2018 Halloween events for Cleveland dog lovers

October is one of the best months for dog lovers in Cleveland.  There are costume contests, Halloween and fall-themed photos and yappy hour parties spread all throughout the month. For those of us who love seeing dogs dressed up in costume (and who doesn’t really?) this is going to be a fun month.

Here is a list of some of October’s can’t-miss Halloween events. Oct. 20th is going to be busy day with no less than five Halloween events that day! Pace yourself! And, don’t forget to check out the dog-friendly events calendar for everything else going on this month for dog lovers.

Oct. 13 – 2nd Annual Corg-a-ween Meetup

Held from 11 am- 2pm at Wadsworth Community Dog Park, bring your corgi (or other friendly corgi-loving dog) to enjoy some frapping and costume contests. The contests, which include Scariest Corgi Costume, Most Original Corgi Costume, Most Creative Corgi Costume, The Spooky Corgi Race, begin at 12pm. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1089478957872152/

Oct. 13 – Howl-o-Ween Fall Festival and Fundraiser

The annual event features a kid and canine friendly costume contest, as well food, games, raffles and entertainment from police dogs. The party will be held from 11 am to 3 pm at B.A.R.C. Akron Dog Park on Memorial Parkway. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/316413672267920/ 

howl o ween

Oct. 18 – Yappy Hour Halloween Party

Yappy hour at Pet-Tique is back! Dress up your dog and celebrate Halloween while supporting City Dogs Cleveland. Event will be held under the tents outside and a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/469253593568865/

Oct. 19 – Howl-o-ween Party for Dogs

Stop by the Mentor Dog Park from 5:30 to 6:45 pm for a fun Halloween party just for dogs! There will be contests and prizes. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/561284184286873/

Oct. 20 – Spooky Pooch Parade

This is one of the most fun Halloween events in Cleveland! Come see the parade of dogs dressed up in some very creative costumes, or register your dog to walk in the parade and strut his stuff. There will also be vendors there and prizes for the best costumes. Pre-registration for the parade is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog. Festival begins at 12:30, but the parade starts at 2pm. Find out more in this month’s issue of CLE Dog Magazine, or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1575118199274186/

Oct. 20 – Halloween pictures at Grateful Dog Bakery

Bring your dog (with or without a costume) for a fun fall-themed picture. The cost is $12 for a 4X6 framed print. The pictures will be posted Facebook for a costume contest and winners will be selected for the funniest, cutest and most creative categories.  Proceeds will benefit Friendship APL. No appointment is needed. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/254844688451696/

grateful dog

Oct. 20 – Dogtoberfest

K9 Cleveland will be celebrating its grand opening with a fun Halloween themed party from 4pm to 7pm at its facilities near downtown Cleveland. You can enjoy some tasty Oktoberfest themed food, while your dog can enjoy a dog-safe “beer.” Admission is free. BYOB, dog beer available for purchase. RSVPs are appreciated at https://www.facebook.com/events/307624826681525/

Oct. 20 – “Here for the Boos” Halloween party at Nano Brew

Hosted by Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs, bring your furry friend and enjoy an early Halloween party at Nano Brew in Ohio City. Raffles, photos, costumes, and more starting at 5pm. Find out more here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1988085587931374/

Oct. 20 BarkHappy Cleveland: Trick & Treat Trivia & Costume Pawty

This fun Halloween party includes a costume contest as well as raffles and Trick-or-Treat Trivia. Tickets start at $10 and include a free digital photo of you and your dog from Lindsay Marie Photography, a free daycare pass from Max & Alayna’s Paws Play and other free prizes! Tickets should be purchased in advance and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local rescue. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/321131795327787/?active_tab=about


Oct. 27 – Pumpkin Patch Pet Photos

Held from 12 to 3pm at Happy Healthy Dogs Mayfield, you can have a photo shoot for your dog in a Pumpkin patch. The cost is $5 for a digital photo and all proceeds will benefit Second Chance Animal Rescue. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2108304706090641/


CLE Dog-Friendly Halloween Parties

For those of us who loves dogs in costumes (and really, who doesn’t?), Halloween is one of the best times of year. There will be so many chances this October to dress up your dog and go to a dog-friendly party. From parades and 5Ks to costume contests at breweries, it’s going to be a busy month for Cleveland dogs.

Here are some of the parties to check out this month:

Oct. 7, 2017
3rd Annual Dogtoberfest

Stautzenberger College in Brecksville hosts its 3rd annual Dogtoberfest on Saturday. All proceeds will go toward benefiting a variety of local non-profit animal welfare and rescue partners. There will be a “Mutt Struttin’ Costume Contest” and an ice cream social. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/348453475601251/?hc_location=ufi

Oct. 7, 2017
Bark Boo-Nanza

Bring your dog for dog-friendly trick-or-treating around Sunny Lake in Aurora. The first 125 dogs registered will recieve a Boo Treat Bag. There will also be rescues, vendors, prizes, raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle. All breed are welcome! More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/910786965756359/?hc_location=ufi

Photo credit: Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora
Photo credit: Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora


4th Annual Howl-O-Ween Party
Oct. 8, 2017

Golden Retrievers in Need (G.R.I.N.) will be hosting a Chili Cook Off at the 4th Annual Howl-O-Ween Party on Oak Grove Pavilion. Bring a six quart or larger crock pot of your chili and you get into the event for free. There will be human and dog costume contests, doggie ice cream and bobbing for hot dogs, raffles and all the other fun events. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1502187833173266

Photo courtesy of G.R.I.N.

Oct. 14, 2017
Monster Mutt Dash

Berea Animal Rescue’s annual 5K and dog walk is always a popular Halloween dog event. Dress up in costume and run or walk with your dog, and then enjoy the fun afterparty! Held at the Cuyahoga Country Fairgrounds, there will be vendors, food, entertainment, raffles, a “boo-tiful” Beer Garden, plus dog games and a costume parade and contest with prizes. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/315246198937087/

Halloween photos
Oct. 17, 2017


Oct. 21, 2017
Lakewood’ Spooky Pooch Parade

Join in the parade, or just observe from the sidelines, as dogs dressed in some of the best Halloween costumes you’ve ever seen walk down Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.  There will be awards given out in a variety of categories for the costumes. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1446680005342069

Oct. 21
Howl-o-Ween 2017

Hosted by B.A.R.C Akron Dog Park, this annual “Howl-O-Ween” event will feature a costume contest for both dogs and humans, plus food, vendors, photos and raffles. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1453106384805221

Oct. 21 and 22, 2017
Howl-o-Ween at PetPeople

Head to PetPeople in Strongsville on Oct. 21 or PetPeople in Chagrin on Oct. 22 for a fun doggie Halloween party. There will be including costumes, trick or treat bags and proceeds will benefit local rescues. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1941333216191665 and here: https://www.facebook.com/PetPeople/app/208195102528120/

16th Annual Boo Wow Walk
Oct. 2, 2017

The Ashtabula County APL will be hosting a Boo Wow Walk featuring an “enchanted” walk along the Maple Ridge Golf Course with 13 “frightful” stops for both you and your dog. Each stop includes a prize for your dog. After the walk, there will be food, costume contests with prizes and photos! Find out more here: http://acapl.org/boo-wow-walk-2017/

boo walk

Oct. 27, 2017
SRB Halloween Costume Party

The always dog-friendly brewery, Sibling Revelry will be hosting a Halloween party that includes a dog costume contest. There will be costume contests for humans as well, including the chance to win a best “couples” costume for dog/human combos. And, the Barrio food truck will be there! Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1934145906825058/

Crocker Park’s Tricks and Treats
Oct. 28, 2017

Crocker Park’s annual event features Trick-or-Treating at stores around the shopping center as well as a Pet Costume Contest. (many Crocker Park stores are dog friendly!) There will also be vendors and exhibitors, food trucks, live music and entertainment. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/692940410897089

Oct. 31, 2017
Barks and Brews Halloween Bash

This dog-friendly event will include live entertainment, food and drinks and a contest for best dressed dog. Winner will receive a $50 gift card to Petco. The Grateful Dog Bakery Inc. will be here with their homemade dog treats. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/135524447181009


Photos from the Spooky Pooch Parade

Nothing gets me in the mood for Halloween more than seeing dogs dressed up in costumes! Every year the Spooky Pooch Parade in Lakewood is the start of the Halloween season for me and other dog lovers that love to see dogs dressed up in costume.

This year’s Spooky Pooch Parade did not disappoint. All of the dogs brought their A game, coming dressed up in all sorts of fun costumes from Pac Mans to Tree People and Gardeners, Minions, Motorcycle Doggies, a lot of Stars Wars characters, lobsters, spiders, foxes and so many more I probably missed.

Usually I just spectate from the sidelines, but this year I walked in the parade for the first time, but sadly without Hunter and Roscoe. I knew Roscoe would be terrified and Hunter can be a little too much to handle at events where there are a lot of dogs, so I offered to help a friend of mine who was bringing a few of her dogs. Her dogs were all dressed up as Star Wars characters – R2D2, a few Ewoks and Chewbacca. I had the pleasure of walking Chewbacca, also known as Ollie, a cute little Pom that looks a little bit like Hunter, so it was almost like he was there.

Here are some photos from the Parade. Did you go? What were your favorite costumes? Besides the Stars Wars crew, I loved the Pac Man dogs and the Ghostbusters duo.

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Cleveland Dog-Friendly Halloween Parties and Costume Contests

This post is from 2015, check out the updated list for 2017: http://dogsinthecle.com/cle-dog-friendly-halloween-parties/

So you’ve got the perfect costume for your dog, but no where to go…Well don’t just sit at home and take pictures, there are tons of Halloween events over the next few weekends to get your dog out strutting his or her stuff in costume!

Some of my favorite costumes every year – my friend Catherine Krzywicki’s furkids


Here’s a roundup of some Halloween parties and costume contests to hit up this year:

Oct. 17

Lakewood’ Spooky Pooch Parade

Join in the parade, or just observe from the sidelines, as dogs dressed in some of the best Halloween costumes you’ve ever seen walk down Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.  There will be awards given out in a variety of categories for the costumes. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1656935337884900/

Oct. 18

Moochie & Co. Halloween Portraits and Party

Stop by the Strongsville location for pet photos and a Halloween party!


Oct. 24

BARC Akron Dog Park Halloween Party

Akron Dog Park’s Annual “Howl-O-Ween” Fall Festival and Fundraiser will feature a costume contest for both dogs and humans, plus food, vendors, photos and raffles. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The event is free, but there is a $10 entry fee for the costume contest. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/843444572340680/

Crocker Park Halloween Costume Contest

Crocker Park’s annual Pet Costume Contest will take place on Main Street, between Gymboree and Francesca’s Collection. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the pets with the scariest, cutest and most original costumes. All proceeds will be donated to the Cleveland APL. https://www.facebook.com/events/1673551046213604/

Petco Halloween Costume Contest

All pets welcome in costume, treats and prizes for all, gifts for the winners. Check with your local Petco for more details.

StyleMutt Halloween Costume Contest

The pet store’s Halloween party includes costume contests, refreshments and games for dogs. Portraits by Martha will be there for Halloween photos of your dog. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481980272106503/

Oct. 25

PetPeople Halloween Party at PetPeople in Woodmere

Trick or treating ($5 donation per treat bag benefits Dogs Unlimited Rescue), pumpkin pie contest and costume contest. https://www.facebook.com/PetPeople/photos/a.10150110429709423.282016.86159144422/10153282671074423/?type=3&theater

Oct. 31

Downtown Dog Park Birthday and Halloween Party

Dress your dog up and stop by the Downtown Dog Park for food, raffles and a costume contest and to celebrate the one year birthday of the park (event rescheduled from earlier this month). Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/dtCLEdogpark/photos/gm.439231202933249/1642576152696991/?type=3&theater

Don’t forget to share your pics with me! I love dogs in costume.


October Dog-Friendly Events

Now that summer is over, the dog friendly events start to die down, but luckily October has Halloween to keep the fun going! For those of you that love to dress up your dog and hit the town, there are a ton of fun events to check out this month. Hunter and I (maybe Roscoe, although he doesn’t love the crowds) hope to get to two of our favorite events – the Monster Mutt Dash and the Spooky Pooch Parade.

Here are some of October’s dog friendly events:

October 3

Downtown Dog Park Birthday Party

In celebration of the dog park’s 1st birthday, the Downtown Cleveland Dog will be hosting a party with dog friendly vendors, games, prizes, adoptable dogs and more. Party begins at 11 a.m. at the Downtown Dog Park. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1649020612046882/


October 3 & 4

The Lake Humane Society will be hosting a Fall Photos & Pup Dress Up Fundraiser Saturday and Sunday. Stop by West Orchards Farm Market in Perry and get photos taken with your dog. Cost is $25 and $10 from each session will benefit the Lake Humane Society.

October 10

Monster Mutt Dash & Howl-O-Ween After Party

Berea Animal Rescue’s annual Halloween celebration is a one mile dog friendly walk or 3 mile run, followed by a Howl-O-Ween AfterParty. Activities at the after party include vendors, a Beer Garden, Haunted Mutt House and Post-Race/Walk Massages for dogs. There will also be other dog friendly games, costumes, raffles and pet photographs. I went to this two years ago and it was a blast, I hope to get there again this year! Start your fundraising and find out more info here: http://bereaanimalrescue.com/monster-mutt-dash



Cleveland Pet Expo

The pet expo is dog friendly, so bring along you furry best friend to browse vendors, meet with trainers and see demonstrations as well as get free nail trims, discounted vaccinations, enjoy a pet costume contest, agility, shows and much more. Find out more info here: http://www.amazingpetexpocleveland.com

Annual Husky Hike

Adopt A Husky Ohio, Inc. will host a dog-friendly hike at Brecksville Reservation. Register today to help abandoned, abused, injured and lost Siberian Huskies. In addition to the one mile hike, the event will include games, food, sled demonstrations, silent auction, nail trimmings and more. Find out more here: http://www.adoptahuskyohio.com

October 11

Dash for Dobes Spooktacular Sprint 5k Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk

The 2nd Annual Spooktacular Sprint 5k Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk benefits Hand Me Down Dobes, a Doberman rescue group. Every walker or runner will receive a dri-fit race shirt (even Virtual Runners). The 5k Run begins at 9:00am. Sign up here: https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/110192

Regal Vineyards Corn Maze

All dogs are invited to join and the day will include activities such as a rock labyrinth, pumpkin bowling, corn hole, face painting, paint ball target shooting, and so much more! A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the homeless pets of Lake Humane Society.

October 17

Spooky Pooch Parade spooky

The annual Lakewood tradition features some of the most creative in dog costumes you’re likely to see this Halloween. Anyone is welcome to dress up their dog and join the parade which travels down Detroit Ave. from Kaufman Park. Registration begins at 12:30 and the parade also includes vendors, entertainment and an awards ceremony for the best costumes. More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1656935337884900


Check out the calendar for a full listing of events: http://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-events. And, as always, make sure to email me if I am missing anything! (contact@dogsinthecle.com)

It’s Halloween time!

It’s that time of year again! Time to dress up your dog and have him strut his cute stuff around town. Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I love seeing dogs and kids all dressed up in funny costumes. If you’re looking for a reason to dress up your dog this year, I’ve rounded up some of the best dog friendly Halloween events to hit up this month.

And, if you’re still in the market for a Halloween costume, Groupon has a whole bunch of coupons for PetSmart (including $25 off a $100 order and a great Halloween sale) for you to get your dog’s costume or whatever other supplies he needs. Check it out at: http://www.groupon.com/coupons/stores/petsmart.com

Here’s what to do with your dog this Halloween season:

Oct. 12
Monster Mutt Dash and Howl-O-Ween After Party

Dress up your dog and take him for a run or walk at the Monster Mutt Dash! The Berea Animal Rescue Fund hosts this 5K run/ 1 mile walk every year to raise funds for the homeless animals in their care. This year the event is being held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. After the run/walk there is a free Halloween party filled with lots of fun events for you and your dog. Visit http://bereaanimalrescue.com/monster-mutt-dash for more info.

Photo from last year's Monster Mutt Dash
Photo from last year’s Monster Mutt Dash

Oct. 18
Dash for Dobes Spooktacular

This 1 mile walk or 5K run benefits Hand Me Down Dobes, a Doberman rescue group. The run/walk will be held at Sunny Lake Park in Aurora. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Aurora/DashforDobes5kRunWalk

Oct. 18
Spooky Pooch Parade

This is your chance to dress up your dog and enter him in a parade!  A favorite of mine every year, the parade shows off the very best in creative dog costumes. In addition to the parade, there will be over 30 vendors at Kaufman Park in Lakewood. Prizes will b awarded for best costume. Check out www.spookypoochparade.com for more information.

 Photo from last year's Spooky Pooch Parade
Photo from last year’s Spooky Pooch Parade


Oct. 25 Halloween Family Fun Barkival

This event will benefit several area rescues and includes games, drawing and raffles, adoptable dogs and a dog and kid Halloween costume contest. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information on this family fun event.

Oct. 25
First Annual Muttley Crue Fall Fest

Muttley Crue is hosting their first annual Fall Festival. The event will have numerous local rescues and shelters with adoptable animals and vendors. There will also be a doggie costume parade and contest. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/928972627130580 for more info.

Oct. 23
Yappy Hour DogtoberFest

Pet-Tique’s annual Halloween costume party with Inn The Dog House starts at 5:00pm and will have beer, wine and food, all to benefit the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel. Pet-Tique will also be debuting their newest winter coats and sweaters with a costume contest and raffles prizes. Pet-Tique will also provide free nail trims and pet massages.

So, what will your dog be dressed up as this Halloween?

*This post was sponsored by Groupon, but the opinions are my own. I love a good deal, so I thought you might too.


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I hope that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween tonight. If you’re taking your dog trick or treating, or will be around a lot of trick or treaters, here’s some good safety tips courtesy of Squad 51, a local pet emergency response company:  http://squadfiftyone.com/halloween-safety-for-your-pets/

Now to the fun stuff! Dogs in costumes. Specifically, Cleveland dogs in costume (pumpkins are very popular this year apparently!):

Ripley the scary Vampire!
Tobey the pumpkin!
Aria the fish!

Sampson the pumpkin!

Superman! aka Oscar

Buffy as a pumpkin!

And finally..here’s Hunter as a pumpkin!

Thanks to all who submitted their dog pics!

Spooky Pooch Parade

It may have been cold and rainy, but that didn’t stop some very creative dog owners from hitting up the streets of Lakewood to show off their dog’s Halloween costumes. Over 200 dogs attended the Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday displaying the very best in dog Halloween costumes.

There were dogs dressed up as presents, superheroes, paintings, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Chewbacca, even Heisenberg (from “Barking” Bad). I love that the owners get into it too, dressing up in theme along with their dogs. It’s also amazing that some dogs let their owners dress them in these elaborate get ups. It takes a very patient and mellow dog to sit in a oversized pot dressed as a lobster. Don’t think I’d have much luck getting my dog to do that.

Here are some of the best shots from the event:


Did you go to the parade? What was your favorite costume?

Monster Mutt Dash

The annual Halloween-themed “Monster Mutt Dash,” a dog friendly 5K and 1 mile walk, brought in a packed crowd of runners and dog lovers all out to support the Berea Animal Rescue Fund this past weekend.

According to Juleen Russell, Marketing/Public Relations for the Berea ARF, the event broke attendance records this year, with 974 walkers/runners – 224 more than last year. Since I haven’t been able to train my dog to be a runner, I was excited to take part in the event as part of the one-mile walk. The runners and walkers all lined up together, which seemed a little chaotic to me, but most of the walkers from what I could tell were smart enough to head toward the back of the pack to let the runners go first. My sister, who does not own a dog, did the 5K and said that it wasn’t that crowded really. Most of the runners around her didn’t have dogs, so there was a lot of space to run.

There was also a lot of good Halloween costumes, which made the walk especially fun. Hunter and I enjoyed walking next to this cute costumed dog. I think Hunter thought his costume meant he should race him.

The event also featured a Howl-O-Ween after party featuring vendors, dog activities and a pet costume contest. The after party had some fun games I haven’t seen at other events, including bobbing for treats and musical hoops. Hunter especially enjoyed the bobbing for treats.

Organizers are still running the numbers, but they are currently at 53% of their goal of $15,000, according to Russell. The fund raising page will be up until Nov. 12, which means there’s still time in case you would like to donate. Visit the fund raising page for more details: https://fundraising.active.com/event/MonsterMuttDash.

All in all it was a fun day at the Monster Mutt Dash. My sister and I decided this will be an annual event for us. I’m already starting my training for Hunter to do his first 5K at next year’s event!

What to do with your dog in October: Halloween Edition

The month of October is all about Halloween for dog lovers. Pretty much every event this month is centered around costume contests and Halloween activities. So get your dog’s costume ready and plan to hit up one of these fun events this month:

Sunday, Oct. 13
Halloween kicks off in Berea at the Animal Rescue Fund’s Monster Mutt Dash. A 5K run and 1 mile dog walk is just the start of this dog friendly event. The HOWL-O-WEEN after party goes until 1 pm and includes games for dogs and people, a pet costume contest, food and pet vendors. Photographers will also be on hand for pictures with your pet. Visit the web site for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 19
A favorite of Lakewood residents, the Spooky Pooch Parade starts at 12:30 (for owners that want to enter their dogs in the costume contest), with the parade kicking off at 2 p.m. on St. Charles Ave. around Deagan’s. Along with the dog costume contest, this year kids can also dress up and Trick or Treat with participating vendors.

Sunday, Oct. 20
Halloween festivities really hit full stride on Oct. 20. On Sunday, Style Mutt and Hollywood Hounds are each hosting costume contests and parties and Canine Companions for Independence will host a dog walk and party. Canine Companions’ DogFest “Walk ‘n Roll” is a family oriented, pet-friendly walk that raises funds for Canine Companions. For a minimum pledge of $25 participants take part in a walk with trick-or-treat stops along the way, a raffle and a costume contest for both humans and dogs after the walk. For more info visit the web site.

Sunday, Oct. 27
To kick off the actual week of Halloween, Cold Nose Companions in Chardon will host “Howl-O-Ween” a Halloween party for your family and dog. Games, costume contests and activities such as a “grocery game and spoon race” will be held for the dogs. For more information, visit the web site.

So, now the big question is – what is your dog going to be for Halloween?

Here’s what I’m planning for my dog:

Have any events to add to the calendar? Email me at dogsinthecle@gmail.com.