WSP Dog Run Halloween Parade and Costume Contest Today 10/19 at Washington Square Park

An annual event not to be missed – The Washington Square Park Dog Run Halloween Parade and Costume Contest Saturday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington Square Park Fountain. Parade and judging begin at 12 noon. Come on over! The sweetest dogs you will ever see will all be congregating in costume!

From the Washington Square Park Dog Run Association:

The event is free to attend and open to all. If you would like to register your dog for the contest, there is a $10 donation. The WSP Dog Run Association is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible.

Preregistration has closed but you can also register on site at the event.

The event begins with a 15 piece Seed and Feed Marching Abominable band from Atlanta in conjunction with HONK NYC leading a parade of dogs around the park. The MC of the event is comedian Katie Haller and judges are celebrity dog trainer Andrea Arden, celebrity veterinarian Dr. Lisa Lippman and Instagram sensation Louboutina (and his human).

Companies exhibiting at the event are The Farmer’s Dog (sponsor), Mixlab (sponsor), Greenwich Sports Tavern (sponsor), Small Door Veterinarian (Sponsor), Canna-Pet (sponsor), Washington Square Park Conservancy (sponsor), Downtown Veterinary Group, Abingdon Square Vet, NYC ACC, Animal Haven, Petminded, Fetching Fields, Waggle, New York Dog Nanny, Swifto, AKC Museum of the Dog and The Good Dog Foundation.

Free sketches of your dog are available from artists Sarah Van Evera and Maral Varolian, body work is available for your dog from BodyWorks with Veronica and a doggy dry bar (mini face brushing) and Halloween bandanas are available from New York Dog Nanny.


Best In Show – a weekend at The Cottages and Lofts at the Boat Basin in Nantucket and a Best In Show toy from Mr. Dog New York

Best in Show Group – gift baskets from Polkadog Bakery, Earth Animal, Ruffio, Wooftown

Most Outrageous – pet portrait by Muttsterpieces and Best In Show toy from Mr. Dog New York

2nd place – dog Reiki package from New York Dog Nanny

3rd place – $100 gift certificate from School for the Dogs

Most Original – pet portrait by Sarah Van Evera and Best In Show toy from Mr. Dog New York

2nd place – dog Reiki package from New York Dog Nanny

3rd place – $100 gift certificate from wagwear

Raffle prizes are from Fluff & Tuff, Thoughts of Dog, Lumabone, Giftspawt, Geronimo’s, iFrenzy, BadTags, FitBark, Bocce’s Bakery, I Love You and You, Lucy & Co., Fetching Fields, West Village Vet, FOMO Bones, BarkBox, The Dogist, HuggleHounds, Pawmiscuos, ShaggySwag, Swifto, My Dog Hikes, Petnet SmartFeeder and Max Bone.

The treat bags include treats from BadTags, Polkadog Bakery, Ruffio, earthbath, Washington Square Park Conservancy, School for the Dogs, Amuse Pooch, Tito’s Vodka, Earth Rated, Petsmile, Fetching Fields, Musher’s Secret, Honest Paws, Stella & Chewy’s, Leela Ryan, Wooftown, kin+kind, The Farmer’s Dog, Greenwich Sports Tavern, HuggleHounds, Mixlab, Small Door Veterinarian, Shameless Pets and Jiminy’s.

No, not this year! It is Oct. 19

WSP Dog Run website can be found here.

Photos: Cathryn

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