On one Saturday afternoon, every year, Tompkins Square Park throws the annual Halloween Dog Parade. While there are a few annual Halloween festivities around New York, the Halloween Dog Parade is by far the most anticipated.
More of a gathering than an actual parade, dog owners congregate at Tompkins Square Park while onlookers and local cat owners (like yours truly) vicariously live through the city’s dog owners.
Those with the most creative costumes can win prizes, while others enjoy the fun of having their pups photographed and sometimes featured in national media the following week. From political statements to elaborate costumes, these are some of the best looks from this year’s dogs.
1. The Handmaid’s Dog
One of the most photographed and popular costumes at this year’s Halloween Dog Parade was inspired by the hit show The Handmaid’s Tale.
2. Oscar the Grouch
Another fan favorite from this year’s dog parade was a throwback to Sesame Street’s famed grouch, Oscar. This Instagram pooch—who has a whopping 75,000+ followers—was carried on his throne of trash with champagne bottles, newspapers and coffee cups sticking out.
3. The Scottish Highlander
One of the few Scottish terriers to be spotted at the event, Balvenie (appropriately named after the iconic Scotch label) came dressed head-to-toe as a true Scotsman, kilt and all.
4. The New York Tourists
For this costume, the owners went above and beyond by creating a mini NYC Sightseeing tour bus and then dressing their pups up as classic tourists, complete with ‘I Love NY’ t-shirts and selfie sticks in hand…erm…paws.
5. The Kissing Booth
This adorable pup manned his own kissing booth during the parade offering up irresistible smooches to all who passed by.
6. The Political Pooch
Franklin the pitbull went political at this year’s Halloween Dog parade, dressing as Donald Trump. Franklin was one of many dogs to poke fun at the current administration—with other pups dressed as Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer—but Franklin nailed the look (and orange coloring) perfectly.
7. The Staten Island Corgi
Because I (not so secretly) am obsessed with corgis, this little guy in his Staten Island Ferry costume just melted my heart—and apparently the hearts of many others as he was featured as one of the best pooch costumes by The Huffington Post. The only other corgi to come in second was one wearing a wonder bread wrapper; a nod to those adorable bread-shaped corgi bums.
8. The Cougar Barbie
This senior pooch came dressed as ‘Cougar Barbie’ with a hot pink set of wheels and some admiring boys in her back seat. Who says young dogs have all the fun?
9. It and Georgie
For as terrifying as the owner looks, that’s how cute this pooch looks dressed as Georgie from the movie It. The film, which was recently re-made this year, was another crowd favorite as many Georgies’ and that iconic red balloon were spotted.
10. Hugh Hefner & his Playboy Bunnies
Shakespeare the pooch stole the show with this homage to the late Hugh Hefner and his Playboy legacy. Accompanied by owners dressed appropriately as Playboy bunnies, this Instagram pup sat on a black fur throne with a red robe, pipe and hat.