There are so many things to love about October—cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and the chance to get scared out of your skull at haunted houses! And even if you don’t like to be frightened, you can still enjoy the holiday at some calmer events, including hayrides, pumpkin picking and fall festivals. Here's just a short list of things happening this Halloween….
Zombies of the Corn
Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31. 282 Rochester Road, Freedom, PA. Stop the zombie apocalypse in Pittsburgh! Open fire and protect our city from the undead! Ticket price includes zombie shoot ride, 150 zombie killing paintballs, walk-through zombie compound, Z-maze, spooky ghost stories, campfires and more. Free parking. www.zombiesofthecorn.com
Kennywood Phantom Fall Fest
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 1-31. Kennywood Park, 4800 Blvd., West Mifflin, 15122. Daytime fun includes festive food, favorite coasters and rides. At night, the park takes screams to the extreme with five haunted houses and four scare zones! www.kennywood.com
Gateway Clipper Haunted Pittsburgh Cruise
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 1-31. Hear “true” haunted tales of Pittsburgh that center around historical areas and landmarks along the Three Rivers as well as under the waters. Does the “Monongahela Monster” really exist? Who haunts the old Allegheny County Jail? Learn the answers to these questions and many more aboard this entertaining cruise!
All ages. To see sailing times and reserve tickets, visit www.gatewayclipper.com.
Zoo Boo at the Pittsburgh Zoo
Oct. 16-17, 23-24, 10am-3pm. Pittsburgh Zoo, 7370 Baker St., 15206. Celebrate the return of ZooBoo, the zoo’s annual kid-friendly Halloween event. Trick-or-treat throughout the zoo, enter the not-so-scary haunt spots and create creepy crafts. Be wowed with magic and meet your favorite characters. Show off your spooktacular costumes in the Halloween parade, dance, and costume contest. Check out the animals enjoying Halloween treats throughout the park. ZooBoo activities and candy are included with general daytime admission.
Bump in the Night at Frick Park
Oct. 22-23, 29-30, Frick Environmental Center. Designed for children three to nine and their adults, Bump in the Night is an annual family fun event celebrating fall. Sign up for a hike and have fun at each of the stops along the path. At the end of the hike, each child picks a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch to take home. Tickets $12. Registration opens Oct. 4 at noon.
Harvest Valley Farms Fall Festival
Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10am-5pm. 125 Ida Lane, Valencia 16059. The entire valley is transformed from a full-time working produce farm into a fun-filled, pick-your-own pumpkin festival! Other activities include hayrides, cornstalk maze, farm animals, kids’ straw tunnel, corn pit, face painting, live music and more! www.harvestvalleyfarms.com
Soergel Orchards Fall Festival
Every weekend in October, 2573 Brandt School Rd., Wexford, 15090. A tradition in the area for more than 30 years. Quality family fun and entertainment including hay rides, pony rides, candy apples, pumpkin pickings and more! www.soergels.com
Cheeseman Fright Farm
Oct. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-30, 7-10 p.m. Prepare for the fright of your life! On an isolated, 650-acre farm, no one will hear you scream! Includes haunted hayride, corn maze and multiple walk-through attractions. Attractions geared toward teens and adults (12 years and younger MUST be accompanied by an adult). www.cheesemanfrightfarm.com
Pumpkin Festival at Cheeseman Farm
Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 2-30, and Monday, Oct. 11, 11am-5pm. It’s time for harvest and you can pick up your local favorites at Cheeseman’s, including honey, apple butter, and of course, pumpkins. Activities include hayrides, petting zoo and hay jump; hayride is $5 per person, children 2 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult. All pumpkins picked in the patch will be brought back to the barn and weighed to determine the price. www.pumpkinfestival.us
Oct. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31. Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 2012 Butler Logan Rd., Tarentum. You know that Pittsburgh Zombies love shopping malls—and you will love Scarehouse’s new, larger, and permanent home inside the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills. The Scarehouse has been ranked as one of America’s Scariest Halloween attractions by Travel Channel and has been featured on Good Morning America, The Daily Show, Travel Channel, CBS and ABC News, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Mental Floss, and many other national media outlets. Tickets must be reserved in advance: www.scarehouse.com.
Hundred Acres Manor
Oct. 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-31. 1 Hundred Acre Dr., Bethel Park, 15102. Six themed haunted house sections as one large walk-through event, with add-on attractions like escape rooms, burial simulators, beer gardens and more. Experience why Hundred Acres Manor is ranked as Pittsburgh’s Best Haunted House by HauntWorld and one of the nation’s scariest attractions by USA Today, LA Times, Forbes.com and more. www.hundredacresmanor.com