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A Tail-Wagging Guide to Halloween Dog Parade

A Tail-Wagging Guide to Halloween Dog Parade

Oct 11, 2023




As the autumn leaves start tumbling down and there's a snap in the air, it's a telltale sign that Halloween is fast approaching. Almost all cities will celebrate this ghoulish holiday with a big costume parade.

But who's to say it is only for us bipeds? Our cuddly, four-legged buddies can also get in on the action. Like our costume parades, dogs have their own special event—the much-anticipated Halloween Dog Parade.

These parades are an absolute hoot, showcasing dogs of all breeds and sizes decked out in some of the most creative and downright precious costumes you've ever seen. Whether you're a proud dog mom or dad thinking about joining the parade or a dog lover wanting to bask in the joy of it all, this guide is just the ticket. We'll guide you through the whats, wheres, and whens of these fantastic events and even toss in some costume suggestions to help your furry buddy become the show's star.

Now, grab your Halloween beverage, hold your dogs' leashes, and kick back!


Preparation for the Halloween Dog Parade

When and where

Alright, you all, let's get down to the nitty-gritty. If you're chomping to join in on a Halloween Dog Parade, you're probably wondering where and when these shindigs take place. Well, you're in luck because these festive parades are popping up nationwide.

One of the biggest and most famous is the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City. This event usually happens on the last weekend of October in the East Village. It's been a tradition for over 25 years, and it's a real hoot, let me tell you!

For those of you in the Midwest, you won't want to miss the Spooky Pooch Parade at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This one's usually held in mid-October and it's a sight to see with all the dogs parading around the garden in their Halloween best.

And let's not forget about us folks in the West. The Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade in Long Beach, California, is a must-see. This parade boasts over 500 dogs in costumes and happens on the last Sunday in October.

Now, these are just a few examples. There are plenty more Halloween Dog Parades happening across the country. To find one near you, just do a quick internet search or check out local community calendars. Trust me, you won't want to miss out on these tail-wagging festivities!

Halloween Dog Parade's costume suggestions

Well, buddies, I guess you all know when and where these events will happen now. You will definitely need very constructive advice on how to dress up your dog and make it the center of attention as well as the superstar of the event. Don't worry, we have six ideas, and there must be one you like.

Dress up the dog solely

Pumpkin Costume

halloween dog parade - halloween costume - pumpkin One of the most classical styles must be this.
If you don't have much time to prepare items, you won't go wrong with the pumpkin costume. Dogs in pumpkin costumes with little baskets in their mouths won't be anyone begrudging them compliments on their cuteness.


Little Ghost

I can say without hesitation that this is the easiest dressing. But it's very cute all the same.
You can imagine how adorable it is to be wrapped in a sheet with just his eyes and nose showing and twisting and turning when he walks! Especially if the dog has a big fluffy tail, I can't wait to touch it!
halloween dog parade - halloween costume - ghost


Hot Dog

halloween dog parade - halloween costume - hot dog This is the other classical look.
To get the best out of this costume, I'd like to recommend that Dachshund owners prepare one.



If you want to cater to Halloween's scary vibe, the spider suit is to be noticed.
How exciting to see a giant spider coming towards you from a distance! But when you get closer, you'll realize it's a cute dog.
halloween dog parade - halloween costume - spider


Dressing together with your dog

If you prefer to have an interactive feel with your buddies, how about wearing a more story-based costume, where you and your dog are characters in the story? Here we have 3 recommendations as well:

Egyptian monarch

halloween dog parade - halloween costume - Egyptian monarch Neither needs more words to describe how attractive the ancient Egyptian costumes are. Aside from the pharaohs, your dog dressed as Anubis is also a great idea.


Cinderella & Pumpkin Carriage

Any girl will never forget the pumpkin carriage from the fairy tale "Cinderella", the fairy atmosphere is perfect for a Halloween parade when dressed as Cinderella or the Fairy Godmother. halloween dog parade - halloween costume - Cinderella & Pumpkin Carriage



halloween dog parade - halloween costume - worm And lastly, a quirky costume.
It has to be said, things that break the mold can catch the eye most. Dressing like a worm is certainly highly impactful.
Whether it's a dog dressed as a worm, you as a fisherman, or vice versa, you'll be the most remembered by parade visitors.


So, How to Join in the Fun?

After we talked so much about the preparation for the Halloween Dog Parade, it is time to tell you how to join in the fun.

1. Register Early
Most of these howling good Halloween Dog Parades require registering your dog in advance. So, don't wait until the leaves are crunching underfoot to sign up. Get on the event's website, fill out the necessary forms, and secure your pup's spot in the parade.

2. Costume Prep
We've already tossed out some costume ideas, but remember, this isn't a one-size-fits-all situation. Make sure your dog is sporting whatever getup is comfortable, safe, and easy to move in. After all, we want our four-legged friends to enjoy the parade as much as we do!

3. Practice Makes Perfect
If your dog isn't used to wearing costumes or being around many people and other dogs, doing some practice runs might be a good idea. Get them used to their costume and take them to dog-friendly public places to acclimate them to crowds.

4. Pack Essentials
Don't forget to pack the essentials on the day of the parade. We're talking water, doggie treats, poop bags, and maybe even a toy or two to keep your pup entertained.

5. Have Fun
Last but certainly not least, remember to have fun! These Halloween Dog Parades celebrate our furry friends and the joy they bring to our lives. So, relax, enjoy the parade, and make some unforgettable memories!

Well, there you have it, folks! You're now armed with all the knowledge you need to make a splash at this year's Halloween Dog Parade. We've got you covered from the when and where to the how and what to wear.


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