Best in Show: Vanessa Montesano from Clifton and her pet Lunchbox who was dressed as a smart shopper and pushed a shopping cart.


Scariest Costume: First place: Jai Lee Wexler from Clifton who was dressed as Maleficent and her pet Chanel who was dressed as Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty.” Second place: Lauren Zodel from Montclair and her pet Frankie who was dressed as a crocodile. Third place: Noreen Fitzsimons from Nutley and her pet Bailey who was dressed as a spider.


Most Creative Costume: First place: Regina Mahon from Bayonne and her pet Gizmo who was dressed as a sheriff riding a horse. Second place: Marijoy Tibay from Montclair and her pet Lucy who was dressed as a rainbow fish. Third place: Dana Borzomati from Upper Montclair and her pet Abby who was dressed as Batman and rode in a motorized Batmobile.


Couple Costume: First place: Joe Kavesh from Montclair, his pet Vader and several friends who dressed as the Joker and other villains from Batman. Second place: Jean Dabrowski and her family from Montclair and their pet who dressed as characters from “Star Wars.” Third place: Fanny Chin from Bloomfield who dressed as a Kikkoman soy sauce bottle and her pets Lexi, Gyro and Shadow who dressed as sushi rolls.

Award winners at the Essex County South Mountain Dog Park Contest are as follows:


Best in Show: Kelly Cuykendall from Woodbridge, her pet Simon and her friends who dressed as Snoopy and members of the Peanuts gang.


Scariest Costume: First place: Rebecca Wilkening from Maplewood and her pet Pepper who dressed as a devil. Second place: Mary Morris from East Hanover and her pet Axle who dressed as a dragon. Third place: Caitlin McDonough from Verona and her pet who dressed as a skunk.


Most Creative Costume: First place: Nila Schomfield from Maplewood and her pet Georgia who dressed as Pocahontas and John Smith. Second place: Pete Lionetti and his pets who dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma. Third place: Joyce Alilio from West Orange and her pet Chip who dressed as a Beanie Baby doll.


Couple Costume: First place: Matt Greller and his family from Millburn and their pets Angus and Clyde who dressed as Minions and bananas. Second place: DJ Meisch from Nutley, his pet Lucky and friends who dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz.” Third place: Tracie Koehnlein from West Orange and her pet Stella who dressed as Ozzie Osborn and a bat.