Puppy Love: Photos from the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

There’s always something new going on in New York City, so it takes a special event to keep the locals coming back again and again. The Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade is just such an event. Attending the parade has become one of our favorite Halloween rituals, so we were pretty brokenhearted to hear it had been canceled. Long story short, the event had become so popular that the park was requiring insurance to cover its many attendees, and the financial burden was just too great to bear.

Then, in swooped Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) and an unlikely hero: ESPN. ESPN not only broadcast the parade with Katie Nolan as host, but also donated $10,000 to the City Parks Foundation. And just like that, the parade was magically back on, just in a new home. This year’s parade landed at the East River Park Amphitheater, which is nestled between FDR Drive and the East River, with sweeping views of Brooklyn further beyond.

As in previous years, we were blown away by the creativity of the costumes and range of themes from individual pets to complex family ensembles. Story time characters are evergreen favorites, from classic fairy tales to children’s book classics:




Wizard of Oz Halloween Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Little Red Riding Hood Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Where The Wild Things Are Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@yasyasjasper
Winnie the Pooh Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@thecodybear

We might be a little biased with this one 😉

Alice in Wonderland Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@longboy_lincoln

Some video game characters came to life:

Street Fighter Halloween Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog




And of course, there had to be an (adorable) nightmare or two:

Nightmare Before Christmas Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@charliechi_nyc with our blogger buddy @girlingothamcity!
Freddy Kruger Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@jazzyxoxo13

We always recommend you eat before you arrive, or you might get hungry:

French Toast Dog Halloween Costume, along with eggs and bacon at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Mrs Butterworth and French Toast Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Guy Fieri and Hot Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@_nouvertne_

Ticket booth and rotten candy Halloween Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

There’s art, music and religion:

Ramones Halloween Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@xolohairlessdog
Ramones Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
He dances too!
Biggie Paws Halloween Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@mrbiggiethebully

Andy Warhol, Marilyn and Soup Can Halloween Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Pope and nun Halloween Dog Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@yeyush_the_chihuahua



Current events always make their way there:

Melania and Donald Trump Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Melania and Donald Trump Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
Yes, she was wearing THE jacket

But not-so-current characters show up too:

Lincoln Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Marie Antoniette Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

And this year we had some llama drama:

Llama Dog Halloween Costume at the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City via Mad Hatters NYC Blog
@chesterdogbk

So if you’re a local who has never attended the parade, it’s time to add it to your calendar. And if you’re thinking of visiting the city, consider planning a trip this time of year. Any dog lover–or any human being, for that matter–will find a festive atmosphere and kindred spirits at the Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade. And that means no one will judge you when let out a squeal of delight, break out your dog talk voice, and completely fill your camera roll.

All Instagram accounts have been tagged where available, please let us know if we missed one! Clicking on the photos will take you directly to the attached Instagram accounts so you can stalk these cuties online. And you can check out our coverage of the 2017 and 2016 parades for more fun doggie pics.

– L. & J.

 

23 thoughts on “Puppy Love: Photos from the 2018 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade”

  1. Wonderful! We had heard that it was back on again. That’s great. We went last year and really enjoyed ourselves. This parade shows what such a creative city we have here. We couldn’t make it. We had too many empty boxes to fill up. Keep this stuff coming because we are going to be living through you vicariously.

    1. Thanks, Tip! Wish you two were out there with us today. You would have loved it. Alas, we understand the need to focus on filling those empty boxes. We’ll keep writing them if you keep reading them. 😉

  2. It’s so great to see people having such a great time- dressingbthemselves and their pets! Great pics. I love how you met up with blogger friends and of course found other Madhatters.

    1. Mad Hatters were well represented that day, the emcee was also a Mad Hatter 😉

      We really can’t get enough of these types of feel-good events, Tara! We overheard an attendee say “I don’t even love dogs THAT much”, and it might be blasphemy at that type of event but I think it also speaks to the universal appeal of the parade. And the views didn’t hurt either!

  3. Lama drama is pretty amazing, but my favorite is the trump couple, he and she, just s simple statement, but it goes far. 🙂 Looks like you had fun!

    1. It was great to see you guys as well! You know, Charlie looooooooooves dressing up. Don’t let his resting expression fool you. He just can’t show his enthusiasm. It would impact his street cred. 😉

  4. You’re so right when you say nyc always has something going on. The many times I’ve been to nyc we’ve returned home after midnight because there’s so much to see and do. That’s why they call it the city that never sleeps. And thanks for sharing the photos. They are awesome!!!

  5. I laughed OUT LOUD reading and scrolling through these pix! How incredibly creative and adorable. The pic with the motorcycle guy and his dog—his dog looks like that old ad for speakers, the one where the guy’s hair is being blown back by the sound. And the daschund llama! I’m so glad they found a way to save this parade, and that you have documented the joy for us 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Cynthia! We were terribly disappointed when we first heard it has been cancelled. The parade had become somewhat of a tradition for us marking the start of the holiday season. So glad you got a kick out of the post.

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