Scariest in Show: Halloween dog parade in New York

New York has hosted a fancy dress show with a difference, as dogs and their owners donned their scariest outfits for the 23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.

Canine Carnival: A contestant dressed up with her dog participates in the 23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York. Credit: PA

The event comes days after it was revealed that US pet owners are now spending $330 million (£204 million) a year on Halloween pet costumes, according to the National Retail Federation.

Scarily cute - a pet pooch snuggles into its innovative turkey outfit at the parade. Credit: PA

The Tompkins Square parade awards prizes for the most impressive costumes and raises funds for a local dog run.

One four-legged contestant impresses judges with an elaborate snail costume. Credit: PA

Hundreds of outlandishly-dressed pooches and their owners attended the event on Saturday - the largest Halloween dog parade in the US.

Up, up and away for this superhero bulldog. Credit: PA