There’s only one thing cuter than pooches on parade, and that’s costumed pooches on parade. If you’re not a fan of the dark and spooky, rest assured that the scariest part of these 13 Halloween dog parades is trying not to die from the adorableness. Even Zombie dogs are more fluffy than frightening (see #6 below). So whether Fido’s ensemble is cute, comical, clever or creepy, give him the chance to show it off at one of these fabulous pet costume parades this October.
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade New York City, NY
CNN calls it "the largest dog costume parade in the world." Celebrating its 29th year in 2019, the Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City is a pawsitively awesome event featuring hundreds of pooches in elaborate costumes. Thousands of people travel to the Big Apple to enjoy the spectacle, and if that’s not enough to convince Fido to don a costume, maybe the potential to win thousands of dollars in prizes will do the trick.
The event is free to attend, and there is no need to pre-register your pet. Just bring your dog in his Halloween finest to the East River Park Amphitheater on Sunday, October 20. The Runway Competition begins at 12 p.m. and the parade will follow after Best In Show is announced. Contestant and raffle winners must be present at the end of the competition to receive their prizes, or they will be donated to charity.
There is no shortage of fantastic pet-friendly places to stay in New York City, but the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York is walking distance from the East River Park Amphitheater.
Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade Long Beach, CA
On the opposite side of the country, costumed canines will again be trotting down the red carpet at the Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade. In SoCal, the dogs are not just hot but haute, and these fashionably elegant furry divas revel in the opportunity to put on their coolest costumes and strut their four-legged stuff. Just look at last year’s winner, Rose on the Titanic, to get an idea of just how fancy these getups can be. More than 500 preened pooches are expected to walk in the parade this year, with thousands of spectators in attendance.
The 19th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 at Marina Vista Park. Registration for the parade is $10 per dog in advance or $20 on site. The event is free to attend, but front-row seats are available for $5. Haute Dogs will donate thousands of dollars to animal welfare programs from the money raised.
When you bring Fido to Long Beach to debut his Halloween outfit, make a trip of it and book a room at one of the many pet-friendly hotels in the area. If your pup is on the smaller side, treat her to a unique stay aboard The Queen Mary.
Wag-O-Ween Savannah, GA
Dog-friendly Savannah hosts an annual Wag-O-Ween procession and costume contest that’s worth making a trip to this charming coastal city. This adorable event entices two- and four-legged attendees in full Halloween garb to visit dozens of local businesses which hand out treats, not tricks, to costumed pups and their people. Stroll the historic streets of the oldest city in Georgia, where the oak trees drip Spanish moss and ghosts are known to haunt the cemeteries. Once you’ve had your fill of cuteness at Wag-O-Ween and are ready to up the spookiness, book a pet-friendly ghost tour of one of the most haunted cities in America with Blue Orb Ghost Tours.
Savannah’s Wag-O-Ween will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Maps & wristbands are sold at Canine Palace on Bull St. for $5 per person. The trick-or-treating starts and ends at 602 Abercorn, where the Costume Contest is also held. There will be a prize for the winning costume and a cash-only raffle held during the event. All proceeds benefit local pet rescue agencies.
After stockpiling treats, rest your paws at the Kimpton Brice Hotel downtown. If you’re feeling brave, stay at the haunted Hamilton-Turner Inn on Lafayette Square. Make sure to tag #BringFido if you catch any photos of your pup with a specter.
Salem Main Streets Howl-o-Ween Parade Salem, MA
Whether you believe in witchcraft or think it’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus, there’s certainly something special about the thought of celebrating Halloween in the witchy city of Salem, MA. Salem Main Streets will again be hosting their annual Howl-o-ween Parade in partnership with the National Park Service, and participating pups are sure to delight.
The parade will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Derby Wharf at the NPS Salem Maritime Historical Site. Participants must register online before the event. Registration is $5 per pet, and all proceeds go directly to Salem Main Streets in support of local businesses and community programs.
Extend your time in Salem with a stay at the historic Hawthorne Hotel, which offers Fido a welcome toy, dog room service menu and even a resident ghost or two to bark at.
Krewe of Barkus in the Annual Zombie Crawl Eureka Springs, AR
If you’ve always wanted to join a hoard of the undead but just can’t bear to leave Fido behind, this is the parade for you! Start stocking up on fake blood and braaaaains and tell your pup to practice his moaning and shuffling skills, because the Krewe of Barkus in the Annual Zombie Crawl in Eureka Springs is sure to be a ghoulishly good time. Just remember, if your pup doesn’t do well in large crowds, with loud noises or with lots of people looking like zombies, she might prefer one of the other events on this list.
The Annual Zombie Crawl starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 26. The Krewe of Barkus will meet at the Eureka Springs Library Annex at 4 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Flint Street Food Bank, with an entry fee of two cans of food per person which can be dropped off at the registration table before the start of the event.
The Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl is the single largest event in Eureka Springs, drawing more than 15,000 people to town. Book early if you want to snag a pet-friendly cabin for the weekend at The Retreat at Sky Ridge.
Spooky Pooch Parade at the Chicago Botanic Garden Glencoe, IL
Fido is invited to scare us silly at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Spooky Pooch Parade. The event will also include awards for costumes in categories such as Best Costume Overall, Best Dog/Owner Costume, Best Puppy in Costume for dogs ages 1 and under, Best Senior in Costume for dogs ages 10 and older, and Best Horticultural Interpretation.
Nonprofits and vendors from a variety of local pet supply shops will be set up in the garden to share information and sell dog-related products. The parade steps off from the Krasberg Rose Garden, where the activities and costume contest take place.
The Spooky Pooch Parade at the Chicago Botanic Garden will be held on Sunday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $17-$28 per dog. The Windy City has a wide selection of pet-friendly hotels where you and your pet can spend the weekend preparing for the parade. Of these, the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel is your best bet if you want to stay close to the action.
West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Pet Parade Evansville, IN
They are absolutely nuts for costumed pups in Indiana. Bring Fido to the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Pet Parade to see exactly what we mean. Treats will be distributed to all participants, and the costume competition will crown winners from eight different categories. The West Side Nut Club is a civic-minded group that can trace its beginnings in Evansville to 1921. To preserve fairness, judges of the contest will be local students, teachers, and adult volunteers who are not members of the club.
The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Pet Parade will take place on Saturday, October 12 in downtown Evansville. Participants must arrive at the St. Boniface Catholic Church parking lot at 9 a.m. The parade will begin after the judging, and winners will be announced after the procession. Admission and participation in the parade are free.
The Fall Festival is a weeklong extravaganza in Evansville with entertainment, carnival attractions, food, talent competitions and more. Drawing more than 200,000 people each year, it’s considered one of the largest street festivals in the United States. Reserve a nearby pet-friendly vacation rental for the week and don't miss any of the fun!
Howl-o-Ween Dog Parade featuring The Big Dog Show Phoenix, AZ
Get your pup all dressed up in his Halloween best and march down to Howl-o-Ween featuring The Big Dog Show. Not only will there be a creative and cute display of costumed pets parading throughout the park, but the giant dog sculpture exhibit known as The Big Dog Show will be debuting the day of the parade. This traveling art installation features 20 larger-than-life dog sculptures and raises funds for pets in need around the country.
The Howl-o-Ween Dog Parade featuring The Big Dog Show will take place on October 27 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, AZ. Admission is $25 per dog to march in the parade, but human and canine spectators are welcome to attend for free.
Don’t try to see all of pet-friendly Phoenix in one day! Book a stay at the rustic chic Found Re Phoenix, located just minutes from the the park, and enjoy visiting the Valley of the Sun with your dog.
Halloween Pet Parade in Volunteer Park Seattle, WA
Gussy up your pup and join the Halloween Pet Parade in Volunteer Park in downtown Seattle. The event begins with a costumed parade down the concourse, around the Water Tower and back up to the main stage. A speaker from Old Dog Haven will be on hand to entertain the crowd, followed by an Ask the Vet session sponsored by Jet City Animal Clinic. The party will culminate in a costume competition on stage with categories including Best Celebrity Pet, Best Dressed, Best Pet/Owner Combo, Most Creative and Spookiest Pet. Winners from each category will receive a trophy and gift basket. Vendors will also be on hand to showcase their wares and services.
The Halloween Pet Parade at Volunteer Park will be held on Sunday, October 20 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Participation in the parade and costume contest is free. Pro tip: win the crowd with a Wizard of Oz costume and treat Fido to a weekend stay at one of the Emerald City’s many pet-friendly hotels. If he takes home the grand prize, reward him with a room at the Hotel Monaco Seattle, where he can play dead in a plush pet bed.
Halloween Pooch Parade at Cheekwood Nashville, TN
Nashville goes to the dogs at the annual Halloween Pooch Parade at Cheekwood. Haunted hounds can strike a pose while taking a stroll through the picturesque Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. Pups in attendance can participate in a costume contest and a popsicle eating contest. Be sure to bring items for donation to the Nashville Humane Association!
The Halloween Pooch Parade at Cheekwood will take place on October 26 at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville. Admission to Cheekwood is $20 per person. Because this is such a pup-ular event, you are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets for a morning or afternoon arrival. Morning arrivals are between 9 a.m and 12:30 p.m. and afternoon arrivals are from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. and participation in the parade is included with admittance.
After the festivities, enjoy a pampered weekend at The Hermitage Hotel, a historic pet-friendly property right in the heart of downtown Nashville. Furry guests enjoy five-bone amenities including a pet bed, walking service and a dog room service menu.
Doggone Halloween Costume Parade Boston, MA
It’s Halloween, Fido is all dressed up, but where is he going to show off his tricks and get some treats? If you’re anywhere near Boston, the answer is at the Annual Doggone Halloween Costume Parade. Humans and canines alike are encouraged to come in their best outfits. There will be judges to determine Best Costume, Scariest Costume, Most Creative Costume, and Best Dog and Human Duo Costume. All dogs who come to the parade receive a treat.
The Annual Doggone Halloween Costume Parade will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 at the Summer Street pedestrian zone outside of Macy's in Boston. Admission to the parade is free. Many Boston area hotels welcome dogs, including the swank XV Beacon Hotel which is located just a few blocks from the parade grounds.
Autumn Alive! Fall Festival and Pet Parade Quakertown, PA
Every year, the community of Quakertown hosts the Autumn Alive! Fall Festival and Pet Parade to celebrate the fun and food of the season with all members of the family, including the furry ones. Let Fido show off his costume, compete for prizes, and browse the pet products on display from local vendors. Meanwhile, you can also meet members of rescue organizations, shop for seasonal snacks like kettle corn, chipstix (chips on a stick) and cupcakes at the growers market, and enjoy free live entertainment throughout the event.
The Autumn Alive! Fall Festival and Pet Parade will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Quakertown, PA. Admission is free, but there is a small entry fee for the pet parade and costume contest. Extend your visit with a stay at a pet-friendly vacation rental in the area.
Pet Days at the Promenade and Pet Costume Parade Bolingbrook, IL
Promenade with your pooch at the Pet Days at the Promenade and Pet Costume Parade in Bolingbrook, IL. This fun, lighthearted event offers locals and visitors the chance to mingle and march with other dressed-up dogs, peruse goods and services from local pet vendors and speak with local rescue organizations. The festivities will include music, an M.C., a video broadcast zone, giveaways and a costume contest with prizes.
Pet Days at the Promenade and Pet Costume Parade will be held on Saturday, October 19 at The Promenade in downtown Bolingbrook from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free to attend, but registration for the parade and contest is $5 per pet. The parade begins at 2 p.m.
If you’re looking for a nearby pet-friendly hotel, Aloft in Bolingbrook is a sophisticated and inviting option that extends the same level of care and service to pets that they provide to their human guests. Check out the Aloft Animals Are Fun, or "ARF," pet policy for more details.