MARINETTE — Those stopping by Marinette Farm & Garden on Saturday morning may be delighted at the sight of a pack of pets in Halloween regalia. 

This gathering of little pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls comes once a year at Marinette Farm & Garden, 630 Hattie St., which has been hosting the annual Halloween Pet Parade for 13 years. 

“People love it, and everybody’s got a different idea,” said Marinette Farm & Garden owner and event organizer Connie Hass. “I’m looking forward to it.” 

Every participating pet must be in costume, and costumes for their owners and handlers are encouraged as well. Some of Hass’s favorites over the years include a trio of Corgis dressed as s’mores ingredients, a yellow Labrador retriever dressed as a construction worker, and several pets dressed as spiders and the entire cast of the Wizard of Oz. 

The line-up for the parade will begin at Marinette Farm & Garden at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the parade beginning at 11. Participants and pets will walk around the Walgreens block across the street from Marinette Farm & Garden, and awards and prizes will be given after everyone has finished, around 11:45 a.m. Three judges will give out first, second and third place awards for Best Pet in Costume and Best Pet and Walker in Costume. Prizes will also be awarded for Most Unique Entry and Best in Show, and the Best in Show winner will be featured on the billboard advertisement for next year’s Halloween Pet Parade. 

Judges this year will be Bay Cities Radio’s Barb VanDeHei, Marinette Dog Nanny Group LLC owner Jody Coopmans and Marinette resident Sherry Grandaw. 

The community is also encouraged to attend the parade, mingle with the pets and participate in the bucket raffle, doggy ball pit and bake sale. Baked goods are sold by the Dog Nanny Group LLC beginning at 8:30 a.m., and all proceeds from the event go to the Menominee Animal Shelter. 

“It’s not really about making the money, though,” Hass said. “It’s about having something fun for the community to do, and giving what we make to the shelter.” 

Registration for the event is $10 per pet, due before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Participants can register their pets at Marinette Farm & Garden or on their website,, and the first 100 registered participants will receive a free “swag bag” of goodies for their pet. 

“I’m going to be a bumblebee this year,” Hass said of her costume plans. Her Corgi, Bentley, will be dressed as a Monarch butterfly. 

For more information on the Halloween Pet Parade call Marinette Farm & Garden at 715-735-7439 or visit