Dogs in Costume Spiders and Corpses and Pigs, Oh My!

Hundreds of dogs take part in the Dog Run Halloween Parade at Tompkins Square in New York each year -- and in similar dog parades around the world.

With Halloween just around the corner, it's costume party season again. In the US at least. And that doesn't just mean dragging your 20-year old Scooby-Doo Underoos out of the closet and throwing a pumpkin carving party. It's time to get your whole family into the spirit, including your furry, four-legged friends.

There are plenty of opportunities -- from Bangkok to San Francisco -- with the largest, the Dog Run Halloween Parade at Tompkins Square in New York, having been an annual event since 1990. More than 400 made-up mutts showed up last year, providing entertainment for over 2,500 spectators. "The costumes were really creative," Christine Acebo, who photographed the spider dog in this series, told SPIEGEL ONLINE.

While the contest itself, which takes place this year on October 28, is still 10 days away, preparations have begun. Sales of pet-related products in the US is a huge business and the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association estimates that more that 3.5 million Americans will buy their pets something for Halloween this year. For some people, it seems, dressing up for Halloween just isn't as much fun as swaddling their pet in something hideous, beautiful, or embarrassing.

SPIEGEL ONLINE has assembled the best of the best to get you in the mood for this year.



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