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 FREE PUMPKINS!!!

We delighted to have Fort Greene Focus as our official media sponsor this year. Sign up for their daily newsletter if you haven't already!

We ask for a $5.00 donation per entrant, to help cover event costs (renting sound equipment, printing, permits, etc.) Donations are taken at the registration table. If you want to donate more, we wouldn't say no!

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 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 fabulous businesses have generously donated prizes for the 2014 contest, and we thank them all:

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

And of course, the much-coveted PUPS rosettes go to all winners. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest PUPkin updates. If you are brave and crazy enough to volunteer, please get in touch with Kath at info@fortgreenepups.org.