Dog Trick or Cat Treat: Pets Dress Up for Halloween.


64 pages
Contains Photos
ISBN 978-1-55022-800-7
DDC 636.7002'07





Reviewed by Janet Arnett

Janet Arnett is the former campus manager of adult education at Ontario’s Georgian College. She is the author of Antiques and Collectibles: Starting Small, The Grange at Knock, and 673 Ways to Save Money.



In this somewhat amusing collection of images we see 60+ colour snapshots of cats and dogs in Halloween costumes. Trick-or-treating with pets is an increasingly common phenomenon, and this book can give pet owners many ideas on how they want to costume their pets for the Halloween season. It may also inspire readers to adopt a pet and dress it up themselves.

The animals appear either cute or ridiculous, depending on one’s view of how pets should be incorporated into human society. Most exhibit acceptance of a fate that includes being dressed up in funny hats, shirts, and capes. Only a few give clear signals that they would opt to be elsewhere. The look of forbearance worn by most of the cats and dogs is a testimony to their marvellous tolerance of human whims, however irrelevant to their own needs.

In size and content, it’s a zero-text stand-in for a greeting card.



Klondike, Archie., “Dog Trick or Cat Treat: Pets Dress Up for Halloween.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 23, 2024,