It could be argued that humans love costuming their dogs even more than costuming themselves. Dressing up your four-legged companion for Halloween (or Howl-o-ween, depending on how you feel about puns), is fur sure a fun bonding activity. Here are three dog-friendly Halloween events in the city where the two of you can parade about in your outfits all spooky — and scruffy — like.
Now in its 26th year, the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade is the mother of dog-friendly Halloween events in the city. This year, TV personality Giuliana Rancic will emcee the canine costume contest, which has fidos strut their stuff on a catwalk to compete for best in show. The event is free with a $5 suggested donation, and all funds raised will benefit the Tompkins Square Park dog run. Saturday, Oct. 22, noon-3 p.m.Tompkins Square Park dog run, 500 E. Ninth St., Manhattan
For Brooklyn dogs, look no fur-ther than Fort Greene's 18th annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest, which draws hundreds of dogs and humans every year. You can pre-register your dog via Eventbrite, or if you wait until day of it's a $10 suggested donation, and be sure to get there at 10:30 a.m. to sign up: It's more competitive this year, with entry limited to 120 woofers. Afterwards, dogs and humans can take a load off at nearby DSK Biergarten for Dogtoberfest, which goes from 2-6 p.m. and donates a $1 from every beer to Fort Greene Pups. Sat. Oct. 29 11:30 a.m., Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
Meanwhile, in Queens, the Halloween Harvest Festival in Socrates Scuplture Park will hold its annual Canine Costume Contest, with judges and prizes from City Vet, Chateau le Woof and Pooches Sport & Spa. That runs from 1 to 2 p.m., immediately followed by a "harvest animal blessing" by Urban Shaman Mama Donna, which sounds very intriguing. Entry is free. Sat. Oct. 29, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens