12 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. 

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Here are some awesome events for grown folks: 


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When: 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6

Where: Amber Rose, 1400 Valley St., Dayton

Cost: $38

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. This event sells out quickly so get your tickets soon! 

The Amber Rose has appeared in the popular series of books, Haunted Ohio, and the staff has 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.

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2 🎃 Dayton Spooky Spectacular 

When: 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

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

Cost: Free

Info: Event Facebook page

Spooky Spectacular Dayton is an event featuring more than 35 vendors of handmade, vintage, paranormal and otherwise “strange and unusual,” according to the event’s Facebook page. Swag bags will also be given out to the first 25 “purchasers” at the event, as well as cocktail treats, Zombie Dogz Food Truck grub and more.


When: First showing begins 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 &  final showing begins Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.

Where: Danbarry Huber Heights, 7650 Waynetowne Blvd., Huber Heights

Cost: Friday night and Saturday night combo ticket - $20, individual show prices vary (See website)


Horrorama is Dayton’s longest-running horror movie marathon and is returning for one huge, expanded weekend of terrorizing cinematography. A weekend ticket includes all of Friday and Saturday’s programs, including showings of The Lost Boys, The Beyond , Universal’s Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.

Saturday night, the real fun begins during the “Horrorama Annual All-Nite Halloween Party” where there will be movies, costume contests, trivia, prizes and more. Advance tickets are available online via PayPal and there is a 50-cent fee added to each ticket. Tickets may also be purchased without a fee at the Danbarry Huber Heights box office. 

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

When: 10:30 p.m.- 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

Where: State Theater, 69 S. Main St., London

Tickets & InfoEvent Facebook

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

Fritz’ show aired nights 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 p.m.- 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Rd., 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.


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When: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26

Where: Dayton Transportation Center, 111 E. 5th St., Dayton

Info: | Facebook

We are guessing the outfits worn to Masquerage 2018 are going to be particularly skimpy. Based on the past, that’s saying a lot. Rio Nights — inspired by the week-long Carnival festival held annually in Rio de Janeiro — was just revealed as the basis of the theme of the annual bash dubbed “Party of Parties.”

Dayton’s Masquerage is an annual event which raises money for the life-saving work of Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio). Since Masquerage’s inception in 2002, this “Party of Parties for a Cause” has has helped raise awareness and now more than $1,250,000. 

Cost: Tickets will no longer be available online after Thursday, Oct. 25.  Day of ticket prices, if available, can be purchased at the door starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. General Admission at the door will be $75. Red Ribbon Lounge will be $175

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

When: 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21

Where: Downtown Fairborn, Main St. 

Info: Event Facebook page

The 7th 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. 

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When: 5- 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: The Dayton Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St., Dayton  

Cost: $40 general admission, $50 early admission tickets (granting admission at 5 p.m.). All regular admission and early admission ticket holders will receive a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples.

Info:  | Event Facebook page 

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association party previously known as Dia de las Cervezas will feature live music by The AmpFibians and Team Void, food from Pa’s Pork and The Drunken Waffle, face painting, tarot card reading and a costume contest. “Building on the success of 2017’s inaugural event, 40 Ohio craft breweries will be pouring samples of seasonal styles and popular favorites.”



>>PHOTOS: HauntFest on Fifth 2017

HauntFest on Fifth brought out the costumes, both silly and spooky, to the annual Halloween event on Oct. 31, in Dayton's Oregon District. (Staff photo by Chris Stewart) (Amelia Robinson/Seen and Overheard)

When: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

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

Cost: $10


Hard to believe, but Hauntfest on 5th is now on its 33rd year. This year’s wacky and spooky festivities will be kicked off at 7 p.m. by Channel 99.9’s Josh Martinez. Stop by the Channel 99.9 for a chance to win prizes and some of the most popular on-air celebrities in the area. 


When: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

Where: Wax Park, 3800 Main Street, Moraine

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


Slash Moraine weekend at Wax Park this year includes the popular Zombie Run, where you will have to outrun zombies, a teen dance, pet costume contest, a bake off, flashlight zombie search, hayrides, food trucks, music and much more. You can even volunteer to be an actor during the festivities by calling 937-535-1060. 


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 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday,  Oct. 21

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 District and return to the Yellow Cab Tavern for a post-parade celebration. There will be beautiful altars to check out, along with food, music and dancing.


When: 6 p.m., Oct. 30 and 31.

Where: Stoddard Avenue, Dayton

Info: Event Facebook page

Cost: Free 

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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