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It’s Halloween! Sure, it’s a great time for adults to don costumes in a show of whimsy, but it is a much, much better time for children to wear costumes as a display of their carefree, imaginative nature. And you know what’s even better than kids in costumes? Animals, who do not give a shit and often do not even appear to understand that they have been dressed up, doddering about as Batman or whatever merely because they trust you.

The question of what to dress a pet up as is complicated. In general, you’re looking to maximize their humiliation but also maximize the ease of putting the thing on and off, because who knows how long it’ll last. Pets view costumes as nothing more than an impediment to eating, and sooner or later they’re going to want to eat, meaning: that costume is coming off. Also, you don’t want to be the billionth person dressing your pet up as a pumpkin or Luke Skywalker or whatever, so creativity counts.

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Anyway, all of that being said, here are some important and good dogs (and one cat) wearing costumes from the internet today.

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Everyone out there: Please continue to put your pets and costumes and post them on the internet. If that’s not why this thing exists, we may as well unplug it all right now.