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The ultimate guide to Dayton Halloween parties and events for grown-ups

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 (and some are family friendly, too): 

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

FAIRBORN HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL  

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. 

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

Where: Downtown Fairborn, Main Street. 

Info: Event Facebook page

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For the Ohio Craft Brewers Association and plenty of imbibers, the ideal “treat” was beer…and plenty of it, at Top of the Market on Saturday, Oct. 29, for the first Dia de las Cervezas. More than 30 Ohio craft breweries were represented, with live music as well. (Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

ALE-O-WEEN 

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.”

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: ohiocraftbeer.org  | Event Facebook page 

Tickets: http://www.beerfesttickets.com/aleoween

Spooky or silly, inventive or classic, bring your friends and family to carve up pumpkins to line the hill for a pumpkin glow along the Great Miami River for Adventures on the Great Miami’s 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Glow. CONTRIBUTED

THE GREAT PUMPKIN GLOW 

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.

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

GERMANTOWN SATURDAY NIGHTMARE

The event will feature 1500 glowing carved pumpkins, Miss Germantown Pageant, costume contest for adults and children, dance party, pumpkin games and hayrides to tour the carved pumpkin display. The 1,500 amazing pumpkins are annually carved by area school children. In addition there will be craft and food vendors, a beer truck, carnival rides, live entertainment and more.

When: Saturday, Oct. 20, noon to 10 p.m.

Where: Veteran’s Memorial Park. Parking is located at the Valley View Intermediate School, 64 Comstock St., Germantown

Cost: Free admission

More info: Facebook

IN NOMINE DAYTONAS

In Nomine Daytonas 3, the 3rd annual Halloween concert at Rockstar Pro Arena, is a rock n' roll horror show featuring bands, vendors, along with pin-up and costume contests! Live music from Grave Robber, Viceroy Kings, The Nuckles, and Bundy and The Spins. All ages! Beer available w/ID.

When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.

Where: Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St.

Cost: Tickets are $8 presale, $10 at the door.

The Mother's Day menu at The Amber Rose has the whole family in mind. (Jim Ingram/Lisa Powell)

GHOST HUNTING NIGHT AT AMBER ROSE

Legend has it this restaurant is haunted. This event is for amateur ghost hunters or seasoned ghost hunters and is limited to 50 people. The night will feature heavy appetizers and local and seasonal beer tasting that ends with open time for exploring the Amber Rose with unprecedented access to various areas of the restaurant that are normally off-limits. These exploring sessions will be led by the “Para Sense” paranormal investigative team. Bring your cameras and any other “ghost hunting ” devices you want.

When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: Amber Rose restaurant, 1400 Valley St., Dayton

Cost: $28 per person includes paranormal ghost hunting, four beer tastings, four appetizers and gratuity.

BOO ‘N BREW

Come celebrate all things Halloween at the Boo 'n Brew festival! The event will feature live entertainment, family-friendly activities, food trucks and more. Beer lovers can also enjoy local brews from the Beer Garden. Event admission is FREE, but 100 percent of all beer sales will be donated directly to Blue Skies For The Good Guys And Gals Warrior Foundation. Fall family-friendly entertainment will include pumpkin painting, bounce houses and more. The Naked Karate Girls will perform at 4 p.m. Boo 'n Brew will take place outside in the parking lot near JC Penney.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-6 p.m.

WHERE: Mall at Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek in the parking lot near JC Penney.

COST: Free admission.

MORE INFO: Facebook

Crazy face paint, gorgeous clothing, a parade and more were part of the Dia de los Muertos Dayton 2017 celebration that kicked off at the Yellow Cab Building in Dayton on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (Tom Gilliam)

DIA DE MUERTOS DAYTON

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: 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

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History meets fitness at Woodland Cemetery. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

HISTORY, MYSTERY, MURDER AND MAYHEM TOUR

Tales of Dayton’s own bank robbers, counterfeiters and murderers are told in this tour. Who confessed on their deathbed of murdering pretty 18 year old Christine Kett? Did Rose Shafor really dress up as a man to help her lover commit a crime? Who killed Julius Kruse? And was the “Cincinnati Ripper” living in Dayton? These stories and more are told while walking through the cemetery. Please note that some stories told are he actual accounts of murders that took place in Dayton. Graphic details are given and may not be appropriate for all audiences.  Additionally, this tour may be deemed strenuous by some and is not recommended for small children, the elderly or persons who may have trouble walking off road through hilly and uneven, grassy areas.  

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, 118 Woodland Ave., Dayton. Tour will depart promptly at 6:30 p.m. from the fountain located at the main entrance on Woodland Avenue.  

COST: This event is free and open to the public however donations to the Woodland Arboretum Foundation are always accepted. Reservations are required. To make your reservation or for more information, please call 937-228-3221.  

MORE INFO: Facebook

GHOST N GOBLIN 5K

The Ohio River Road Runners Club (www.orrrc.org) Dayton Ghost 'n Goblin 5K has been a source of Halloween family fun for 32 years (that's since 1985).

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Welcome Stadium, 1601 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

COST: $30

MORE INFO: Website | Facebook

Summon all of your courage for a terrifyingly delicious five-course meal as Lily’s Bistro host The Frightful Feast on Thursday, October 25. CONTRIBUTED

THE FRIGHTFUL FEAST

The Frightful Feast is a five-course meal that's terrifies every sense with its deliciousness. Your tickets for this dark, dark night include the five courses along with tax and tip. Additional specialty cocktails will be available to purchase with $1 off beverages if you come dressed in costume

Here's the full menu:  

1st: Amuse - "Nightmare on 5th Street" Flame-seared pork jowl with dehydrated apple and bourbon maple glaze, served with smoldering hickory chips  

2nd: "the Pear Wheat Project:” Sliced pear and farro salad in a cranberry- mustard vinaigrette with toasted almond and goat cheese  

3rd: "the Creature from the Black Lagoon:” Chilled and marinated squid ink pasta with chilled baby octopus, cilantro, red pepper and black garlic  

4th: “HellBraiser:” Braised beef brisket with slow cooked local hearty greens and black eyed peas  

5th: “Night of the Living Bread (pudding):” cherry cordial bread pudding with berry coulis and fresh whipped cream  

*a chef’s choice vegetarian meal can be prepared with advanced notice only

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton

COST: $49. You can purchase tickets at the restaurant at 329 E 5th St, Dayton or online here.

MORE INFO: Website | Facebook

SLASH MORAINE: ZOMBIE FEST

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. 

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.  

Info: slashmoraine.com  

MASQUERAGE 2018

Dayton's famous drag troupe The Rubi Girls helped build some excitement for Masquerage 2018 with a performance at the theme reveal party on Aug. 24. The theme? Rio Nights. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF

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. 

When: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26

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

Info: masquerage.org | Facebook

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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BEAVERCREEK PUMPKIN GLOW

The Russ Nature Reserve will be aglow with hundreds of carved pumpkins lit for the annual Pumpkin Glow. Enjoy the woods at night and search for funny faces, cute animals, scary creatures and more at this family-friendly event. Kids, come in your favorite Halloween costume as you will be able to trick-or-treat your way through the pumpkin glow. This event runs both Friday and Saturday evening. 

• First 100 kids each night will receive a free pumpkin sling bag. 

• Live owl presentation from Glen Helen Raptor Center on Friday, October 26th. 

• Pumpkin Slingshot 

• Rock On Ice pumpkin carving demonstration on Saturday, October 27th 

• Food vendor with tasty treats (fee) 

• Halloween music to fill the air 

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Russ Nature Reserve, 2380 Kemp Road, Beavercreek

COST: This event is FREE to the public, donations appreciated.

MORE INFO: Facebook

Bronwyn Peck (left), Baum Opera House executive director, and Sarah Bucher, president-elect of the facility’s board, stand in front of the Baum Opera House in Miamisburg. Bucher donated a grand piano to the Baum in a first step toward its goal of becoming an arts hub. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

HAUNTED TOUR

The tour is a two-hour walking tour through historic Miamisburg, rain or shine. Tour guides will recount stories that defy explanation, some linked to historically based legends from the area’s unique and fascinating past. Representatives from Innovatheatre will be positioned along the tour dressed to tell the haunting tales. 

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26. Tours start at 5:30 p.m. and run every half hour until 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Baum Opera House, 15 S. First St., Miamisburg

COST: Tickets are $12 per person ages 12 and over, children under 12 are free with an adult. Reserve your spot at The Baum Opera House or by email at thebaumoperahouse@gmail.com.

MORE INFO: Facebook

HAUNTED SCHOOLHOUSE PARTY

Party on a haunted patio, with a costume contest at 9:30 p.m. and food by S&C Catering, 50/50 raffle. Costume contest prizes for best male, female, couple, funniest, scariest.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26, 7-11 p.m.

WHERE: Old Schoolhouse Winery, 152 State Route 726 N, Eaton

COST: Free admission

MORE INFO: Facebook

HALLOW’S EVE BALL

The Yellow Cab Tavern invites you to stare in to the mystical Hallow's Eve Ball and then enter in for an evening of spine-chilling and logic-defying variety entertainment. In addition to variety acts, the evening will feature musical performances from Dayton's Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds and West Virginia's Qiet. The Hallow's Eve Ball will also serve as a video shoot for Cherry Lee, so come dressed spooky or rockabilly cool.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26, doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m.

WHERE: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

COST: Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. 

MORE INFO: Facebook

 

HALLOWEEN HAPPENING AT LOST CREEK RESERVE

Guests of all ages are invited to drop by and experience a crisp, fall night hike around the historic Knoop homestead aglow with jack-o’-lanterns. Be sure to stop by the barn at the end of the hike to enjoy a fall treat compliments of the VIPs. Don’t forget there will be trunk-or-treat too and the corn maze will also be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Make sure to bring a flashlight. Drop-ins are welcome.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 8-10 p.m.

WHERE: Lost Creek Reserve, 2645 E. State Route 41, Troy

COST: General admission free. Small fee for corn maze

MORE INFO: Facebook

HAUNTFEST ON FIFTH

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)

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: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

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

Cost: $10

Info: theoregondistrict.ticketspice.com

>>PHOTOS: HauntFest on Fifth 2017

FRITZ THE NIGHT OWL PRESENTS ‘GHOSTBUSTERS’ 

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. 

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

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

Tickets & InfoEvent Facebook

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HALLOWEEN CANDY RUN

This Halloween, run around town in your costume collecting candy, facing down scary monsters, and competing with friends and family in the most fun race of the year. Celebrate your accomplishment with pizza, beer, music, decorations, swag and more. Racers get an event tee, finisher medal, pint glass, Halloween candy, drink ticket and personal pizza.

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

WHERE: Old Scratch Pizza, 812 S. Patterson Road, Dayton

MORE INFO: Website | Facebook

Approximately 800 uniquely carved jack'o-lanterns on the hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Grafton Hill neighborhood attracted hundreds of visitors Friday, Oct. 30. The Pumpkin Glow continued through Saturday evening, Oct. 31.

STODDARD AVENUE PUMPKIN GLOW 

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. 

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

Where: Stoddard Avenue, Dayton

Info: Event Facebook page

Cost: Free 

TRICKS AND TREATS AT FIFTH STREET BREWPUB

Whether you have a Chihuahua princess or a bikini wearing bulldog, this year's Halloween is for your fur baby. Dress up your pup for a costume contest. Parade around the patio for the "People's Choice" awards at 7:30 p.m. (prizes courtesy of Lindy & Company ). Two-legged guests are encouraged to dress up as well and will be treated to unique candy-inspired beers.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4-11 p.m.

WHERE: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton

COST: Free admission

MORE INFO: Facebook

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