Register Your Dog Today for LakewoodAlive’s Popular Autumn Canine Event

It won’t be long now until a sea of costumed canines converge at Kauffman Park.  LakewoodAlive’s 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 21, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.

Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park

Don’t fumble away your chance to attend the Spooky Pooch Parade on October 21.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, the Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival in Kauffman Park, a parade through Lakewood’s downtown business district on Detroit Avenue and an awards presentation.  A favorite autumn tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this community festival represents one of the only events of its kind in the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

Pre-registration for the parade is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog.  Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only.  Humans are free.  This community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization.

Festivities get underway with the Spooky Pooch Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Kauffman Park, during which attendees can enjoy entertainment, children’s games and dog-related vendors.  New activities at this year’s festival range from canine caricatures and “paw readings” by a dog psychic, to contests involving “musical sit” and peanut butter eating.

Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park

Prizes will be awarded for Best Dog & Child, Best Dog & Adult, Best Dog & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show.

The much-anticipated dog parade commences at 2 p.m.  Dogs of all shapes and sizes dressed in their finest Halloween fashions will strut their stuff along Detroit Avenue.  Judges will award top-three prizes beginning at approximately 3:15 p.m. in the following categories: Best Dog & Child, Best Dog & Adult, Best Dog & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show.  Winner of Best in Show will receive one year’s worth of complimentary dog food courtesy of Pet’s General Store.  Check out our tips for being the “Top Dog” at the Spooky Pooch Parade.

For more information and to register your dog, please visit

The Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Title Sponsor: Discount Drug Mart
Top Dog Sponsor: City of Lakewood
Dedicated Dog Sponsors: Dog Life in CLE | Inn The Doghouse | Lakewood Animal Hospital | Pet’s General Store | The University of Akron, School of Social Work, Lakewood Campus
Poochy Sponsor: Diana M. DeCesare, Remax Beyond 2000 | Men’s Cuts | Panera Bread Catering

Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park

Photo by Cleveland Scene Magazine