Canine costume contest coming for Halloween

Kids' contest to follow

Bayonne will host a Halloween costume contest for dogs, sponsored by the Division of Recreation.

The contest will take place on Oct. 31 at noon sharp at the amphitheater at 16th Street Park.

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Dogs must be leashed and with an adult at all times. Vaccinations must be current. Dogs must be licensed with the City of Bayonne. No aggressive dogs or dogs in heat are allowed. Owners must scoop the poop. Prizes will be awarded to the top five costumes. 

Participants must register their dogs. To register, email by Oct. 28 and include your name, your dog’s name, your address, and phone number.

The human contest, which follows at 1 p.m., is open to Bayonne children, ages 2 to 14. Trophies will be presented to the top five costumes.

Face coverings must be worn, and social distancing must be observed.

Other Halloween festivities

The annual Halloween Parade on Broadway will not take place this year.

This year, due to COVID-19, Mayor James Davis has announced the city will distribute “Welcome Trick or Treaters” signs for households and businesses.

Bright orange signs will be placed in front windows or doors to inform trick-or-treaters that they are welcome: No welcome sign, no trick-or-treaters, Davis said.

Email  to request a “Welcome” sign.  Name and addresses must be included. The signs will be mailed.

Residents can also request the sign be emailed with a PDF. Residents are asked to print in color so trick-or-treaters can see the orange sign.

Residents may also pick up the sign in front of City Hall, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The trick-or-treating curfew is 6 p.m., at which time welcome signs should be removed. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

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