By: Vivienne Machi, Staff Writer
Can you believe that Halloween is just around the corner? We can't; we're still working on our costume ideas over here. But believe it or not, downtown Dayton and the Oregon District Business Association's premier Halloween event Hauntfest is just days away, and it's turning 30! Whether this is your first time haunting East Fifth Street or your 14th, these tips will help you have a fantastically ghastly night.
Get in the spirit (and competition)
This year's theme is Halloween nostalgia, which you can interpret as you see fit. You could go on a plain ol' nostalgia kick and pick a decade to rep -- from the pinnacle of the French monarchy to 1970s disco.
Or really pinpoint the Halloween nostalgia portion, and channel your favorite horror character. Are you more of a Jack Torrance from The Shining fan, or Michael Myers from Halloween? Get creative: the Tito's Vodka costume contest at 10 p.m. has cash prizes and will be judged by local celebrities, including our very own blogger and Halloween costume guru, Amelia Robinson.
Speaking of Amelia, if you're stumped on a costume, she's got 13 sexy, insane, and ghoulish ideas for you.
Don't spend your night waiting in line
Maximize your fright time by buying your Hauntfest tickets early: Find a list of businesses that are selling tickets now via Facebook.
Get to Fifth Street early, take part in a music video filming
Got nothing to do before the festivities begin? Get to the Oregon District early and gorge yourselves on Corner Kitchen's first weekend brunch.
Once you're sated, take part in Nucleus Co-Share's Dayton-centric music video. Parading down Fifth Street in your Halloween finest is the perfect way to kick off your night. Learn more about the music video here.
Get around without a sweat
Don't let your fear of searching for hours for a parking spot or having to be a designated driver get you down. The District's three main parking lots will be open, next to Omega Music, 318 E. Fifth St., behind Ned Peppers Bar, 419 E. Fifth St., and across the street from the Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. The Dayton Theatre Guild also will allow parking in their back lot at 430 Wayne Ave. for $5, starting at 5 p.m.. The Dayton Transportation Center Garage at Jefferson Street and Patterson Boulevard will have parking for $3.
Rock out all night
Where else can you see dozens of bands in all their costumed glory rocking out all night? Catch the Eric Jerardi Band at 7 p.m. and Stranger at 10 p.m., both on the Main Stage located outside at Fifth Street and Pine Street. Ghoulies will be dancing around at Blind Bob's Bar The Oregon Express, Ned Pepper's, the Tumbleweed Connection, Hank's Hole in the Wall, and the Dublin Pub. Dayton's own luchadore rock group TEAM VOID will be calling up the undead at the Trolley Stop with the Nick Kay Orchestra. Carl's Body Shop, 1120 Wayne Ave., is sponsoring the beats from the DJ stage at Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue.
Want to go?
What: The 30th annual Hauntfest
When: Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: The historic Oregon District, East Fifth Street between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue.
Cost: $5 advance; $10 after 8 p.m.