Halloween Nostalgia is the theme of the 30th annual Hauntfest on 5th, so expect plenty of twisted interpretations of classic characters. Like previous years, East Fifth Street in the Oregon District will be blocked off between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue for roaming monsters and more. The area’s biggest Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 31, also features live music from the Eric Jerardi Band and a costume contest. Cost is $5 in advance and at the gate from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday. All tickets are $10 at the gate after 8 p.m. Call 937-974-2494 or visit www.downtowndayton.org.
2. HALLOWEEN FREAK SHOW
It will be a diverse night of music when Canal Public House, 308 E. First St., Dayton, hosts its Halloween Freak Show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The lineup features Dayton-based punk rockers The New Regrets, rap duo Label Me Lecter from Columbus and Troy roots rockers the Whiskey River Boys. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Cost: $5. Visit www.canalpublichouse.com.
3. PUMPKIN GLOW
See hundreds of beautifully carved pumpkins illuminated behind Dayton Art Institute on Oct. 30-31. Volunteers have been hard at work gutting, prepping and carving some 800 pumpkins that will glow at dusk for two days on Stoddard Avenue in Grafton Hill. The glow will begin at dusk and end around 11 p.m. each day. More info on Facebook.
4. KID-FRIENDLY FUN
Looking to kick your Halloween off a little early? Before your kids hit the town to go trick-or-treating, come spend the day as a family at Boonshoft for some spooky surprises during Spooky Science Saturday. From wicked space theater shows to creepy experiments, this event is sure to be one awesome way to spend your Halloween. Costumes are welcomed. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Parkway, Dayton. More info: http://www.boonshoftmuseum.org.
5. DAY OF THE DEAD
The celebration doesn’t have to stop after Halloween. Dia de los Muertos is a tradition celebrated throughout Latin America, which serves to remember loved ones who have died. The Dayton celebration will include bright colors, imagery of Calaveras (skulls) and more, but recognizes all Day of the Dead traditions. The parade will begin at 2:15 p.m., will march down through the Oregon District, and end at Missing Peace Art Space at 3:30 p.m. The celebration will continue with community ofrendas (altars), performances and much more.