Halloween goes to the dogs

Photos by Sam Spokony


Hundreds of people and well-dressed pooches flocked to the East Village on Saturday for the 22nd annual Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park. The event, which was hosted by drag queen Roxy Brooks and sponsored by pet-friendly businesses like Ruff Club, the soon-to-open dog daycare center on Avenue A, once again showed off the best — and weirdest — costumes that New Yorkers can squeeze onto their often unenthusiastic mutts. This year’s top honors went to Upper West Side resident Bennett Leak, 31, and his dog Maddie, who dressed up as Elliott and E.T., respectively, as they re-enacted the flying bicycle scene from the 1982 film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” opposite page. Leak even got his friend to dress up in a papier-mâché moon in order to complete the picture, and that thoroughness — along with Maddie’s good looks — apparently won over the judges.

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One Response to Halloween goes to the dogs

  1. If dogs had thumbs they would not need us to open their can of food and they would not have to put up with this sort of humiliation. Until evolution turns in that direction however, bring on the spangles, funny hats and feathers.

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