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October Photo Contest: The Finalists

Help us pick the spookiest picture in Washington

>> See a slideshow of the finalists

Well, ladies and gents, the submissions—and the verdict—are in: With a tendency toward austere government offices and (obviously necessary) caution tape around abandoned buildings, Washington just doesn’t photograph that scarily. This may be due to our young age (a mere toddler at 220 years old!)—perhaps we haven’t given the ghosts enough time to settle in yet. But anyhoo, in our searches, we did manage to uncover a few photographs that may send a shiver down your spine. See our favorites up close in the finalists’ gallery, then vote for your pick below. The photograph with the most votes as of noon on Friday, October 29, will appear in the December issue of The Washingtonian.

Please remember to play nice! The rules allow one vote per person, and we monitor the polls closely. If we catch voting irregularities for a particular photograph, it’ll be disqualified.

*To help keep this contest fair, we’ve elected to use an IP-address-based poll. This means that if you’re voting from an office or network setting, not everybody in that setting will be able to vote. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you’ll encourage coworkers to vote from their home computers.

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.