Not everyone enjoys the scarier side of Halloween. For those who are more Chip-n-Dale enthusiasts than vampires of the night, there is a place for you. FurFright, which takes place in Cromwell, Connecticut, is a Halloween extravaganza for “furries”. Furries are humans with an animal alter ego that don’t mind being in a large, furry suit. While there is plenty of fun to be had, the event is also a fundraiser for a number of animal related charities, particularly no-kill shelters.
Furries from all over come to FurFright as their favorite critter, real or cartoon. The purpose is to have fun, meet other furries and help raise money for a number of good causes protecting animals. Non-furries are also
welcomed. The only requirement is a valid, current photo ID to enter. For the record, it must be a photo in human form.
The creators of this event meant it when they said, “We want this to be the best damn furry Halloween party this side of the nuthouse. Silliness ensues from the moment of entry. There are free photo shoots, movie events, a Saturday morning cartoon/cereal party (this can be attended in pajamas, regular clothing or a fur suit of your choice), trick or treating is held on site, a furry dance, a dead dog party which is not really dead dogs but their furry counterparts dressed as dead dogs (the creepier side of the weekend) a dealer’s dungeon where many collectibles and artwork is available with all proceeds going to the animal charities and the fur suit games are only a small part of the entertainment available.
Draw or Die is an artist challenge, which puts artists and audience together. Disturbing themes are suggested and discussed. The artists then take these thoughts and make even more disturbing artwork then made available to attendees. A “Franken Fursuit” contest locks teams in a room for a set amount of time with a pile of material to build a fursuit that will then be judged. Winners receive some fur-related oddity. The convention would not be complete without a costume contest. Furries and non-furries, alike, are welcome to take part.
The experience is rounded out with a masquerade show created and performed by furry attendees which is promised to make you say, “Wow! That didn’t suck!” A dance competition, charity auction and raffle complete the exhausting array of activities.