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, theTompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Paradeis 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, andall 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 thanFort Greene's 18th annualGreat 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 nearbyDSK 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
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Meanwhile, in Queens, theHalloween Harvest FestivalinSocrates Scuplture Park will hold its annualCanine 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