FAIRBORN — Fairborn will rightfully be called “scareborn” in the coming days as it hosts its annual Halloween festivities.
However, instead of celebrating ghouls, monsters and everything spooky for just one evening and day as in previous years — the festivities are being expanded to take place throughout the entire weekend starting Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22.
The Halloween Festival will include its traditional offerings, such as more than 60 vendors, downtown shopping, amusement rides, booth trick-or-treating, zombie walk, costume contest, games, food trucks, live music, Foy’s haunted museum and spooktacular parade, as well as a new feature — the Witch’s Brew Beer Garden.
The beer garden will open from 4-10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 in 5/3 Commons. It will include beverages from the Hairless Hare, Warped Wing and Heidelberg Distributors.
The ghostly fun kicks off 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 with amusement rides on Main Street as well as games and crafts alongside the annual costume contest at the Fairborn YMCA, 300 S. Central Ave. Costume prizes will be awarded in eight age categories, including adult, family, animal, overall best couple and overall scariest. Judging will take place 6-7 p.m. followed by the Spooktacular Parade that starts at 7:30 from the Fairborn YMCA down Kauffman Avenue to culminate at the festival’s main stage on Main Street.
Local band Beesly will take that stage from 9-11 p.m.
The hauntingly good time continues starting 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 on Main Street with amusement rides, vendors, shopping, games and crafts. Country musician Jenna Snow will take the main stage at 3:30 p.m., followed by 1960s-1970s musicians Rock It 88 at 5:30. Foresaken, performing classic rock favorites, will showcase starting at 8.
The zombie walk invites individuals and families to stiffen up and walk from the Fairborn Senior Center, 325 N. Third St., down Main Street to dance together to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Zombies-to-be can register at the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce, 12 N. Central Ave., until Thursday, Oct. 19 or until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Fairborn Senior Center. Participants have the option to apply makeup themselves or have it done by a makeup artist beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the center. Participating without the help of the on-site makeup artist costs $3. Otherwise, participation costs $6. Zombies will start walking from the Fairborn Senior Center at 9:30 p.m.
The bewitching will conclude with vendors, crafts, games, shopping and amusement rides offered from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.