The annual Essex County Strut Your Mutt Canine Costume Parade and Contest at Brookdale Dog Park took place on Saturday, October 24, and several locals and their costumed canines won.
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.
The complete list of award winners are:
- First place: Joe Kavesh from Montclair, his pet Vader and several friends who dressed as the Joker and other villains from Batman.
- Second place: Jean Dabrowski and her family from Montclair and their pet who dressed as characters from “Star Wars.”
- Third place: Fanny Chin from Bloomfield who dressed as a Kikkoman soy sauce bottle and her pets Lexi, Gyro and Shadow who dressed as sushi rolls.
Best in Show: Vanessa Montesano from Clifton and her pet Lunchbox who was dressed as a smart shopper and pushed a shopping cart.
- First place: Jai Lee Wexler from Clifton who was dressed as Maleficent and her pet Chanel who was dressed as Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty.”
- Second place: Lauren Zodel from Montclair and her pet Frankie who was dressed as a crocodile.
- Third place: Noreen Fitzsimons from Nutley and her pet Bailey who was dressed as a spider.
Most Creative Costume:
- First place: Regina Mahon from Bayonne and her pet Gizmo who was dressed as a sheriff riding a horse.
- Second place: Marijoy Tibay from Montclair and her pet Lucy who was dressed as a rainbow fish.
- Third place: Dana Borzomati from Montclair and her pet Abby who was dressed as Batman and rode in a motorized Batmobile.
(Photos: Glen Frieson)