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Halloween Guide 2017

Halloween events for all ages, haunted attractions, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and more

It's Halloween season, and we have your one-stop shop for special events and things to do to get you in the Halloween spirit, as well as the details on local costume trends. 

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HauntFest on Fifth. FILE PHOTO Chris Stewart

1. HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR GROWN-UPS

Halloween may have been originally meant to commemorate the dead, but it’s become the source of scary fun and living life to the fullest. Grab your most creative costume, your love, your friends and leave the kids at home for Hauntfest on Fifth, haunted laser tag and more Halloween fun for adults.

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2. HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR KIDS, FAMILIES

Halloween doesn't have to cause nightmares! There are plenty of ways to get in the spirit without tears. From Halloween-themed theater and classical music, to a day at the zoo with animals, to an evening with Disney princesses and indoor trick-or-treating, there are plenty of ways kids can celebrate Halloween all month long.

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Scenes from the Land of Illusion in Middletown, 2013 season. KEN-YON HARDY/STAFF

3. HAUNTED HOUSES, TRAILS, ATTRACTIONS

Ready to be chased by a chainsaw-toting zombie? It's haunted house season, and there are some pretty spectacularly scary attractions throughout the region. We recommend you wear a Depends when you visit one of these haunted houses or trails close to Dayton.

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Corn Maze sign in cornfield (Elise Donoghue/Getty Images)

4. CORN MAZES

Sometimes you want your Halloween fun to offer a different kind of scare (one without a chainsaw)! These corn mazes may leave you feeling scared you won't find your way out, but otherwise offer some milder Halloween fun. Yes, wandering aimlessly through corn fields is fun!!

Visit the Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market pumpkin patch at their Fall Festival. shutterstock.com

5. PICK THE PERFECT PUMPKIN

This is one of the best Halloween traditions around. Take a hayride, drink some cider and go on a quest for a pumpkin that even Linus and the Peanuts gang would love. These local farms are places are perfect for pumpkin hunting.

Some local communities begin hosting Beggar’s Night on Oct. 30.

6. FIND YOUR BEGGARS NIGHT

Check out our guide to trick-or-treat dates and times in communities throughout the region so you can start planning now.

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