It's the most wonderful time of the year, when we can finally answer questions like, "What if dogs, but in outfits reflecting the current cultural zeitgeist, memes, TV shows we love, and nostalgic faves?" The answer is always yes. Taylor Swiftshire Terrier and Traviston Kelshepherd? Yes. The Eldest Very Good Boy? Yes. Dog as a subway car? Always yes.
Dogs, we don't deserve them, so be sure to give them plenty of pats and treats at the upcoming dog costume parades, coming to a location near a subway station near you!
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Festival
The Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Festival has long been the gold standard in dog costume parades, and it returns to the East Village park this year (which almost didn't happen!). The furry festivities are set to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 21st, but take note: there's a formal parade route this year through the East Village, it won't be inthe park itself. Pup-a-razzi are encouraged, because we all need these photos.
Parade attendees will meet at 14th Street and Avenue B and at 1 p.m. then make their way down to 7th Street
7 minute walk from 1 Avenue
Halloween Howl at Carl Schurz Park
The Halloween Howl at Carl Schurz Park is the best Upper East Side option for those seeking dogs in costume. This year things kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 22nd, when dogs will compete for the top costume (they're all winners in our book). Get there early for the Healthy Hound Fair, which begins at 11 a.m.
Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan, at the basketball/hockey court and John Finley Walk, off East End Avenue and East 86th Street
7 minute walk from 86th Street
The Great Pupkin at Fort Greene Park
The Great Pupkin has become another marquee event in the world of dog costume contests. This one will take place at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th this year, and you'll want to get there a little early for a good spot — these dogs and their humans will be bringing their best looks.
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, at the bottom of the monument steps
3 minute walk from Fulton Street
Pet Costume Party at Jackie Robinson Park
Celebrate Halloween with your bestie at Jackie Robinson Park on Saturday, October 28th (12 -3 p.m.). They'll be hosting their annual Pet Costume Contest where humans are encouraged to dress up along with their pet — you can both strut the runway and get photos in the photo booth. There will also be a pumpkin patch, arts & crafts, candy and more!
Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, Manhattan, near 150th Street and Bradhurst Avenue
About a 5-minute walk from 145th Street
Dog Day Halloween at Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park's Dog Day Halloween Costume Parade & Contest will take place at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th. Expect these very good pups to show off their best Halloween looks at Garibaldi Plaza.
Washington Square Park, Manhattan, at Garibaldi Plaza
3 minute walk from West 4th Street
If you spot any transit-themed dog costumes, please tag @MTAaway on Instagram in your photos!