Happy October from us at MAC’s Lash and Skin Studio! Now that the prime time of spooky fall season is here, there are infinite fun things for you, your friends, and family to do! We wanted to compile some of the awesome things Pittsburgh has to offer to make your fall and Halloween season the BEST yet! From haunted houses, to amusement park events, to creepy museum events, Pittsburgh has so much to offer for your Halloween adventures!
Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood
Every Pittsburgher knows and loves Kennywood Amusement Park! Now through October 27, Kennywood offers a plethora of fun haunted attractions every weekend along with their iconic rides of courses! On Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 pm-4 pm, the park is open for kid-friendly Happy Hauntings, and every Friday-Sunday through the 27th, the park reopens from 6 pm to midnight for Phantom Fright Nights! For these haunting evenings, every area of the park is filled with new adventures and scenarios of hauntings, with help from many creepy characters and actors! There are different themes throughout the park, from demented clowns, to a zombie apocalypse area, to a haunted bayou boat ride! There are also different extras you can purchase tickets for on your night, such as 4D scary movies and an interactive escape room! Kennywood has the perfect fall experience for both the family, and you and your friends or coworkers! Visit their site for more info and tickets!
Schramm Farms and Orchards
A fall STAPLE should be pumpkin patches and corn mazes! Schramm Farms and Orchards in Jeannette, PA is the perfect place to go with the family, little kids, or even just your significant other! They have a Fall Festival throughout the entire month of October, which includes their huge and iconic pumpkin patch, two corn mazes, hayrides, pony rides, play hay, and other awesome activities! There are tons of delicious, fresh fall foods and refreshments to enjoy as well!
Triple B Farms and Mallisee Farm
Another incredible farm that’s a must-go for families, couples, and friends would definitely be Triple B Farms in Monongahela! Triple B Farms is a huge farm that has an annual Fall Festival running through October! They allow children and adults to experience the farm firsthand and even meet the animals! They have giant slides that your kids will have a blast on, and they are even named after tunnels in our city! There are corn mazes, buildable scarecrows, playgrounds, inflatables, obstacle course activities, and tons of other creative and fun games/challenges for your kids to enjoy all day! There are also lots of opportunities to experience the farm and what goes into it firsthand from picking your own apples/sunflowers/pumpkins, to introductions to the farm animals, to even an observation beehive! Visit this lovely farm’s website to plan your visit!
Fort Ligonier Days
The weekend of October 11-13, the Fort Ligonier Days festival celebrates its 60th year! This huge fall festival commemorates the historical Battle of Fort Ligonier during the French and Indian War on October 12, 1758, with reenactments, historical information, parades, and more! The festival is also known for its over 200 craft and art vendors, selling their creations from furniture, candles, jewelry, metalwork, spices and teas, and so much more! The festival has over 30 delicious varying food booths as well! This year, on Sunday, there will also be a 5k Walk/Run! This festival is definitely one to check out! Find more of the amazing things it entails on the site!
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition at the Carnegie Science Center
This incredible exhibit of mummies which is also the largest ever assembled, here, in our city at our very own Carnegie Science Center is not only here for the Halloween season, but rather through April! However, what better time to go see and learn about 125 REAL MUMMIES and related artifacts from ancient times?! The exhibition shows dramatic displays of the mummies as well as multimedia stations that literally take you back 4,500 years to learn about the mummies’ history and personal stories. There are also interactive stations for you and the kids to learn and experience firsthand a somewhat ominous piece of ancient history! Plan your trip to the Science Center and to see the mummies this season on their site!
Haunted Hills Hayride
Everyone loves a hayride! This particular hayride in North Versailles makes the whole experience terrifying yet full of laughs and memories. If you’d love to embark on the fun journey of haunts but are a bit nervous, I can personally say this hayride is the perfect place to start! I went with friends and my mother when I was 13 and I was nervous, but the actors make things not JUST scary, but interactive and often times even quite funny! After your hayride meeting all sorts of spooks, creatures, insane witches, and more, you can buy tickets for their Valley of Darkness Haunted Walking Trail, which is a trail in the woods where you are often guided (and followed) by some truly ghoulish characters experiencing different scenarios and haunted houses along the way! They also have a bonfire, music, and hot cocoa and snacks to get after your experience or even for any friends who aren’t into getting spooked. This attraction is perfect for ANYONE to enjoy, especially younger people or anyone who is a bit nervous to experience their first haunted house! You won’t be disappointed!
The Scare House/ Scream District
Unfortunately, this ICONIC haunted house attraction deemed Pittsburgh’s best and scariest haunted attraction’s main attraction is closed and being worked on this year. But for the true thrill-seekers and horror lovers, you can still purchase tickets for the Basement, the Scare House’s legendary R-Rated haunt now in the Strip District! This attraction is only for those 18 and older, and a waiver must be signed, as the haunt features physical contact, tight spaces, strong scents, profanity, complete darkness, violent scenarios, and high impact scares, but if you are a thrill-seeking, fear-loving ghoul, this is for YOU! You can also get tickets this year for their Stalked By a Killer Escape Room, which puts you literally in a real-life horror film! You will have to quickly solve intense, startling puzzles to escape the killer’s lair before time runs out! It is recommended for those over 12 years old, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian, but this escape room is the perfect night for a group of friends or even coworkers to team up and escape the killer!
Halloween Bar Crawl on South Side
Leave it to the tons of awesome bars and restaurants on East Carson Street to set up a Halloween event where you can really get your BOO’S on! On October 26th from 4 pm to midnight, dress up in your best Halloween costume with friends and join the other creeps bar crawling on East Carson Street! There will even be a $1000 dollar costume contest! Find tickets on their site!
There are countless other amazing, unforgettable events and activities around Pittsburgh to make your fall and Halloween season the best yet, whether you’re looking for a great time with your friends, family, or significant other! These are only a small portion, but we hope you check them out and have a spooktastic season! <3 ~ Abby XOXO, MAC’s Lash and Skin Studio