Top Five Halloween Events around the ‘burgh
Since October begins tomorrow, I want to get in the Halloween spirit. The holiday may only last one day, but I think there are enough events around Pittsburgh to make it last a month (and maybe even farther). Somethings on the list aren’t exactly the cheapest, but I think picking one or two really fun events would be worth it. I’ve picked five haunting happenings around Pittsburgh for everyone to take a look at.
Starting Sept. 28 until Oct. 27 Kennywood will be starting its annual Phantom Fright Nights. The amusement park is open from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fright Nights featured 10 haunted attractions whose names range from Haunted Noah’s Ark to Voodoo Bayou. The best part of this event is that it couples the haunted houses with letting visitors ride the amusement rides at night. Who wouldn’t want to do Phantom’s Revenge in the dark? (Me…) The cost is $28.99, but I think this is reasonable since there is so much to do in one place. http://www.phantomfrightnights.com/
2. Haunted Pittsburgh Walking Tours
Haunted Pittsburgh offers three tours in Pittsburgh that all deal with ghost stories around various locations in the city. Tours are located in Downtown, Oakland, and the Monongahela Incline. The Web site boasts its use of real ghost stories to scare audiences. There will be no actors in costumes, and “trying out silly English accents.” I did something similar to this in Paris, and absolutely loved it. It’s a great way to learn about some obscure parts of the history of whatever city in. Tours are $15 except the incline tour, which costs $18 to accommodate the cost of riding the incline. http://www.hauntedpittsburghtours.com/
3. Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall Mystery History Tour
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Musical Hall in Carnegie, P.A., invites guests to learn of thehistory of the building as well as the “mysterious ghostly experiences” that have been reported to happened there. Guests are also invited to listen to music from the height of the music hall’s days. The event will take place Oct. 28 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $15, and drinks and snacks will be served after the event. Call (412) 276-3456 for more information about the event.
I hope I’m not getting too far ahead of myself with this one, but in Weston, W.V. (a 2-hour drive from the ‘burgh) an old mental hospital offers a variety of tours. I know it’s a bit of a drive, but what screams Halloween more than a tour through the dark halls of a psych ward? Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (TALA) offers a variety of tours at a range of prices until Nov. 4. Tours can be historical, paranormals, or a mixture of both. The cheapest tour is a $10 flashlight tour that last 30 minutes. Look at this page for more info on the types of tours: http://www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com/main/hauntings.html.
5. Great Pumpkin Smash!
Ever wondered what to do with all of those rotting jack-o’-lanterns? The Carnegie Science Center has your answer. On Nov. 3, the science center will be featuring pumpkin demolishing demonstrations throughout the day, which are free with the cost of admission. I think this is a fun and educational way to end the Halloween season. The tagline for the event is great: “It’s a physics filled compost-able event you don’t want to miss!” To read the full description of the event, go here.