/ WilleeCole

The only thing cuter than seeing your two-legged kids dressed up for Halloween is seeing your four-legged friends following behind. Check out these parades around NJ that are specially tailored to your pet pooches. If you want to enter the costume contest, here are some DIY ideas for costumes.

October 8

Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park
This fall festival and pet expo includes K9 demos, pet vendors, food trucks, rescue groups and a pet costume contest.

October 22

Happy Halloween Event
Camelback Resort, Tannersville, PA
The Howl O’Ween Doggie Parade will feature agility/rodeo courses for dogs and their owners, pet-centric vendors and an awards ceremony. A treat trail, tote bag coloring, Boo Bar and a costume contest will also be of the day’s Halloween celebrations. The movie “Halloweentown” will be shown at dusk.

PIER VILLAGE / Pooch Parade

Fall Festival and Pooch Parade
Pier Village, Long Branch
Dress up your pet for the Pooch Parade, since prizes will be awarded for Doggie Sweets, pet massages, trainers, baked goods and more. Stay the day, as there will be music and traditional Bavarian dances. During the fall festival, kids can have fun at touch-a-truck, trick-or-treating, face painting, henna art, inflatable rides, games, carousel rides and arcade games. Meet Sparky, the Long Branch Fire Department’s mascot. Listen to 94.3 The Point’s Lou Russo live. Watch pumpkin carving demos. Make bracelets with Little Words Project. Stop by the 3 Hearts 4 Paws booth for information on animal adoptions. Get a psychic reading by Gifted Sara.

Howl-o-Ween Family Fest
Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, Allentown
Dress up your kids – and your pups – for an afternoon filled with K-9 costume contests, a leisurely walk around the property, hayrides, a pet photo booth, a K-9 police dog demo, music, vendors, food trucks, raffles and other fall-inspired games and activities for everyone.


Howl-o-Ween Trunk-or-Treat
Animal Welfare Center, Vorhees
There will be treats for people AND pets during this Halloween party.

October 27

Halloween Parade
Main Street, Flemington
Dress up yourselves, your kids and your pets for this costume contest and parade.

October 29

Howl-o-Ween Costume Contest
Seafarer, Highlands
There will be a free costume contest for dogs and their humans, with prizes awarded for the scariest, most original and funniest costumes. Enjoy discounted drinks for dog owners while you play trivia.

Pet Parade & Costume Contest
Town Center Lake, Robbinsville
Get your kids and your pets dressed in their best Halloween costumes and head to the lake for a pet parade followed by a costume contest. The parade is free to attend, but if you’d like your pet to participate, there is a $10 charge per pet.

Strutt Your Mutt Dog Costume Contest
Bell Works, Holmdel
Bring your dressed up pooch to Bar Bella for this awesome costume contest.

October 30

Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Fashion Show
Kevana Wellness, Jersey City
Let your pets walk along a real red carpet as they wag their tails for a pet photographer as they make their way to the stage!