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Attend Dog Parades

Updated on August 30, 2017

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Spooky-lite costume fun with dogs

Add some joy and put a little fun in your life and go to a local Halloween dog parade. These dog-loving Halloween parades are run across the country and are anything but scary.

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Every year dogs around the world stare up at their owners and, using their deep, dark, pleading eyes, try to send the human the news of the local Halloween dog parade. Of course, the dogs are also excited about their choices of costumes. My Pug Charlie is obsessed with Halloween costumes, so much so that he's insisted we take a poll to help him pick his Halloween costume.

My dogs could make their own parade

Around here, with six dogs ranging from a 3.5 lb Mi-Ki to a terribly tall Geat Pyrenees, we can put on our own parade, but, of course, it's much more fun to have friends and folks who share your passion for dogs and for this spooky, fun time of year. We all need an excuse to dress up, right?

More dog parade and dog costumes

Enjoy the following videos and photographs of dogs in costume but don't forget to read about Charlie's Halloween costume dilemma. There's also a place to vote for your favorite costume and share links about your local Halloween dog parades. Have fun.

  • Image Credit: Pug in witch's hat via Flickr Jesse752 via Flickr

Carl Schurz Park Halloween Dog Parade - Dogs march in Halloween parade to the tune of GHOSTBUSTER!

Join in this dog adventure as dogs dressed in Halloween costumes march throughout "Gotham" with its corners, famous landmarks and people, big events, and hidden glorious gems of New York City. (2011)

Doggles Large K9 Optix Sunglasses for Dogs, Silver Frame, Smoke Lens
Doggles Large K9 Optix Sunglasses for Dogs, Silver Frame, Smoke Lens

With summertime coming, every dog should have their own special silver framed sunglasses with smoke lenses. A dog's gotta be cool at the beach, too. Don't you agree?


The BeeKeeper and the Honey Bee Dog - Halloween Dog Parade with fun dog costumes, dogs in strollers, and adult Halloween costumes

Honey Bee Dog at
Honey Bee Dog at

Halloween Dog Parades

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade - Annual New York Halloween Dog Parade with dogs in costume

Every Halloween, the dogs of New York strut their stuff at the nation's largest Halloween parade for dogs in Tompkins Square Park. (2008)

The March of the Lion Pug in a Halloween dog parade - Lion dog costume perfect for a Pug or small dog

Pug in Lion costume marches in Halloween dog parade - akaporn
Pug in Lion costume marches in Halloween dog parade - akaporn

Halloween Costumes for Dogs

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Dinosaur dog costume, Star Wars dog costume, Wonder Woman dog costume, even a pig dog costume

Charlie wants to know what you think about these costumes. (The Taco costume is not shown anymore.)

Vote for your favorite Halloween dog costume

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Every dog parade has its Beauty Queen. - Fancy dog costumes and little girl dog Halloween costumes

Pomeranian Halloween Dog Parade Tompkins Square Park by Tomathon
Pomeranian Halloween Dog Parade Tompkins Square Park by Tomathon

More Halloween Dog Parades

Automatic water Bowl at the Halloween Dog Parade, 600 Dogs in Costume! - Dogs in costume, Halloween dog floats, and Halloween fun events

The automatic water bowl at the Halloween dog parade via Justin Rudd and all the Haute Dogs in Long Beach is a must see dog event with more than 600 dogs in costume and many halloween dog floats.

Clowning it up at the Halloween dog parade - Small dog dresses up in a costume for the parade

Halloween Dog Parade dog in clown costume - akaporn
Halloween Dog Parade dog in clown costume - akaporn

Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade and Parade - Large dog Halloween costumes, Panda dog costume, and more

Animal antics are center stage in Key West during the 2010 Pet Masquerade and Parade, a wacky costume competition for barking, meowing and squawking revelers and their human companions. Halloween. Dressed-up dogs, cats and exotic birds. Check out the Great Pyrenees dog in a Giant Panda Halloween costume. (2010)

Your favorite food is lobster? - Dog dressed up for Halloween in a bright red lobster costume

Halloween Dog Parade Tompkins Sq Park costumed dog by Tomathon 2011
Halloween Dog Parade Tompkins Sq Park costumed dog by Tomathon 2011

Would you put a costume on you dog and join in a Halloween dog parade?

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Three reasons to attend a Halloween dog parade - A fun Halloween event to share with your dog

  1. It's fun. If you have a dog, it's a great opportunity for you to do something your dog and share in an activity. If you don't, think of the fun you'll have people watching and laughing and enjoying as all the dogs in costume parade by.
  2. It's an opportunity to exercise--with your dog. Walking with your dog is a great active activity to do with your dog. Doing it in a Halloween dog parade really ups the ante for fun while you burn off a few calories--and it's good for your dog, too.
  3. It's a great way to meet new dog lovers--and for your dog to show off his or her's meet-and-greet charms.

Boo Ghosts Bandana for dogsBUY NOW

Do you walk in the local Halloween parades and put your dog in costume? - Share your thoughts about this fun event and crazy dog costumes.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed the lens. Dog parades are such fun.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I have got to check out these parades this year, I have seen them advertised around the area and never gone. Very nice lens, pinned to my Halloween board and linked to my own lens:

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had not heard of dog parades before and I love dogs and would love to have another one in my life again....Yes, I would love to attend a dog parade for sure! My brother has a Pgu and Jack Russell mix and bought a costume for him but he just doesn't want to walk with it on though he looks so cute, maybe he thinks its just for having his picture taken. :)

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      BarbsSpot 5 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Haven't had a Halloween walk here, but it looks like a blast for everyone! Have been to some dog park fundraisers with Cee-Cee (left) where we live. We hope to get a off-leash park here soon. Go Dogs!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      No, because I don't have a dog. But dog owners (and their puppies) sure look like they are having fun in these Halloween parades!

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      If I had a doggie I would most certainly love to attend. I do think that a halloween doggie parade sounds like a wonderful new halloween tradition. The dogs are also so adorable in their costumes too! <3

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Attending a Halloween Dog Parade would be quite an interesting experience, different anyway. What a novel idea. Thanks for sharing this.

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      GiftsBonanza 5 years ago

      Such funny costumes! I don't think my dog would let me :)

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      aurora7 5 years ago

      I love this lens. I like your digital dog parade.

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      @MaggiePowell: Yeah, I have feeling a couple of my dogs might find him very tempting, too. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      @BarbRad: I think they usually do. Dogs are as social as we are so it's fun. Of course, you want to be sure your costumes don't inhibit them and that sort of thing but all in all it's a happy place for all.

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      @ohcaroline: Thanks. They're great opportunities for dog owners to socialize with their pets.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Actually, until I read this lens, I didn't know dog Halloween parades existed. Do the dogs enjoy them? I'm not a dog owner, so I just don't know.

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      @OhMe: I know. I got into such a good mood doing this page and the Ghostbusters music had me rocking in my chair. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These videos of the Halloween Dog Parades are a hoot. I was laughing out loud and really enjoyed.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Who knew? Parades for dogs. Very cute.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      Too cute! These dogs are adorable.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These dogs are really adorable! I love the costumes!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      the headless horseman is my favorite....I just have a feeling my dog would stop to make it armless and legless as well.