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18 Matching Halloween Costume Ideas for You and Your Dog

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Halloween is coming up, and you’re going to want to pick the perfect theme for you and your date—your date being your dog, of course. (Last year, it was estimated that Americans would spend around $350 million on their pets’ costumes. We know you were one of those people.) Make sure you and your furry friend have an on-point theme when you start trick-or-treating. We have some ideas that are pretty easy to assemble yourself, but we also included some links to pre-made costumes, since we know your dog is just useless with the sewing machine.

1. POKEMON

My dog Teddy & I cosplay together - here we are at Pop Expo as Ash & Pikachu!!

Name a more iconic duo than Ash and Pikachu… we’ll wait. Dressing like the Pokemon character Ash Ketchum might be a decent costume on its own, but it really comes together if you carry around a tiny Pikachu.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

2. GHOSTBUSTERS

If there’s something strange in the neighborhood, it’s probably your dog. Mischievous pets will look great dressed in a green Slimer costume. Grab your best pair of tan coveralls and try to keep your furry ghost in line.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

3. KATY PERRY AND LEFT SHARK

OK, this reference is a little old, but it’s possibly old enough to be a fun throwback idea. Besides, can you imagine anything better than a dog dressed like Katy Perry? Such a cute pup deserves the right backup dancer to move just out of time with the beat.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

4. FAST FOOD

When you hit the Halloween party, people are going to be like “who is that hot dog?” They might also ask about that intriguingly tall sleeve of French fries. “Calm down, everyone,” you’ll say. “There’s plenty of fries to go around.”

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

5. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND GRANDMOTHER

Grandma, what big teeth you have! Dress your dog up like a grandmother, and they'll look just like the Big Bad Wolf. With a Red Riding Hood outfit, you two will be a fairytale couple.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume (cap) (sweater)

6. SNOW WHITE AND THE POISON APPLE

Dogs and Snow White actually have a lot in common: They’re both great with other animals, and they’ll eat food from strangers without a second thought. While your dog wears the iconic Disney outfit, you can be the poison apple that does her in.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

7. PILGRIM AND TURKEY

Once Halloween ends, it's time to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. If you can't wait even one extra day to jump into Fall, dress your dog like a turkey and gobble up all the treats you get together.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

8. UNICORN AND RAINBOW

Every unicorn needs a rainbow to leap over. You can wear this comically large rainbow on your shoulders while your dog tries not to look too embarrassed in this purple unicorn getup.

Find it: Human costume; Dog costume

9. 1920S DUO

Relive the glitz and glamor (and organized crime) of the '20s with a flapper and gangster outfit. Your pooch will look dashing in a pinstripe suit that would make even Al Capone envious.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

10. KETCHUP AND MUSTARD

Ketchup and mustard are great together, just like you and your dog. You'll be the big bottle of ketchup to your dog’s small mustard packet. Now you just need to find that duo dressed like the hot dog and fries ...

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

11. TOURISTS

You and your pup can pretend to be heading straight to a tropical vacation after the party. Your dog can wear this fun tourist costume and you can create your own with a Hawaiian shirt, lei, and beachcomber hat.

12. MAGICIAN AND RABBIT

What’s a magician without a beautiful, furry assistant? You can wear a hat and cape to create the look of a magician while your dog begrudgingly dons a pair of floppy ears. Just don’t try to pull Fido out of a hat.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

13. HAMBURGLAR HEIST

The Hamburglar would be just a regular crook if it weren't for his precious, tasty loot. This time the stolen burger is actually your dog, but the love connection is just as strong.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume 

14. UPS DELIVERY

Get this costume for a reliable child in your life and this costume for a dog to keep them from eating all the candy. If you’re looking for an adult option, try these brown coveralls and sew on a UPS patch.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

15. DAMSEL IN DISTRESS

Every princess needs a fierce dragon around, right? This pink princess outfit and dragon onesie will be the perfect ensemble for parties, trick-or-treating, or Renaissance fairs.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

16. DEVILED EGGS

Get it? OK, it’s a weak pun, but you’ll definitely be a cute duo dressed as a devil and an egg. At least it’s a slight step up from those non-punny bacon and egg couple costumes.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

17. SKELETON CREW

The beauty of this costume is the simplicity—just pick up a couple of skeleton suits, and you and your pup are good to go. You can also include other friends (human, canine, or otherwise) to create a whole boney crew.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

18. JFK AND JACKIE O

You and your dog can emulate this presidential power couple pretty easily: All you need is a canine suit and a pink skirt suit with a pillbox hat.

Find it: Human costume, Dog costume

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Why Do Cats Freak Out After Pooping?
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Cats often exhibit some very peculiar behavior, from getting into deadly combat situations with their own tail to pouncing on unsuspecting humans. Among their most curious habits: running from their litter box like a greyhound after moving their bowels. Are they running from their own fecal matter? Has waste elimination prompted a sense of euphoria?

Experts—if anyone is said to qualify as an expert in post-poop moods—aren’t exactly sure, but they’ve presented a number of entertaining theories. From a biological standpoint, some animal behaviorists suspect that a cat bolting after a deposit might stem from fears that a predator could track them based on the smell of their waste. But researchers are quick to note that they haven’t observed cats run from their BMs in the wild.

Biology also has a little bit to do with another theory, which postulates that cats used to getting their rear ends licked by their mother after defecating as kittens are showing off their independence by sprinting away, their butts having taken on self-cleaning properties in adulthood.

Not convinced? You might find another idea more plausible: Both humans and cats have a vagus nerve running from their brain stem. In both species, the nerve can be stimulated by defecation, leading to a pleasurable sensation and what some have labeled “poo-phoria,” or post-poop elation. In running, the cat may simply be working off excess energy brought on by stimulation of the nerve.

Less interesting is the notion that notoriously hygienic cats may simply want to shake off excess litter or fecal matter by running a 100-meter dash, or that a digestive problem has led to some discomfort they’re attempting to flee from. The fact is, so little research has been done in the field of pooping cat mania that there’s no universally accepted answer. Like so much of what makes cats tick, a definitive motivation will have to remain a mystery.

Have you got a Big Question you'd like us to answer? If so, let us know by emailing us at bigquestions@mentalfloss.com.

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Animals
Listen to the Impossibly Adorable Sounds of a Baby Sloth
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Sometimes baby sloths seem almost too adorable to be real. But the little muppet-faced treasures don't just look cute—turns out they sound cute, too. We know what you're thinking: How could you have gone your whole life without knowing what these precious creatures sound like? Well, fear not: Just in time for International Sloth Day (today), we have some footage of how the tiny mammals express themselves—and it's a lot of squeaking. (Or maybe that's you squealing?)

The sloths featured in the heart-obliterating video below come from the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. The institution rescues orphaned sloths, rehabilitates them, and gets them ready to be released back into the wild.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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