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Spooky Pooch Parade 2018

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

LakewoodAlive Spooky Pooch Parade

This one is for the dogs…but you’re invited, too.  LakewoodAlive’s 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade brings the bark to Kauffman Park on Saturday, October 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. when dogs will rule the day in Downtown Lakewood.

Spooky Pooch Parade LogoThe 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 Halloween 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.  Last year’s Spooky Pooch Parade drew nearly 350 canines and an estimated crowd of 2,500 people.

Tickets for this celebration of costumed canines will go on sale in August.  Pre-registration to walk in 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 popular community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization striving to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.

Festivities get underway with the Spooky Pooch Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Kauffman Park.  Enjoy entertainment, kids’ games and dog-related vendors, including rescue groups and other nonprofits offering canine-oriented goods and services.  Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

LakewoodAlive Spooky Pooch Parade

It doesn’t take a genius to realize what a doggone good time the Spooky Pooch Parade is.

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 prizes beginning at approximately 3:15 p.m. in a number of categories, including Best Dog & Child, Best Dog & Adult, Best Dog & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show.  Contestants must participate in the parade in order to be eligible to win a prize.

Spooky Pooch Parade Schedule of Events:
12:30 p.m. – Spooky Pooch Festival
2:00 p.m. – Dog Parade
3:15 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

More details regarding the 2018 Spooky Pooch Parade will be unveiled in the coming weeks so check back regularly for updates.  Every dog has his day and that day will be October 20 in Downtown Lakewood!


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Interested in sponsoring the Spooky Pooch Parade?  View sponsorship opportunities or call 216-521-0655.

Looking to serve as a vendor during the Spooky Pooch Parade?  View the vendor application.


Spooky Pooch Parade News:
August 9, 2018 – Discount Drug Mart Named Title Sponsor for LakewoodAlive’s 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade
March 15, 2018 – Mark Your Calendar: LakewoodAlive Unveils 2018 Schedule of Community Events
October 24, 2017 – Plethora of Pooches, Perfect Weather Highlight 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade


Thanks to Darren Toms and Kauffman Park Friends for producing this superb video from the 2017 Spooky Pooch Parade!


The 2018 Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor

Top Dog Sponsor

City of Lakewood Logo

Dedicated Dog Sponsors

Pet People Logo         Inn The Doghouse Logo


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October 20
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Kauffman Park
15450 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107 US