You Will Love the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade (Even If You Don’t Love Dogs)

Strange sounds emit from my roommate’s room on a near daily basis. Not sex noises. Not holy-hell-I-just-saw-a-cockroach noises. At first I thought they were the sounds of pain or sadness. Thinking my roommate had hurt herself, or learned some very bad news, I come rushing to her door, “Are you okay?”
I find her hunched over her laptop, her face awash with unabashed joy, a stark contrast to her utterances.
“Ohh!” she squeals, “I can’t! Eee! Just-aaaww!- Just look!”
She turns the screen toward me, clapping her hands, to reveal a Youtube page. It is a video of some adorable animal- most often a dog or puppy, yesterday it was a fox, last spring it was cows- doing something cute.

“Cute.” I reply, deadpan, rolling my eyes at the 3 minutes of life I just wasted.

I like dogs just fine.

I also like vegetables.

I am about as likely to squee about a puppy as an eggplant.

Now, dress either one up in a costume and it’s a different story.

Case in point: the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. As soon as I heard about this New York event, now in its 23rd year, I knew I had to go. I knew I had to go with my roommate, knew she would have a blast. What I didn’t know is how much I’d enjoy it.

How could I not? It was a beautiful sunny day, so festive, everyone was smiling. The creativity and thought put into all of the costumes was awesome.

The whirlwind, phenomenon of the summer, SHARKNADOG!
No one better try to hit this pinnate!
It’s the best when the look of the dog goes with the costume. He’s the perfect Dog-Hulk.

It gets even better when owners dress up to match.

Saw lots of dogs dressed as Woody from Toy Story, but this couple who dressed their dog as Slinky and themselves as Woody and Buzz had the better idea.
If asked, she’d sing a song from Wicked. I wish I meant little dog Glinda howling “Popular”, but no, I mean her owner Elphaba belting “Defying Gravity”.
Alice, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter of course!
Just a New York guy getting his Starbuck’s fix from the most adorable Pumpkin Spice Latte ever. Okay, this one actually made me *squee*.

So much fun, my roommate and I left truly inspired. For Halloween this year my two roommates and I dressed as Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook. We dressed our cat as the crocodile.

*Squee* worthy? You tell me.

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! What did you dress as? Ever dress up your pet?

About New York Cliche

NYC lifestyle blog by Mary Lane. Events, adventures, epic mistakes, dating, life, humor. A 20-something trying to make it (and make out) in the city of dreams.

3 thoughts on “You Will Love the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade (Even If You Don’t Love Dogs)

  1. Holy crap, how did I not know about this dog parade?! I have a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier Mix and I would’ve loved to dress her up for this. Next year, I suppose.


    Hahaha thank you so much for opening my eyes to this wonderful tradition. There’s basically nothing I love more than pups being paraded around in silly outfits… Seriously.

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