from your crappy homemade pillowcase-ghost or your “I-forgot-and-went-to-Party-City-and-this-was-all-they-had-left” costume.

1. Spock-ish Terrier

Let your pup “live long and prosper” (yes I know it’s cliché but it’s cute) with this adorable uniform from HalloweenCostumes.com. It’s got the classic Spock pointy ears and warm, comfy cotton. Perfect to take your dog for a spooky walk Halloween night.

2. Back to Your Roots

A lion’s mane is a classic animal costume; it’s easy to put on, it’s comfortable and soft for the animal, and it just looks precious. Honestly, the smaller the cat and the bigger the mane, the cuter the costume. This can be purchased on Ebay. Let your kitty feel like their ancestors and let out a big roar; they’re the true king of the jungle.

3. Wonder-Pup

Another gem from HalloweenCostumes.com, this is just about as costume-y as it gets, at least, as much as a pet can wear comfortably. Complete with a one-piece uniform and headband, your pup will be ready to save the day! It’s stretchy and light, so it shouldn’t bug your dog at all. Bonus points if you dress up like Superman.

4. On the Hunt for Catnip and Gold (But Mostly Catnip)

I’m a complete sucker for animal costumes that have fake human arms. It’s just the most hilarious thing, especially when they begin to move as your pet walks. And pirates are a classic Halloween favorite, so why not let your feline friend join in? Cats are definitely smarter than Blackbeard; they’ll lead you to treasure without fail, although it might be catnip and not the chocolate you were hoping for. Only problem? Cat’s phobia of water might inhibit their actual pillaging and plundering. This piece can be found on EBay.

5. P-UPS

No one’s going to be chasing the mailman today. Nothing’s more exciting than getting a package, and who better to deliver it than man’s best friend? It’s even got those stupidly-adorable fake arms I mentioned earlier, and a labeled box. Perfect to place treats in for being such a good delivery pup. Another gift from HalloweenCostumes.com

6. Little Red Riding Cat

OK, you can even tie the basket to its paw. Maybe not the most practical idea, but if you plan on carrying your furry friend like this woman does, it’s an amazing detail. A little dress and a hood will keep your kitty warm, and they’ll be purring all night long, especially if you, ahem, place some treats in the basket? And you can reassure your cat; there’s a no-wolf guarantee. Just yummy snacks and exploring the neighborhood. Unfortunately, this can’t be purchased online, but I’m sure you could pull some old fabric together for your own beautiful rendition.

7. Not In Kansas Anymore

When I was a kid I had a dog that looked like Toto, so I dressed up as Dorothy and took him around. But this pupper is blowing my costume out of the water. I’d follow her down any yellow-brick road. The bow, the frills, and even the sparkly red booties make an adorable costume that’ll be comfortable and manageable for your dog. Perhaps you have a friend who has a Toto-esque dog, and you could make a whole group costume out of it! Purchasable online through HalloweenCostumes.com.

8. Sailor’s Cat

This kitty isn’t just for catching bugs and mice aboard the ship. Nope, they’re First Mate in my book. I’d let them steer my boat. With only a hat and small cape made out of polyester, this is an easier costume that is sure to cause no discomfort to your pet. And for only five dollars, it’s a steal. Get it on Ebay!

9. Gotta Go Fast!

Pay homage to the classic SEGA character this Halloween. With full-body coverage and sleeves, this will protect your pet from any cold or wind. Plus, isn’t it just cute? It’s got the pointy ears, the famous red sneakers, and the crazy spiked head. Bonus points if your dog is actually super fast. Purchasable on HalloweenCostumes.com.

10. Make It With Anchovies

This is perfect for any cat who really just doesn’t like to move…which is basically every cat. It’s basically a blanket with a small bodysuit to keep it secure to your cat’s body, and it’s stretchy to give plenty of room to all that fur. Plus it’s just super cute. Nothing better than pizza and cats, so why not put them together? Pure genius. You can get this on Amazon.

How are you going to dress up your animals for Halloween? Are you going to match or coordinate? How will you celebrate this spook-tacular holiday with your fur-ends? Whatever it is, get to it quickly, because Halloween is just around the corner!

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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