The Spooky Pooch Parade took place Saturday, October 15 at Kauffman Park (15450 Detroit Avenue) and it was well attended likely due to the gorgeous weather! Lakewood Alive, which is the city’s non-profit with a mission of fostering and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods hosts this annual fundraiser. A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this popular community festival represents one of the only events of its kind within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.
Creativity was at an all-time high this year with the dog costumes. Some of my favorites include the pumpkin spice latte complete with life size coffee cup, the Elliot and ET bike and the incredibly patient dog who wore a bulky kayak all day. However, my very favorite was the ‘Where’s Waldo’ complete with a teacup Yorkie dressed as Waldo. The judges agreed and ‘Waldo” won a year supply of dog food from Pet’s General Store.
Zack and Zoe revived their Sid and Nancy role (kudos if you get that reference!) and went as punk rockers. While they received a lot of ooh and ahs, likely due to Zacks Mohawk, it was quite evident that next year we will need to up our creativity if we have any hope of making the winners list.