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2018 Spooky Pooch Parade

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 sponsored by Discount Drug Mart 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.

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.

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.

2017 Spooky Pooch Parade

The 2017 Spooky Pooch Parade drew an estimated 2,500 guests and hundreds of dogs. (photo by Brian Foox)

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.

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:

2017 Spooky Pooch Parade

It doesn’t take a genius to realize this is a doggone good time.

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 months 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.



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Spooky Pooch Parade News
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 Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor

Discount Drug Mart Logo

Top Dog Sponsor

City of Lakewood Logo


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