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2023 Spooky Pooch Parade

October 14, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Get ready for a doggone good time! Spooky Pooch Parade will bring the bark to Madison once again. Registration is now open for LakewoodAlive’s 16th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade, a celebration of costumed canines taking place Saturday, October 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Madison Park in Lakewood’s Birdtown Neighborhood.

Sponsored by Ken Ganley Subaru, LakewoodAlive’s family-friendly Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival at Madison Park, a parade along Madison Avenue and surrounding streets and an awards presentation. A favorite autumn tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers, this community festival represents a one-of-a-kind event within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

While free to attend, registration is needed to march in the parade. Pre-registration for the parade is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog. Pre-registration ends on Friday, October 13 at noon. Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only. Humans are free. Even if it’s raining cats and dogs, the Spooky Pooch Parade will go on. 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 Madison Park, during which attendees can enjoy entertainment, pumpkin painting for kids and dog-related vendors and local businesses. The much-anticipated dog parade commences at 2 p.m. Dogs dressed in their most festive Halloween costumes will strut their stuff along Madison 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.

Spooky Pooch Parade Route: Parade will exit the park to Athens Avenue, turn right onto Clarence Avenue, turn right onto Madison Avenue, turn right onto Halstead Avenue and turn right onto Athens Avenue back into Madison Park. This is the same route as the past two years.

Interested in sponsoring the Spooky Pooch Parade? Click here to fill out the sponsorship form.

Interested in being a vendor at the event? Click here to fill out the vendor form.

For any questions about the Spooky Pooch Parade, please contact Jo Higgins at LakewoodAlive: 216-521-0655 ext. 4.


The 2023 Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor

Top Dog Sponsor

City of Lakewood Logo

Dedicated Dog Sponsors



Pet's General Store Logo


October 14, 2023
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Madison Park
13201 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107 United States