Happy Howl-oween! 27 Dogs in Costumes You're Going to Love
So you're almost ready for Halloween, right? You've stocked up on candy for trick-or-treaters, your pumpkins are carved, you have a batch of super cute bat cookies ready, and you've picked out a totally rad costume for yourself—but what about your furry friends? Your cutie canine companions need a great Halloween costume too!
To give you some four-legged inspiration, we visited one of the largest Halloween dog costume contests in the world: New York City's Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. In its 24th year, the annual event has become the Super Bowl of ani-pal gatherings, attracting hundreds of dogs and thousands of humans to fawn over them.
From rescues to purebreds, pups of all shapes and sizes vie for the Best in Show.
We navigated the slobbery smiles, pop culture in-jokes, prosh paws, doggie wigs, and floppy ears to find the very best Halloween costumes New York had to offer. From Ewoks to Rihanna, we narrowed it down to these 27 picks!
Game of Thrones
Khalessi (Summer Strand) and Jon Snow (Kelly Kamm) hold three of the cutest dragons you'll ever see! The prosh pups are ( from left to right) Angel Song, Amazing Grace, and Daisy Girl.
Robin Williams from A Night at the Museum
Sissy poses on her trusty steed while portraying Robin Williams from A Night at the Museum (aka Teddy Roosevelt).
Bride Angelina Jolie
Piper the Pomeranian's fluff is enhanced with a cloud of tulle as she poses while wearing a replica of Angelina Jolie's wedding dress—complete with identical doddles.
Cabbage Patch Kid
Pom Mom Victoria holds the new special edition Cabbage Patch Kid: Gia! For more adorable #pomlife pictures from the Brooklyn duo, follow their Instagram.
Camp Ivanhoe's most notorious and romantic members are manifested here as humans Jaclyn and Joe portraying Moonrise Kingdom's Suzy and Sam while Willy the dog stands in as the camp's canine mascot.
Cornelius the pug looks handsome in his lobster costume as his humans/sea lions, Greg and Alex, give him a boost.
Taijee the samurai pup takes a cuddle break with his human, Claire.
Curly-tailed Lenny strikes a powerful pose dressed in Bruce Lee's iconic yellow jumpsuit from Game of Death.
Ben sneaks an early Halloween treat while posing as a Shake Shack and Harry the Corgi stands nearby, a ready-to-go doggy bag.
These Three Amigos would make one seriously cute Mariachi band! Parents Seth and Hannah flank the lovely Meena.
Breaking Bad Winnebago
Handsome pup Jax portrays the "Barking" Bad Winnebago.
Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
Little Red Riding Hood (Jessica) stands with the too-goofy-to-be-scary Big Bad Wolf, played with panache by Azula the Husky.
We didn't think the Minions from Despicable Me could get any cuter! Waffles and her parents, Jenny and Andy, amp up the adorable factor for their Halloween costumes.
Cast of Star Wars
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a group of friends set out to create the most epic doggy Halloween group costume ever! The gang's all here (from left to right): C-3P0 is Winnie, the Rebel Alliance fighter pup is Napoleon, Princess Leia is Kristen, Darth Maul is Tim, the Ewok pup is Benji, Darth Vader is Jeff, R2-D2 is Kirsti, Han Solo is Sam, and Luke Skywalker is Vince.
Pug Mamma Biscuit (flanked by proud papas John Vario and Tommy Semosh) charmed the crowd donning leather and lace for her take on songbird Stevie Nicks. If you want more of Mamma Biscuit's glamour (and adorable neck rolls), check out her blog, Desperately Seeking Mamma Biscuit.
Games of Thrones
Pet Fashion Couturier Anthony Rubio shows off his pups' Game of "Bones" inspired costumes. For more snaps of his cutie pie Chihuahuas, Bogie (playing Jon Snow here) and Kimba (dressed in white and blue as Khaleesi), follow them on Instagram.
Statue of Liberty
Start spreading the news: Frieda (and her adorable under-bite) are taking on the Big Apple and posing as the iconic Statue of Liberty this Halloween.
Maggie and her moms, Tracy and Bonnie, remind you to eat locally this season with their amazingly detailed, handmade farm stand.
Snow White and the Poison Apple
Snow White (Corine) takes a bite out of the cutest poison apple (Cassi) you'll ever see!
The Cast of Frozen
Doggie Couture Master, Roberto Negrin, contributed his glitzy touch to the cast of Frozen, as portrayed by Cici (dressed as Anna) and B.B. (dressed as Elsa).
Shaggy the New York Yankees Dog made an appearance at the Tompkins Square Dog Park Halloween Parade, bringing his usual swagger (and adorable shoes).
Superman and Wonder Women
A duo of primary colors—with a bonus, spare Wonder Woman!—stood out in the crowd.
Ewok, Jedi, and Princess Leia
Nikko-the-puppy shows off his Wicket-the-Ewok costume, complete with mobile Endor set! Parents Joel (Jedi) and Jessica (Princess Leia) look on.
Bethe and doggy LuLoo don their most colorful monster outfits for the Howl-oween festivities.
Anarchy in the dog park! Punk pups Charlie ( left) and Dexter (right) freak out the establishment with their mohawks.
RMS Titanic Passenger
Baxter waves goodbye from the deck of his replica Titanic. The homemade creation earned the pup a Best in Show medal.
Inspired by Rihanna's Carnival trip to Barbados, beautiful pooch Ruby poses in feathers with mom Sydney.