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 canines submitting to their owners' fanciful desires to see them in costumes as superheroes, dinosaurs and the pope.

Thousands of spectators 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 spectators sneak snapshots 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 who tapped into the Halloween spirit with a Day of the Dead-themed presentation that included two Chihuahuas and a Yorkshire terrier. 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. There were 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. Her do 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. It was no surprise to Krzywicki, who watched Daisy Mae shy away from the affection of strangers, suggesting that 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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Why do people put their dogs in costumes?
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COMMENTS (53)
  • lukem-orv
    10/29/2015 - 07:05 p.m.

    Because it makes their dogs more outstanding, cool, and not dull nor plain. And also to win the prize, too.

  • calis-3-bar
    10/29/2015 - 08:57 p.m.

    People put their dogs in costumes because it gives the dogs owner pleasure to see their pets dressed up in cute costumes. People associate clothing with something a human wears. So, when you see a dog doing anything that is meant for a human, such as wearing clothes, a person has a happy reaction. They think it is adorable to see animals wearing clothing. Not only does it make the owners happy, but people are naturally competitive. Since this article is about a doggy dress up contest, owners are more likely to enter their pets in the contest, based on the natural desire for people to win. I liked this article because I love animals, and I love to read about them. I looked up images from the event and they were adorable, and I liked how I could link images to the article.

  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    10/29/2015 - 09:02 p.m.

    Starting in New York, there are now dogs that are wearing Halloween costumes and they are looking cute. These dogs are now being people now after they are now wearing costumes like Batman and Superman. They are also wearing costumes like that normal kids would wear. I think that this is really cute and that most people who have dogs should do this.

  • mayaw-6-bar
    10/29/2015 - 09:07 p.m.

    People put their dogs in costumes to be be social and because they enjoy it. In paragraph 2 it says, "Thousands of spectators lapped it up. They mingled with nearly 300 four-legged contestants around a stage in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park." This shows that people want to be social because they otherwise would not dress their animals up, or attend a Halloween event. This quote also shows that people enjoy it, because if they didn't they would not attend. This article is interesting to me because so many people dress their dogs up. I chose this article because I wondered how many people dress their dogs up for Halloween in New York.

  • stonep-6-bar
    10/29/2015 - 11:52 p.m.

    People in this story dress up their dogs for the Halloween spirit (paragraph 4) The owners of the dogs liked how they could meet other dog lovers and make new friends. The point of the contest was to see which dog had the best costume. I found this article amusing because the dog owners dressed their dogs into funny and action movie costumes like dinosaurs from the movie "Jurassic World".(Paragraph 5)

  • gonzalez-pantojaa-rob
    10/30/2015 - 10:04 a.m.

    People put their dogs in costumes because their were having a Halloween dog parade. Some owners even dressed up their dogs like them. It was billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade!

  • lukep-6-bar
    10/30/2015 - 10:17 a.m.

    People put their dogs in costumes because their was the largest halloween dog parade and contest in New york city. The judges mingled with nearly 300 four-legged contestants. The point of the parade/contest was to raise money for the park's dog run.

  • sheridanm-6-bar
    10/30/2015 - 10:30 a.m.

    People dress their dogs in costumes because, it is a fun Halloween event for the dog owners and the dogs. As shown in paragraph two, the winner receives money to go towards the annual dog run. I would say the prize is mostly about bragging rights, not winning money. I found this article interesting because I didn't thing that so many people would participate in dressing their dogs up for Halloween.

  • jackw-4-bar
    10/30/2015 - 10:46 a.m.

    People put their dogs In costume because "they were hoping for a best in show award for the 25th annual outing. Also it raises money for the entire park's dog run". The is article surprised me because people usually dress up in costumes not dogs. Also it is a contest too.

  • giannad-jac
    10/30/2015 - 12:35 p.m.

    This article was very interesting! I had no idea there is a contest in New York for dogs!!!!!!!!!

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