If it's almost Halloween, it means it's time for pups to wear costumes with pride (and maybe a little adorable shame) for the 16th Annual Great PUPkin, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday, October 26th) at Fort Greene Park. Registration, which has a $5 donation, starts at 11 a.m.

Last year, I had the pleasure of being one of the Great PUPkin judges, and here are some of my observations from the experience:

Not all dog costumes are created equal:

Store-bought costumes are fine, but when you see them at a dog costume contest, they don't really compare to someone's recreation of the Up house —complete with helium balloons—worn by an adorable pitbull. Then he had a friend dressed as Carl! Then there was a dog dressed as a topiary—and his humans were a cheerleader and Edward Scissorhands!

You don't even really need a costume: I loved the dog whose owner used make-up to make her pup look like Frankenstein, really, Frankenweenie.

I love props! It helps to have a huge "Neverending Story" book to accompany your Falcor dog.

I love puns! No, it's not Doctor Who—it's Doctor Boo! There was also Pup Francis, the People's Pup.

Humiliating the humans means points: To the dude who went shirtless as he carried his luau pu-pu platter dog, God bless you. To the dude dressed as a sheriff and let his Bob Marley dog "shoot" him so he fell on the ground, good work! To the lady who wore an insane Sharknado contraption on her body, that's definitely part of why we gave you first place. (Also, your partner's arm was missing and the "sharks"/dogs had bloody limbs in their mouths.)

Timeliness counts: There were Banksy and government shutdown dogs. However, I was disappointed by the lack of CitiBike dogs (CitiBark?).

Bribes for the judges are appreciated. That meth from the Barking Bad crew was great.

For timeliness, we expect some dogs in hazmat suits—or at least some brave Secret Service dogs.