Pet parade celebrates howl-oween in Long Grove
Halloween in Long Grove has gone to the dogs. About 80 of them, to be exact.
That's how many canine companions -- plus throw in at least one pig -- who marched alongside their human counterparts Sunday in Long Grove's third annual Pet Costume Parade on Brothers Field, near the village's historic downtown.
Among the marchers were Shelly Graham of Long Grove, who dressed as Carole Baskin from the Netflix documentary "Tiger King." With her was Mac, the family's three-year-old rescued mixed-breed dog.
"He's a lion today," Graham said. "His only crime is being cute."
Jasmine Searcy, events coordinator/office manager at the Visitor's Information Center for Historic Downtown Long Grove, said the pandemic has forced organizers of downtown events like the pet parade to be creative.
"Honestly, with all these events, we've had to think outside of the box, in ways that we can do these events but safely ... and I really think pet parade was one of those that was probably the easiest event to put together," she said. "Dogs don't need to social distance, but we do."