By Skye Ann
The Halloween spirit hit Fort Greene Park at its heart with a burst of color, costumes, and furry friends on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 12 pm to 3 pm. The sounds of enthusiastic cheers and barks echoed throughout the park as the 15th Annual Great PUPkin Contest took place showcasing the festivity and creativity of dogs and their owners alike.
A total of 119 entries were submitted, the most the contest has ever seen. The dogs that snagged the top prizes were “Barking Bad”(Entry #106), who took 3rd place, Sharknado (Entry #94), who took 2nd place, and interestingly, another Sharknado pup (Entry #48) took 1st place. Each received prizes donated by local pet stores.
A competition of costumed canines wasn’t the only festive event held within the park. Hayrides, pumpkin patches, and games were present for people of all ages to enjoy, especially young children looking to celebrate one of their favorite times of the year.
Costumed volunteers were stationed around the park, performing tricks. One woman, wearing an orange suit showed off her juggling skills and taught others how to juggle. Another woman walked on stilts, dancing to the music playing throughout the park. Large horses pulled a carriage for people who wanted to embrace the autumn scenery in the crisp autumn air while carnival games, pumpkin painting stations, and pumpkin smoothies attracted other visitors at the festival’s peak.
The Fort Greene Park Harvest Festival was also held on the same day as other events, such as an apple cider donut-eating contest and a cooking demo, which were presented for anyone to participate in before the main events of the Halloween Festival. The Greenmarket was also open, with ripe fruits and vegetables for sale.
Five Block Sound played upbeat music to lighten the mood, Prospect Bark provided promotional assistance, and volunteers all helped make this year’s Halloween Festival at Fort Greene Park another successful one.
Brooklyn Tech, which is just across the street from the park, was a backdrop to the festival’s scene.
Nothing, however, could stop the Halloween spirit from entering the community—not even the tension of thousands of eighth-graders taking the SHSAT across the street at Tech. Hopefully, the positive atmosphere in the park provided the test-takers with positive results.