DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – There’s no doubt about it, Fifth Street will be packed this Saturday for the Oregon District’s annual Halloween tradition Hauntfest, but we wanted to find out what businesses and residents are doing to prepare.
Landon McKibben, Lucky’s Taproom Bar & Eatery manager said, “Every bar overly prepares, we hire more staff just to be ready, We bring in extra people, just for that one night.”
And long time Oregon District resident Billy Rodgers can’t wait for the fun, minus the parking.
“My idea is to cycle to work on Hauntfest, leave my car parked where it is avoid the traffic and congestion, put on my costume and head out with everyone else” Billy Rodgers, Oregon District resident said.
While the streets will crawl with any costume you could think of, event organizers have contracted a private security company and
Lt. David Matthews with the Dayton Police Department explains, “We get 10,000 people down here, it only takes 20 to ruin it. We’re not here to harass people, there’s going to be open containers and people walking all over the place and people having a good time.”
DPD plans on having around 25 officers patrol the streets throughout the night, but the event will be fenced with only two entrances for Hauntfest goers to get in.
“We’re excited for it I believe everyone’s done this long enough so I believe we will be safe” said McKibben. “Safety will be here, so we shouldn’t have any problems”.
“Security does do a really good job in terms of police monitoring the streets. They’re a good presence down here, definitely” said Rodgers.
The police department asks if you see any crimes in the Oregon District during Hauntfest hours, go ahead and flag down a police officer.