Washington Square Park’s “Dog Day Halloween” Parade, Prizes … It’s Pawsome! Sunday, Oct. 28th

On the Fountain Plaza

Halloween is going to … the dogs! Get your Halloween spirit on a few days early and celebrate with Greenwich Village canines of all sizes decked out in costume and in a parade! It’s all happens at the Washington Square Park Fountain Sunday, October 28th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is not be missed.

The Halloween celebration, organized by the Washington Square Park Dog Run Association, “gets bigger and bigger every year,” according to Eileen Schulock from the Dog Run Association. Originally the festivities took place in the large dog run, last year was the 1st time doing the “big event” on the Fountain Plaza. There will booths, artists, pedicures (oh my), more. This is the first year the event has “sponsors.”

The parade and judging of costumes begins at 12 noon. Of course, every dog deserves a prize.

While pre-registration is closed, you can sign up on the spot tomorrow. $10 to enter the contest. Or join in anyway, be a spectator, have some fun!


Best in Show SoloA weekend in Nantucket courtesy of The Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin! PLUS a gift box from Mr. Dog New York and Best In Show tumblers from Uncommon Goods

Best in Show Group (up to 5 dogs, if you are entering more please email eileen@wspdogrun.org) – a delicious variety of gift baskets!

Most Original (plus 2nd & 3rd places) – A photo session with Real Happy Dogs and a gift box from Mr. Dog New York and lots of prizes for 2nd and 3rd places!

Most Outrageous (plus 2nd & 3rd places) – A portrait of your dog from Muttsterpieces and a gift box from Mr. Dog New York and lots of prizes for 2nd and 3rd places!

Washington Square Park Dog Run ‘Run’ by Volunteers Organizes the Event

The Washington Square Park Dog Run is not run or funded by the Parks Department at all, and never has been, which is pretty interesting. Years ago, community volunteers stepped in to create the run; ten years ago, it was formed into a non-profit. I spoke with Eileen Schulock in an interview to be featured here soon. The park’s Dog Run recently received a $5000 grant from WAG, the national dog walking service. Check back at this space to learn more.

Photo: Cathryn

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