Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park – Brace yourself.

The sound of crinkling leaves, the smell of apple cider and the switch to the warmer jacket can only mean one thing.  Fall is here.

Before we start seeing the Christmas trees in department stores (I’ve already spotted an isle of Christmas ornaments at Costso) and booking our end of year travel plans, there’s one day that just cannot be overlooked on behalf of our dogs – Halloween!

Dog Halloween

I think this dog is allergic to shellfish.

In the spirit of laughter, community and sheer awesomeness – lots of communities host Halloween costume parades for their dogs.   Tompkins Square Park has one of the original dog runs in the country and hosts one of the most photographed dog events of the year.

halloween dog

Organized by Friends of First Run, the Halloween dog parade has grown into a tradition that attracts families, dog product vendors and adoption centers from around the city.  And of course, the herald of the day – the main event – our beloved dogs in costume, making us squeal and cheer for our favorites.  This year, the 22nd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade will be on Saturday, October 20th at noon on East 9th street between Avenue A and B.  Winners in a ton of categories, prizes, and of course – some really awesome dogs.  There’s no end to the creativity behind these costumes.

For more photos, check out this Buzzfeed article from last year.  Here’s some other fun Halloween dog events in New York:

Just one more….

Gone With the Wind Dog

‘Oh Rhett, does this dress make me look fat?’

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