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Where to see dogs in costume this Halloween season

October 24, 2019 Alex Williamson

Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes many beloved traditions, like wild parties, upstate apple picking and entertaining friends with spooky stories. But, objectively, the very best Halloween tradition is watching dogs prance around in costumes. Here are some spots in Brooklyn where you can do just that.

Fort Greene: Great PUPkin dog costume contest

Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m. at Fort Greene Park

This is your once-a-year chance to watch what has been hailed as “the greatest dog costume contest in New York City,” where production value is high and competition is fierce.

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Pre-registration for dogs entering the contest sold out in record time this year, but walk-up registration is open for the first 40 entrants on a first-come, first-serve basis, so arrive early to ensure your pup has a spot.

The contest is held alongside the Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival, which will include face painting, a pumpkin patch, train rides and more.

Proceeds go to local rescue organization Fort Greene PUPS. Can’t make it? Watch the livestream on the nonprofit’s Facebook.

Coney Island: Dog-O-Ween

Oct. 27, 2-6 p.m. at Coney Island Brewing Co.

For the second year running, Coney Island Brewing Co. will host “Dog-O-Ween, Pups n Pints.” Bring your dolled-up dog and enter them in the contest for a shot at prizes. Dogs can also perform tricks for treats, and have their portraits taken in a puppy photo booth.

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The Dog-O-Ween contest is a benefit for pet adoption service Rescue City. The suggested donation is $10 at the door, and a dollar from every Mermaid Pilsner will go to benefit the animal org.

Rescue City will be on site with adoptable dogs, so don’t drink so much you accidentally take someone home with you (a good rule of thumb in general).

Bay Ridge: Spooktacular costume contest

Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Vinny’s Pet Shop

This family-owned pet shop has been in the neighborhood since 1978, and now they’re offering customers another way to celebrate their animals — by dressing them up in silly outfits.

Stop by Saturday with your costumed dog (or cat, or ferret) and enter to win a $100 Vinny’s gift card.


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