The Howl-o-Ween Parade

Once again, Brooklyn is the site of the annual Howl-o-Ween Dog Parade and Contest. Organized by the owners of animal accessory and grooming shop Perfect Paws, the parade is a fund raiser for several animal charities (Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC), Friends of Hillside Dog Park, Blue Rider Stables and Animal Kind) and a source of amusement to the residents of Brooklyn Heights.

The procession of the animals (and owners) in Halloween costumes began on the Brooklyn Promenade at Remsen Street, where it attracted the attention of astonished tourists, proceeded north, and ended at the judges’ table outside the Harry Chapin Playground at Columbia Heights and Middagh Street.

The parade, now in its sixth year, continues to grow larger and attract more attention. Today’s gathering drew several local reporters, most of them fascinated by the two dogs — accompanied by humans dressed as moose — disguised as Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. While I’m no expert on fashion, I’m guessing that the doggy Sarahs’ wardrobes cost way less than the human Sarah’s, and generated far less controversy, too.

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Judges review a contestant

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NY Giant appeals to the judges

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Greyhound dressed as a greyhound

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I bark for Barack

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Dog disguised as a bumblebee

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Pug in a butterfly suit

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Super hero

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Alice in Wonderland

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Scuba dog

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Scuba dog with family

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Chinese dragon

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French maid guards the prizes

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Spider dog

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Babushka lady

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Neurosurgeon and patient

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Sanitation worker picks up trash

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In a lion suit

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Dog dragon … or maybe dinosaur

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Wonder Woman

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Matching dog and girl ballerinas

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Girl who matches dog ballerina

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Poodle as ballerina

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Chinese dragon with family

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Pirate dog of the Caribbean

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Cow dog and milk carton

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Dog pimp held by “hooker”

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Austin Powers

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Cat flower – the sole feline entrant

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Pirate dog

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Moose holding Sarah Palin

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Moose with Sarah Palin

NY Post: Dog Day for Halloween
Perfect Paws
Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC)
Friends of Hillside Dog Park
Animal Kind

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