Friday, October 31, 2014

CAT FRIDAY: Results of the 2014 Halloween Cats Photo Contest

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 1:15 PM

It's here! Happy Meow-loween, everyone!

This year's Cat Friday Halloween Cats Photo contest received many amazingly adorable entries. As with last year, we're sharing all the submissions in today's post. But to reward our participants for their efforts — getting a cat to wear a costume and politely pose for a photo isn't easy — we're giving away a $20 gift card to one winner. Since we're a Spokane-based paper, we thought it appropriate to choose a gift card to a locally owned business catering to pets, and to a resident in our readership area. We intentionally left the rules pretty fuzzy at the beginning of the contest this year, because as with last year — who knew how many submissions we'd actually get? Surprisingly, the contest again received many entries from way outside of the Inland Northwest, which is pretty awesome.

This isn't to say we didn't appreciate all the out-of-town submissions. Considering the success of this contest for two years in a row, we're already planning to up the ante next year and get some better prizes lined up. It seems dressing up pets for Halloween has become just as big of a deal as dressing your kids or yourself. The proof is in the results of this little contest, and others hosted by major cat culture sites like Catster

And now, the costumed kitties!

click to enlarge Gwen the Ewok, from Olympia, Wash. Submitted by Anna E.
  • Gwen the Ewok, from Olympia, Wash. Submitted by Anna E.

click to enlarge Tom, aka the "Burger King," from Georgetown, Delaware. Submitted by Ai K.
  • Tom, aka the "Burger King," from Georgetown, Delaware. Submitted by Ai K.

Morris dressed as a dapper Scottishman. He's from Orlando, Florida, and his photo was submitted by Clare D.
  • Morris dressed as a dapper Scottishman. He's from Orlando, Florida, and his photo was submitted by Clare D.

click to enlarge Teddy the elf, from Lake Elsinore, California. Submitted by Jennifer S.
  • Teddy the elf, from Lake Elsinore, California. Submitted by Jennifer S.

Bubbles the fairy, from Henrico, Virginia. Submitted by Beth W.
  • Bubbles the fairy, from Henrico, Virginia. Submitted by Beth W.

click to enlarge Sylvie the elf (with a slice of pie), from Olympia, Wash. Submitted by Stephanie S.
  • Sylvie the elf (with a slice of pie), from Olympia, Wash. Submitted by Stephanie S.

click to enlarge Maddie, the 1,000-year-old sorceress cat, from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Will H.
  • Maddie, the 1,000-year-old sorceress cat, from Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Will H.

click to enlarge Poseidon, from Walled Lake, Michigan, dressed up as a Hawaiian hula cat. Submitted by Michelle B.
  • Poseidon, from Walled Lake, Michigan, dressed up as a Hawaiian hula cat. Submitted by Michelle B.

click to enlarge Leaper, from Columbia, Pennsylvania (who also entered last year!) dressed up in his dinner tux this year. Submitted by PJ L.
  • Leaper, from Columbia, Pennsylvania (who also entered last year!) dressed up in his dinner tux this year. Submitted by PJ L.

click to enlarge Ash, of Spokane, didn't dress up, but is still very festive as he "contemplates mortality and the absurdity of existence." Submitted by Jennifer L.
  • Ash, of Spokane, didn't dress up, but is still very festive as he "contemplates mortality and the absurdity of existence." Submitted by Jennifer L.

click to enlarge Timmy, of Spokane, dressed up as Danny Zuko from Grease. Submitted by Jessica L.
  • Timmy, of Spokane, dressed up as Danny Zuko from Grease. Submitted by Jessica L.

Blinky, from New York City, is a flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz. Submitted by Isis K.
  • Blinky, from New York City, is a flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz. Submitted by Isis K.

Thunder, of Spokane, channeled Yoda this year. Submitted by Raevyn W., an Inlander staffer.
  • Thunder, of Spokane, channeled Yoda this year. Submitted by Raevyn W., an Inlander staffer.

click to enlarge Abby the giraffe, from Spokane. Submitted by Bruce D., an Inlander staffer.
  • Abby the giraffe, from Spokane. Submitted by Bruce D., an Inlander staffer.

Samwise as Yoda ("Kill you for this, I will."), from Spokane. Submitted by Ali B., also an Inlander staffer.
  • Samwise as Yoda ("Kill you for this, I will."), from Spokane. Submitted by Ali B., also an Inlander staffer.

And now, announcing the winner of this year's Cat Friday Halloween Cats photo contest, Oliver the Cat-osaurus Rex, from Spokane! Congratulations to Oliver and his owner, Chelsey. Please email me (cheys@inlander.com) with your top three favorite Inland Northwest pet supply stores, and we'll do our best to get you a $20 gift card to one of them.

Oliver, of Spokane, is a cat-osaurus rex. Submitted by Chelsey J.
  • Oliver, of Spokane, is a cat-osaurus rex. Submitted by Chelsey J.

Thank you to ALL cats who entered this year. We hope readers enjoy this year's line-up of fabulously costumed kitties. As a disclosure, Inlander staffers who entered did not qualify for the prize. For ethical reasons, we also did not include submissions by those who personally know this writer in the final contestant pool.

How can we make next year's contest even better? Please send us your suggestions or leave them in the comments. Also, remember to keep your cats indoors and safe tonight as festivities take place around your neighborhood!


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