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5 events you have to check out this weekend

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 1:24 PM
Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

Those looking for something different won’t have a hard time finding it this weekend.

Here are some of the area’s most unique annual events and a few we hope will return:

1) A DIRTY FUN

Teams with mud behind the ears — really the mud will be everywhere — will compete in the the 23rd annual Mud Volleyball for Epilepsy. Today (Friday, July 12) is the last day to register.

Spectators can watch the annual fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio for a $5 donation. The mud will begin flying at 7 a.m. Saturday at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., in Dayton. Call 937-233-2500 or click here

2) A LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN

The Rubi Girls are showing what’s in their closets. The drag troupe will have an open house at its new clubhouse, 1207 Wayne Avenue, in Dayton, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

The campy performers have raised more than a million dollars for HIV and Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender issues since forming in the 1980s.

The open house is a fundraiser. The Girls will be accepting a “whatever you can do to help” donation at the door.

3) COUNTRY OVERLOAD

A whole lot of country and virtually no rock & roll will draw thousands to Fort Loramie for Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lake.

Click here to see some very patriotic clothing we spotted at the concert Thursday.

Music begins at 4 p.m. today and noon Saturday. Call (937) 295-3000 or click here.

Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and Kellie Pickler will be among those to perform today. Chris Young, Brad Paisley, Lee Brice, Chris Cagle, Dustin Lynch and Jana Kramer will take the stage Saturday.

Upcoming band Blackjack Billy, which includes Fairmont High School grad Patrick Cornell, will perform Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Salon stage. Daily general admission ranges from $109 to $119. Click here for more info.

4) BIG CHICKEN FIGHT

A chicken wing battle is going down Saturday, and the returning champ plans to come out with 10,000 wings flapping and covered in Sweet Hot Damn and other sauces.

Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St. in Xenia, won five out of six categories — the people’s choice Best Damn Wing and the judges panel’s Best Wing and best sauce for Sweet Hot Damn included — at last year’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival.

It will square its wings up against birds cooked up by eight other local restaurants during this year’s Kickin’ Chicken from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering.

Admission is free and there will be music. Restaurants will sell two to three wings for $2 and sides for $1, $2 or $3 each. Click here to see what’s on the menu.

5) FASHIONABLE DAYTON

The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (De-FI) will celebrate its launch with a party — “Fashion in the Mystic Garden” — Saturday at SunWatch Indian Village, 2301 W. River Road, Dayton.

A runway show will feature 9 designers.

General admission tickets are $45 each. There will be free shuttle from University of Dayton Arena beginning at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m with the show starting at 8:00 p.m.

The organization hopes to foster Dayton’s fashion industry.

Read: Can Dayton become a fashion industry center?

So what are you doing this weekend? Let us know below.

Contact this blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

Man killed by toddler whose dad allegedly gave him loaded gun and said, ‘get him’: Sheriff

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:31 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:25 PM

Authorities say a South Carolina man has been charged with murder after he allegedly gave his 3-year-old son a loaded 9mm handgun and told him to chase another man — who was then killed when the child discharged the weapon, PEOPLE confirms.

Albert Davis, 31, also faces charges of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a stolen handgun, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and unlawful conduct toward a minor, authorities say.

“Our defendant gave his 3-year-old son a weapon and had him chase the victim around a vehicle saying, ‘Get him, Get him, Get him,’ and at some point the weapon discharged,” Aiken County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Abdullah tells PEOPLE.

“At that age, he [the child] thinks it is a game,” Abdullah says.

He says 24-year-old Timothy Johnson was fatally shot in the chest as a result.

“In my 25 years in law enforcement, I have never encountered anything like this,” Abdullah says. “To me this is an extreme tragedy where both families have been greatly impacted, especially this young child. This recklessness of giving this young child a loaded firearm should not have happened.”

Abdullah says authorities were called to an acquaintance of Davis’ house on Beckham Road in Warrenville, South Carolina, around 3 p.m. on Tuesday and found Johnson lying on the ground.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We don’t have a motive yet,” Abdullah says. “It is still an ongoing investigation.” The relationship between Davis and Johnson remains unclear.

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Abdullah says there were numerous witnesses in the front yard of the house when the shooting occurred. “All of their stories were corroborated,” he says.

Davis allegedly fled the scene and was picked up by police later that day at his home in nearby Graniteville, South Carolina, around 8 p.m.

He is being held without bond in the Aiken County Detention Center.

It is unclear if he has entered a plea to his charges, retained an attorney or when he is scheduled to appear in court.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted on the murder charge. The child abuse charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years.

Trick-or-treating: Top Halloween safety tips

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 6:35 PM

No Tricks, Just Treats: How to Have a Safe Halloween

Halloween should be about treats, but some tricks such as dangerous situations can quickly ruin the fun. The following trick-or-treating safety tips can help you and your kids avoid issues.

COSTUME SAFETY

Costumes and other components can create hazards if you’re not careful. The following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Safety Council will help you make sure your child’s disguise doesn’t cause any hazards:

  • Look for light-colored, flame-resistant costumes
    Look for masks, wigs, costumes and other components that are labeled as flame-resistant or made of flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon. Also choose light-colored costumes when possible since they’re easier for drivers to spot at night.
  • Look for a proper fit
    Make sure all masks, shoes and other parts of your child’s costume fit well. He or she should be able to see well and walk without tripping over a costume that drags the ground or because of shoes that are too large. 
  • Take care with makeup
    Buy only nontoxic Halloween makeup, and always test it in a small area first, the CDC recommends. Remove it before bedtime to help prevent irritation.
  • Use safe accessories
    Use swords, knives and other accessories made of soft materials that won’t cause injury if your child falls on them.
  • Make your child more visible.
    The CDC suggests adding reflective tape to your child’s costume and treat bag to make him or her more visible.
  • Protect their eyes
    Skip wearing decorative contact lenses to avoid injuring your eyes, and don’t let your kids wear them.

ROAD SAFETY

Drive carefully and keep your kids safe as they navigate neighborhood streets with the following tips:

  • Slow down and be cautious
    If you’re driving on Halloween, slow down in residential neighborhoods and watch out for trick-or-treaters who may unexpectedly dart into the street. Especially if they’re wearing dark costumes, they can be difficult to see. 
  • Be visible
    Turn your headlights on, even if it’s still light outside, so you’ll be more visible to trick-or-treaters.
  • Arm trick-or-treaters with flashlight
    Make sure your trick-or-treaters carry a flashlight with fresh batteries, but teach them to carry it facing downward so they don’t temporarily blind oncoming drivers.
  • Stick to sidewalks
    Walk on sidewalks when possible, and if they’re not available, walk on the left side of the road so you’re facing traffic.
  • Cross the street safely
    Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles.
  • Make sure kids are supervised
    If you’re not accompanying your kids, ensure that they’re going with another adult or an older, responsible young person if they’re under 12. 

    CANDY SAFETY
    Make sure you child’s candy doesn’t cause any harm with the following tips:
  • Inspect your child’s candy
    Tell your kids to wait until you can look through their candy at home before they eat any. Tampering is rare, but it does happen. Look for any tears in wrappers, tiny pinholes, or anything that looks discolored or unusual. Throw out anything that isn’t commercially wrapped, unless it’s a homemade treat from someone you personally know well.
  • Check for allergens
    If your child has a food allergy, read the ingredient label of commercially wrapped treats to make sure it doesn’t contain any allergens. Skip homemade treats, since you can’t be sure of what they contain.
  • Look for teal pumpkins
    If you see a teal pumpkin at a home, that signifies that it’s safe for trick-or-treaters with food allergies since the homeowners offer non-food treats like small toys. Look for homes that display these if your child has allergies, and provide this welcoming sign of safe treats for kids who visit your home.
  • Check for choking hazards
    Check through non-candy treats to make sure they’re not a choking hazard to your child if he or she is younger. Also go through their candy and eliminate any hard candies or any other items they could choke on.

SAFE TRICK OR TREAT LOCATIONS

Choose the safest locations for your child to visit with the following tips:
  • Visit ‘trunk or treat’ events
    Organizations such as churches often hold trunk or treat events where people decorate their opened trucks and hand out candy. This helps children stay in a confined area and avoid streets and traffic.
  • Hit the mall
    Malls sometimes have Halloween events where stores give out candy to children in costume. You’ll avoid traffic and other outdoor hazards while ensuring that weather won’t be a factor.
  • Check with neighborhood associations
    If you live in a community with a neighborhood association, these organizations often have information about which houses are handing out candy. The association may also host a clubhouse party for the holiday.
  • Use Nextdoor’s treat map
    The social network site for neighborhoods has a Halloween treat map that lets you and your neighbors “advertise” that you’ll be handing out Halloween candy. You can use it to plan the best route for your trick-or-treaters.
  • Know which houses to avoid
    Several states prohibit registered sex offenders from handing out candy on Halloween, and at least one, Maryland, requires them to post “No candy at this residence” signs. You can also check the U.S. Department of Justice’s website for links to your state’s sex offender registry or download a mobile app that you can use along the way to tell you which homes to avoid.

Best 2017 pop culture Halloween costumes

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 5:35 PM

The Spooky History of Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time to make a statement about this year’s pop culture hits and misses. According to Insider, some of the most popular pop culture Halloween costumes in 2017 will include pregnant Kylie Jenner, Wonder Woman and a Playboy Bunny.

According to Quartz, what this says about us, besides that we like to dress up, is that our collective psyche is riddled with TV and movies. But Quartz also pointed out the common human desire to be more powerful, which is why superheroes are a Halloween fashion staple. 

Other pop culture favorites appearing this Halloween season include any costume that has Disney characters. In September, Pinterest noted that just the term “Disney costume” has been pinned more than 675,000 times this year, with Belle and Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast” leading the pack. 

A costume that became cliché in its first season is Pennywise, the kid-killing clown from the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.” Pinterest saves for clown makeup and costumes are up 941 percent this year. If you must join the horde, please, please, step away from red balloons near sewers in suburban neighborhoods. Other pop culture Halloween costume popular on Pinterest included “Baywatch” characters, frat boys and Wednesday Addams. One of the most popular Halloween makeup options is pixelated face makeup, which has been pinned more than 26,000 times. 

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Hit pop culture Halloween costumes from the media

Ripped-straight-from-the-headlines costumes make their own kind of scary Halloween statements, even if those headlines come straight from TMZ or People.

Fake News: Insider reports a mini dress of newspaper clippings stamped “Fake” in big red letters sold by costume retailer Yandy.
 
Pregnant Kylie Jenner: You may not be unique, but you’ll be in good company in one of Yandy’s $60 pregnant Kylie Jenner costume.
 
Hef and a Playboy bunny: 2017 claimed the life of  Hugh Hefner. Sure, dressing as the dapper (if elderly) Hef and a Playboy bunny is a time-honored Halloween tradition, but this year’s news adds a morbid touch to the Playmate (Yandy, $80) and Hugh Hefner (Target, $40) couples costume.
 
Dancing hot dog from Snapchat: The wildly popular dancing meme from Snapchat makes a hot pop culture Halloween costume. You can pick up a  $40 hot dog suit from Target, but you must supply the over-the-ear headphones yourself.
 
Handmaid: Hulu’s 2017 hit, based on the Margaret Atwood novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," is a dark metaphor for the current civil rights and political climate. A handmaid ensemble is easy to pull off for one or a group, from thrift store finds or ready-made purchases like the $64 version from Azure Costumes.
 
La La Land: Another great couples’ idea from the Pinterest people, and if you can jitterbug and whatnot, all the better. For the snarkiest, include a “Moonlight” costume in the group as a nod to the 2017 Best Picture Oscars mix-up.
 
April the Giraffe and her baby from Animal Adventure Park: With giraffe costumes and make-up running wild on Pinterest (up 1,200 percent from last year, unless someone made a typo), what a great time to dress as the ever-pregnant and finally a mom April the Giraffe. Depending on your companions and physical condition, you may want to go for pregnant April, during her eternal labor, or with her offspring.
 
Kinder, gentler pop culture costumes

Groot: According to Pinterest, searches for this soulful, leafy “Guardians of the Galaxy” character’s costume have gone up 133 percent in the past year. It’s a more involved costume than most, with those branches and all, but it has the prime advantage of also having a baby costume option: Baby Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Bob Ross and Tree: That’s a happy tree, mind you, a perfect foil to 2017’s political and environmental strife. And hey, Pinterest reports 25,000-plus saves on the costume idea.
 
Unicorns: Rainbows and sparkles will be in the forecast for Halloween 2017 trick-or-treating and costume parties for sure, with searches for unicorn costumes up 110 percent this year on Pinterest. According to Quartz, “The draw seems to be childlike positivity and magical thinking, allowing people see themselves and the world through rose- (and cobalt-) colored glasses.”
 
“My Little Pony”: With the 2017 release of the “My Little Pony” movie, the  animated characters should give you plenty of sweet costume options for every optimist on the block. Just be sure your costume has a pony name and a birthday on Equestria.

Most popular Halloween costumes for 2017

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

The Spooky History of Halloween

The National Retail Federation predicts that 179 million Americans will partake in Halloween festivities in 2017 and that 48 percent plan to dress up. That’s a lot of costumes! Those trying to stand out for a party or costume contest and those who want to fit in with the rest of the trick-or-treat crowd can both benefit from these predictions for the top costume picks for Halloween 2017 from the NRF and Pinterest.

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Most popular children’s Halloween costumes for 2017

The little ones will be dressing up as heroes this Halloween, with more than 3.7 children planning to dress as action characters or superheroes, according to the NRF. That figure doesn’t even include the Caped Crusader. Batman on his own will provide costume inspiration for 2.9 million child Halloween costumes, tied for second with a generic princess in the NRF rankings. Wonder Woman also makes a solo appearance on the list. 
 
The entire NRF Top 10 list of the most popular Halloween costumes for kids:
 
1. Action/superhero 
2. Batman character tied with Princess
3. Animal (cat, dog, monkey)
4. Spider-Man
5. Star Wars character
6. Witch
7. Marvel Superhero (excluding Spider-Man) tied with Pirate
8. Ghost
9. Disney Princess
10. Wonder Woman
 
 
Most popular adult Halloween costumes for 2017
 
In September, Pinterest and fashion search platform Lyst released predictions for the top Halloween costumes of 2017. The list included a frightening trend: costume ideas spawned by the kid-killing clown Pennywise in the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.” Searches for clown makeup have increased by 941 per cent on Pinterest this year, and Lyst also reported a rise in searches for shirts with expansive ruffled shoulders and pom-pom shoes like the odious clown wears.
 
It may sound like a stretch but … giraffes are another go-to costume for Halloween this year. Pinterest data indicated pins for giraffe costumes ideas and makeup tutorials are up 1,200 percent compared to 2016, and Lyst data also indicated a 27 percent increase in searches for giraffe fashions since this past June. You can thank April the giraffe, and her long pregnancy that was one of the top viral stories of 2017.

The TV set and other streaming devices also helped make certain costumes popular. This is the second season for “Stranger Things” character costumes to be making the trick-or-treat and party rounds, with 40 percent more Pinterest saves year over year. These costumes have the added allure of being simple to make and wear, especially the trucker hats and ‘80s T-shirts Pinterest and Lyst are predicting.
 
“Game of Thrones” characters were up 91 percent on Pinterest and Jon Snow all by his lonesome had 280 percent increased costume saves on Pinterest. Quartz has a helpful hint for anyone wanting to jump in on this costume trend. Those gnarly Night’s Watch capes are repurposed IKEA rugs.
 
Just in from the 2017 widescreen, Pinterest users currently have more than 230,000 Wonder Woman costume ideas saved while pins of Beauty and the Beast characters have jumped 680 percent, including some sweet group costumes for Gaston and the milkmaids.

Here are some other top choices on Pinterest for Halloween 2017:

Top group costumes
 
Daenerys and Jon Snow from “Game of Thrones”
 
“Baywatch” cast members 
 
“Stranger Things” cast members 
 
Top family costumes
 
“Beauty and the Beast”
 
“Jurassic Park” 
 
Mother of Dragons (Daenerys) 
 
Top solo costumes
 
Wonder Woman 
 
Hippie 
 
Girl Scout 
 
Makeup
 
Unicorn 
 
Giraffe 
 
Spider-Woman