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 hosted what was billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. It had hundreds of dogs accepting their owners' wish to see them in costumes. They were dressed as superheroes, dinosaurs and the pope.

Thousands of people lapped it up. 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 outing. It raises money for the park's dog run.

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

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

The prize was won by some Dallas contestants. They tapped 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.

This year, there were all types of dinosaurs. Perhaps they were taking advantage of the excitement generated by the recent release of the "Jurassic World" film. There were also dogs posing as an alligator, a dragon, a fisherman and 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 dogs' costumes were outdone only by those of their owners.

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

Danielle Williams is from Port Chester. She 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. That was 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 (223)
  • william1108-yyca
    10/29/2015 - 09:19 p.m.

    WOW! It is amazing that they dressed their dogs up for Halloween. I have never seen any pets dress up for Halloween. But know that I have read this article I now know that they do. Maybe on Halloween I will look if any animals dressed up in a costume.

  • annabel1226-yyca
    10/29/2015 - 09:49 p.m.

    Sooo cute...I want my dog now. I want to dress up my dog and brag it to everyone. I can't resist it. Almost the dogs are like the characters not the peoples. I hope I could get a new dog and dress it up. If I get a new dog then I will dress it as Dorthy and I will dress up as the witch. Isn't it a good idea. I think it is. After that year, I will dress up as Snow White and my new dog will dress up as a dwarf.

  • annabel1226-yyca
    10/29/2015 - 10:04 p.m.

    So, you could enter a contest with your dog, and you get a prize? Wow, that is amazing. I am going to definitely do it with my dog if I buy it. What should dress up as. Oh, I have an idea. I could dress up as a witch from the Wizard of the Oz, and my dog could be Dorthy from Wizard of the Oz, too. That dog will be very cute. I hope I get to do it with my dog when I get one. I will be very cruel to my dog, because I am a witch. After that day, I would give my dog a treat for not barking at me because of my make-up.

  • madelinew-1-bar
    10/29/2015 - 10:31 p.m.

    People dress up their dogs for many different reasons. In this case, it was to raise money for a dog run. Others dress up their dogs because it makes them look cute. I really liked this article, especially the part where it talked about the dog dressed as the Pope.

  • kayah-4-bar
    10/29/2015 - 11:28 p.m.

    I think people put their dogs in costumes because it is fun,cute, and hilarious. Many people go all out with the costumes. In Paragraph 3 it says, "For the day,she's like a movie star." meaning the costume went all out. I think this article was very interesting because not many people, including me, dress up their dog.

    • deboo-jac
      12/12/2015 - 07:03 p.m.

      I agree with kayah-4-Bar it is a fun cute and hilarious thing to do I think the people who came up with this idea were geniuses to put in new York city one of the biggest cities in the world was the right thing to do.

  • oliviav-1-bar
    10/29/2015 - 11:28 p.m.

    Some people put their dogs in costumes because the dogs raise money for the park's dog run and because who wouldn't love to dress their own dog up in a silly costume. This is a fun festive way to raise money and party with their beloved pets beside them. I love this article and I would totally go if this was in my hometown.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    10/30/2015 - 12:18 a.m.

    I think that it might be good for the owner of the dogs to take their dogs to the parade that the owners will dress their dogs as something so that they could bring their dogs to Manhattan's Halloween parade. I think that the people who are going to Manhattan's Halloween parade that I think that in the small picture is a pug that is dressed up as a tarantula.

  • rorys-1-bar
    10/30/2015 - 12:53 a.m.

    People put their dogs in costumes for many reasons. One reason as the article states is "Danielle Williams is from Port Chester. She walked excitedly by dozens of colorfully costumed dogs and said she wanted to pet them all." This means that the owners of the dogs may like to see their dogs in cute costumes.

    Opinion: I thought the article was very interesting. I find it cool how the event raised money for the park's dog run. Also I wish I was there to see all of the cute dogs.

  • angelinat-3-bar
    10/30/2015 - 01:00 a.m.

    People put their dogs in costumes because they find it amusing, and cute. In the article it says,"They mingled with nearly 300 four-legged contestants..." This shows that many people are willing to dress their dogs up, and not only find it amusing, but most likely get publicity out of it. I mean we are talking about it right now, and we are reading about it. This is an opportunity for dog owners to not only amuse themselves but get some recognition for having the cutest costume. I found this article interesting because I love dogs myself, and I love to dress mine up. I was surprised by this article because I did not know that there were contests to see who could dress up their dog the best.

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