If I put a costume on my dog, he would tear it off and rip it to shreds. If your pet is more acquiescing, you might want to know that Essex County is once again holding Strut Your Mutt, its canine Halloween costume parade and contest.
There are two parades this year on Saturday, October 30, and participation, as always, is free. The morning parade will be at 10 a.m. in the Brookdale Dog Park on Grove Street in Montclair. Registration opens at 9:15 a.m.
The afternoon parade is at 2 p.m. in the South Mountain Dog Park on Crest Drive. Registration for that one opens at 1:15 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at both parades for first, second and third places in a variety of categories. For more information, please call 973-239-2485.