Here Are Our Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

Without further ado, here are all the winners of our 2018 Halloween costume contest! We’re giving away more than $2,700 in prizes.

We look forward to our Halloween costume contest all year, and once again we’re excited to announce the winners of this year’s contest.

Without further ado, here’s the winners’ list:

Grand Prize Winner

(Chosen by a Petful judging panel)

Layla as Chucky

dog dressed as Chucky
Layla the pug as Chucky, and her human Casey Howard as the hapless victim.

“Hi, I’m Layla, wanna play? We could be friends forever!”

This year’s Grand Prize winner — a senior pug dressed as a pint-sized serial killer — stunned the contest judges right from the start.

Yes, all that fake blood is a bit on the gory side, “but you can’t beat the graphics, lighting, layout and creativity,” says Kristine Lacoste, Petful editor in chief.

The Grand Prize includes:

  • $1,000 donation from Petful to the registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue or shelter of the winner’s choice
  • $100 cash prize from Petful for the winner to spend on whatever she wants
  • A high-quality 20″ x 30″ x 1.5″ canvas of one of her pet photos from CanvasHQ (U.S. winner only; valued at $136.95)
  • A gift certificate for a one-of-a-kind, 5″ x 7″ custom pet portrait from Go Gray Artwork ($42.49 value)

The Grand Prize winner was chosen by an official 5-member Petful judging panel. “It was incredibly tough to choose just one Grand Prize winner when we had nearly 100 outstanding entries,” says Dave Baker, publisher of Petful.

“We chose ‘Layla as Chucky’ as our Grand Prize winner because everything seemed to come together: a classic Halloween theme, crazily creative costumes, perfect composition, an amazingly realistic scene and lighting, and a cheeky sense of humor,” he says.

Casey Howard, who submitted the photo — and is the hapless victim that “Chucky” has conquered — tells us she’s “so excited” to be named the Grand Prize winner, and she already knows she’s directing her $1,000 donation to the Idaho Humane Society.

Howard lives in Boise with her boyfriend, Jeff, and Layla. When she got Layla 9 years ago, “she fit in my palm,” Howard remembers.

All 3 of them are huge horror-movie buffs. “My parents make fun of me to this day about how much I love Halloween,” Howard says. “It’s my Christmas. And, even better … Layla’s birthday is on Halloween!”

“Every year, we celebrate her birthday on Halloween by getting some type of a costume for her,” Howard says. Last year, though, her boyfriend suggested they take it to the next level: “I got her a Freddy Krueger costume and actually staged a scene,” she says.

She adds, “We already have the next two years planned — that’s how we roll here!”

Howard says the Chucky photo shoot took about an hour. “Layla’s the best model you could ask for,” she says. “You place her in the position you want, and her facial expression does the rest.”

People’s Choice Awards

(Chosen by voting on Facebook)

Dogs Category: Princess AVA Bisou as the Good Witch

This photo from Sonnie Bryant received 504 votes in Facebook voting, earning it the People’s Choice Award in the Dogs category.

People’s Choice Award winner in the Dogs category gets:

  • $275 donation to the registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue or shelter of the winner’s choice
  • A high-quality 20″ x 30″ x 1.5″ canvas of one of her pet photos from CanvasHQ — Want one? Go to their website and use code “petful” at checkout for 35% off!
  • A package of goodies for her dog courtesy of Chewy.com — Where Pet Lovers Shop

Cats Category: Callie as Christo-fur Cat-lumbus

This photo from Paige Magelky received 104 votes in Facebook voting, earning it the People’s Choice Award in the Cats category.

People’s Choice Award winner in the Cats category gets:

  • $275 donation to the registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue or shelter of the winner’s choice
  • A high-quality 20″ x 30″ x 1.5″ canvas of one of her pet photos from CanvasHQ — Want one? Go to their website and use code “petful” at checkout for 35% off!
  • A package of goodies for her cat courtesy of Petful

Other Pets: Summer the horse as Tow Mater from Cars

This photo from Chrissy Kuhen won the People’s Choice Award in the Other Pets category.

People’s Choice Award winner in the Other Pets category gets:

  • $275 donation to the registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue or shelter of the winner’s choice
  • A high-quality 20″ x 30″ x 1.5″ canvas of one of her pet photos from CanvasHQ — Want one? Go to their website and use code “petful” at checkout for 35% off!
  • A package of goodies for her horse courtesy of Petful

Random Prizes

  • The following contest entrants were chosen at random to receive plush spiked collars from SPIKED! by P.L.A.Y: Mallory Huff, Stacey Price, Claudia Stacey, Melanie Holly and Beth Albone. (We have contacted you by email.) These novelty collars are great for dogs, cats or other pets, and they are safe, fun, comfy, warm, lightweight and fuzzy. Want one of these collars now? Go to their website and use code PETFUL for 20% off!

To view all of our entrant photos, see the app on our Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who participated in and spread the word about our Halloween contest this year!

We’d also like to give a HUGE shoutout to our contest sponsors this year: Chewy.com, CanvasHQ, Go Gray Artwork and SPIKED! by P.L.A.Y.’s Biff the Dog. Please visit them and give them some love!

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