In the same way that Oxford, Ohio is the perfect place to enjoy autumn, it's also the perfect place for all things Halloween. Anytime you have a place with as much history as Oxford there's bound to be some chilling stories to tell. (I hear Peabody Hall on Western Campus is haunted. Anyone care to confirm?)
This year we don't have quite as many Halloween events as usual because our town is continuing to practice safety measures to slow the spread of COVID. But that doesn't mean there's nothing going on!
Below we're listing some of the ways you can still enjoy Halloween in Oxford. This way you'll spend less time searching for events and more time getting your costume ready. Otherwise, you'll end up like a friend of mine who once procrastinated and ended up buying a child's size emoji costume at the last minute out of sheer desperation.
(That friend was me.)
Check back because we'll keep updating this post as we learn about more Halloween-y things throughout town.
When: 6 - 8 PM, Wednesdays - Fridays throughout October
Where: Miami University Campus
The Miami University Rec Center is once again organizing some truly spooky guided bike tours to some of Miami's most haunted camus locations! Bikes and helmets provided if you need them!
Registration will be required. Call 513-529-4732
When: Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 5PM - 8PM
Where: Oxford Community Arts Center (10 S. College Ave)
Details about this event are pending. We will update this section as we learn more.
This year the Oxford Community Art Center's Howl at the Moon event will take place outside. Families who wish to participate simply need to reserve a spot first. Activities will include mini-pumpkin chucking and witch-hat ring tossing.
When: Date Changed to Friday, Oct. 30th from 5 pm - 8 pm
Where: Tri-Center Parking Lot (6025 Fairfield Rd.)
The Oxford Parks and Recreation Department is hiring a circus that you can enjoy from the comfort of your vehicle!
Simply drive through the Tri-center parking lot and enjoy the sights and sounds of wheel aerialists and walkers, fire performers, and more!
When: Saturday, Oct. 31st from 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Where: Oxford, OH neighborhoods
The city of Oxford is permitting trick-or-treating this year so the little ones can still get dressed up and receive candy if you choose to take them out!
Of course, it's important to keep safety measures in mind so that everyone can have fun while also protecting themselves and others.
In addition to general safety rules, such as making sure children have reflective clothing so they can be seen in the dark, it's also recommended that:
1. You only go trick or treating with the people in your household.
2. You maintain a distance of 6 feet from others outside who are trick or treating.
3. You wash/sanitize your hands regularly.
4. You wear a face mask. The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask under your costume mask, as this could make it difficult to breathe. Instead, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask that is Halloween-themed instead of a costume mask.
And if you're staying in but want to hang out candy, make sure to turn on your porch light so people know you're participating! If you're opening your door to hand out candy, please do wear a mask and wash your hands regularly.
Are you getting creative this Halloween by handing out candy while also practicing social distancing? Maybe you're placing bags of candy around the front yard? Or maybe you're making a "candy shoot" like in the photo to the left?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us some of your creative ideas! Include photos and we'll feature you on our social media.
**Photo credit: Andrew Beattie: https://bit.ly/3j5pSHd