The Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) hosted its first ever event – a costume party for dogs! The “Howl-O-Ween” party was held Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Marina Park, and doggies came out dressed in their best Halloween ensembles!

Prizes were awarded for Scariest, Prettiest and Most Newport Beach costumes, Best owner/pet ensemble, Best Trick and Most Personality.

Congratulations to our pooch winners:

Scariest - Sammy, age 14, a Golden Retriever mix donned County Jail #4 Baddog for Life in his “stripes.” Owner is Michael Flynn.

“Howl-O-Ween” doggie costume contest had pups decked out in their best spooky decor 

BY LANA JOHNSON Stu News Newport 

Most Newport Beach Costume - Scott, the 11-year-old Labrador Retriever, was dressed up like a hotdog, complete with onions, mustard and ketchup. Owners, Tom and Kelly Fischbacher.

Prettiest - Pumpkin, age 7, a Miniature Poodle and Chihuahua mix, decked out in her adorable pumpkin headpiece and costume.

Best Owner/Pet Ensemble - Jerrie Moody (owner) and Zoey, a rescued Golden Retriever, age 11, dressed up as friendly devils.

Best Trick - A talented little furry friend who dressed up as a shark (I wish we knew the little guy’s name).

Most Personality - Kolbie, a 3-year-old Labrador mix, dressed up as an adorable gnome, along with his costumed sidekick, Evan Norsoph, age 12.

The free event featured Vlad Roypate, the Russian Dog Wizard, who after the costume contest, offered tips on pet obedience as well as answered owners’ questions. There were also adoption opportunities on-site featuring a 4-month-old-pup Cowboy, dressed up with a monkey on his back); and kitties, Zoey and Bear, both four months old, from the Newport Beach Animal Shelter as well as a pick-a-prize opportunity drawing with great “doggie items.” There were also lovely planted succulent gardens, available for sale, with a table manned by Monica Mazur and Anita Perkings.

 FONBAS is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the Newport Beach Animal Shelter, For more information on the Newport Beach Animal Shelter, visit

Editor’s Note: I had such fun (but it was a difficult decision to judge the winners) along with Barbara Venezia (FONBAS board member). Our StuNewsNewport columnist, Nancy Gardner, was instrumental in making the event go off without a hitch. A special thanks to Newport Beach Councilmember Jeff Herdman and Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff for their attendance, as well as FONBAS board members Tim Stoaks, Evelyn Hart, Jean Watt and Jonathan Langford for coming out and promoting this worthwhile community event. Monies raised augment the city-run animal shelter at 20302 Riverside Drive, to make animals more comfortable and adoptable, upgrade cages, and provide additional medical and dental care.

Also at the event were shelter dogs for adoption like Cowboy and his monkey rider, who is longing for a loving family to take him home