The small town of Fairborn hosts one of the biggest Halloween festivals near Dayton

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Fairborn hosts one of the biggest Halloween Festivals in the Miami Valley.

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Fairborn is proud to throw the biggest Halloween festival in the Miami Valley, attracting more than 10,000 visitors per year.

Patrons are treated to live music, food and drink, trick-or-treating, activities, a parade, Foy’s Haunted Museum, a costume contest, rides, street vendors and downtown shopping Oct. 18-20.

Explore PHOTOS: Did we spot you at last year's Fairborn Halloween Fest?

For the first time in 2019, beer drinking will not be restricted to the beer garden. Once you make your purchase, you’ll be able to take it with you throughout the festival, so with that in mind …

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The humble town of Fairborn is responsible for the largest Halloween festival in the Miami Valley. Their downtown turned into a three-day party that took place from Friday Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21. Main attractions include Foy's Haunted Museum, The Spooktacular Parade, a costume contest, The Zombie Walk and live music in addition to food trucks, a beer garden, carnival rides, games and local merchants open for shopping. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

The humble town of Fairborn is responsible for the largest Halloween festival in the Miami Valley. Their downtown turned into a three-day party that took place from Friday Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21. Main attractions include Foy's Haunted Museum, The Spooktacular Parade, a costume contest, The Zombie Walk and live music in addition to food trucks, a beer garden, carnival rides, games and local merchants open for shopping. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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The humble town of Fairborn is responsible for the largest Halloween festival in the Miami Valley. Their downtown turned into a three-day party that took place from Friday Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21. Main attractions include Foy's Haunted Museum, The Spooktacular Parade, a costume contest, The Zombie Walk and live music in addition to food trucks, a beer garden, carnival rides, games and local merchants open for shopping. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

🍺1. THE BEER

Heidelberg and Dayton’s Warped Wing will be providing the suds for the fest in the beer garden, located at the corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue.

Beer garden hours are 5-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The city of Fairborn has established a Fairborn Outdoor Refreshment Area downtown for this event, according to the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce.

All beverages in the beer garden will be served in FORA cups that explain its rules.

Warped Wing’s featured beers are: Trotwood (lager) Gamma Bomb (IPA) Test Flight Hazy Pale Ale (IPA) CreepShow (smoked porter) Heidelburg will be selling Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.

All beers are $5 for a 16-ounce cup.

Heidelberg and Dayton’s Warped Wing will be providing the suds for the fest in the beer garden, located at the corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue.

Beer garden hours are 5-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The city of Fairborn has established a Fairborn Outdoor Refreshment Area downtown for this event, according to the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce.

All beverages in the beer garden will be served in FORA cups that explain its rules.

Warped Wing’s featured beers are: Trotwood (lager) Gamma Bomb (IPA) Test Flight Hazy Pale Ale (IPA) CreepShow (smoked porter) Heidelburg will be selling Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.

All beers are $5 for a 16-ounce cup.

Explore PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Fairborn Halloween Fest in 2017?

🍴2. THE FOOD 

Seventeen food vendors will set up shop at the Fairborn Halloween Festival. They are:

• Cheezy Creations

• Riddle Ribs & BBQ

• Mom Andrasik’s Hungarian Cabbage Rolls

• Navajo Taco Tent

• Long’s Concessions

• Spooky Spuds

• Wild Fire Pizza

• Southern Sisters

• Freda’s Food Truck Trailer

• Tuck’s Grill

• Momma’z Boyz

• Underdogs Mobile

• Southern Fried & Fries

• Freddie’s Franks & Burgers

• Wholly Smokes BBQ

• K-Dee’s Sub Hut

• El Buen Taco

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The humble town of Fairborn is responsible for the largest Halloween festival in the Miami Valley. Their downtown turned into a three-day party that took place from Friday Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21. Main attractions include Foy's Haunted Museum, The Spooktacular Parade, a costume contest, The Zombie Walk and live music in addition to food trucks, a beer garden, carnival rides, games and local merchants open for shopping. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

The humble town of Fairborn is responsible for the largest Halloween festival in the Miami Valley. Their downtown turned into a three-day party that took place from Friday Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21. Main attractions include Foy's Haunted Museum, The Spooktacular Parade, a costume contest, The Zombie Walk and live music in addition to food trucks, a beer garden, carnival rides, games and local merchants open for shopping. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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The humble town of Fairborn is responsible for the largest Halloween festival in the Miami Valley. Their downtown turned into a three-day party that took place from Friday Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21. Main attractions include Foy's Haunted Museum, The Spooktacular Parade, a costume contest, The Zombie Walk and live music in addition to food trucks, a beer garden, carnival rides, games and local merchants open for shopping. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

😱3. FOY’S HAUNTED MUSEUM 

This haunted house owned by local entrepreneur Mike Foy delivers all kinds of scares – everything from zombies to movie serial killers — that are not for the faint of heart.

Foy’s is open from 6-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday every weekend during October. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for kids 13 and younger.

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The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.

The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.
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The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.

👻4. SPOOKTACULAR PARADE AND ZOMBIE WALK 

Humans and animals can grab their best costume and join the parade that starts at the YMCA and proceeds to the downtown festival stage. There’ll be a costume contest for various age groups, with prizes for first, second and third place.

Categories are adult, family, animal, best couple and scariest. The parade begins at 7 p.m.

If you plan on dressing as a zombie, join the zombie walk at 10 p.m., where you can pretend you’re part of ‘The Walking Dead.”

On Sunday, trick-or-treating will take place at the booths from 1-2 p.m.

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Fairborn celebrated Halloween a weekend early with it's 6th annual Halloween Festival complete with a zombie walk, Witch’s Brew Beer Garden, parade and costume contests. Photos by Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Fairborn celebrated Halloween a weekend early with it's 6th annual Halloween Festival complete with a zombie walk, Witch’s Brew Beer Garden, parade and costume contests. Photos by Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com
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Fairborn celebrated Halloween a weekend early with it's 6th annual Halloween Festival complete with a zombie walk, Witch’s Brew Beer Garden, parade and costume contests. Photos by Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

🎤5. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 

Several bands and dance troupes will perform at the fest. The schedule is:

Friday: 

• Nawty Dog (blues/classic rock) – 5:30-6:30 p.m.

• Retrobution (1980s covers) – 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Saturday: 

• Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance – noon-12:30 p.m.

• Lifted Lotus Dance Company – 1 p.m.

• Quest Dance Center – 3 p.m.

• Rock It 88 (classic rock/oldies) – 5-6 p.m.

• Mad River Dogs (Americana) – 6-7:30 p.m.

• Beesly (pop/rock) – 8-10 p.m.

WANT TO GO?

What: Fairborn Halloween Festival

When: Oct. 18-20, 2019. Hours are 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Main Street in Fairborn

Cost: Free admission

More info: 937-878-3191Facebook

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Just a few of the congenial ghouls you might encounter at the Fairborn Halloween Festival in Fairborn, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED

Just a few of the congenial ghouls you might encounter at the Fairborn Halloween Festival in Fairborn, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED
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Just a few of the congenial ghouls you might encounter at the Fairborn Halloween Festival in Fairborn, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED

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