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 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.

LakewoodAlive Spooky Pooch Parade

The Spooky Pooch Parade returns to Kauffman Park on October 20.

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 include a free dog yoga session hosted by Pink Lotus Yoga, affording participants a unique opportunity to reap the benefits of yoga while also enjoying the company of their canine companion.

LakewoodAlive Spooky Pooch Parade

The Spooky Pooch Parade drew an estimated 2,500 people to Downtown Lakewood last year. (Photo by Ohio Festivals)

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 Pooch & Child, Best Pooch & Adult, Best Pooch & 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 11th Annual 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