The Annual Essex County Strut Your Mutt Canine Costume Parade and Contest was held Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Essex County Brookdale Dog Park, which is in Bloomfield and Montclair.
“Our dog parks have become popular places for dog owners to bring their pets, and our Canine Halloween Costume Parades are another opportunity for the public to enjoy our historic Park System,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. said.
“I am always amazed and impressed with the creativity of the costumes. Congratulations to the winners,” he added.
Dog owners were invited to display their creativity and dress their canine pets in costumes. The parade was free and prizes were awarded to the winners in each category.
Award winners at the Essex County Brookdale Dog Park Contest are as follows:
• Best in Show: Gabriella and Yvet Crocco, Jessica, Franklin and Troy Tapia and from Little Falls and their dogs Layla, Luigi and Lily, who were dressed as characters from the “Despicable Me” movies.
• Cutest Costume: First place: Maggy Tung from Bloomfield and her dog Remi, who were dressed as bees and beekeepers. Second place: Cristina Ofrancia from Bloomfield and her dog Frisky, who was dressed as Chuckie. Third place: The Osborne family from Montclair and their dog Willow, who were dressed as a scuba diver and dive team.
• Most Creative Costume: First place: Lauren Zodel from Montclair and her dog Frankie, who was dressed as a dragon. Second place: Lisa and Tom Schmidberger from Bedminster and their dog Jack, who were dressed as characters from “Pinocchio.” Third place: Lynn Consovoy and Blake Tramel from Paramus and their dog Avery Finn, who were dressed as the Orient Express.
• Group costume: First place: Kristen Graham from Hawthorne and her dogs Sadie, Ollie, Benji and Rinny were dressed as Super Mario Brothers characters. Second place: The Francisco family from Somerset and their dog Rocket, who was dressed as characters from “Loki.” Third place: The Colombo family from Carlstadt and their dog Scrubby, who were dressed as spotted lanternflies.