Halloween Costume Contests for Dogs in the Washington DC Area

Seasonal Fun to Share with Your Favorite Canine

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If you are a dog lover, what’s more fun then dressing them up to show some holiday spirit? The Washington DC area hosts many Halloween events and costume contests for you and your dog. If you know of one not listed here, email the details to dc.about@outlook.com.

Need a costume for your dog? Visit buycostumes.com and find a nice selection.

PetSmart Halloween Costume Parties for Pets
Throughout October. All PetSmart stores across the country host a pet friendly Halloween costume party. The first 50 pets in costume at each store will receive free treats. Bring your camera to snap a photo of your pet in front of a Halloween-themed photo backdrop, then enter PetSmart’s Monster Cute Photo Contest to win a grand prize of $10,000 and other prizes. For contest information visit www.facebook.com/PetSmart. Visit http://stores.petsmart.com for store locations.

Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise
October 28, 2016, 5:30-7 p.m. Potomac Riverboat Company, 1 Cameron Street Alexandria, VA (703) 684-0580. Dress up your pup and cruise around the Potomac River on this 40-minute ride to Halloween tunes. Halloween doggie treats will be provided. Admission: $16/adults, $10/children, dogs ride free.

Howl-O-Ween at Lake Anne
October 29, 2016, 1-3 p.m. Lake Anne Plaza, ​1404 Washington Plaza W C, Reston, VA. Dres in costume with your dog, cat or any type of furry friend. Pet costume contest, parade, live DC, beer garden and more.

Mount Vernon Triangle Fall Festival
October 29, 2016. Dog Costume Parade & Contest (Meet at 5th & I Streets, NW at Milian Park for start of parade to 5th & K) The event is part of the community Fall Fun Day that includes free mini-pumpkin painting, face painting, free apple cider and popcorn, a pumpkin decorating contest and more. The festival is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fairmont Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treating
2016 Date to Be Announced, 6-7:30 p.m. Fairmont Washington, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington DC. All dogs will be pawsatively treated to peanut butter doggie biscuits created by the Fairmont’s pastry team. For dogs donning costumes, prizes will be given for most creative and most adorable. People will enjoy a cup of “Witches’ Brew” for only $5, and a cash bar will also be available. A collection box will accept monetary donations for the Washington Animal Rescue League, and there will be a few dogs available for adoption.

Doggy Trick-or-Treat
October 30, 2016, 1-6 p.m. The Dog Park, 705 King St., Alexandria, VA. Bring your family and your dog to Old Town and trick-or-treat together. Enjoy treats, sales and a costume contest.