Hey! Do I see a leaf changing colors? Yep, it’s that time of year again: hayrides are rolling, tailgate parties are aplenty, and Halloween costumes are being conceived. Fun times are ahead.
If you need something to do in the Dayton area this fall, here’s a list of the best festivals, haunted houses, and corn mazes for adults and family.
1. Lewisburg Haunted Caves (Lewisburg, OH)
Caves are spooky places. You never quite know what is lurking in the darkness, but you certainly can imagine…
The Lewisburg Haunted Caves are the perfect setting for a Halloween trail. The caves are a natural home to more than 30,000 live bats. In addition to the bats, talented actors bring ghastly monsters to life along the trail.
This creepy cave won a Guinness Book World Record in 2010 for the Longest Walk-Through Haunted House (measuring 3,564 feet long). It offers a terrifying and unique Halloween experience, making it a favorite among Ohioans.
Cave tours run on Fridays and Saturdays from September 14 – October 27.
2. Tom’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm (Germantown, OH)
This isn’t your ordinary corn maze.
Tom’s Corn Maze offers visitors a challenging puzzle that requires quick wits and logical thinking. Work with your family members to locate 12 puzzle pieces throughout the maze. You’ll need these pieces to find the correct path, through miles of twisting and turning pathways to exit the maze successfully. You can also try out the “No Left Turn” hay bale maze–you must get through the entire maze without making any left turns. A left turn means you must start all over again.
Your family can’t leave Tom’s without taking a peek at the amazing Punkin’ Chuckin’ Cannon. This incredible contraption will leave you speechless–the air-powered cannon can launch a pumpkin up to a quarter of a mile!
Tom’s Corn Maze is open Thursday-Sunday from September 14 – November 3.
3. Horror Acres (Springfield, OH)
This horrifying Halloween experience is intended for families with older children.
Horror Acres boasts two incredible haunts–the Horror Acres Haunted House and the Maze of Insanity Corn Maze. You’ll encounter well-known faces from your favorite horror films as you make your way through the haunted house, as well as innovative new scares that will make your skin crawl.
If you make it out of the house in one piece, go ahead and tackle the maze. A dark cornfield is a frightening thing, especially when you can’t find the way out and mysterious hands are grabbing, pulling, and holding you back.
Horror Acres is open on Fridays and Saturdays from September 21 – October 27.
4. Tipp City Mum Festival (Tipp City, OH)
Mums are an iconic fall decoration. Doorsteps, mailboxes, and storefronts are adorned with rainbows of mums every autumn. So it’s no wonder there are entire celebrations dedicated to these beautiful blooms.
The Tipp City Mum Festival is an annual tradition that started in 1959. Each year, the festival kicks off with one of the biggest classic car shows in the area, featuring hundreds of gorgeous vehicles. The staff at our Honda dealership near Tipp City love it!
Other events include the “Run for the Mums” and the annual Mum Festival Parade. The celebration continues at Tipp City Park with hundreds of vendor booths, live entertainment, and plenty of delicious festival food.
The Tipp City Mum Festival takes place from September 28-September 30.
5. Miamisburg Fall Festival (Miamisburg, OH)
The Miamisburg Fall Festival is an annual family-friendly event that is a favorite among residents.
Your family can celebrate the fun of this beautiful season with crafts, games, and live entertainment. Kids can make an adorable fall craft to brighten up the house or have some wild and wacky fun in the inflatable bounce houses.
Guests can enjoy traditional fall favorites like a puzzling hay maze or a relaxing hayride. Families that love thrilling challenges should head over to the “Extreme Zone” to try out the American Ninja Warrior course.
This year’s fall festival in Miamisburg takes place on October 6 at Riverfront Park.
6. Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Young’s Dairy (Yellow Springs, OH)
Young’s Jersey Dairy is well-known for their mouthwatering homemade ice cream, but they also throw a wonderful fall celebration for the whole family. This year is the farm’s 42nd Pumpkin Festival, and it’s sure to be a day full of autumn fun.
Start your visit with a memorable photo of your little ones standing next to the massive “Humongous Gus,” a larger-than-life pumpkin.
Try your hand at pumpkin bowling, then reward the winner with a favorite fall treat: pumpkin-cinnamon donut holes. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of these tasty morsels as the talented bakers whip up a few batches right before your eyes.
Stop by the “Human-Powered Pumpkin Launcher” before you leave, and spark your kids’ creativity at the pumpkin painting area.
The pumpkin festival takes place on October 6 & 7.
7. Haunted Museum (Richmond, IN)
The intriguing Wayne County Historical Museum takes on a whole new look for Halloween.
Visit the “Haunted Museum” with your little ghosts and goblins to enjoy some family-friendly fall fun. The museum will be decorated for the holiday and children are welcome to come, in costume, and enjoy a spooky tale told by “Ghouliana.”
Capture the fun memories with a photo in the beautifully decorated museum, then spend the evening playing games and making Halloween crafts. Don’t forget about the delicious treats found throughout the museum!
Families can enjoy the Haunted Museum in Richmond, IN, on October 19, 20, 26, & 27, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
8. The Fall Flyer at Lebanon Mason & Monroe Railroad (Lebanon, OH)
It’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing seasonal colors in Lebanon!
Take the family for a ride on the “Fall Flyer, ” a 75-minute ride runs between Lebanon and Hageman Junction. This LM&M Railroad experience is the perfect way to take in all the beauty of the season.
Embrace the flavors of fall while you enjoy your train ride–apple cider, fresh pie, caramel apples, and other fall favorites will be sold during the trip. Children are also invited to visit the straw maze on the station platform and all guests receive a small pumpkin.
The Fall Flyer runs on October 20, 21, 27, & 28.
9. Ghost N’ Goblin 5K (Dayton, OH)
The Ghost N’ Goblin 5K is a favorite annual fall event in Dayton.
This Halloween-themed race is ideal for kids, adults, and anyone who wants to participate. Trophies will be awarded to top runners and all children age 8 and under will receive a medal for finishing the course.
Since this is a Halloween run, it’s a lot more fun when everyone comes in their best costume! Costume prizes will be awarded in a number of categories, including most creative, scariest, and funniest. An awesome post-race party will include live entertainment, delicious food, and sponsor giveaways.
The Ghost N’ Goblin 5K takes place on October 22.
10. Pumpkin Glow at Russ Nature Preserve (Dayton, OH)
Hundreds of dazzling jack-o-lanterns brighten the dark fall night at Russ Nature Preserve’s annual Pumpkin Glow.
Travel along the wooded trails to see amazing carvings, from adorable animals to famous faces to Halloween favorites. Kids can trick-or-treat along the trail and check out the amazing pumpkin slingshot.
Glen Helen Raptor Center will hold a mesmerizing live owl show on Friday night, and guests can catch an innovative carving demonstration from the wildly talented folks at Rock on Ice on Saturday night.
Families can enjoy this incredible fall event in Dayton on Friday, October 26 or Saturday, October 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Spooky Savings on New & Used Honda Models
These are just a few of the fall events your family might enjoy this year. But if you need a new car to get your family around this season, look no further than one of our Miami Valley Honda Dealers! We have new Honda models and hundreds of used cars for sale, making it as easy as cake to land a great deal this Halloween—so easy it’s scary, in fact.
Browse our current car specials or simply contact your nearest Honda dealership for info about our special sales this fall! We have Honda dealerships in Dayton, Tipp City, Beavercreek, and Springfield, OH, as well as Richmond, IN.