Hello, maniacs! It’s here! It’s here! It’s here! I can hardly contain my joy over the fact that Halloween approacheth. There’s so much going on in the area this month. It’s almost as though the rest of the world has finally joined the great big Halloween party that is my life. About time…geez. In fact, there’s so much to do that you might be a bit overwhelmed with choices. To make your selection a bit simpler, I’ve compiled a list of all of the spooky haps about town. I’ve included links for more info. Just click the red words!
** No Halloween would be complete without a trip to Foy’s Halloween Store in Fairborn. They have special, later October hours listed on their website. Start your Halloween off right and go get started on your costume!
**Want to have the poop scared right out of you? Here’s a list of local haunted houses and trails to check out:
- The Dent Schoolhouse A teacher friend of mine told me that this was the scariest haunted house that he had ever seen and well worth the drive to Cincy. He said something about John Kasich following him around with a print-out of test scores…horrifying!
- Horror Acres Zip on out to Springfield for what I’m sure will be a lovely drive in the country. Wait, how many horror movies start out that way? Never mind. Best not look that up.
- Halloween Haunt King’s Island You can spend the whole evening running around the park. You may, however, be chased.
- Land of Illusion Another full-evening destination with multiple attractions. Plus, you get to shoot zombies with paintballs. Poor little zombies. What did they ever do to you?
- Lewisburg Haunted Cave Absolutely beautiful, but not for the claustrophobic.
- Riverside Jaycees Haunted Castle of Carnage and Bloody Hollow A Dayton institution since 1986.
- Dayton Scream Park There will yet again be a nightmare on Valley Street. Will it be yours?
- Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog Out in the woods alone on a chilly October night? What could possibly go wrong?
- USS Nightmare Ever seen Ghost Ship? Yeah, me too. I remember that it didn’t have a happy ending.
- Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride Psycho Semis run amock amock amock!
** Want to keep your poop where it is, thank you very much? Looking for something a bit less terrifying? Try these:
- Grant Park Haunted Trail Made by kids for kids.
- Young’s Dairy Haunted Wagon Rides Baby boos and ice screams!
- Caeser’s Creek Haunted Pioneer Village Scare level on this one is unclear. You might want to double check if you have wee ones.
- Scene 75 Haunted Laser Tag If they scare you, take aim and scare them back!
- Great Pumpkin Fest at King’s Island Come see Snoopy get spoopy.
**Prefer some music with your madness? Here are some not-to-miss concerts!
- In Nomine Daytonas Saturday night, October 8th 6:00 to Midnight at Rockstar Pro Arena on 3rd St. Lots of local vendors and artists will be there along with two of my favorite bands: The Big Bad and The Transylvania Hellhounds. The Jackalopes will be celebrating the release of their new CD and the Lurking Corpses are also coming in from Indy to rock the stage. Don’t know these bands? Treat yourself and come out to meet them. You’ll be glad you did. And wear a costume. There’s a contest!
- HorrorHound Halloween Party Saturday, October 29th, 9:00 at the Northside Tavern in Cincy. This is always a rockin’ time. For the Wolf, The Big Bad, and Dead Dick Hammer will grace the stage.
**Are you a movie freak? Check out the schedule of special screenings in Dayton theaters at www.fathomevents.com
October 5th = Young Frankenstein
October 15th = Horrorama XX, featuring Creature from the Black Lagoon and Death Spa, plus 3 more films to be chosen live by the audience.
October 20th = Rob Zombies 31. Check out my review of this film.
October 23rd, 26th = The Shining
October 25th = The National Theater’s production of Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller.
October 27th, 31st = RiffTrax presents: Carnival of Souls (Remember MST3K? If you were a fan, you owe it to yourself to catch RiffTrax.)
**Even the Dixie Twin Drive-In is in the holiday spirit:
October 7th & 8th = Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland
October 15th = Concert at the cruise-in with Counting Skeletons followed by a screening of Grease (Boy, that Sandy sure is terrifying) and Maximum Overdrive. Rumor has it that the big goblin head from the film will be making an appearance, as well.
There ya go, maniacs. If you have a local event that should be added to the list, post it in the comments. Now, go get creepy and have fun. I’ll see you again soon. Until then, stay spooky.