Last weekend, hundreds of New York dogs and their owners participated in the 31st annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.
After the parade was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, this year’s event attracted hundreds of spectators who wanted to catch a glimpse of the best dressed dogs in the Big Apple.
Here are some of the best and most pote-fun costumes of the year:
This crooked tradition started over 30 years ago as a fundraiser for a dog run, which the organizers wanted to include in park renovations on the city’s Lower East Side.
Tompkins Square Park was not always the family (and dog-friendly) place it is today. In the 1980s, the park was synonymous with illegal drug activity and a sad reminder of the city’s growing social problems, as the park was home to a large, temporary camp for homeless New Yorkers.
As the city planned a large-scale renovation of the park, local dog owners volunteered and teamed up to raise money for the Tompkins Square Dog Run. Not surprisingly, their most successful fundraising event was a Halloween Dog Parade.
Dog costumes this year drew inspiration from many aspects of pop culture – from a Broadway puppy dressed as the Phantom of the Opera, to dogs dressed as the guards from the popular Netflix series, Tiger King.
Have these photos inspired you to dress your dog for Halloween this year?