Halloween celebrations turned out to be more primal this weekend, as hundreds of pets and their owners dressed up for New York's 26th annual pet parade. Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan's East Village was buzzing with hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the city's four-legged friends strut the stage and pose for the shutterbugs. The annual affair also helps to raise money for the park's dog run.

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Dogs dressed up like the rock band Kiss take part during the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters

With thousands of dollars in prize money at stake, pet owners are certainly serious about the competition. Many of them even prepare for weeks before the contest and sizeable amounts are spent on hiring stylists and costume designers to dress their canine companions.

This year, a number of dogs focused on the election campaign. One dog was dressed as Donald Trump with his signature hairdo. Another played upon Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment by showcasing a "basket of adorables."

Here are some pictures of the event: 

Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A dog dressed as a pinata takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A dog dressed as a pinata takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A reveller carries her dog which is depicted as Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump during the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A reveller carries her dog which is depicted as Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump during the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A reveller takes part with her dogs in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A reveller takes part with her dogs in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A reveller takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A reveller takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A dog dressed as Fox News channel with the pictures of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A dog dressed as Fox News channel with the pictures of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A reveller takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A reveller takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A dog takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A dog takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A dog dressed as Fox News channel with the pictures of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A dog dressed as Fox News channel with the pictures of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A reveller takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A reveller takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A dog dressed as an alien takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A dog dressed as an alien takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
Dogs take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
Dogs take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A reveller takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A reveller takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A reveller take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A reveller take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
Revellers take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
A dog dressed as Fox News channel with the pictures of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
A dog dressed as Fox News channel with the pictures of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump takes part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
Dogs depicted as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
Dogs depicted as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump take part in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
People look at the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
People look at the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters
People attend the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
People attend the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.Reuters