14 of Dayton’s best Halloween parties and events for adults

Don’t mind those disembodied heads floating in your neighbor’s yard -- the season of spook is here.

Luckily for all of us creatures of the night, there are so many great ways to celebrate Halloween season in Dayton. 

>> The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin glow returns in 2017

Here are some awesome events for grown folks: 


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When: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 7
Where: Amber Rose, 1400 Valley St., Dayton
Cost: $32
Info: Event Facebook page 
If you enjoy mixing food with your ghost stories, Amber Rose is, as Dr. Ray Stanz would say, "Spook Central."

The event features a four-course meal, four beers from Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery and a presentation from the paranormal investigative group ParaSense. A pint glass is included with admission. 

The Amber Rose has appeared in the popular series of books, Haunted Ohio, and the staff have claimed to see ghostly activity—lights turning on and off by themselves, glasses flying off shelves and even the apparition of the building’s original owner.

Check out the menu:

Course 1: homemade sauerkraut pierogies paired with Rhinegeist Puma
Course 2: roasted chicken roulade with hot German potato salad paired with Rhinegeist Citra Pale Ale
Course 3: jager schnitzel and spaetzle paired with Rhinegeist Franz Oktoberfest
Course 4: cherry almond bread pudding paired with Rhinegeist Chester Cherry Saison

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2 🎃 YE OLDE YELLOW CABARET XII: This is Halloween

When: 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 

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

Cost: $15 in advance of $20 the day of the party. 

Info: Event Facebook page

Who doesn’t like a Halloween ball? This one includes food from The Drunken Waffle food truck, vendors, music from Ford Theatre Reunion and Curse of Cassandra, the Tinderbox Circus Sideshow, the Roja belly dancers, burlesque from Hëxa, fire dancers, hooping, aerials from The Unicorn and music from  DJ V-Ral. 


When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 until 4 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Preshow starts at 5 p.m. 

Where: Danbarry Dollar Saver, 7650 Waynetowne Blvd., Huber Heights
Cost: $12 (advance on PayPal), $15 (day of show)
Horror fans will be treated to “The Gate,” Friday the 13th Part VI,” “Jason Lives,” “Nightmare City,” “Chopping Mall” and an additional film selected by the audience. 

The marathon also includes an ‘80s themed constume contest, classic trailers and prizes. This is the 21st annual event. 

Tickets are available at the Danbarry Huber Heights box office, Gameswap Kettering, 2294 E Dorothy Lane in Kettering, and online. 

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When: movies start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. 

Where: Dixie Twin Drive-In, 6201 N. Dixie Dr., Harrison Twp., Montgomery County.

Cost: $20 per carload.

Info & tickets: Eventbrite page

The triple feature includes screenings Friday of “Room 1408,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Exorcist” on one screen and “Friday the 13th,” “Evil Dead” and “Night of the Living Dead” on the other screen. 

Movies on Saturday, the kid’s night, includes screens of “Hotel Trannsylvania,” “Beetlejuice” and “Lost Boys” on one screen and “Ghostbusters,” “Coraline” and “Gremlins” on the other screen. 

There will be a costume contest with prizes for best adults, children, dogs and cars. 

👻 → Dixie Twin will show The Rocky Horror Picture Show 8:45 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 8. The event includes a costume contest.  

Admission is $27.37 per cardload and includes a Rocky Horror Prop Kit with Cheat Sheet.

Pre-sale tickets are now available.


Catch “Ghostbusters” at Lone Star Court on Friday. Contributed by Columbia Pictures (American-Statesman staff)

When: 8-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 

Where: The Plaza Theatre, 33 S. Main St., Miamisburg 

InfoEvent Facebook page

Fritz The Nite Owl of Nite Owl Theatre will host the 1984 classic movie starring Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts.

Fritz’s show ran night on WBNS in Columbus between 1974 and 1991. The Emmy winner will host segments and classic commercial breaks during the screening. 

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When: 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 

Where: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City 

Info: | Event Facebook page

Adventures on the Great Miami’s second annual Pumpkin Glow will include pumpkin carving, a pumpkin glow, food, and a bonfire. The pumpkin glow starts at 8:20 p.m.

Adventures on the Great Miami’s Pumpkin Fest continues all month long.

7 🎃 MASQUERAGE 2017 

Here's who we saw during Masquerage 2009 in the Roundhouse at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Peter Wine)

When: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 

Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds Roundhouse, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton

Info: | Facebook

Cost: Those who purchase tickets to the VIP Red Ribbon Lounge for $150 in advance or $175 at the door will receive free drinks, a swag bag and a meet and greet with Alexis Michelle. 

General Admission tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. It includes a welcome cocktail and food from SageCraft Catering. 

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Alexis Michelle from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame will headline the party set for at the over-the-top bash. 

Dubbed Dayton’s “Party of Parties” by Dayton Daily News editor Ron Rollins, Masquerage is a fundraiser for Equitas Health, formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio

Masks are encouraged and most attendees dress to the theme. This year’s theme is “Lost Worlds.”

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The Fairborn Community Center's Second Annual Zombie Walk was held Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. (E.L. Hubbard)

When: Oct. 20-22. The event is 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday. 

Where: Downtown Fairborn

Info: Event Facebook page

The sixth annual festival hosted by the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce features rides, live music, food, drinks, vendors, games, crafts, a zombie walk, a costume contest and Foy’s Haunted Museum. 

Beesley will perform Friday at 9 p.m. Forsaken takes the stage 8 p.m. Saturday. 

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When: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 21
Where: The Dayton Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St., Dayton  

Cost: $40 in advance or $50 at door 

Info:  | Event Facebook page 

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association party previously known as Dia de las Cervezas will feature 31 craft breweries pouring samples of Ohio beer. 

Ale-O-Ween will feature live music from The AmpFibians and Team Void, face painting, and food from the The Drunken Waffle and other food trucks. 

The plant’s renovation is part of the transformation of the Webster Station neighborhood from an industrial and warehouse district into a hot spot for tech firms, housing and shopping.

Designated driver admission will be $15 and includes a food voucher. 


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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

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’s Amelia Robinson and Jim Bucher, a local personality. 

More than 15,000 people attended the fundraiser for the Oregon District Business Association projects. About $70,000 was raised. 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 anhd 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 Street, Moraine

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

Info:  | Event 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 second annual El Dia de los Muertos Dayton celebration was Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Latin American celebration that recognizes dead loved ones. The El Dia de los Muetos Dayton parade kicked off at Snyergy Incubators’ food truck rally at 200 S. Jefferson St. After snaking down the Oregon District it ended with a party at Missing Peace Art Space, 234 S. Dutoit St. (Staff photos by Amelia Robinson)

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

>> PHOTOS: El Dia de los Muertos Dayton celebration

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.


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

Where: Stoddard Avenue, Dayton

Info: Event Facebook page

Cost: Free 

>> The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow returns in 2017! 

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’-lantern. 

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