Pardners, it’s October 4. Do you know what your Halloween costume’s gonna be?

LISTEN UP pardners!

Cowpup McSnufflesons here with a reeeeeeeeal important question—it’s Octohber fourth already, and with Halloween only 25 days away, I gotta know—

Do YOU know what you’re wearin’ for Halloween this year?

I diiiidn’t think so. [spitoon ‘ding!’ sound]

Well, saddle up yer outfits, hop off the toilet, and git to it, lil’ doggies!


[flushing sound] Sasha v.H—Thanks fer the dag-burn advice!



  1. chet's momma says:

    only 25 days? really? 27, by my count…….

  2. oh my god. I just snorted coffee and fell off my chair!

  3. NebraskaErin says:

    Did anyone see that episode of “The Girls Next Door”, where Bridget dressed Wednesday up like the Easter bunny, and the pup went all catatonic and fell over?

    This puppy looks like she might do the same.

  4. chet's momma says:

    man, I need to get a job! all I do is check CO, and Daily Kitten, and YouTube for silly kitty videos! HEEEELLLLPPP! I can’t stop! Any advice, peeps?

  5. it’s so cute when animals are in costume. whatever to people that say “it’s cruel” etc, it’s wimsy! and they look so darn gosh cute.

  6. Spryte808 says:

    It looks like the costume still has the price tag attached to it!

  7. “Happy tails to youuuuu…”

  8. I believe not only is that a price tag, but it is also Minnie Pearl. Take a gander heeya…

  9. O. M. G.

    I’m going to faint with the total cuteness of this image.

  10. A thinker says:


    poor little puppy.


  11. Wow, Hoss Cartwright is sure a lot smaller in real life!

  12. I wants! I wants!

    Think my cats would allow me to dress em up this year? Think I could manage to wrestle with a 17lb and a 15lb?

    Bunny ears.

  13. A Bonanza of cuteness!

  14. That dog looks so a-cute-ly embarrassed that I cannot look him directly in the face. Shame on me–I am now complicit in his humiliation.

  15. Sweet Lady says:

    Oh. My. GOD!

    Pugs in cowboy hats! *dies from insulin overload*

    And yes, I already know what I’m wearing for Halloween! I lurve Halloween!

  16. Saw a cute Lab at petfood store being fitted for Halloween.
    He was all “Are you guys SURE this is cool?”

  17. beautiful! still has the tag even!

  18. pugmamatimestwo says:

    Oh he HATES it SO MUCH *bwahaha*. This pic was taken 2 seconds before he ripped that little hat to shreds. Too cute 😛

  19. Your commentary on this one is priceless! I had to stifle myself so I wouldn’t get in trouble at work.

  20. A thinker says:

    btw, this is another wall-eyed pup, here. I think this one would have trouble roping calves 😉

  21. I’m thinking of going as the Crazy Cat Lady from the Simpsons. I need to stock up on stuffed kitty dolls to throw at people.

  22. There’s one for the cute or sad category!

    Since the price tag is on, I bet the owner couldn’t wait to try the costume on this pup when she got home from the store. It fits! Great hat! Yee haw!

  23. you guys r silly says:

    No, a thinker — this little dude is so wall-eyed that he could rope TWO totally different calves at the same time!

  24. michellemybelle says:

    AmyH – that was my idea! Have you seen the Cat Lady Action Figure? A friend bought one for me – before I even had a cat!

  25. i love how it still has the lil taggies lol – howmuch for the cowboy puggy – i want one !!!

  26. One of his eyes is lookin at the price tag. Talented or disfigured? You make the call.

  27. Ehhhh….people who dress up dogs in lil costumes = o_O;;

    LOL I can’t stand the look on his face though, it’s too much….like he’s saying “Why,Mom? ……didn’t you love me?”

  28. MMBelle – I hope we don’t show up at the same party. We’d have to have a Cat-Lady Fight. Boy, the fur would sure be flying!

    I’ve seen the CCL figure. I NEED to get it.

  29. Roll ’em
    Roll ’em
    Roll ’em
    Keep them doggies rollin’
    Don’t try to understand ’em
    Just rope roll and brand ’em…

  30. [singing gleefully] AmyH, I am so tewtally stealing your idea!

  31. “Look at me, everybody! I’m a cowboy! Howdy howdy howdy!”

  32. BlurpleBerry says:

    There are actually twenty-seven days left until Halloween.

  33. Walleye. HEE!

    Mel, thou hast earned your very own BA DUM CHA.

  34. NebraskaErin says:

    “Look at me, everybody! I’m a cowboy! Howdy howdy howdy!”

    Thanks, J. Bo. I just snorted Diet Dr Pepper.

  35. Its a “puglet!”

  36. Redzilla – don’t forget to wear a wig with a cat sticking out of it.

  37. BlueFairy says:

    One year I dressed my little dog Francis up as St. Francis. I made him a little burlap tunic with a little bird glued on the shoulder and added a jute belt. He was so proud. He was trotting across the yard to show my neighbor how cute he was in his costume when my big dog Beck rolled him over and broke his little bird off.

  38. michellemybelle says:

    Oddly enough, I was invited to a party in Phoenix…you can work the Southwest, and I’ll work Chicagoland. We can have regional Crazy Cat Ladies!

  39. Oh, BlueFairy – how fabulous! Apparently Beck was unfamiliar with the good St. Francis.

    MMB – I think the universe would collapse on itself for two Peeps in identical Crazy Cat Lady costumes to coincidentally show up at the same party. But as long as you will be in Chicago and I’m out here in Phoenix, we should all be safe.

  40. Bluefairy, LOL at the poor little doggie with his broken costume. 🙂

  41. Aw, the littlest cowpug 🙂

    “If I stay perfectly still, the cat can’t see me and laugh…”

  42. “I’m a cowboy! Howdy howdy howdy!”

    True story: A rural co-worker of mine was once napping outside on a weekend and said he woke to find buzzards circling him. So the next day, his office door was decorated with that Far Side cartoon, and several Beanie Baby vultures* were hanging from his ceiling.

    He had to live with the name Buzzard Boy for months.

    *Yes, Beanie Babies makes vultures.

  43. Dig the “atchaforya” eyes on the little guy!

  44. I read “McSnufflesons” and was hoping for a pug 🙂

  45. Beanie vultures… creepy!

    But God love ya for catching the Far Side reference, suda nim. I can always count on my CO Peeps for the comedy shout-outs.

  46. adorkable puglett says:

    Cowpug McSnufflesons on the potty…..sweetest puglett EVAR!!! (Except mine of course)

    I can hardly breath it’s soooooo cute…. SQUEEEEEE!!!

  47. MelissaLovesPugs says:

    Heheee! I love the costume. I haven’t decided on a costume for my pug Henry yet, and we’re going to a Pugoween party in less then 2 weeks! :-O

  48. Okay, if we’ve got the Southwest and Great Lakes area covered for Crazy Cat Lady costumes. I’ll be in the middle of America in Kansas. Who’s going to do the east coast and west coast?

  49. The eyes…the cowboy hat…reminds me of actor Jack Elam. Check it out:

    Like the Burl Ives Snowman kitty, another case of a departed actor reincarnated into a pet.

  50. Now, my father-in-law had a poodle mix mutt – Fritzi – who started to lose her eyesite as she got older.

    Fritzi had a dog friend who lived next store – a little guy – a wiener dog or something. His name was Riley.

    One day, Riley’s owners dressed him up in a bunny costume. They took him outside so that he could do his business.

    Fritzi was out at the same time. She glanced in Riley’s direction and tore off on the attack.

    John – my father-in-law – swears to this day that when Riley saw Fritzi coming, he put up his paws and said (in dog speak, of course):

    “Wait, wait! It’s me, Riley. Your old buddeeeahhhhhh!”

    Boy, way Fritzi’s face red when she realized that she hadn’t caught a real bunbun.

  51. michellemybelle says:

    C’mon peeps, we need more Crazy Cat Ladies! (I never thought I’d say that ever.)

    AmyH – if you want, I can forward the evite for the big Phoenix bash to you – it’s a pirate theme, however, but good people all the same (wouldn’t it be weird if you really were invited to that very same party? that would certainly create a vortex of some kind, at least).

  52. One of my coworkers and his wife dress up their flat-coated retriever every Halloween after much thought, planning and effort. Past costumes have included an Egyptian pharoah and a bunch of grapes. He says this year’s costume will alter my view of reality. I can hardly wait!

  53. MMB – Fun! Go ahead and send me the evite, my email is on my name-linky. That would be a trip. Maybe I’ll go, and say I’m you but dressed up as someone who is dressed up like you. Yeah, that’s it!

  54. On Halloween, once it gets dark and the Big Kids Without Costumes start coming to the door, I bring my Rottie mix (on leash) to the door with me. He’s as mellow as can be, but he *is* 85 pounds.

    One girl took a single glance at him and, I swear, teleported back 15 feet.

    I told her “Like his costume? He’s really a Chihuahua.”

  55. michellemybelle says:

    I love pugs, I love pugs in costumes, but it’s the fact that the pug is in a costume on a terlet that does it for me.

  56. EXCELLENT policy, suda nim!

    My sister deals with the Inappropriately Trick-Or-Treating Teenagers by collecting a supply of fast-food condiment packets (ketchup, mustard, salsa, etc.) and distributing THEM rather than candy to the Inappropriates.

  57. Ee..! Okay, I’m sorry – I don’t find pugs cute. But the costume, combined with the expression – that kills me. ^^
    “What’d I do to deserve this?!” Heh. Poor puggy. err.. puppy? um .. oh, nevermind. Pass the pudding?

  58. AuntieMame says:

    We had a guy come trick or treating one year who was, I swear, at least 25 years old.

    And another year when I was dogsitting over halloween, I had to stop letting the kids pick their own candy out of the bowl when the greedy little b*st*rds kept snatching handfuls of the stuff.

    (And these were not poor kids from the ‘hood. These were wealthy, suburban kids. So they had no we-never-get-candy-any-other-time excuse.)

    Don’t parents teach their kids manners these days?

  59. Heh..I’ll be Crazy Cat Lady for Canada…love that idea!

  60. karen (with a small k) says:

    Isn’t he just the cutest!

  61. karen (with a small k) says:

    had a man come to the house one year, trick or treating for beer.

  62. snoopysnake says:

    Awwww! I’d buy lots of doggie treats for this little cutie if he lived in my neighborhood. I think all the human cowboys should wear pug dog costumes for Halloween!

  63. It’s been on CO before, but it cries out for an encore with Halloween coming up:

  64. suda nim – Bwahahahaha.

    AuntieMame – I’m 24 and I still go trick-or-treating. It’s not for the sake of the candy, though, although that’s nice too. I just lurrrrrve costumery. This year I’m going as the Triple Goddess, with emphasis on her aspects as the Moon and the Fates; I’ve made my own spindle and I have a tape measure and scissors and I’ll have someone do makeup to make me look three different ages across my face and I’m making a moon to collect candy in out of a hamsterball. I may also represent the Graces, if I can find any #%@^ myrtle.

    Last year I was Princess Fiona, including wig with ears, green body paint, a homemade dress mostly by my mom (which was NOT any of the dresses from the movies but matched the general pattern; indeed, it is a nice brown and looks like something she might wear to a harvest festival), a foam-rubber nose-enhancement a friend sculpted for me, and a crown I cut out of sheet metal. People were congratulating me on my costume from passing CARS. Year before that I was Alice Cooper.

  65. I LOVE the Crazy Cat Lady costume idea! I have two parties to go to on Halloween. I volunteer to be the Mid-Atlantic region Crazy Cat Lady.

    By the way, think the pug is cute. I don’t choose to dress animals in clothes (they always look embarrassed), but to each her own.

  66. kind of ugly, actually…this should definitely not be on the front page.

  67. Martha in Washington says:

    I tried a little witchie hat with green pigtails on it on my black lab mix at the pet store the other day. Other dogs were looking at her and laughing (you can just tell when other dogs are laughing at you) and she was all “Mooommm! Why are they laughing at me?!” Her usual coastumr is a little Halloweenie bandana.

  68. Martha in Washington says:

    um…costume. Forgot to proof-read.

  69. I made a ballerina skirt for our little terrier when I was kid. I’d put it on her and then she would dance begging for treatskies. She was sweet.

  70. AuntieMame says:

    What would a Nuff costume look like…

  71. Some of the college kids on our street last year went around in costume, reverse trick-or-treating.
    Come to the door, they give you candy.

  72. AuntieMame says:

    VaCKo, this guy had no costume at all, unless his costume was his own ratty street clothes.

  73. Dunno, Mame, but I’m pretty sure it would be too tight.

  74. BrokeBack Mama rides again. That is is someone lifts her off the stool.

  75. AuntieMame says:

    “Dunno, Mame, but I’m pretty sure it would be too tight.”

    And bunchy in the nether regions…

  76. Yea, Aubrey – tight, tucked in, and twitching.

  77. “Some of the college kids on our street last year went around in costume, reverse trick-or-treating.
    Come to the door, they give you candy.”

    Wow, EXCELLENT conceptual humor, laouwolf! I’m gonna have to remember this…

  78. Brak_Silverbone says:

    That looks like one pissed-off little pug to me!

    One time my best friend and I dressed our toy poodle as a Klingon and took him to a sci-fi convention. He won a prize in the costume contest.

  79. Yep, yep: Twisted Knickers

  80. “What would a Nuff costume look like…”

    AuntieM, you must have missed

  81. Brak_Silverbone says:

    A co-worker of mine deals with the rattily-dressed high-school kids by cooing, “Oh, what a CUTE Welfare Crack Baby costume!!”

  82. brownamazon says:

    There’s an excellent article in Jane this month about how women’s Halloween costumes usually end up consisting of adding a bra and fishnets to x: slutty waitress, slutty French maid, slutty schoolgirl, slutty nurse, etc. (It’s so true, guilty as charged). So the author decided to go to a party one year in a full-on dear mascot costume, with a giant head and everything. She said she got hit on way more by both sexes, because nobody knew what was under that head…

  83. brownamazon says:

    D’oh–that should read “deer” mascot.

  84. brownA, imagination is a powerful aphroD!

  85. Methinks this Ninja Squirrel has the right idea–now all I gotta do is figure out how to Photoshop a ninja costume onto a squirming rabbit…hm…

  86. J.Bo-
    I almost snorted my wine when I read about your solution for inappropriately aged trick-or-treaters. That’s just classic. I think I’m going to have to steal the idea.

  87. Snorting wine? Quite a concept…

  88. tabbycat917 says:

    that’s abosolutey one of the cutest babies i’ve ever seen!!!!!

  89. I’d take credit, Kristie, but it’s my sister’s idea… and feel free to steal it! She collects condiment and salt and pepper packets all year– I gather them for her, too, ’cause none of us in our family is much on fast food, so we’ve got to pool the scarce resources…

  90. [snurf]
    me going to bed…[snurf]
    no more peeps.
    me lonely now…going to bed.
    miss ma peeps.

    Self-pity is better than none at all.

  91. Stephanie says:

    hehe, so adorable! My mom has a Pommeranian(sp?) any cute costume suggestions for him?

  92. michellemybelle says:

    With the Canadian representative, Crazy Cat Ladies have gone international!

  93. TwinklyTerrapin says:

    Speaking of well-attired canines, check this out! Gilbert and Sullivan, a bulldog in a spiffy blazer, a puppy pianist, and…stoats!

  94. I also love the “reverse trick-or-treating.” Those college kids are such scamps.

    One year, in the 1960mumbles when I was a kid, my sister had something dire (I think it was scarlet fever) during Halloween. So I carried two bags and said one was for my sister who was sick. And everyone gave to both bags.

    Ah, more innocent times. I didn’t even dip into it before I gave it to her.

    Actually, my house now is on a very busy street in a neighborhood with few kids, so I don’t get many trick-or-treaters, appropriate or otherwise. Which is a shame, because I love the holiday and love dressing up to answer the door. But it’s hardly worth it. I don’t even end up handing out a full bag of candy. Instead, I went to a party store a few years ago and bought a bag of plastic Halloween jewelry (bat rings, eg), and I hand those out instead. I’ve had it for 10 years and haven’t run out yet.

    Poor, poor me.

  95. Has JP gone to bed? I have something (takes kitteh from behind back, holds it high) that just might cure that self-pity-ness.

    JP? Anyone else? (takes a hit) This one’s especially floofy. This is no ten cent tab, I’ll tell you what.

    Suda nim, I LOVE plastic jewelry! And I always loved to dress up – when I was nine, I went trick or treating dressed up as a bumblebee (I still have the costume – can’t throw it away).

    At one house, a lady opened the door and was so entranced that she asked me to come in so her husband can see me. Can you imagine doing that today?

  96. Aubrey: Don’t you mean “This is no ten cent tabby?”

  97. Yes.

    I’ve erred.

    Can I still stay, please?

  98. Depends. Is it marmalade?

  99. Twinkly Terrapin – I LOVE The Pirates of Penzance. That was the most adorable lab pup playing the piano, too.

  100. Peg of Tilling says:

    Last Halloween a kid in a Scream mask appeared at the door and scared my cat into the next room–he wasn’t trying to be mean or anything, he just loomed up in the window and the cat became a streak of fur heading for under-the-bed, poor baby.

  101. Oh, suda, OF COURSE it is… (starts lookiing for paint box).

  102. ***huuuuufffffff***

    WAIT a minute. Why is my nose wet?

  103. Denise in Nebraska says:

    Now before ya’ll try this at home, make sure you cut the price tag off so that dudes, “little wranglers” and other mooshed-face creatures such as yourself don’t know you raided the costume aisle at Walmart! (See tag to the left of pup’s right ear!) Cute!!! Break out the candy, somebody! (opens mouth—again.)

  104. Aubreeeeeeeeeeeyyyy?

  105. I was checking out the Prince, one post forward.

    Your nose looks a little odd – did you know that?

  106. [poking in empty floof nest]

  107. Aubrey, I *love* your bumblebee story. If you tell what kind of plastic jewelry you like/want (vintage, it goes without saying), I’ll keep an eye out East Coast wise. Prolly lots cheaper than LA.

  108. My dogs don’t know what they’re wearing for Halloween, but I do…..

  109. This is the ugliest cute pup I’ve ever seen. He is my desktop pic!

  110. OK, I was going to ‘dress up’ for Halloween (ie, wear evening dress – actually a burgundy silk with silver embroidery I’m making for a fancy party on the 21st at my friend-of-the-male-persuasion’s alma mater. The school colors are burgundy and grey; we’ll see if anybody notices… 😎

    However, I’ll take on the West Coast Crazy Cat Lady assignment. I’m in LA during the day, about 2 miles from the ocean. I am a CCCP (Certified Crazy Cat Person, not the old Soviet Union 😉 already, so it should be easy.

    Thanks for the idea!

  111. Oh Man. Pity we don’t do Halloween here …

  112. I’ll do the Northern California crazy cat lady!

  113. Emc^2:

    I can be the West Coast Crazy Cat Lady Section 8 (Crazy Cat Lady Who Has No Cats), if that’s OK.


    Thank you! Don’t trouble, but since you ask…well, I DO demand bright colors in my jewelry; just sayin’…

  114. Hahaha! Question: (said like Dwight Shrute from The Office): is that a joke, or does 4+25 really equal 31 in our wonderful C.O. editor’s world? Or! Maybe, did they move Hallowe’en this year and i didn’t know about it!? DAGNABBIT YOU CALENDAR FOLK!

  115. AuntieMame says:

    It’s that fancy-pants new math the schoolmarm’s been teachin’ them kids down at the school house.

  116. Meg is our Calendar Girl, and what she says, goes!

    Mame: memtioning the Awful Math has brought back many traumatic school memories. I need some quiet time, now.

  117. Teughcats says:

    Don’t know if anyone is still reading but one other “treat” for inappropriately dressed teenage trick-or-treaters is to carefully drop an ice cube in their bag. If you hold your hand just right they can’t see what you drop in and then it just melts away…

  118. Just to let the Crazy Cat Lady Brigade in on something funny – Michellemybelle’s Halloween invite here in PHX is to the home of people I know. And will be attended by even more people I know. I won’t be able to get away with pretending to be her – but I’ll say I’m there as her proxy anyway! That’s if I make it over there – possibility of multiple ex-boyfriend sightings. Eep!

  119. I’m gonna be a pirate. Oh, was that a rhetorical question?

  120. michellemybelle says:

    It looks like we need Crazy Cat Lady representatives for New England, Pacific Northwest, and the South – any takers?

    I think that Crazy Cat Gentlemen would also be acceptable, should we have any interest from the menfolk.

  121. My boyfriend and I are going as Calvin and Hobbes, respectively. I even get to wear my tiger costume to work, which should be pretty amusing.

  122. bees on pie says:

    suda nim, I’m late to this so you probably won’t read it, but we had the same situation in my family when I was a kid.

    I was nine and had the chickenpox (ack!), so my little six-year-old brother went around with two bags and said one was for his sick big sister. I got just as much candy as he did!

  123. this is nice,
    I like those pictures,
    it is just great!