Your 2017 guide to Halloween events for kids in Dayton

You don't have to wait until Halloween to get in the Halloween spirit. There are plenty of family friendly and kid friendly events all month long just for fun or to get some extended use out of that costume. 

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HallZOOween 2017 

Kids are encouraged to wear a costume at the zoo this month to celebrate Halloween with all the animals. Since this year’s hallZOOween is sponsored by Frisch’s Big Boy, two mini big boy statues will be hidden somewhere at the zoo and the people who find them will receive prizes!

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WHEN: Every Saturday and Sunday of October beginning Oct. 7-8 from noon – 5 p.m. 

WHERE: Cincinnati ZOO & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 

COST: Online $17/adult & $12/child. At the gate it is $19/adult & $13/child. Parking is $10 purchased there. 

MORE INFO: Website | (513) 281-4700 

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Ghouls and boys will flock to the Cincinnati Zoo for HallZOOween! Special activities and treat stations will be set up from noon – 5 on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October.

Run Around Fun Town XL Halloween Event - SOLD OUT

This year, Run Around Fun Town XL is asking people not to wear a costume at their Halloween celebration. Crafts like cookie decorating and tattoos are sure to be exciting for the kids. “Nut Free” treats will be handed out throughout the event along with free hot dogs and apple cider.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 13 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

WHERE: Run Around Fun Town XL located at 4401 Lyons Road, Miamisburg

COST: Adults $1, Kids under 2 $5, Kids 3+ $10 

INFO: Facebook 

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This Old Couch Professional Photo Shoot

Bring your kids in costume to This Old Couch and get their pictures taken by professional Photographer Penny Collins. She will use fall rustic backdrops to capture photos of the kids as they enjoy being able to dress up and become whoever they want to be. The children will have full access to a craft table and get to mingle with other kids in costume too.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE: 3930 Dayton Xenia Rd, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432

INFO: Facebook Event page 

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Halloween in the Village 

The Village in New Lebanon is hosting a Halloween celebration. Open to the public, this event will be a night full of family fun and food. Dayton Mobile DJ and a variety of local food trucks will be there. Enjoy a costume contest for all ages, free face painting, free pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, and Trunk-Or-Treat in the municipal building parking lot.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

WHERE: Stanley Jones Park, 198 S. Clayton Road, New Lebanon.

INFO: Facebook Event page

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Multicultural Halloween Celebration 

This holiday celebration combines the traditional Halloween customs of North America with other fall holiday customs celebrated around the world. This includes the African American “Kwanzaa”; the Asian Indian “Diwali”; the Chinese and Vietnamese “Mid-Autumn Festival”; “Chusok,” the Korean Thanksgiving; the Japanese “Bon” holiday; the Nigerian “Yam Festival”; The Mexican “Day of the Dead”; and the Native American Fall Harvest.

The Multicultural Halloween is a collaborative effort of several Wright State student organizations and features diversity of music and dance from all over the world, a variety of multicultural foods, cultural quizzes with prizes awarded, face painting, caricature artists, balloon sculptures, and a costume contest for adults and children with prizes awarded.

WHEN: Thursday Oct. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Wright State University Dayton campus, Apollo Room in the Student Union 

COST: Free with a WSU-ID & for non-students donations of any kind will be accepted and will go toward student scholarships. 


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KidX Boo Bash

Join us in Center Court for the KidX Club™ Boo Bash event sponsored by Inspire Center for Learning. Trick-or-treat bags will be available (while supplies last). There will be store-to-store candy collection, a sand art station, a family costume contest, games, prizes and more.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

WHERE: The Mall at Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons Dr, Beavercreek



Ghostly Night Out 2017 

The Cops & Kids Ghostly Night Out is a Halloween themed community event for kids of all ages. This free family friendly event is held in Golden Gate Park in the City of Brookville and is open to the public. The evening will consist of a movie in the park, haunted trail, costume contest for all ages, a “Not too Spooky Hayride”, and much more. So bring your little ghost & goblins out for a spooktacular evening filled with fun for the whole family.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

WHERE: Golden Gate Park located at 545 Upper Lewisburg Salem Rd., Brookville

COST: Free 


Boo Bash 2017

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center has invited Aleksander the Magnificant to dazzle guests with magic and music during this free family friendly Halloween event. Activities include Halloween crafts, games, refreshments, a scavenger hunt with prizes, Halloween stories, a paper mummy fashion show, and a Monster Mash dance. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE: 301 West Main Street, Troy, OH 45373

INFO: Website

Beggar’s Night at Austin Landing 

Well, it's not technically at night, but many of the stores and restaurants will be passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. 

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 39 from 3-5 p.m. 

WHERE: 10050 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg

INFO: Website

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