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Costume Contest

Get creative, channel your spirit animals, and gear up your pup for the best parade of the year! Stay up to date on event details and sign up for our newsletter.

2018 Costume Contest Categories
  • Owner/Pet Look-a-Like
  • Doggie Diva
  • Macho Mutt
  • Pack Pick (Group Costumes of humans & pups)
  • Most Original

Dress Up Your Pup and Go Home a Winner!

Take Home a Top Prize!

Win a Gift Basket full of KONG Goodies!

Thanks to our friends at KONG, each Toby's Pet Parade & Fair costume contest winner goes home with a specially made gift basket of KONG toys and treats worth over $150! Every registrant is considered for the grand prizes - all you have to do is register your dog for the Parade and come up with a fun costume that will surely blow the judges (and everyone else) away!

But EVERYONE Goes Home with Something!

All Registrants go Home with a Goodie Bag!

Even if you don't go home with a Grand Prize KONG Basket, just by registering and walking in the Parade, you and your pup are still going to go home with a fabulous bag of cool items!

Goodie Bags for Toby's Pet Parade & Fair registrants include:
- Dog treats and food samples
- Coupons for pet friendly places and products
- Frisbees and other fun dog toys
- Treat bags
- Poop bags
- And more!

2018 Costume Contest Winners

Owner/Pet Look-a-Like

These "firefighters" blazed their way to becoming Owner/Pet Look-a-Like winners!

Doggie Diva

Bella channeled Madonna to became a Doggie Diva winner and three-time champion!

Macho Mutt

This Macho Mutt was bad-to-the-bone in his all leather ensemble!

Most Original

This pup stole laughs and the judges vote with this "fart factory" get-up!

Pack Pick

These two sweethearts sailed away as winners with their adorable old-timey sailor looks!

5 Tips for Dressing Up Your Dog!

Tip #1: Keep it Simple

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones. Who says that you must put a ton of time and thought into your pup’s costume? It can take a couple of items to really transform a look.

Tip #2: DIY It!

And speaking of keeping things simple, a great costume can also be made just with some household items! You certainly don’t need to go out and buy a costume from the store. Just look around your home for inspiration! Making a costume could be the perfect way to go! And plus, you’ll have the added fun of putting it together with your pooch!

Tip #3: Make it a Family Affair

It may be a dog costume parade, but that doesn’t mean that you and the fam can’t get in on the fun! Planning to dress your dog up as Scooby Doo? Why not add Shaggy, Velma and the rest of the gang by going as them with the help of friends and family!? Help your pup standout by stepping out with them…in costume. It will also help your furry best friend feel confident as they strut down Washington Avenue in their best look! Really, what do you have to lose?

Tip #4: Involve your Pup!

You wouldn’t let someone put you in something you didn’t like, would you? Well, why would you do it to your favorite pal!? Pup personalities are all unique so why not let them have a say in how they present themselves at Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair! It’s important that the costume be something that they can walk and breathe in and it’s also very important to keep your dog cool, calm and happy in their costumes. A good rule of thumb is to try the costume out a few times before the big day and watch out for our body language. Is your dog wagging their tails in excitement as they prance around in their getup, or are they circling themselves, trying in vain to outrun their own costume? These are important questions for you to answer so you ensure that come the big day they are jumping for joy in our costumes!

Tip #5: Have FUN with it!

Our biggest piece of advice to everyone is to just have FUN! It’s a parade and fair everyone, it’s supposed to be a blast for the whole family! Don’t overthink the look and just go with what feels right for you and your dog. And that can mean anything, from putting together an elaborate costume complete with bells and whistles to throwing on a fancy collar and calling it good. No matter what, we want everyone to have a great time while feeling their best!