Spooky Pooch Parade 2018
October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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.
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 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.
Registration for the 2018 Spooky Pooch Parade is now open. 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 striving to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.
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.
New this year is the addition of Doga – yoga for you and your dog – to the slate of activities offered during Spooky Pooch Parade. Hosted by Pink Lotus Yoga, 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 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.
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 Pooch & Child, Best Pooch & Adult, Best Pooch & 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 Starts
1:00 p.m. – Festival Activities – Doga, Tricks for Treats and Musical Sit Contest
2:00 p.m. – Dog Parade (view the parade route)
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!
Interested in sponsoring the Spooky Pooch Parade? View sponsorship opportunities or call 216-521-0655.
Spooky Pooch Parade News:
October 3, 2018 – 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Brings Bark to Kauffman Park on October 20
September 27, 2018 – Dog Yoga Highlights New Activities at 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade
September 6, 2018 – How to be Top Dog at the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade
August 22, 2018 – Dog Days: Registration Now Open for LakewoodAlive’s 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade
August 9, 2018 – Discount Drug Mart Named Title Sponsor for LakewoodAlive’s 11th 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 Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Top Dog Sponsor
Dedicated Dog Sponsors
*Please note that the ticket fee is required by Eventbrite for use of their services.