Cute Canines in Costume at the Spooky Pooch Parade

The Chicago Botanic Garden “Spooky Pooch Parade” was held on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 1 to 3 p.m.


For two very special hours, dogs were allowed in the Garden. Cleverly costumed canines marched the parade route to celebrate the season. Spectators lined the parade route for a barking good time.

In addition to the parade, activities included the costume contest, judging and an awards ceremony.

This year’s panel of judges included Lee Ann Trotter, entertainment reporter for WMAQ-TV; Mike Caplan, weather anchor for WLS-TV; Susan Randstrom, garden columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times; Tim Johnson, director of horticulture for the Chicago Botanic Garden; and Sandy Wisniewski, founder and director of Animal Education and Rescue in Lake County. Ed Curran, meteorologist for WBBM-TV, emceed.

More cute pooches in our December magazine

Our second issue is set to hit your mailbox mid-November, and it gives tips on decking your dogs with boughs of holly for the winter holidays.

Send us your pretty pet pics

Do you dress up your pet? Prove it! Send us your best-dressed pet photos, and you could win a $50 gift card to your local pet store. Whether your pet is wearing a costume, a coordinated outfit or simply a bejewelled collar, put his or her best paw forward and snap that photo. Send your entry to [email protected] along with:

  • Your pet’s name
  • The city you live in
  • A description of what your pet is wearing and where you bought it (or if you made it, let us know that, too!)
  • The story behind the outfit, if there is one