Thursday, October 31, 2013

CAT FRIDAY: Results of the Halloween Cats Photo Contest

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Several weeks ago, on a whim, we thought it would be fun to have a Cat Friday photo contest of cats wearing Halloween costumes. The Internet has clearly proven there's little else that people love more than silly cat photos, and what's more silly than a cat wearing a Halloween costume? We figured we would get maybe — maybe — five or so submissions, because frankly, putting a cat into a costume is a lot of work. Most people give up at the first scratch, as they probably should, and most cats will hate the experience so much you'll never get a good photo. (Note: We did not encourage anyone to force their cat to wear a costume.)

As the days after announcing the contest went on, we were delighted by the submissions we received, and then absolutely surprised. Either by a chance Google search for "cat halloween costume photo contest" or some other act of fate, people from all over the U.S. submitted photos of their cats in cute costumes. In the end, around half of the submissions were from outside the Inland Northwest. That alone made it hard for us to pick a "favorite" or a winner, and really, let's be honest: ALL of these cats deserve recognition for their efforts. So, we decided to feature all of the submissions here for everyone to enjoy, as we did so much. There is a small catch, though. We will feature one "winner" in a special Cat Friday ad in an upcoming print edition of the Inlander. There was no plan for a prize at first, since we doubted we'd receive more than a few submissions at all. Next year, though, we'll plan to have some exciting treats in store.

So, without further delay, we present the amazing submissions in this year's Inlander Cat Friday "Halloween Cats Photo Contest." Thank you to everyone who participated! We'll notify our "winner," to be featured in an upcoming print edition of the Inlander, via email.

click to enlarge Harley the "Bat Cat" from Howard, Penn. Submitted by Beth and Colleen.
  • Harley the "Bat Cat" from Howard, Penn. Submitted by Beth and Colleen.

click to enlarge Leaper the vampire kitty, a Siamese and Abyssinian mix from Columbia, Penn., submitted by PJ.
  • Leaper the vampire kitty, a Siamese and Abyssinian mix from Columbia, Penn., submitted by PJ.

click to enlarge Peaches the cowgirl (cow-cat?), from Spokane, submitted by Holly Prosser.
  • Peaches the cowgirl (cow-cat?), from Spokane, submitted by Holly Prosser.

click to enlarge Bali the kitty-shark, from Denver, Colo. Submitted by Christel.
  • Bali the kitty-shark, from Denver, Colo. Submitted by Christel.

click to enlarge Polly, a nine-month-old "Dracula" kitten from Atlanta, Ga. Submitted by Kristie Feltner.
  • Polly, a nine-month-old "Dracula" kitten from Atlanta, Ga. Submitted by Kristie Feltner.

click to enlarge Maddie, a cute "old witch," from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Will.
  • Maddie, a cute "old witch," from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Will.

click to enlarge Claire the Maine Coon, from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Mary Charbonneau.
  • Claire the Maine Coon, from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Mary Charbonneau.

click to enlarge Pancakes the hotdog, from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Carrie Paine.
  • Pancakes the hotdog, from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Carrie Paine.

click to enlarge Peppermint Patty in a monster hat, from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Melanie Fiegl.
  • Peppermint Patty in a monster hat, from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Melanie Fiegl.

click to enlarge Kanga, the 15-year-old Himalayan, from Spokane. Submitted by Katrina.
  • Kanga, the 15-year-old Himalayan, from Spokane. Submitted by Katrina.

click to enlarge Quila the shark-cat, from Spokane. Submitted by Jessica Leach.
  • Quila the shark-cat, from Spokane. Submitted by Jessica Leach.

click to enlarge Beatrix, another local shark cat, from Spokane. Submitted by Melissa.
  • Beatrix, another local shark cat, from Spokane. Submitted by Melissa.

click to enlarge Geo the lobster, from Philadelphia. Submitted by Rachel.
  • Geo the lobster, from Philadelphia. Submitted by Rachel.

click to enlarge Geo's sister, Gracie the ladybug-cat, also from Philadelphia. Submitted by Rachel.
  • Geo's sister, Gracie the ladybug-cat, also from Philadelphia. Submitted by Rachel.

click to enlarge Monkey, another cute witch, from Long Beach, Calif. Submitted by Courtney.
  • Monkey, another cute witch, from Long Beach, Calif. Submitted by Courtney.

click to enlarge "Her Royal Highness" Drama, from Morris Plains, NJ. Submitted by Laura Bean.
  • "Her Royal Highness" Drama, from Morris Plains, NJ. Submitted by Laura Bean.

click to enlarge Jinxy, who is Halloween cat enough without a costume, her owner says, from Columbus, Indiana.
  • Jinxy, who is Halloween cat enough without a costume, her owner says, from Columbus, Indiana.

click to enlarge Nathan the cowboy cat, from Spokane Valley. Submitted by Amanda.
  • Nathan the cowboy cat, from Spokane Valley. Submitted by Amanda.


click to enlarge Daisy, another adorable witch kitty, and Nathan's brother, from Spokane Valley.
  • Daisy, another adorable witch kitty, and Nathan's brother, from Spokane Valley.

click to enlarge Jitters, a cat dressed as a "crazy cat lady," from Torrance, Calif. Submitted by Leah Workman.
  • Jitters, a cat dressed as a "crazy cat lady," from Torrance, Calif. Submitted by Leah Workman.

click to enlarge Justus, a dapper Scottish cat, also from Torrance, Calif.
  • Justus, a dapper Scottish cat, also from Torrance, Calif.


click to enlarge Melvin the witch, from Pittsburgh, Penn. Submitted by Abby.
  • Melvin the witch, from Pittsburgh, Penn. Submitted by Abby.

UPDATE (Editor's note: We missed this submission because it landed in the spam folder, but it did make our contest deadline so we're adding it to the blog now.)

click to enlarge Sam, an alumni of SpokAnimal, looked adorable this Halloween. From Spokane, submitted by Sallie Sears.
  • Sam, an alumni of SpokAnimal, looked adorable this Halloween. From Spokane, submitted by Sallie Sears.

Happy Meow-loween!


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