That is a lot of money.
Here's a crazy, crazy idea. Stick with me, OK? Imagine that for every dollar they spend on a costume, people donate a dollar to an animal shelter.
I'm going to say it again: Spend $10 for fairy wings for your bulldog, write a $10 check to a bulldog rescue.
Are you with me? That would be . . . $330 million dollars donated to animals!
You don't have enough to donate because you spent so much on a Superman cape for your hamster? Translation: You'd rather spend that money on groceries or Starbucks or Netflix or toilet paper. So would I. But if you can afford $10 for a pet costume, you can afford to help pets in shelters that need food or medication. You can save their lives.
I'm not a grinch. I love pets in costumes. But when I heard that we in the U.S. will spend $330 million dollars to accessorize our dachshunds with a hot dog bun, I was disturbed.
If you fashioned a costume from things you found around the house, you're excused from this challenge. But if you bought so much as a bow tie for your dog, would you challenge yourself? Make a real difference in an animal's life.
Who's with me?