With the current COVID-19 pandemic keeping many people at home during Halloween, students and faculty at the Bay have found ways to keep up with the costume tradition of the holiday. Junior Carol Torres said she loves to dress up her dog every Halloween and this year she was especially excited to do so, despite the changes in the holiday this year.

“I was kind of sad because I could not go out this year but then I realized that I can still dress up my dog,” Torres said. “This is exciting because it means that my Halloween can still be fun and I can focus on pampering my dog with his own costume, which he was a hotdog.”

Junior Alejandro Perez said this year he and his family decided to dress up his dog as a lobster. Perez said that his dog Stella is extremely rowdy and loves to run around the house so it was difficult getting the costume to stay on but ultimately they ended up using elastic to make sure it was secured for the day.

“Honestly seeing my dog dressed up as a lobster was the highlight of Halloween and it brought a spark to a holiday that was otherwise uncelebrated,” Perez said. “Dressing up my dog allowed my family and I to feel like we were still participating in Halloween even though this year we did not get to do much.”

Torres said that instead of looking for her own costume this year, she spent her time picking out an outfit for her dog. She said although her dog, Joey, fights against the costume, he eventually stops bothering to take it off.

“It’s really fun getting together with my family and trying to put the costume on my dog and afterward we bring her to the backyard and take pictures of her,” Torres said. “Normally we do matching costumes with my family and include our dog but this year we just got him a costume, which was still extremely cute and the pictures came out really funny.”

Advanced Placement (AP) teacher Laura Ashley said she loves to dress up her pets and this year she dressed up her dog as a sea turtle. Ashley said she considers her dog like her kids and she thinks it is cute to see them dressed up as a different animal or person. 

“Dressing up my dog makes me smile,” Ashley said. “I also like to see the kid’s reactions that come to the door trick or treating when they see her dressed up.” 

Perez said that his dog loves being dressed up and she gets extremely excited when his family brings out the Halloween costumes. Perez said that he thinks Stella loves the extra attention from the family and visitors.

“When my mom brings the costumes out from the garage Stella always begins to run around the house and shake her tail,” Perez said. “It’s really fun knowing that my dog also enjoys getting dressed up just as much as we do.”

Although, Ashley said that pet parents should be mindful when putting a costume on their pets and if the pet shows aggression, owners should reconsider putting the costume on their pet. She said that her dog is a big fan of dressing up and runs in circles and almost wags her tail off. 

“If the owners do not know how to read their dog’s body language when they put on the costume on their dog then it could cause harm or stress,” Ashley said. “If the pet is not a fan of being dressed up and the pet parents force it on the pet, it could cause stress, unwanted aggression, or cause the pet to become frightened and possibly hurt themselves.”