It’s Baaack – The Halloween Pooch Parade & How a Pumpkin Takes a Selfie

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For our Friday Fun post last week we enjoyed some rather preptastic Halloween pumpkins. Today we look at our four-legged friends, it was time for the annual Tompkins Park Halloween Parade. The dogs were ready and waiting as seen in this photo from Frenchie in the City.

Frenchie in the City Facebook Page

Frenchie in the City Facebook Page

It turns out we spend oodles of money on costumes for our furry family members. A CBS MarketWatch story says the total last year was $370 million dollars.

What’s behind the boom? In many ways, it speaks to America’s growing fascination with Halloween, which has gone from being a kid-centric event to almost a mini-Christmas, with all the attendant decorating, dressing up and partying.

The fascination with Halloween dovetails with our passion for pets. “Your pet is now seen as an extension of your family. And you’re going to spend on that pet like you spend on your son and daughter,” says National Retail Federation spokesperson Kathy Grannis.

Below, one of the participants from this weekend’s Parade.

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Via Tsutomo_bw on Instagram

More from the MarketWatch story:

The trend has gotten so big that a number of communities are hosting pets-in-costume parades or gatherings. Already for several years now, in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, hundreds of pet lovers have gathered for a dog parade, replete with “Best in Show” costume honors.

A look at the Tompkins Park crowds in this photo from Scott Lynch for Gothamist.

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Two more of those enjoying the Parade. (Any ideas….? Alice in Wonderland?)

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Matt Stopera posted photos on Buzzfeed of the 70 Best Costumes seen at the Parade, one of them was ChippenDog.

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

And Dunkin DoDog.

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

The hashtag dog was cute.

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

How about a Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Mastt Stropas/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

To see all 70 of Mr. Stopera’s photos from the New York Parade, click here.

This weekend was also time for a Halloween event a little closer to home, the annual Detroit Bulldog Rescue costume party.

DBR Party 2013

DBR Party 2013

Like so many rescue groups, DBR works incredibly hard to help bullies that have been abandoned, abused, neglected or surrendered because an owner can no longer care for the dog.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

It’s always a fun event, this guy was one of the most sociable dogs at the party.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Party

DBR Halloween 2013 Party

It wasn’t just the dogs that were in costume.

Detroit Bulldoge Rescue Facebook Page

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook Page

Here we see Lilli and Madeline.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

All dogs were welcome, not just bulldogs.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook

There was even a stegosaurus. (Triceratops?)

DBR 2013

This is Potato, she is 13 years old. She is also blind and deaf, so she gets a cushy ride to the big party.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook Page

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook Page

DBR is one of our favorite charities, you can immediately see your dollars in action. Below, two of Potato’s friends at the party.

DBR Party 2013

DBR Party 2013

Back to the MarketWatch article.

And individual retailers say they see demand only increasing in the years ahead. PetSmart points to the fact that it now carries 111 styles of pet costumes and accessories; it’s even starting to offer items for “small animals.”

“If you don’t have a cat or dog, you can still dress up your guinea pig,” says Dara Foster, resident pet-fashion stylist for PetSmart.

CBS MarketWatch

CBS MarketWatch

That’s the job title I think I want: Pet Fashion Stylist at the Prepatorium. We leave you with these two images.

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We wanted to share a few more preppish pumpkins, including this one from Susan Romano Trader, founder of the very popular Re-Lilly page on Facebook.  This year Sue went with a cat theme for the pumpkin, explaining that Lilly herself was a cat lover.

Susan Romano Trader

Susan Romano Trader

Here is one more Lilly offering, it was done by Tiffany Marie Vander Zanden, one of many such creations (as well as Sue’s) that are part of the Lifeguard Press Pumpkin Decorating Contest on Facebook.

Tiffany

Tiffany Marie Vander Zanden

Much as everyone enjoys the spectacular pumpkins, there is a sizable group who generally prefer their pumpkins orange. I don’t think this is what they actually had in mind, here is one of the amazing carved pumpkins by Ray Villafane.

Ray Villafane/Villafane Studios

Ray Villafane/Villafane Studios

This one is also by Mr. Villafane, but not quite so creepy: a pumpkin takes a selfie.

Villafane Studios Facebook

Villafane Studios Facebook

I like this one, it’s much tamer, more of the “creepy but cute” genre.

Pinterest

Pinterest

There is a plethora of nautically-themed jack ‘o lantern motifs, like this whale from Quaint Living.

Quaint Living

Quaint Living

This group seen at Completely Coastal was made with free templates from Coastal Living.

Completely Coastal

Completely Coastal

When all is said and done, this is really more our speed.

True Couponing

True Couponing

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2 Responses to It’s Baaack – The Halloween Pooch Parade & How a Pumpkin Takes a Selfie

  1. You and me both, TPP, tried and true. But I confess I bought a ceramic one at Pottery Barn this weekend, and some LED lights to go inside. I have no interest in carving pumpkins, now the kids are grown and elsewhere.

  2. mona

    The pumpkin selfie is worthy of a giggle. However, trad Jack is more my speed as well. That and the basic black monogram on orange pumpkin. The pet parade was fun! Interesting is it not? The canine are proud of their costumes, whilst the feline are insulted.

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