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, hosting what was billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade, with hundreds of canines submitting to their owners' fanciful desires to see them in costumes as superheroes, dinosaurs and the pope.

Thousands of spectators lapped it up, mingling 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 in the hopes of a Best in Show award at the 25th annual outing, which raises money for the park's dog run.

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

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

Some Dallas contestants who tapped into the Halloween spirit with a Day of the Dead-themed presentation that included two Chihuahuas and a Yorkshire terrier won the prize. Last year, a doggy version of Rose and Jack from the movie "Titanic" captured the title.

This year, there were all types of dinosaurs, perhaps capitalizing on the excitement generated by the recent release of the "Jurassic World" film, and dogs posing as an alligator, a dragon, a fisherman and characters from "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Flintstones." One dog, accompanied by a woman wearing a nun's habit, was dressed as Pope Francis.

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

Bronx resident Andrea Pagan was decked out as Wonder Woman, just like her Boston terrier guide dog, Imani, who is a bit of a hero in real life, protecting Pagan from potential accidents resulting from disabilities.

Spectator Danielle Williams, who's from Port Chester, walked excitedly by dozens of colorfully costumed dogs and said she wanted to pet them all.

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

Not only were the more than 275 participating dogs not barking up the wrong tree in the park surrounded by dog lovers, they mostly weren't barking at all, no surprise to Krzywicki, who watched Daisy Mae shy away from the affection of strangers. He suggested stage fright had set in.

"She's pretending she doesn't know me," Krzywicki said. "She's saying, 'Help! Somebody adopt me! Look what he made me do!'"

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COMMENTS (43)
  • brandons-day
    10/29/2015 - 05:41 p.m.

    This is a very funny and cute story. I was not even aware that these contests were a thing in the United States. I honestly think its humiliating for the dogs but must be funny for the audience. I also wonder what it would be like to be someone judging this.

  • raymondw-day
    10/30/2015 - 12:47 p.m.

    I love dogs so I chose to comment on this, as soon as I saw the title I immediately thought of my dog… My puppy is 138lbs black lab, more like a monster is you ask me, but it had me thinking, if I were to dress up my four legged friend what would I have him be... then it came to me. Clifford the Big Red Dog, he probably wouldn't be to happy about that though.

  • julianc-bag
    10/31/2015 - 12:38 p.m.

    Help me why are you only taking pictures of me why won't you help me.

  • ameliaw-2-coo
    11/02/2015 - 09:14 a.m.

    People dress there dogs in costumes for fun and entertainment.

  • robertb-lam
    11/02/2015 - 09:38 a.m.

    My dog Dublin would have won with her Superman outfit.

  • colline1-lam
    11/02/2015 - 09:39 a.m.

    This is really cool that there is a costume competition for dogs. I wish there were more pictures in the article so I could see the costumes that were referenced. It sounds really cool and I wish I could see it myself.

  • arellanoj-rob
    11/02/2015 - 09:47 a.m.

    I think that people put their dogs in costumes because they simply think it's adorable & for the Halloween spirit.

  • brandonc-lam
    11/02/2015 - 09:48 a.m.

    I wonder if the dogs got special treats or if they did all these tricks for no treats. Has anyone ever thought of what dogs WANT to do for Halloween? Maybe the dogs didn't want to dress up. Some dogs may have liked dressing up, but dogs might not have. Keep the dogs happy!

  • elijahe-lam
    11/02/2015 - 09:49 a.m.

    My dog won't let me put a costume on her, she hates wearing clothes

  • sierrab-ste
    11/02/2015 - 10:04 a.m.

    I like the fact that people do this. As long as your dog doesn't hate the costume, I think this is a pretty cool idea. They're making dog costumes more and more complex and modern.

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