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?) Another reason Oxford packs a mighty punch for Halloween is that, quite simply, our town as a whole seems to LOVE this holiday. This means that there are lots of ways to enjoy yourself, whether you're running around with your friends or taking the kids out on a spooky but family-friendly adventure.
Keep reading because we've rounded up All Things Halloween for you. 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 last year who 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: Friays and Saturdays, Sept. 27 - Oct. 12
Where: Electric Campground at Hueston Woods State Park
Enjoy Halloween-themed weekends at Hueston Woods which include walks down haunted trails, games and crafts, trick or treating, and more. There will be both costume contests and campsite decoration contests, so get creative!
All activities will take place in the Electric Campground. You do not have to be a camper to participate. For more information, call (513) 523 - 6347 and keep an eye on the Hueston Woods State Park Facebook page for updates, including a schedule of events.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 PM
Where: Gazebo at the Oxford Community Park (6801 Fairfield Road)
This family-friendly event is perfect for little ones ages 5 and under (accompanied by a parent or caregiver). Join Mr. Chad under the gazebo at the community park, rain or shine, while he sings and tells spooky songs and stories! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided by the Parks and Rec Dept. This event is free.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 5PM - 8PM
Where: Oxford Community Arts Center (10 S. College Ave)
Mini-pumpkin painting, crafts and games, face painting, and so much more will take place at the OCAC's annual Howl at the Moon event. This community event will have a little something for everyone, so bring the whole family and enjoy a variety of activities. There will be a kid-friendly haunted house and an Autumn Market with local artists, crafters, and vendors. This event is free.
When: Thursday, Oct. 24 | Trick or Treat 4:30PM - 6:45PM | Parade 7PM
Where: Uptown Oxford (2 E. High Street)
What's Halloween without a little (or a lot) of candy? A town favorite, the Uptown Trick or Treat includes a pet costume contest, family entertainment, and trick or treating door to door at our friendly uptown businesses. When you're done collecting candy, stick around for the Lion's Club Halloween Parade which will begin at 7 PM and travel down High Street for all to see and enjoy. This event is free.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26th from 3PM - 5PM
Where: Goggin Ice Center (610 S. Oak Street)
Strap on your skates and hit the ice for a special Halloween skate at Goggin! Get in the Halloween spirit and wear a costume, just make sure that you can safely move on the ice in whatever you wear. For example: don't wear anything with long pieces hanging off that you or someone else may trip over. Have fun but be safe!
Price: $7.50 w/ FREE skate rental
Have any questions? Call Goggin at (513) 529-9800
Where: Books and Brews (107 E. Church St.)
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 from 2 - 4 PM
Bring the kids to Books and Brews for crafts, costume contests, and snacks that are eeww-gross to look at but tasty to eat! This event is free and open to the public. Follow the event Facebook page for updates.
Later in the day, an adults only (age 21+) Halloween party takes place at Books and Brews so leave the kiddos at home and come on out in your best costume. The event will be ticketed and starts at 7 PM. Follow the event Facebook page for updates and more information.
When: Sunday, Oct. 27th from 9PM - 11PM
Where: O Pub (10 W. Park Place)
If you love trivia nights at O Pub, as well as beloved Halloween movies from the early '90s (which were borderline too creepy for kids to watch but that's Tim Burton for you), you're going to love the Nightmare Before Christmas Trivia Night. It's free to play and there's no limit on team members. There will be prizes for the top winners, holiday-themed drinks, and more.
When: Monday, Oct. 28 from 7 - 8 PM
Where: Oxford Bible Fellowship (800 S. Maple St.)
Join the Oxford Bible Fellowship for thier annual Trunk or Treat, a FREE community event with food, costumes, and candy!
When: Thursday, Oct. 31st from 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Where: Oxford, OH neighborhoods
What's this? Good, old-fashioned door-to-door trick or treating? That's right! Join your neighbors and walk through the residential areas of Oxford for Halloween night trick-or-treating. Make sure to wear reflective clothing, carry a flashlight, and stick to a buddy system. We want you to have the best Halloween ever, and that means staying safe, too.
When: Thursday, Oct. 17 - Saturday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct. 24 - Saturday, Oct. 26
Where: Holiday Auto Theatre (1816 Old Oxford Road, Hamilton, OH)
Okay, so this isn't technically in Oxford but it's pretty darn close. (How lucky are we to have a drive-in movie theatre just ten minutes away?) Terror at the Drive-In takes place over the course of two weekends, and each night they'll show anywhere from three to four movies in a row. This event is best enjoyed with your adult friends because the movies are not exactly family-friendly.
When the movie line up is released, it'll be posted on the Holiday Auto Theatre's Facebook page, which you can follow here.