2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC

Every Dog Has Its Day: Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade



You could spend every weekend doing something completely different in New York City and never run out of things to do. But there are certain events that hit can’t-miss status for us. Activities that are permanently etched into our calendars. Occasions that take precedence over anything else going on in the city that day. The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is one of those special cases.

Twenty-seven years ago, the inaugural Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade began as a small, casual, low-key event. Sure, it was a Halloween celebration, but it was also the after-party for a hard-fought community victory: the successful launch of the city’s first dog run. From there, word spread and the event grew in popularity every year thereafter. The number of participants (now in the hundreds), along with spectators (now in the thousands), have markedly increased in the time we’ve attended. And why not? Could you resist these bright, dancing eyes, floppy, lolling tongues, and energetically wagging tails? It’s impawsible to pick a favorite, but here are some highlights from the day:



We expected Handmaid’s Tale to be a popular costume, but Winston as Ofdog was superbly spectacular:

2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC

Reboot or no, Star Wars is a permanent Halloween favorite:

2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
Do you think he goes to the Boba Vet? 😉

We always enjoy seeing our favorite animated classics come to life:

2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
Frozen
2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
Despicable Me
2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
And something a little more retro, The Flintstones



Want to soar to new heights? Just choose your mode of transportation:

2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
Airplane
2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
Space shuttle
2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
Or just balloons

Proof that some pairings are simply lifelong classics:

2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
Milk and cookies
2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
Cookies and milk

And there’s always hell toupee:

2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
Candidate Trump from last year
2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC
President Trump

For more dressed-up dogs, be sure to check out our friends’ post over at Tip and JAM in Wonderland.

And our New York City photographer buddy @istillheartnewyork has some pawesome gems on his Instagram feed.

Our adventure (and pics!) from last year’s event can be found here.



Pair it with:

Brunch at The Wild Son

2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC

2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC

2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City - Mad Hatters NYC

While we have lots of love for the many diverse eateries in the East Village, the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade draws such a large crowd that the entire neighborhood is overtaxed. So we suggest getting your brunch on away from the dog-loving mob. And why not try the Wild Son before you head out to see the Wild Ones?

The moment you walk into The Wild Son, you notice the interior looks great — from it’s abundance of heavily-grained light and dark wood, to the quaint white cupboards and white tiled walls. Vibrant green potted plants hang throughout. It’s exactly the atmosphere you want for brunch early on a weekend. And then, of course, there’s the primary reason one ventures into such a lovely establishment: the food. The breakfast menu offers imaginative twists on simple favorites, like a Blueberry Corn Waffle and a Grain and Egg Bowl. But the sandwiches are a special treat. The team behind The Wayland designed The Wild Son to operate on a “healthy philosophy” so there are vegan and gluten-free options as well. It’s the perfect thing to fortify you for a grueling day of oooh-ing and aaah-ing.

Location:
53 Little W 12th St

Hours:
Breakfast & Lunch Daily 10 am – 4 pm
Dinner Starting at 6 pm

– L. & J.

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Tip and Jam
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Thanks for sharing this special event with us. It was a great day for dog lovers. We must try the wild Ones next time we are in that area. You might also check out Phoebes. More traditional fare, but good just the same.

Tip
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Cool event. This was like having an extension camera on the other side of Tompkins Park. We got to see more of the puppies. Thank you for the heads up. I’m still blown away by how you guys find the good places to eat!

Cathy
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The balloon dog was from the movie UP- too cute! I wish there was a cat costume parade but I’m sure the cats are happy there is not:)

Dippy Dotty Girl
Guest

There is a Halloween Dog Parade! This gets better and better. Look at those rockstars in their coats and ties, innovative cookies and milk costumes. Loved it.

Lauren
Guest

AHHH I am so sad I missed this event…for the third year in a row! I had scheduled a brunch like 6 weeks in advance on the same day, then shortly after saw it coincided with the dog parade. Hopefully next year I’ll have more luck, I hope Ofdog makes another appearance! The little Trumpet dog killed me though, lol.

lynn
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I bet that was fun – I didn’t know the history – the first dog run, etc. – interesting! Love the milk and cookies, but they’re all terrific (the first wins for sheer elegance). I still regret not meeting you guys for brunch – I’m sure I would have eaten so well.

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