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Tail-waggers put on the dog for Halloween at Narrows Botanical Gardens! • Brooklyn Paper

Tail-waggers put on the dog for Halloween at Narrows Botanical Gardens!

Boo-tastic Borough Park merrymaker Ralphy Ruocco, 2, has gourds of fun at the Narrows Botanical Gardens, where a canine costume contest and a harvest fair helped to usher in festivities for the year’s most spooktacular day.
Steve Solomonson

Halloween is going to the dogs — at least in Bay Ridge!

Dressed-to-thrill canines were the cat’s meow on Sunday as pet owners and their four-legged pals put on the dog and strutted their spooktastic selves at the Narrows Botanical Gardens, where a costume contest and harvest festival ushered in festivities for the year’s zaniest day.

More than 20 primped-up pooches basked in their glad rags, gladly sharing the spotlight with their two-legged pals and finding a faithful fan in garden founding member and past president Joan Regan.

“They were all just sensational, and some of the owners were even dressed like their dogs!” she howled with delight.

Dorothy Coy, whose hubby Don emceed the spooktacle, paraded her own pride and joy, Tipper, a Boston terrier and wirehaired terrier blend, who cut a dashing figure in sweet gingham as a square dancer. The outfit was an appropriate choice for the Coys, as Don led fancy-footed revelers in an afternoon of square dancing.

Cash prizes and gift certificates were awarded to the wag-nificent winners, who included a firecracker, a horse and jockey, and a rapper.

Fall frolickers also had a chance to take in gourds of other boo-tastic sights at the nature preserve off Shore Road at 71st Street, including a pumpkin patch, tours of the turtle sanctuary, plus more than 30 Brooklyn vendors selling handicrafts. Fresh honey from the Narrows’ apiary, and fresh vegetables from the garden juiced up the smorgasbord of delights.

The annual event is a highly-anticipated fun hub, according to Linda Dahl, one of the organizers.

“People look forward to it, the children love it, and the participants lap up the attention,” she chuckled.

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