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.

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The whirlwind, phenomenon of the summer, SHARKNADOG!
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No one better try to hit this pinnate!
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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.

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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.
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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”.
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Alice, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter of course!
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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.

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*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.

  2. THIS MIGHT BE MY NEW FAVORITE THING EVERRRRR!!

    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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