Monday, November 1, 2010

Chicagoing: A City Overtaken

 I never used to believe those TV shows with their Halloween-themed episodes where every single person in the show was walking around in an amazing costume. I thought this was only a TV thing, until I moved to Chicago. Seriously, walking down the street this entire weekend everyone has been completely decked out in their Halloween attire.
Mr. B wanted to eat this costume:
I attribute this to all the Halloween "pop-up shops" that have now taken over nearly every vacant store front. But, this has given us a great opportunity to allow the pooches to spend the weekend dressed in costume so they could meet many more people. Miss M decided to be an angel this year:
Ironically, we had also gotten a devil costume, but she actually refused to wear it and freaked out. We went to a neighborhood Halloween pet event in the morning. Mr. B won a prize for his turtle costume:
But we really thought they deserved to win:
We took lots of long walks in our neighborhood where the pooches got a lot of attention for their costumes:
Then we went to the North Halsted Street Halloween Parade. I used to live in this neighborhood for years, and I had no idea what a huge, fun parade this is. People really go all out, and they had a huge parade that we were able to be part of. They even had floats, bands, and tons of spectators. 
Miss M had such a great time marching in the parade; she had to greet every single person, and people were even commenting that she was just like a political candidate who had to meet everyone. It was a really fun time, and E is going to post more photos on Wednesday.
We wish we had put together a "group costume" for the pooches, and maybe something we could dress up for also. Did anyone do this, or have any group costume ideas we could do next year?

29 comments:

Two Crazy Coaches said...

Miss M makes a very good angel! And, of course Mr. B won a prize! How fun that they got to wear their costumes all weekend. We just don't have that in our area!

Maggie said...

How fun!! Their costumes are adorable. Group costumes... hmm. How about The Village People?

Muchadoaboutnothing said...

I wish I lived in your city! You guys do the most interesting things.

parlance said...

Dressing as an angel seems a psychologically good move!

jen said...

Miss M is a perfect Angel!

Congrats on Mr B winning the contest!

Looks like a fun filled day:)

HoundDogMom said...

Congrats to Mr. B on his win. Miss M you are a sweet angel and understand why you freaked out over the devil costume. You are not a devil, but a sweet angel. We wish our town had these types of fun things for fur-babies. But then again we are not fond of dressing up. The Hounddogs

Zona said...

What adorable costumes and such a fun day!! I never believed those TV shows either - guess we need to go to Chicago!

Wags,
Zona

Corbin said...

That looks like such fun! I dressed up, but just to greet all the trick-or-treaters at the house!
-Corbin

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Wow, what a fun place Chicago is for Howloween!

Maggie Mae said...

Yay fur Mr. B winnin' da contest and Miss M looks so cutes too!
Chicago really has a lot goin' on ALL da time!

WOofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Hound Girl said...

looks like a great time!

Congrats to Mr B!

brooke said...

Yeah Mr B!
Darwin wore her hula girl costume to the park yesterday and got TONS of attention.
Im thinking next year we'll have her go as Scooby Doo and I can be Velma and Jason can be Shaggy! hehehe

Traci said...

Miss M and Mr. B both look like little angels (even though Mr. B is a turtle - haha). That's so funny that Miss M freaked out with the devil costume - she knows she's not a devil! :)

I'm so horrible at coming up with costumes (exactly why I almost never go to Halloween parties where costumes are required!), but I'm sure others will have plenty of ideas for you guys and the dogs.

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

Happy Halloween! Congrats on your costume contest win!

The Highlands Mathis said...

I've had a hard time out here in California finding costumes big enough for my pibble. Is there a specific place you go to regularly and do they have an online selection? ;)

Liz said...

They look so adorable. I love how Miss. M has to meet everyone.

Wyatt said...

You both looked adorable! What a fun town!

Wyatt

The viking guy would have scared me.

Mr. Pip said...

Turtle! I thought you were a frog at first! You both look great!

Your pal, Pip

houndstooth said...

I wish we'd been up there for the weekend! That all sounds like so much fun!

Morgan and Bunny went to the nursing home as Little Red Riding Hood with the wolf in Granny's disguise this year. Back when we had Treat, she and Blueberry went one year as Trick and Treat. We had hats for them one year so they could be (Milk)bone collectors, with a deposit spot on the top. I saw a great one this year that was a bathtub theme with different shades of blue and white balloons on one with a shower cap on and a rubber ducky that I might try at some point.

Tucker said...

Congrats on your wins! We missed the costume parade here this year cause Mom lamed out saying she was too busy at work. Harumph!

Kari in WeHo said...

you should google West Hollywood Halloween and look at the images that come up. Welcome to my neighborhood :)

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Ms. M is the sweetest little angel ever! And Mr. B is just too stinkin' cute! I can only dress up Nemo around here, and then only for so long. A certain black pit bull ::coughMELANIEcough:: likes to try to eat the costumes I buy. Oh well.

Meeka said...

You are such cuties in your costumes.
You guys can be The Flintstones for next Halloween. If you decide to make them it wouldn't be to difficult to make (I think).

Two Pitties in the City said...

Highlands--We've been buying Mr B's outfits at Target. Despite his big pittie chest, he fits in a large. Miss M actually shops in the 'little girls' department at Target. That's where we bought her tutu and angel wings. Funny enough, we actually have people stopping us telling us their little girl (children) have the same tutu as Miss M. Hope this helps!

Benny and Lily said...

You guys are hysterical. Chicago sure looks like a fun place
Snuggles,
Benny & Lily

Michelle said...

How cute!!! Looked like a lot of fun!! I just want to squeeze and hug your dogs! lol

Mary said...

I was going to get Levi a costume this year, but I have been too preoccupied with house stuff! Maybe next year when I will hopefully have TWO dogs to dress up:)

Do the dogs freak out at all when they see people in scary costumes? Probably not because they are so much better adjusted than Levi, lol. Levi was about to start barking at a guy in a mask at the party we were at, but Jason nipped that in the bud.

Ms. M. realizes that Halloween is a day to take on a different persona, but she realized that even an actress as accomplished as she could not stretch her abilities to accurately portray a devil.

road-dog-tales said...

Haha - we saw a group dressed as a "Pumpkin Patch" a couple of people and a couple of dogs. We'll get around to posting pics one day. You guys live in a crazy fun town!

The Road Dogs

Kristin G. said...

Congratulations Mr. B. Great costume, and I enjoyed all of your Halloween photos! Happy weekend to all of you!

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