Throw your dog a birthday party, complete with peanut-flavor cake and pug-sized party hats! C.R.Gibson (a consumer goods brand owned by CSS Industries, Inc.) felt the timing was right to introduce a product line aimed at people who want to celebrate their pets’ birthdays in their homes and on social media. The current generation of pet owners isn’t holding back when it comes to lavishing attention on pets, and they’re especially aware of the Instagram appeal of a cute dog or cat wearing a birthday hat and tutu.
According to the National Retail Federation’s 2009 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, consumers are expected to spend an average of $56.31 on Halloween this year. Nearly one in three (29.6%) consumers say the state of the U.S. economy will impact their Halloween spending plans. According to analysts, the overriding theme for Americans’ Halloween celebrations this year will be, “How creative can I be, and how little can I spend?'” The survey found consumers plan to spend an average of $20.75 on costumes, which includes children’s and pets’ costumes, $17.99 on candy, $14.54 on decorations and $3.02 on greeting cards.