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Published September 1, 2023

Everything to Know About NYC's Halloween Dog Parade

The nation’s biggest Halloween parade returns to New York this fall! 🎃🐕👻

by New York Bucket List


Halloween in New York City is a spectacle like no other, with its iconic parades and extravagant costumes. But amidst the ghouls and goblins, there's an event that stands out for its sheer adorableness—the New York City Halloween Dog Parade. After it was initially called off for this year, the nation’s largest canine costume contest will return with its very own parade route.

In previous years, about 350 registered “dog-testants” have stretched out at the starting line in getups like Dog Bezos and his rocket ship, the Dog-bamas, and even (aptly) a lantern fly. If you're a dog lover or simply looking for some heartwarming Halloween fun, here's everything you need to know about this furry extravaganza.

Your Guide to the 2023 Halloween Dog Parade

What is the Halloween Dog Parade?

The NYC Halloween Dog Parade is not a recent phenomenon; it has been charming the city since the late 1980s. What started as a small gathering of dog owners and their costumed companions in Tompkins Square Park has grown into a beloved tradition that attracts thousands of participants and spectators each year.


When and Where is the 2023 Halloween Dog Parade?

This year's costume parade takes place on Saturday, October 21. While it's traditionally been held at Tompkins Square Park, this year, an official parade route has been designated. Attendees can meet at 14th Street and Avenue B and, at 1pm make their way down to Seventh Street. The cross street between Avenue A and Avenue B will be reserved for competitors. The stage, where judging will take place, will still be held inside Tompkins Square Park.


How Can I Participate in the Halloween Dog Parade?

Participation is open to all dog owners, and it's as easy as pie (or should we say, pumpkin pie). Just dress up your furry friend in their spookiest, silliest, or most creative Halloween costume and bring them to the designated starting point at the park by 12pm for registartion. To avoid long lines, consider pre-registering your pup ahead of time!


How to Attend the Halloween Dog Parade

The parade is free and open to the public! Even if you don't have a pup to dress up, the NYC Halloween Dog Parade is a fantastic event to attend as a spectator. We suggest bringing warm layers, snacks for you and your dog, and a fully charged phone to take lots of photos throughout the event!


For more information, visit Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade website!


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