The 16th Annual Great PUPkin is Saturday, October 25, 2014!

The 16th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014. The rain date will be Sunday, October 26th. As usual, the contest will take place on the Fort Greene Park monument stairs at noon sharp. Registration will begin on the monument plaza at 11:00. It's the largest dog costume contest in Brooklyn, getting bigger and crazier every year!

The 16th Annual Great PUPkin will once again be held in conjunction with Fort Greene Park Conservancy's Halloween Fest for kids. They'll offer face painting, hay rides, and CANDY!!!

If you want to volunteer, please get in touch with Kath at info@fortgreenepups.org. We need ALL the volunteers we can get! It's a big job to put this show together.

If you need inspiration for your dog's costume, here is Jasmin Chang's awesome gallery of photos on the PUPS Flickr stream. You can also check out our Facebook page (and like us!) for lots more 2013 PUPkin photos. There are also scads of excellent photos on ItchyKnows, Gothamist and GlossNY. And for a stroll down memory lane, check out 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. 

For the record, we had tons of great prizes for the 2013 contest, which were donated by the following local businesses:

ABC Pet Supply

Thirst Wine Merchants

Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital

Prospect BARK Professional Dog Walking

Brooklyn Pup Dog Training

Brooklyn Cares Veterinary Clinic

Green in BKLYN

Who's Your Doggy Premium Pet Foods

Rikke Brogaard's Positive Dog Training

Luz Santiago Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Service

Urban K-9 Dog Training

Empire of the Dog

Monkie & Co. 


Gnarly Vines

Clinton Hill Animal Clinic

Le Petit Bakery

Doggie Day Trips

Bittersweet Coffee

Olea Restaurant

Spoonable Caramel

Dominic's Dog Walking Service

The Owl & the Pussycat Salon

And we'll probably have even more prize donations this year! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest PUPkin updates.