Dogs get in costume, Halloween spirit to benefit welfare league (Photos)

John Gonzalez of ABC 7 hosts the event. (Shannon Finney Photography)
John Gonzalez, of ABC7, hosts the event. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Chelsea Lindsey, author of Alexandria Animals, judges the competition along with Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Chelseea Lindsey, author of Alexandria Animals, judges the competition along with Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
2015 AWLA Calendar Contest winners Max and Abby. (Shannon Finney Photography)
2015 AWLA Calendar Contest winners Max and Abby. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Mayor Bill Euille shares a smile while watching the canine competitors. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Mayor Bill Euille shares a smile while watching the canine competitors. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
The winner for the spookiest costume was 16-year-old Bubbles, dressed as a vampire bat. (Shannon Finney Photography)
The winner for the spookiest costume was 16-year-old Bubbles, dressed as a vampire bat. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Stallone, a three-year-old Great Dane, dressed as Mario. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Stallone, a three-year-old Great Dane, dressed as Mario. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Mary dressed as a princess; Benji, her Shitzu Maltese, dressed as an elephant. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Mary dressed as a princess; Benji, her Maltese Shih Tzu, dressed as an elephant. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
A Jurassic Park theme. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Yacko, a six-year-old Welsh Corgi, channels 1941 in New York City. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Yacko, a six-year-old Welsh Corgi, channels 1941-era New York City. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Harper and Margo with their human Girl Scouts and one Eagle Scout. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Harper and Margo with their human Girl Scouts and one Eagle Scout. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Bulldogs Sophia and Henry star as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Bulldogs Sophia and Henry star as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
The winners for best group costume, the Chia Pets. (Shannon Finney Photography)
The winners for best group costume, the Chia Pets. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
The Chia Pets, fresh off of the catwalk. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Gunner and his dog, Snuggles, dressed as a loofah. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Gunner and his dog, Snuggles, dressed as a loofah. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Snuggles the dog dressed as a loofah. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Snuggles the dog dressed as a loofah. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Canine Captain America greets competition host John Gonzalez. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Canine Captain America greets competition host John Gonzalez. (Shannon Finney Photography) (Shannon Finney Photography)
Original Super Friends Wonder Woman and Captain America. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Original Super Friends Wonder Woman and Captain America. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
Super Friends with their canine Mini-Me's. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Super Friends with their canine Mini-Me’s. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
A papal puppy. (Shannon Finney Photography)
A papal puppy. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
Cooper, from Old Town, dressed as Willie Nelson -- yes, that's a guitar around his neck. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Cooper, from Old Town, dressed as Willie Nelson — yes, that’s a guitar around his neck. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
Willy dressed as a Minion. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Willy dressed as a Minion. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
It's a Hipster Hound. (Shannon Finney Photography)
It’s a Hipster Hound. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
Before Roscoe the dog had a kissing booth, he was a rescue dog. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
Doggy Donald Trump. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Doggy Donald Trump. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
Roscoe the dog in his kissing booth. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Roscoe the dog in his kissing booth. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
This papal pup was pooped. (Shannon Finney Photography)
This papal pup was pooped. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
It wasn’t just the dogs who got into the costumed spirit. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
Rosey turns away from the flash of the cameras. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
Quincy shows his love for 'Where the Wild Things Are.' (Shannon Finney Photography)
Quincy shows his love for ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
Klonney the Boston Terrier takes a break from her Chia Pet trio to mug for the camera. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Klonney the Boston Terrier takes a break from her Chia Pet trio to mug for the camera. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
It's Luke and Leia, also known as Henry and Sophia. (Shannon Finney Photography)
It’s Luke and Leia, also known as Henry and Sophia. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
It's family picture time with doggie Luke and Leia, joined by their friends. (Shannon Finney Photography)
It’s family picture time with doggie Luke and Leia, joined by their friends. (Shannon Finney Photography) ((Shannon Finney Photography))
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John Gonzalez of ABC 7 hosts the event. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Chelsea Lindsey, author of Alexandria Animals, judges the competition along with Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille. (Shannon Finney Photography)
2015 AWLA Calendar Contest winners Max and Abby. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Mayor Bill Euille shares a smile while watching the canine competitors. (Shannon Finney Photography)
The winner for the spookiest costume was 16-year-old Bubbles, dressed as a vampire bat. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Stallone, a three-year-old Great Dane, dressed as Mario. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Mary dressed as a princess; Benji, her Shitzu Maltese, dressed as an elephant. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Yacko, a six-year-old Welsh Corgi, channels 1941 in New York City. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Harper and Margo with their human Girl Scouts and one Eagle Scout. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Bulldogs Sophia and Henry star as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. (Shannon Finney Photography)
The winners for best group costume, the Chia Pets. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Gunner and his dog, Snuggles, dressed as a loofah. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Snuggles the dog dressed as a loofah. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Canine Captain America greets competition host John Gonzalez. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Original Super Friends Wonder Woman and Captain America. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Super Friends with their canine Mini-Me's. (Shannon Finney Photography)
A papal puppy. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Cooper, from Old Town, dressed as Willie Nelson -- yes, that's a guitar around his neck. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Willy dressed as a Minion. (Shannon Finney Photography)
It's a Hipster Hound. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Doggy Donald Trump. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Roscoe the dog in his kissing booth. (Shannon Finney Photography)
This papal pup was pooped. (Shannon Finney Photography)
Quincy shows his love for 'Where the Wild Things Are.' (Shannon Finney Photography)
Klonney the Boston Terrier takes a break from her Chia Pet trio to mug for the camera. (Shannon Finney Photography)
It's Luke and Leia, also known as Henry and Sophia. (Shannon Finney Photography)
It's family picture time with doggie Luke and Leia, joined by their friends. (Shannon Finney Photography)

WASHINGTON – The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria hosted Howl-o-ween, a costumed fashion show for dogs, in Old Town Oct. 29.

Prizes were awarded for the spookiest costume, the most creative getup, the best couple or group and the crowd favorite.

The league also unveiled its 2016 Alexandria Animals of the Year calendar at the event held at the Hotel Monaco.

All proceeds benefited the league.

Photos by Shannon Finney Photography.

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