Dogs and their owners took home prizes in the annual Essex County Strut Your Mutt Canine Costume Parades and Contests last Sunday at Brookdale Park in Montclair/Bloomfield.
Strut Your Mutt is the County’s annual Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest. 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.
And the awards go to:
Best in Show: Cindy Briney from Bloomfield along with Aiden, Eleanor, Meyvi and Nathan Gorey and their dogs Savannah and Molly, who were dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland.
Cutest Costume: First place: Bethany and Dan Chachkey from Fairlawn and their dog Penny who were dressed as a Monkey and Banana. Second place: Lauren and Christopher Kowalski from Bloomfield and their dogs Ernie and Gino who were dressed as a chef and lobsters. Third place: Hailey Root from West Caldwell and her dog Casey who was dressed as a triceratops.
Most Creative Costume: First place: Lauren Zodel from Montclair and her dog Frankie who was dressed as a rooster. Second place: Vanessa Montesano from Clifton and her dog Lunchbox, who was dressed as Miss America. Third place: Regina Mahon from Bayonne and her dog Gizmo, who was dressed as a Steampunk Yorkie.
Group Costume: First place: Paula Greco and Joe DiVincenzo from West Caldwell and their dogs Bernie and Brutus, who were dressed as characters from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Second place: Pat, Irma and Eleanor Brainard from West Orange and their dog Zoey who were dressed as characters from Ghostbusters. Third place: Jean Dabrowski from Montclair and her dog Jimmy, who were dressed as a pirate and parrot.