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:
Reboot or no, Star Wars is a permanent Halloween favorite:
We always enjoy seeing our favorite animated classics come to life:
Want to soar to new heights? Just choose your mode of transportation:
Proof that some pairings are simply lifelong classics:
And there’s always hell toupee:
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
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.
53 Little W 12th St
Breakfast & Lunch Daily 10 am – 4 pm
Dinner Starting at 6 pm