All through the month of October, the city of Chicago hosts Chicagoween.
It's a series of events that includes a farmer's market, pumpkin carving, mask painting, parades, acrobatic shows, a haunted house and pyrotechnic dancers. This is what the acrobats look like:Spooky! On Saturday the children's costume parade was scheduled and Big Pupi and I strapped on our outifts to join in on the fun down at the "Franken Plaza." Our costumes were a hit!
There were LOADS of human puppies dressed up as skeletons, and there was even one pup in a skunk costume! We got our pictures taken with lots of kids and there was TONS of attention and head skritches coming our way. It was awesome!
The best part of the whole event for Big Pupi was the delicious smell of the sausage stand, and it was difficult (impossible!) getting his attention and stopping his nose from the constant SNIFFING SNIFFING. Mini-humans would come to pet him and he wouldn't even notice! The fact that there were hay rides being pulled by great big horses didn't help either. Pupi isn't fond of horses and goes nutty whenever he can smell them... which is often when you live downtown, surprisingly. Silly humans love their romantic carriage rides! This is what Pupi looked like the whole time, keeping an eagle-eye on that sausage feasting stand:
The acrobats started their show a few minutes after we arrived at the Plaza, and the BOOM BOOM of their music and high climbing and tumbling was just about all I could take. I joined their music with some screaming and whining of my own and got totally stressed to the max. I began barking at humans and their puppies and moments after that Naughty Boy-ness I was removed from the party. Not a single sausage found its way into my mouth! Not fair! At least I managed to give a little girl a huge slobbery Stanislaw smooch right on the cheek before leaving, and a little male human puppy let me lick the sugary stickiness off his tiny human hands. Tasty!
Our people weren't able to get any good photos of us because they were so busy trying to calm me down and keep me quiet, and they were constantly plucking half eaten chocolate candies from Pupi's and my mouths. We found them! We hunted those Reese's down! I deserve to feast on it! Arg! Again - so not fair.
As we were making our exit, we passed a super awesome Westie dog dressed as a bumble bee. I had to give her a couple really good sniffs to make sure she was, in fact, a dog and after a few impromptu play bows we were on our way. While waiting at a red light, while I was shrieking and drawing all sorts of attention to myself, a very nice mail lady with a bag filled to the brim with fresh shreddable materials showed my humans her cell phone with a photo of her black cocker spaniel on it! Ah yes. We spaniels are everywhere. We shall soon rule the world!
But first I've got to get this dang skunk costume off me...