Halloween is for kids (of all ages) but also, increasingly, for their dogs. Just as all the candy, decorations, costumes, and accessories make it the second largest grossing holiday after Christmas (raking in about $6.8 billion in sales), Howl-o-Ween pet costumes are big business. Americans are expected to spend approximately $300 million to outfit their cats and dogs this year; owners of black cats get a pass.
From Florida to California there are pet parades and contests that prove every dog does indeed have its day. New York has a host of 4-legged events, including pet parades in Sunnyside and McCarren Park in Brooklyn. Still upcoming events are:
Monday, October 28:
- The first annual “Pups on the Runway” fashion show featuring creations by local designers to aid the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.
Tuesday, October 29:
- Fort Tryon's Howl-o-ween Extravaganza (11 a.m. in Sir William’s Dog Run in Inwood)
- The 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Dog Costume Contest in Fort Greene (judging begins at noon)
Wednesday, October 30:
- Washington Square Park Dog Halloween Party (from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the large dog run)
- Sean Casey Animal Rescue Center’s 4th Annual Howl-o-Ween Block Bark (noon to 6 p.m.) to raise money for a new rescue shelter facility.
Of all the celebrations, the largest in New York City, or anywhere in the country for that matter, takes place in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan's East Village. On Saturday, October 26, more than 500 dogs and their owners came together with hundreds of onlookers for the 23rd annual Halloween Dog Parade. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the First Run, a non-profit organization that maintains the Tompkins dog run. Some of the celebrants appear with memorable quotes in the slideshow.