There were no Spike Lee costumes.
Fort Greene Park, famously lampooned in its modern form by Fort Greene expatriate and noted crank Spike Lee as looking like the “motherf------ Westminster Dog Show,” held its 16th annual Great Pupkin dog costume contest on Oct. 25. The winner from the crowded pack of 124 canine contestants? A dog dressed up like mild-mannered public-radio host Ira Glass.
“Um, flattered … I guess,” Glass wrote on Twitter.
(In the pooch pageant’s defense, Lee pal and “Do the Right Thing” star Rosie Perez officiated last year.)
A former Brooklyn Paper food columnist made the trek all the way from Bath Beach with her husband to enter their hound-mix Rowdy. The pooch has won big in Bay Ridge before, but this was his first shot at the Pupkin crown and Fred Zorn spent four months knitting him a Godzilla costume for the occasion.
“We thought we’d go for the big one this year,” Sarah Zorn said. “Everyone assumed I knitted it, but it was all him.”
Fort Greene residents Chris Cobb and Sorby Grant brought their dog, Enid, dressed in a Superwoman costume that garnered a lot of attention from tykes in attendance. Enid’s owners said they were limited to the sights the Super-pup wanted to see.
“The dog often dictates our activities,” Cobb said. “She’s very curious.”
The fido fashion show was part of the park’s Halloween festival, which also featured a pumpkin giveaway and a hayride.
A park steward said he really likes the hayride because it gives Brooklyn kids a taste of the country, complete with a horse-drawn carriage.
“It never ceases to amaze me,” said Charles Jarden, chairman of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. “It’s like seeing a little bit of yesteryear. And for inner-city kids it’s a real rarity.”
The autumnal shindig cost the Conservancy around $15,000, and drew 6,000 visitors to the park throughout the day, according to the park honcho. The first 1,200 kids got their own pumpkin and a coloring book about the history of the park’s iconic Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument.
“We give them some history, but we also give them what they want,” Jarden said.