The 29th Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Was Spooktacular!


The annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade attracts over 300 creatively-dressed dogs (Credit: James and Karla Murray Photography)

Halloween dog parades, where pooches get to strut around in fun costumes, are a fairly common occurrence during this time of the year. However, very few compare to New York City's Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, the largest and most popular gathering of its kind. The annual event attracts over 300 pooches and their proud owners, who often dress in coordinated outfits to help their furry, four-legged friends win the coveted Best in Show title.

Little Red Riding Hood" was accompanied by the "Big Bad Wolf" (Credit: James and Karla Murray )

Now celebrating its 29th year, the 2019 competition took place at the East River Park Amphitheater on Sunday, October 20. Hundreds of New Yorkers braved the gloomy weather and light rain to admire the pooches masquerading as politicians, celebrities, fictional book and movie characters, popular foods, and even other animals. Among the most notable were two pooches dressed as Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Their owners joined in the fun by dressing up as popular muppets, Bert and Ernie.

A pooch dressed as American rapper Snoop Dogg was a crowd favorite (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

A four-legged "Snoop Dogg" also made an appearance, complete with the namesake American rapper's iconic gold chain, bandana, and sunglasses. An innocent-looking pooch dressed as Little Red Riding Hood had a fierce "Big Bad Wolf" in tow, while "Toto" was accompanied by his human Wizard of Oz family. A Doberman pinscher "skeleton" and an adorable beagle mix "Jack the Nipper" added to the Halloween spookiness.

Two Yorkshire Terriers masquerading as Snoopy and the Red Baron won 2019 Best in Show (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

The prestigious 2019 Best of Show title, which came with a $500 gift card to Petco, went to two Yorkshire Terriers dressed as the protagonists from Charles Schulz's bestselling graphic novel Snoopy and the Red Baron. The elaborate costume included a doghouse and a model World War I biplane, which took the owner over a month to build.

Second-place winner "Ramen bowl" and his chef (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

A Jack Russell Terrier dressed as a bowl of ramen and his "chef" owner were awarded second place and a $250 gift card to Petco, while a pooch and its owners, portraying characters from the 2019 folk horror movie Midsommar, placed third. Regardless of whether or not they won, the pooches and their owners all had a great time showing off their costumes to the cheering crowds.

A couple and their pooch depicting characters from "Midsommar" won third place (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

Do you plan to dress up your furry four-legged friend this Halloween? If so, be sure to let us know what he/she is going as, by adding your comments below.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

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  • kittyndogonews
    kittyndogonewsThursday, February 13, 2020 at 5:41 pm
    so cute and funny
    • beenugets13
      beenugets13Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 3:29 pm
      awwwwwwwww this is so cute! dogs are such amazing creatures!
      • bsc
        bscFriday, January 24, 2020 at 8:22 pm
        So cute! My favorite is the snoopy and Oscar the grouch costume.
        • sophiab1472
          sophiab1472Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm
          Aww Lol
          • becca7500
            becca7500Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 1:40 pm
            Jurassic park one was so cool!
            • ebrinkley5
              ebrinkley5Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:47 am
              such cute outfuts
              • joohyuun
                joohyuunFriday, December 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm
                Fang, my Doberman is known as the "tough dog" in my neighborhood and most people don't even DARE to go near him unless he knows you by person and trusts you. However, my German Sheperd, Bella, is sweet and playful, but also aggressive if she feels threatened.
                • joohyuun
                  joohyuunFriday, December 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm
                  My favorite dog was the Snoop Dog one! Wow, so creative and adorable. I couldn't really take out my Doberman, Fang, because of his aggression to strangers. But my german shepherd, Stella, was pretty excited about sniffing for candies.
                  • lpsbrooklyn11
                    lpsbrooklyn11Friday, January 10, 2020 at 4:17 pm
                    I have a Rottweiler and no one goes near her. Everyone is scared of her and I tell them not to be scared but still they don't let her.😢
                    • giraffegirl12
                      giraffegirl12Friday, April 24, 2020 at 5:41 am
                      so sad
                      • joohyuun
                        joohyuunSaturday, March 21, 2020 at 12:45 pm
                        Awww..... I don't understand why people have such fear for a rottweiler. Yes, they are massive in size, but they are very warm-hearted. My friend has rottweiler who is amazingly sweet and friendly.
                        • beenugets13
                          beenugets13Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 3:31 pm
                          aw thats sad,but I really hope they know shes a very good girl!
                      • lola28
                        lola28Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 9:01 am
                        so so so so so so so cute
                        • doglover436
                          doglover436Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:34 pm
                          I luv dogs 🐶🐩🐕🐺