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By Nelia Dashiell


1. Barktoberfest
Oct. 10, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. // Virginia Wine presents a day catered to your beloved four-legged friend. They invite you to bring your pet out for a day of playing and swimming on their grounds. There will be complimentary treats, organized hikes and live music. / Virginia Wine: 12138 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville; Free

2. Petoberfest
Oct. 17, noon-4 p.m. // The Pet-oberfest is an annual celebration for pets and their families. The events include a pet parade and contests, pet-oriented exhibitors, pet rescues, a fashion show, children’s entertainment, prizes, store discounts and much more. / Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center: 15151 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge; 717-577-6777; Free

3. Fetch’s 19th Annual Doggie Trick or Treat
Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m. // Fetch Pet Bakery hosts their annual trick or treat just for your canine. Bring your dog out in its best costume and walk the streets of Occoquan, which will have various shops handing out treats for both your pet and you. Ticket sales go toward the Prince William County Animal Shelter. / Starting point: 805 Mill St., Unit A3-4, Occoquan; 703-491-8686; $10

4. Howl-o-Ween Walk for the Homeless
Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-noon // Come enjoy a day of fun events for you and your pup while also showing support for a great cause. Participants and their pets will be able to walk to the streets of Clarendon while stopping at local businesses for a chance to trick or treat. After the walk there will be a doggy costume contest with plenty of prizes. All proceeds will go toward supporting Doorways for Women and Families and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. / Market Common Clarendon: 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; $20-$30

5. The Washington Animal Rescue League Second Annual Barktoberfest
Oct. 24, 1-5 p.m. // Come enjoy some great craft beers along with your pet. There will be live music, food trucks, adoption of pets, shopping for you and your pet and even a puppy kissing booth. Come out for an evening of fun for the both of you. / Yards Park: 355 Waters St. SE, Washington, DC; $10-$50

6. Lake Accotink’s Howl-o-Ween Dog Costume Contest
Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m. // Lake Accotink invites you and your canine friend out for a day of prizes and goodies. Dress your dog up in the best  costume and compete for a chance to win. While the competition takes place, your dog will be able to visit the “boneyard” and find even more hidden treats. / Lake Accotink Park: 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield; $8 per dog


(October 2015)