5 KILLER Halloween parties and events this weekend 

Halloween is on Oct. 31, but the party starts early. 

Here are 5 of the best of the best Halloween events around Dayton:

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Hauntfest on Fifth 2016 was held on Saturday, Oct. 29 in downtown Dayton's Oregon District. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com
Photo: Tom Gilliam


When: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 

Where: Oregon District, E. Fifth St., Dayton 

Cost: $5 in advance or $10 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased at Oregon District businesses. 

Info: Event Facebook page  

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Dan Hapner and a crew of 400 volunteers are certainly gearing up for the 32nd annual spooktastic block party.  This year’s Hauntfest will feature street performers from Cincinnati, the Zombie Mobile’s completely brain hungry zombies, entertainment on two stages, the Eric Jerardi Band and one of the best costume contests around, Hapner, Hauntfest’s manager for seven years, said.  

“We have entertainment on both ends of the streets,” Hapner said. “We have a lot of really unique and good costumes.”  The contest has three categories: best individual, best group and best Halloween theme.  Prizes will include $300 for first place; $200 for second place and $100 for third place. 

The contest will be emceed by Dayton.com’s Amelia Robinson and Jim Bucher, a local personality.  Several bars will also have bands.  

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When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28  

Where: Downtown Yellow Springs  

Cost: Free admission. Organizers have collected pantry donations from participants in the past.  

Info: Facebook  

The event includes music from Mc Lars, Duderus, Yikes A Band and DJ JFX. There will also be kids activities, food trucks, booths and makeup artists.  


When: 6-10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28  

Where: Wax Park, 3800 Main St., Moraine  

Cost: Some activities are free while others cost as much as $5.  

Info: slashmoraine.comEvent Facebook page  

Slash Moraine weekend at Wax Park includes a zombie run, hayrides, children’s activities, a teen zombie dance, a pet costume party, spooktacular trails, a food truck rally and trunk or treat.  

The Dayton community came together on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in the Oregon District to commemorate the Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a special day celebrated throughout Latin America on which people remember loved ones who have died.
Photo: Tom Gilliam


When: 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 

Where: The "Old" Yellow Cab building, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton 

Cost: Free

Info: Event Facebook page  

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Hundreds parade through the Historic Oregon District for this event, which started locally in 2012. El Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” is a Latin American celebration that recognizes dead loved ones with parties and parades. Expect crazy face paint and elaborate dresses and “floats” at Dayton’s celebration, which begins at 2 p.m. with a pre-party festival at Yellow Cab that includes storytelling, games, and face painting. The parade will leave Yellow Cab at 4 p.m. for the Oregon Distict and end at The Missing Peace Art Space, 234 S. Dutoit St., for dancing, gallery tours and food.  

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Hundreds of carefully carved and beautifully designed Jack-o-Lanterns lit up the night during the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 30-31. (KAMRON TAYLOR/STAFF)


When: 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and 31. 

Where: Stoddard Avenue, Dayton 

Info: Event Facebook page 

Cost: Free 

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After taking last year off, the tradition continues on the hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Grafton Hills neighborhood. The family-friendly event features more than 800 intricately carved jack-o’-lanterns.

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We visited Dia De Las Cervezas and Hauntfest.

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