Take a look at the best dog outfits in New York’s Halloween costume contest

The event made a glorious return after being cancelled last year (Picture: REX / REUTERS)

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is a joyous annual celebration of dogs and fancy dress.

Happening for its 31st year, the show made a glorious return in New York after it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

Taking place on Saturday October 23 at midday, hundreds showed up with their pups to compete in all kinds of attire.

How this tradition came to be goes back to the 1980s, when Tompkins Square Park was known as a drug hot spot. Wanting to bring a new lease of life to the area, the founders of the parade launched the annual doggy meet in 1990.

In years since, the park has been renovated and the dog walk has attracted over 10,000 spectators at a time.

The top prize is ‘Best in Show’, but with so many great outfits it’s hard to pick just one.

These are some of the best outfits and moments from the afternoon.

Dogs can’t metamorphosis into butterflies, sadly (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
They say dogs and their owners look alike (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
Tells us the future, smart pup (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
The next Bond? (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
Line up (Picture: Getty)
We get it – ‘hot’ dogs (Picture: Getty)
Perfectly timed Corgis (Picture: REUTERS)
He’s even got the expression of Winne the Pooh’s Eeyore right (Picture: REUTERS)
Smile for the camera (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
Gizzard, a chihuahua, looking suitable punky (Pictures: REUTERS)
Tasha Bella, a morkie, dressed as AOC at the Met Gala, making this pooch political (Picture: REUTERS)
The outfits weren’t limited to dogs (Picture: REUTERS)
Yee-haw (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
Bees never looked so beautiful (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
On a mission to find bones (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
A shaded pooch (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
A dog of faith (Picture: J Mayer/REX/Shutterstock)
ZZ enjoys a treat dressed as a space tourist (Picture: REUTERS)
They’re fans of Suicide Squad (Picture: Getty)
And other fans of Squid Game (Picture: Getty)
Smartly dressed pups do better (Picture: Karla Cote/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)
A dog that looks as happy as we feel (Picture: Karla Cote/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)
We’re not fooled by this ‘lobster’ (Picture: Karla Cote/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)
Patriotic pooch (Picture: Karla Cote/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)
A woman introduces her dog to the crowd and judges (Picture: REUTERS)
A captive audience (Picture: REUTERS)
Double-oh-woof (Picture: Getty)

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