The 16th Annual Great PUPkin Happened!

The 16th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest took place on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The largest dog costume event in Brooklyn was once again held in conjunction with Fort Greene Park Conservancy's Halloween Fest for kids. It was a beautiful, sunny fall day in Fort Greene Park for both events!

There were a record 124 entrants in this year's contest, with the top prize going to a dog dressed as "This American Life" radio host Ira Glass. Ira Glass himself tweeted about this, saying "Um, flattered…I guess." Ha!! 

We are working on putting up an official gallery of photos from the 2014 contest, but in the meantime, please explore photos on hashtag #pupkin14, as well as photos on our Facebook page. You can also enjoy photos from the 2014 contest on Gothamist, Fort Greene Focus, Park Slope for Pets, and these beautiful illustrations from artist Carly Larsson. 

Reminisce over past years' contests on the PUPS Flickr stream. There are also scads of excellent photos on Gothamist and GlossNY. And for a stroll down memory lane, check out historic photos of past contests at Kate on Clinton blog, Kizzbeth's Flickr, and The New York Times Local Blog. The official archive of all 15 past PUPkins is here. 

The following businesses generously donated prizes for the 2014 contest, and we thank them all again:

ABC Pet Supply

Bittersweet Coffee

Brooklyn Bark Dog Walking/Boarding/Pet Sitting

Brooklyn Cares Veterinary Hospital

Brooklyn Pup Dog Training

Chez Oskar

Clinton Hill Animal Clinic

Come Clean Pop Culture Soap

Die Stammkneipe/Der Schwarze Kölner

Doggie Day Trips

Gnarly Vines Wine & Spirits

Green in BKLYN

Luz TLC Pet Service


Rikke Brogaard’s Positive Dog Training


Prospect BArk! Professional Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

Spoonable, Brooklyn’s Saucy Caramel


Thirst Wine Merchants

Trusty Amigos

Urban K-9

Who’s Your Doggy

We also thank our judges, Lee Quinones, Amy Linden, Mike Preis, Joseph Hernandez, and Nora Whelan. They did a tough job very well! 

Big thanks also go to photographers Leo Moreton, Chris Franko, and Jasmin Chang, as well as to ALL the volunteers who pitched in to help with this huge event. It gets bigger and crazier every year, and we love it! If you want to volunteer for next year's event, get in touch with Kath at info@fortgreenepups.org.