Canine Caricatures, Dog Psychic Highlight New Activities at 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Photo by BiG Photography

Register Your Dog Today for Popular Autumn Canine Event on October 21

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? When LakewoodAlive’s 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 21, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Kauffman Park, it will feature a variety of new activities, ranging from canine caricatures and “paw readings” by a dog psychic, to contests involving “musical sit” and peanut butter eating.

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.

New activities featured at the 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade, all of which are free to attendees but have limited availability on a first-come, first served basis, include:

  • Canine Caricatures: Enjoy a fun portrait of your pooch drawn by a professional caricaturist.
    (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.)
  • Paw Readings by Dan The Dog Psychic: Learn what the future holds for your four-legged friend.
    (12:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Peanut Butter Eating Contest: Enter your pooch in this lip-smacking contest of speed-eating.
    (1:00 p.m.)
  • Musical Sit Contest: Test your dog’s obedience in this fun canine-oriented version of musical chairs.
    (1:15 p.m.)

In addition to these new activities, Spooky Pooch Parade attendees can enjoy face-painting for children, music provided by a DJ and a Dog Photo Booth courtesy of the Lakewood Women’s Club.

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.

For more information and to register your dog, please visit

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

Title Sponsor: Discount Drug Mart
Top Dog Sponsor: City of Lakewood
Dedicated Dog Sponsors: Dog Life in CLE | Inn The Doghouse | Lakewood Animal Hospital | Panera Bread Catering | Pet’s General Store | The University of Akron, School of Social Work, Lakewood Campus
Poochy Sponsor: Diana M. DeCesare, Remax Beyond 2000 | Men’s Cuts

Matt Bixenstine

I am the Marketing & Development Manager for LakewoodAlive. I enjoy all things Lakewood, especially walking my basset hound through Madison Park.

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