Night frights and delights

DCP’s guide to Halloween Weekend


Hey, all you ghouls and goblins! Even though Hauntfest is over, there is still a whole weekend left to wear your costume – beer spills and all. The Dayton City Paper has compiled some of the best of this year’s Halloween parties taking place on the frightful night. So get yourself made-up, pour a glass and have a ball – responsibly, of course.

Boston’s Bistro & Pub

 7500 N Main St. 937.461.1002

Friday, Oct. 31. Prepare for Halloween, Boston’s style, with a costume contest, bobbing for biers and more! The costume contest begins at 8 p.m. for gals, ghosts and ghouls – prizes will be awarded for those who win the most votes on Facebook. Don’t miss the annual bobbing for biers event, during which patrons pay a small fee to take a crack at an ice bucket full of delicious brews. Reach in with whatever you’d like; keep what you pull out. Available biers include Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Nosferatu American Red Ale, as well as Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Warlock and Pumking biers and New Holland Brewing’s Ichabod Ale on tap. This may also be your last opportunity to catch any Oktoberfest biers because once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal

130 N. Patterson Blvd. 937.558.0808.

Friday, Oct. 31. If you’re tired of the crowds and boring house parties, join Riff Raff on Friday, Oct. 31 for their Bones, Beggars & Quarters party. This spooky costume party will be hosted by Columbus band Deuce ‘n a Quarter. There’s no cover at the door, but the costume contest, with cash prizes for best costume and best couple, will cost $1 to enter. Judging, by customer vote, will begin at 11:30 p.m. Riff Raff will also provide fun games with prizes throughout the night. The party starts at 8 p.m.

Dog’s Breath Tavern

1912 E. Whipp Road, Kettering. 937.439.0649

Friday, Oct. 31. Dog’s Breath Tavern is putting the treat back in trick-or-treat this Halloween. Join the Dog’s Breath team as they host a Halloween fundraiser for one-year-old Dena McCoullough, who has a congenital heart defect, Truncus Arteriosus. Proceeds from the cover charge and raffle will go to the family for medical bills and equipment. Activities will include a raffle, 50/50 drawing and costume party with prizes for the “Scariest and Best Costume overall.” The cover is $5 at the door and the party starts at 8 p.m.

The Harem Gentleman’s Club

5825 N. Dixie Drive. 937.387.0647 

Friday, Oct. 31. Join the girls at the world-class Harem Gentleman’s Club for a steamy Halloween party option. Cover is $5 for males; ladies always get in for free. Harem is hosting a costume contest with up to $400 in prizes, and featuring drink specials all night. Doors open at 7 p.m.

One Eyed Jacks

2638 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. 937.426.3400

Saturday, Nov. 1. The gang at One Eyed Jack’s is celebrating Halloween in style with a Big Ol’ Halloween Bash featuring two bands – national touring act and acoustic powerhouse Blue Moon Soup and Cleveland’s progressive funk rock group Yosemight. Stick around for the costume contest and 50/50 raffle. Don’t miss the $3 special, “Witch’s Brew.” The first 40 people to show up IN COSTUME will each receive a goodie bag. This party is for ages 21 and up. One Eyed Jacks is open from 11a.m.-2:30 a.m. and features daily specials. For more information, visit One Eyed Jacks’ Facebook page. 

Cheeks Gentleman’s Club

906 Watertower Lane, West Carrollton. 937.384.0183

Friday, Oct. 31. It’s always festive at Cheeks Gentleman’s Club. Stop by to see Halloween costumes on the talent and guests alike. It’s sure to be steamy. Stay for happy hour, 4-8 p.m. Cheeks is open from 4p.m.-4 a.m.

Jimmie’s Ladder 11

936 Brown St. 937.424.1784

Friday, Oct. 31. Get ready for a Halloween night that is sure to be a great time at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Join them for a Halloween show featuring artists Subterranean and Glostik Willy! The show begins at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover.

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