Long Grove hosts Halloween Hound Parade
The inaugural Halloween Hound Parade on Oct. 28 is set to cap off a month of Halloween Town festivities in historic Long Grove.
Stepping off at noon from Towner Green -- across from Village Tavern, 135 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove -- dogs and their owners throughout the region are invited to don their most creative costumes and flaunt their stuff as they march through town.
Prizes will be awarded for the best pet costume based on originality, behavior and theme with human companions.
"We're putting a memorable close to Halloween Town by encouraging costumed dogs to roam the streets and howl at the moon," said Kendra Perri with the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association.
"With the spooky sights and old-world charms of historic Long Grove serving as the backdrop, the Hound Parade is no doubt the place to see and be seen this Halloween for four-legged creatures and their two-legged best friends."
A panel of judges will bestow winners in several categories with various prizes and awards, such as best owner-pet costumes, best costumed pet duo, and others.
While there is no admission to participate in the Halloween Hound Parade, registration is required in advance through longgrove.org/festivals/halloween-trick-or-treating or on-site the day-of the event.
Weather permitting, the parade will start at Towner Green and proceed through town, ending in the parking lot at Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove. All dogs are required to be leashed. The event is co-sponsored with Renee Clark Real Estate Team, @properties.
Before and after the parade, visitors are invited to stay, shop and dine to take advantage of Long Grove's seasonal charms.