The October Dayton Dozen


The leaves are changing and falling to the ground leaving beautiful colors, scents and that crunchy sound the kids love when they step down! In case, your yard is lacking those big beautiful trees that have leaves to rake up and jump in, we created this list of awesome events that are kid friendly and full of fun!

1.) The first thing that comes to mind in October is pumpkins!

Check out our roundup of local Pumpkin Patches HERE!

2.) Apple Picking at Monnin’s Fruit Farm

Monday through Saturday 8a-6p
Sunday 9a-5p

A personal favorite for my family as it is self-guided so we can take all of the time we need for me to capture “that perfect picture”, look at the different bugs climbing on the rotten apples that have fallen and finding the ladders so we can get the good apples on the top of trees! This is also a great place to get pumpkins, fall décor and harvest goodies like cider and fresh Amish baked goods!

***DMB Mom Tip*** They  have pick your own grapes this time of year! If you “like” their facebook page, you can see updated U-Pick schedules for the monthly offerings!

3.) GLOW: Nature at Night!

Aullwood’s Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center
Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21st
6:30p – 9:30p

The Farm will be glowing! LED performers and musical entertainment will be present both nights! There will be fun glow in the dark activities and games also! Go on a hike by flashlight, roast hot dogs and make s’mores or enjoy food available to you by area food trucks!

***DMB Mom Tip*** Go early to make sure you can take advantage of the food trucks while supplies last!

4.) Third Sunday Outdoor Market

1001 E 2nd St.
Sunday, October 15th
11a to 4p

Come support local business & artisans! This market has antiques, collectibles, handmade and recycled items, farm fresh produce and baked goods, food trucks and live music.

5.) PhilHarMonster

The Schuster Center
Saturday, October 21
2p pre-concert festivities
3p show begins

Spend the afternoon with The Dayton Philharmonic as they celebrate with this spooky tradition. Eerie music performed in different formats will bring adults and children together to celebrate this fun time of year! Come early for treats and activities for the whole family!

6.) Aqua-Tots Fall Splash Festival

2451 Lakeview Dr., Beavercreek

Open family swim from 1:30 – 3:30 PM with boat races, ring diving, and games led by your favorite coaches! Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase, along with our usual snacks and drinks. There will also be mini-pumpkin painting, corn hole games, face painting, and giveaways! Make sure to stop by our photo booth and receive a photo to take home of your family.

This event is open to members and non-members.

7.) Fall Farm Fest at Lost Creek

Lost Creek Reserve & Knoop Agricultural Heritage Center
Saturday, October 14 – 12p to 7p
Sunday, October 15 – 12p to 5p

The festival offers a six-acre corn maze, corn cannon, music, food, wagon rides, a scarecrow contest, children’s games, demonstrations, vendors, display booths, farm animals, Kiddie Tractor Pull, a pumpkin patch, face painting, cowboy demonstrations and more.

8.) Wag-O-Ween

Kettering Recreation Complex Soccer Fields
Saturday, October 28th
10:30 –11a Registration for Walk and Wag
11a Walk and Wag
11:30a K9 Unit Demonstrations
Noon Introducing Pets for Adoption
12:30p Doggie Costume Contest

This event is pup friendly. Need I say more??
Your pups can trick or treat, be a part of the Walk and Wag 5k, and the pet costume contest. You guys!! Pups in costumes!! Participants will receive a complimentary “doggy” bag.

***DMB Mom Tip*** Attendance is FREE!

9.) Cowvin’s Corny Maze

Young’s Jersey Dairy
Every day until Oct. 29th from 11:00a to 6p

This maze is designed with the littles in mind so you shouldn’t get lost and it last 20 – 40 minutes so it should keep their interest! The price is $6.50 (ages 5 and up) and children under 5 are free! Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

***DMB Mom Tip*** After you complete the maze, you can enjoy all the Young’s has to offer including that yummy homemade ice cream!

10.) Ohio Renaissance Festival

10542 East State Route 73
Every day until Oct. 29th from 10:30a to 6p

We would be crazy not to mention this festival! There is so much to see and do and EAT! Entertainment includes jousting, musicians, dancers, storytellers, costumed performers and more. Prepare to fill you tummy with delicious foods like giant turkey legs, stuffed potatoes, bread bowls and lots of dessert and drink options.
Cost: Adults is $22.50, Children 5-12 are $9.50 and under 5 are free!

11.) AquaTots Trunk or Treat

716 N. Main Street, Springboro
Saturday, October 28th 2p to 5p

Come in costume and trick or treat in a fun and safe environment. There will be free food, crafts, games, bounce house, open swim, raffle, and more!

12.) Saving the best for last! Trick or Treat dates, times and locations

October 31st – 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Brookville, Centerville, Dayton, Englewood, Fairborn, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miamisburg, Oakwood, Riverside, Springboro, Vandalia, Tipp City

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Hi there! I'm Lindsey! I'm a "boymom" and am so very "outnumbered!" but I couldn't be happier with my boys, Augustus and Jameson! I'm originally from Northwest Ohio but moved to the Dayton area when I married my husband in 2008. Together we have created a little family we affectionately call The Niswonger Frat House. We like to live a pretty simple life filled with a lot of family time, sports, good food and church on Sundays. I work for a local catering company part time as their photographer and social media coordinator. This adds to my love of food even more as I get to see these amazing dishes be created from start to finish! It's a really fun job and I am very lucky as I do get to take my boys with me to some of the events. I have dealt with endometriosis for most of my life and that lead to fertility issues but thankfully, God had a bigger plan for us. I am always an open book to anyone who has experienced these issues and love to hear from others about their experiences. We have to support each other as women and as mamas! I am absolutely addicted to Tim Hortons coffee, anything Tom Selleck and old television shows like The Golden Girls and Murder She Wrote! I'm a total book nerd and list the library as one of my favorite places to be! I'm really looking forward to being a contributor and learning more about other mamas and how they parent their littles! It's fun ride we are all on so let's high five and cheer each other on!