Halloween goes to the dogs in New York City
Halloween goes to the dogs in New York City Brooks, an Irish Wolfhound arrives dressed as the Big Bad Wolf, with his family accompanying him as the Three Little Pigs, at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade presented by Purina Beggin' on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in New York. (Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina Beggin'/AP Images/Mary Altaffer)
Halloween goes to the dogs in New York City
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A park went to the dogs in a grand way on Saturday. It held a Halloween dog parade. It was said to be the nation's largest. It had hundreds of dogs. They let their owners dress them in costumes.

Thousands of people watched. They mingled with nearly 300 four-legged contestants around a stage in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park. Every imaginable breed was paraded one by one to preen before judges. They were hoping for a Best in Show award at the 25th annual event. It raises money for the park's dog run.

Manhattan resident Robert Krzywicki watched dozens of people sneak photos of his dachshund, Daisy Mae. She was dressed from head to tail in a Stegosaurus dinosaur suit.

"For the day, she was like a movie star," he said.

The prize was won by some Dallas contestants. They got into the Halloween spirit with a Day of the Dead-themed presentation. It included two Chihuahuas and a Yorkshire terrier. Last year, a doggy version of Rose and Jack from the movie "Titanic" took the title.

There were all types of dinosaurs this year. Maybe they were taking on the excitement made by the new "Jurassic World" film. There were also dogs posing as an alligator and a dragon. There was a dog dressed as a fisherman. And there were characters from "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Flintstones." One dog was with a woman wearing a nun's habit. The dog was dressed as Pope Francis.

Some of the dogs' costumes were outdone only by those of their owners.

Bronx resident Andrea Pagan was dressed as Wonder Woman. So was her Boston terrier guide dog, Imani. Imani is a bit of a hero in real life. Imani protects Pagan from potential accidents resulting from disabilities.

Danielle Williams was there to watch. She's from Port Chester. She walked excitedly by dozens of colorfully costumed dogs. She said she wanted to pet them all.

"I want to scoop them and love them," she said.

More than 275 dogs were not barking up the wrong tree in the park surrounded by dog lovers. They mostly were not barking at all. This was no surprise to Krzywicki. He watched Daisy Mae shy away from the affection of strangers. He suggested stage fright had set in.

"She is pretending she does not know me," Krzywicki said. "She is saying, 'Help! Somebody adopt me! Look what he made me do!'"

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/junior/halloween-goes-dogs-new-york-city/

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COMMENTS (135)
  • durhamj-rob
    10/30/2015 - 01:41 p.m.

    it show there support on how they love there dog also it shows how people have fun creative things besides people. dogs can have the same fun as there familes do. there owners put there dog in costumes because they think its funny and cute to drees them.

  • gladneys-rob
    10/30/2015 - 01:43 p.m.

    this is so cool it tells me about how the dog dress up the dogs for Halloween and they make then as characters and it tell me that's the best dog dress Halloween dog dress up goes to new York.

  • decampd-rob
    10/30/2015 - 01:47 p.m.

    This article is about a cute Halloween event that was hosted by humans-but the contestants were dogs! Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan decided to put together a "costume party" for dogs to help put people and families in the holiday spirit. Thousands of people watched and nearly 300 dogs participated from all around the US. It was an amazing way to help get people together for Halloween.

  • hoganc-rob
    10/30/2015 - 01:49 p.m.

    The owners put there dogs in costumes because its halloween and they think its cool and funny.

    • elianat-moo
      11/05/2015 - 10:28 a.m.

      Yeah I think it's cool too. What would you dress up your dog like for Halloween?

  • esteph-rob
    10/30/2015 - 01:50 p.m.

    The reason they put their dogs in costumes for halloween is because they think its cute and funny. Its also because they love their pets.

  • garciac-rob
    10/30/2015 - 01:51 p.m.

    People dress their dogs in costumes cause they want their dog feel like an real person in a parade

  • makanip-
    10/30/2015 - 03:25 p.m.

    that would be cool to see that dog

  • derekzangerle-bak
    11/02/2015 - 06:58 a.m.

    I cannot believe there were hundreds of dogs wearing costumes and racing.

  • jaxsonc-wil
    11/02/2015 - 08:47 a.m.

    It shows support to dogs and they are loyal and can have fun sometimes

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