Register Your Dog Today for Popular Autumn Canine Event on October 20

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  When the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Kauffman Park, chances are it will feature plenty of downward dog pose.

LakewoodAlive Spooky Pooch Parade

The Spooky Pooch Parade takes place October 20 at Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood.

LakewoodAlive announces the addition of Doga – yoga for you and your dog – to the slate of activities offered during this year’s Spooky Pooch Parade.  Hosted by Pink Lotus Yoga, a West End Lakewood studio, a free Doga session will take place from 1 to 1:45 p.m. within the outfield of Jimmie Fox Field at Kauffman Park, affording participants a unique opportunity to reap the many benefits of yoga while also enjoying the company of their canine companion.

Participation in Doga during the Spooky Pooch Parade does not require registration – simply show up and partake in any or all of the 45-minute session.  Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat and to ensure their dog is kept on a non-retractable leash.  Costumes are optional.

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.

Activities featured at the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade, all of which are free to attendees but have limited availability on a first-come, first-served basis, include:

Dog Yoga at Spooky Pooch Parade

Doga will be a new activity at this year’s Spooky Pooch Parade.

  • Tricks for Treats: New this year, a delicious treat will be awarded to your dog based on the caliber of trick your pooch can perform. (1 p.m.)
  • Doga: Enjoy a free yoga session with your four-legged friend (1 p.m.).
    • Please bring your own yoga mat if possible.
    • A non-retractable leash is required.
    • No registration necessary – simply show up and partake in any or all of the session.
  • Musical Sit Contest: Test your dog’s obedience in this fun canine-oriented version of musical chairs.
    (1:15 p.m.)

In addition to these activities, Spooky Pooch Parade attendees can enjoy face-painting for children, music provided by a DJ, food vendors and a Dog Photo Booth courtesy of the Lakewood Women’s Club.

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.

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:
The Dog Stop Plus
Inn The Doghouse
Milo & Me
Pet’s General Store

Poochy Sponsors:
Renewal by Andersen
Three Dog Bakery