Hundreds of people gathered in Fort Greene Park on Saturday to see tail-wagging dogs dressed up in their best Halloween costumes during the 24th annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest. From movie characters to great looking-food and iconic New York City locations and people, the lovingly-crafted costumes were met with the crowd’s non-stop applause.
This year’s competition was judged by Dierdre Stone of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, writer and podcaster Evan Ross Katz, founder of Dogs of NYC Candy Pilar Godoy, and councilmember Crystal Hudson. Though each dog was greeted with thunderous applause and much enthusiasm from the crowd and the judges, three were lauded as “top dogs.” In third place — a trio dressed up as an express subway train. In second — a black-and-white pup dressed as an IKEA stool, accompanied by her owners in cobalt-blue IKEA shirts.
Last but certainly not least, a precocious pooch perched atop a stack of mattresses dressed as “The Princess and the Pea” — with her owner featuring as the pea — won first place.
It’s always so much doggone fun judging the great PUPkin costume contest in @fortgreenepark, and the costumes never cease to amaze me! Thanks to the contestants and organizers for making this happen year after year — and congratulations to the 2022 winner…Princess & the Pea!! pic.twitter.com/70hp5LGxqP
— Crystal Hudson (@crystalrhudson) October 29, 2022
The beloved yearly tradition is hosted by the Fort Greene Pups, a local group that has spruced up Fort Greene Park with new benches, dog poop bag holders and water bowls and regularly holds dog-friendly events and volunteer cleanups.