Just a few of the over 60 contestants in this years Great Pupkin event. The 12th dog Halloween Costume Contest had to reschedule following a freak October snowstorm - the earliest in TK years - that closed Fort Greene Park.
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Just a few of the over 60 contestants in this years Great Pupkin event. The 12th dog Halloween Costume Contest had to reschedule following a freak October snowstorm - the earliest on record - that closed Fort Greene Park.

But that didn't stop hundreds of attendees from around the neighborhood to bring their families - human and canine out for the event a few blocks away on Clinton Street.

The cold did seem to keep some people at home - while over 60 dogs competed for the day’s best-dressed honors, that’s just more than half of the more than over 120 pooches who were on hand for last year’s Great Pupkin event.

The day’s dogs were dressed to the nines, and many of them for the first time - new dog owners were out in force. And for many, the impetus behind getting a new dog was - at least in part - a chance ot make their hound a contender in the costume contest. ‘We came last year, and we’d been thinking about getting a dog, so now we’re back this year competing,’ was a common refrain from new puppy parents.

Headline: Halloween Goes to the Dogs in Fort Greene
Tags:
Fort Greene
Halloween
costume contest
dogs
dog costumes
pupkin
great pupkin

Links
Past Great Pupkin Events - fortgreenepups.org/site_2009/php/fgp.php?page=photo&item=pupkin
Want to dress up your pet? Try here - costumecraze.com/Traditional-Costumes-Halloween-Costumes-Halloween-Costumes-for-Pets.html
There is a Tumblr for Everything - dogsinclothes.tumblr.com/

Transcript:

I think this is probably the coldest it’s ever been. It’s certainly the first time we’ve ever had to move it.

Snips today is dressed as Andy Barkhol, famous dog artist.

This is Bean. And deep down, she’s a fairy princess, and that’s why I got her this costume. This is really her idea.

She’s good with the dress, and she’s good with the bows, but the hat took a little convincing.

You know, you’ve gotta use what your dog has, and that’s, that’s important. He may be missing a leg, but he’s got a lot of personality. And it comes out with the costumes.

We were at a pet store and she actually picked the outfit out. So we felt like we couln’t deny her the outfit and we had to find an occasion for it, so...

I hate to say it, but I feel like she maybe is getting a little bit tortured right now. But it’s for art. And what is good art without a tortured artist.

Anything we want to do, he looks at us like, ‘I know you think this is important, but it’s just really crazy.’

I’ve sacrificied a lot for my dog, and I love him very much, and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but one day a year? Yeah, it’s OK. He can pay me back.

Fun Fact:
While it seems like dressing up your dog is a labor of love, the tools for the job are actually available almost anywhere. While some costumes represented handmade labors of love, just as many were off-the-rack ensembles originating from pet stores - and retail giants like Target. If you were looking for a sure sign that dressing up your dog like a gladiator has hit the big time, seek ye no further.

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