Dogs get dressed up in blood-curdling costumes for Halloween parade
- Spooky pooches 'dressed to kill' in their Halloween costumes
- Halloween in the City event sees dogs and owners parade through Exchange Square in Manchester
It was as far removed from a ‘catwalk’ as you can imagine but everyone had a frightfully good time.
Dogs dressed as witches and owners dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz formed part of a spooky parade through town yesterday to celebrate Halloween.
Bloodhounds were decked out in costumes ranging from Frankenstein’s monster to the cowardly lion in the famous film.
The organisers of the Spooky Pooch Parade, Simion and Rachael, were thrilled at the turnout and inventive costumes.
Rachael said: “It’s great to get kids active in the city centre. My background is in textiles and fashion, so I have a particular interest in the costumes.”
Simion added: “Manchester is a great community anyway, so it just reinforces that.”
After watching the spooky pooches and howling hounds take to the stage for their five minutes of fame, the judges handed out prizes for best dog and owner costumes.
The crowd favourite was won by pomeranian Lola who came dressed as a witch.
Best human and dog combo was won by another dog called Lola, who was dressed as a pumpkin alongside her owner in a pumpkin farmer outfit.
The winner of spookiest pooch was Bob Marley, with his owner dressed as Mike Myers. Poor Bob Marley has three legs and Mike had a ‘bag with his leg in’ and a meat cleaver.
Best in show was won by Zeus dressed as the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz, with his owners dressed as Dorothy and the scarecrow.
This was their second year winning best in show in the spooky pooch parade.
Saffron, Zeus’ owner, said: “We actually met through Zeus three years ago and we’ve been together since.”
They walked down the catwalk with a sign telling people to adopt their furry friends and give a dog a loving home.
The smallest dog at the contest was Lucky, whio was dressed as Frankenstein by owner Sylvia.
Sylvia told the Northern Quota: “She came from Ireland. She was the runt of the litter and she nearly didn’t make it, so we stuck with the name Lucky.”