Downtown Fairborn store scaring up business

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) — It may look like a ghost town, but downtown Fairborn is anything but that during the month of October with creatures of the dead bringing life to Main Street.

“We have five weekends in October. Halloween is on a Saturday night. It’s going to be the biggest Octobers, biggest Halloween ever,” said Foy’s store owner Michael Foy.

The spooky sight is what’s keeping customers like Annette Canfield flocking to Fairborn.

“It’s horrible. Wonderfully horrible,” laughed Canfield.

She said she’s never been a fan of Halloween, but she wanted to find out what the haunted hype was about.

“It’s impressive, but it’s not my bag,” admitted Canfield.

Foy’s has been a downtown staple for 86 years. Every October, the six stores see an increase in traffic, as well as other downtown businesses.

“They make a night of it,” said Foy. “They might eat at Giovanni’s. They might eat at Ticket’s or our restaurant that’s open Friday and Saturday nights, but you come down and you look around, you know, we try to entertain people.”

The women of the Red Hat Society chose Foy’s Grill for their afternoon get-together Tuesday.

“We had a good meeting, just to eat, chit-chat,” said Mecca Brzeczeka. “Foy’s has stuck in there, and I like his stores.”

Foy says this year he’s seen thousands of people looking for the perfect Halloween get-up.

“There’s so many unique items that you won’t see anywhere but here. I mean, where else can you buy a hearse?” said Foy.

He said he’s ready to continue scaring up business until October 31st.

“Fairborn is a ghost town this time of year. It’s all full of ghosts,” stated Foy.

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