Ask any native of the Dayton, Ohio, area where the best place in town is to shop for Halloween costumes, and hands-down, the answer will be Foy’s.
Foy’s isn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill costume shop, but more of a miniature Disneyland for Halloween buffs.
For more information, check out their website at If you’re in town, make sure to stop by and check out their selection. Take a tour through the free haunted house, check out the decorations, and pick up a Halloween costume. You can’t beat the selection or experience, of a trip to Foy’s. http://www.foyshalloweenstore.com
When summer turns to fall, the inevitable happens; deserted and abandoned storefronts are transformed into Halloween shops that will disappear the day after the holiday. Not so with Foys. Oh, did I forget to mention that this store is open year round? That’s right; Foy’s is a year round Halloween and costume store. Though they don’t close during the Christmas or Fourth of July seasons, they wait until Halloween before going all out, with events and activities for the whole family.
This year Foy’s will sponsor a costume contest at the Fairborn YMCA on October 30 at 6 pm, followed by a parade down Main Street. And every Friday and Saturday night leading up to Halloween (beginning October 6) Dr. Creep will be on hand to meet and greet fans. Dr. Creep, for those who don’t know, is a local legend around the Dayton area, who hosted a nighttime horror show called “Shock Theater” for 13 years.
Owner Michael Foy is know by locals as “Mr. Halloween”, and it’s a title he loves. I still remember as a child, seeing him drive by in an old-fashioned black hearse. For years later the hearse sat in front of the original store. On another occasion, I took a little boy to the store to shop for a Halloween costume, and the animatronics outside scared him so much, that he ran back to the car and refused to go inside.
Foy’s is a multi-generational store. It opened in 1929 as a variety store by his grandfather, and his father ran the store solely during the holidays, but it was Michael’s idea to open the store year round. While they still sell a little bit of everything, Halloween is the busiest time of year, and what out of towners come for.
Foy took over the store in 1987, and opened the Adult Costume Store in 1990. The store has almost every costume you can think of, and if they don’t, they can order it. He followed that store with the Kids Costume Store, the Haunted House Store, and various others that are only open during Halloween.
Every store has a few sites to check out. For many years the Costume Store had a full size alien figure from the movie Alien, and a Pumpkinhead figure used in that movie, but he sold them both. A full size never used prop figure of the title character from Predator is in the Haunted House Store, while the Adult Costume Store has an Imperial Stormtrooper costume from the original Star Wars on display.
Foy’s has gained a reputation outside the state as the definitive Halloween store, and now operates multiple stores in Fairborn.
Foy’s Halloween Store (the original)
18-20 East Main Street
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 10 am-10 pm
Friday-Saturday 10 am-Midnight
Sunday: Noon-10 pm
Foy’s Adult Costume Shop
10 West Main Street
Hours of Operation: Same as above.
Foy’s Halloween Store West
208 West Main Street
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 3 pm-9 pm
Friday: 3 pm-11 pm
Saturday-Sunday: Noon-9 pm
Foy’s Kid’s Costume Store
15 East Main Street
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 10 am-9 pm
Friday-Saturday: 10 am-11 pm
Sunday: Noon-11 pm
Foy’s Haunted House Store
Open from Noon to 9 pm, Sunday-Thursday, and
Noon-11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Foy’s Rock & Roll Grill
11 East Main Street
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 7 am-3 pm
Friday: 7 am-8 pm
Saturday: 8 am-9 pm