Essex County invites residents to take out their four-legged friends, dressed in Halloween's best, to compete in this year's "Strut Your Mutt" contest.
The county scheduled two parades for this year's Annual Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The first is at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair with registration at 9:15 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m.
The second is set for South Mountain Dog Park in Maplewood/Millburn. Registration starts at 1:15 p.m. and the parade at 2 p.m.
"Whether you own a dog or not, we invite you to come see creative costumes worn by dogs of all breeds,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. said.
Participation is free for residents to dress up their pooch as bat dog, ninja dog or in any creative custome to compete.
Prizes will be award to various categories. In last year's parade, prizes were awarded to pets and their owners for the most creative, the scariest and the best pet/owner costume duo.
Rain date is the following Saturday, Oct. 27. For more information, please call 973-239-2485.