The annual Tomkins Square Halloween parade was held yesterday October 26, 2013 in New York City’s Tomkins Square Park. The event began with a parade and ended with a dog show. It was definitely a unique Halloween experience in New York City.
Nearly every breed of dog could be seen dressed up in many creative costumes. Some of the dog’s costumes included food, other animals, and even social media. Humans even joined in the costume fun as well by dressing as movie characters, witches, the State Puff Marshmallow man from The Ghostbusters movie, and yes, one even dressed up as a dog!
While dressing animals in costumes might be controversial in some circles of people, this event proved that no matter what anyone thinks, dogs will be dogs. As the dogs were observed throughout Tomkins Square Park, it was a beautiful, natural sight, despite the costumes, to see all of the dogs and owners interacting, other people’s interactions as they admired and snapped pictures of some of the dogs, and of course, the interactions with other dogs. Most of them barked and ran at each other. But in one instance, two dogs gave each other a kiss before one dog ran away. Perhaps it was a kiss of good luck since one dog was inside the dog show fence while the other was outside?
This event has been going on for twenty three years as a fundraiser for the dog park located in Tomkins Square Park. So there are still opportunities to see many dogs running around, and it won’t be long until some of them even are wearing sweaters as the weather cools down. But in order to see dogs in creative costumes, mark the calendars for Halloween time next year!