‘Best Dog Day Ever’: Pups Dress Up For Halloween Pop-Up

WILLIAMSBURG – Imaginations went wild at The Dodo‘s pop-up Halloween bash last weekend where dogs and their owners could bond and share experiences in a creative environment.

Dogs turned out for The Dodo’s Best Dog Day Ever pop-up on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. Jada, a Yorkshire terrier, looks precious with her ribbon in her hair. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Kona (r), a rescue from Hawaiian Humane Services, and Lucas (l), a rescue from North Shore Animal League in Long Island, are ready to party. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Betsie the Goldendoodle poses for a photo. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Many locals brought their dogs, some dressed in Halloween garb, to 25 Kent in Williamsburg to experience the event designed to bring joy to dogs and their humans. Pups could zip down slides, frolic in a mock pumpkin patch, jump into ball and stuffed animal pits, and then enjoy specially made treats including ice cream and biscuits. Dogs could even get a beer (dog beer, of course, named Bowser).

The dogs could have their pictures taken with their owners in a variety of settings and even run a corn maze which recorded their times—finishing times were displayed on a leaderboard for bragging rights.

This hot dog comes with French fries. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Maxine, a French bulldog from Bay Ridge, enjoys the bubbles. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
George and Alex, two teacup terriers, enjoy their seat in a ball pit. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

The minds at Dyson created a one-stop-shop of products to solve the biggest problems for pet owners—pet hair, dander, and dirt. In the Transformation Lab, visitors could test Dyson machines while their dogs enjoyed complimentary makeovers. Expert groomers dressed as “mad scientists” were on hand getting dogs camera ready.

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The event also features a 1950’s style malt shoppe/witches brewery–for dogs—where scented bubbles fill the air. Dogs can choose the toppings for their very own ice cream sundaes. Their owners can have one too.

This pooch emerges from the ball pit all smiles. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Dogs enjoyed the pumpkin patch, the costume cam, and other attractions. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Benny the Samurai won Best Costume. He and his owner, Brianna Barbieri, came in from Rockville Center, Long Island.
(Photo by Todd Maisel)

Target’s ultimate Halloween costume cam experience gives pups the chance to try on doggie costumes and model them in a 180-degree GIF booth. The event’s Project Forever Home features adoptable dogs looking for loving families.

At the end of the day, a huge Halloween parade turned into a competition for the best dressed dog, with a French bulldog in a samurai outfit winning first place.

The Dodo’s Best Dog Day Ever: Halloween Edition runs Thursdays through Sundays until October 27. Click here for ticket information.

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Todd Maisel

Todd Maisel

Todd Maisel is an award-winning photographer with more than 35-years, specializing in breaking news. He currently serves as vice president of the New York Press Photographers. He was honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Uniform Firefighters Association for saving the life of a firefighter he found in debris after the collapse of the World Trade Center, assisting in the rescue of an injured photographer, and for extensive coverage of the attack. Maisel is a graduate of NYU School of Journalism.

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