2013 Halloween in Pittsburgh Family Guide!

My husband and I last Halloween

My husband and I last Halloween

I have always loved Halloween and, now that I have kids, it has become even more exciting than ever before!  I decided to put together this 2013 Halloween in Pittsburgh Family Guide for other area families who enjoy the holiday as much as we do.  Here’s a compilation of all things related to Halloween in Pittsburgh this year including information about 1) non-scary special events geared to little kids 2) scarier haunted attractions for the older kids 3) hayride/pumpkin patches 4) costume shops and 5) trick-or-treating info.  Enjoy!

 

Young Child-Friendly Halloween Events

As usual, Pittsburgh does not disappoint in providing non-scary Halloween activities for the little kids this year.  Nearly every one of our favorite destinations have special events to celebrate the holiday! Here’s a collection of Halloween activities appropriate for the little ones in your life (organized loosely by date)!  Note: costumes are encouraged at all of these events.

 

Hallowboo at Idlewild Park-October 12-13, 19-20, & 26-27

Enjoy Halloween and Fall-themed fun at Idlewild Amusement Park.  There’s trick-or-treating, a hay maze, Halloween entertainment PLUS a lot of the regular season rides are open too!

Times: Noon-6pm

Cost: $29.99/person with discount coupons available at Giant Eagle.  Also you can buy online to save!

Location:  Idlewild Amusement Park, Rt. 30 East, Ligonier, PA 15658

Our little pumpkin during her first Halloween!

Our little pumpkin during her first Halloween!

 

IKEA Family Halloween Party-October 18

Enjoy a special Halloween Buffet plus trick-or-treat and participate in activities throughout the IKEA Store at Robinson Town Center.

Times: 5-8pm

Cost:$12.99/adult, $4.99 for kids 12 and under with discounts if you have IKEA Family Card.  Register in advance.

Location:  2001 Park Manor Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

 

Creatures of the Night at Beechwood Farms and Nature Reserve-October 18 and 19th

Take a guided tour of the trails at Beechwood Farms and find costumed nocturnal creatures along the way! Snacks and crafts are included.

Times: 6:30-8pm on the half hour

Cost: $6/member $10/nonmember, register in advance

Location: 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA

At ZooBoo last year!

At ZooBoo last year!

 

KDKA Zoo Boo at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium-October 19-20, October 26-27

Trek through the Pittsburgh Zoo while collecting candy, participating in activities, and even taking part in a costume contest!

Times: 11am-4pm

Cost: Adults $14, Children $12, Children under 2 are free, Members free, No reservations needed

Location: 7340 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

 

Depreciation Lands Museum Family Lantern Tours-October 19 and 26

Take a family friendly guided tour of the Museum and cemetery by lantern light with tales of superstitions and customs from the past, a visit from “The Deacon,” the Museum’s resident ghost, and enjoy cookies and hot cider!

Times: 6-9pm every 15 minutes

Cost: $5/adult, $3/children

Location: 4743 S. Pioneer Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101

 

Owl-O-Ween at the National Aviary-October 20 and October 27th

Celebrate Halloween at the National Aviary with a Halloween party, trick-or-treating, crafts, and nocturnal birds!

Times: 11am-3pm

Cost: Adults $13, children $11, children under two are free, no reservations needed

Location: 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Halloween Happenings at Phipps Conservatory-October 25

Explore Phipps Conservatory while engaging in a variety of family-friendly Halloween activities and munch on healthy snacks.  Plus, the Conservatory is hosting a Diwali celebration in its Tropical Forest India Exhibit from 7-10pm on the same night!

Times: 4-8pm

Cost: Adults $15, Children $11, Children under 2 are free, members free, no reservations needed

Location: 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Annual Member’s Spooktacular at the Children’s Museum-October 25

Trick-or-treat through the museum while participating in a costume parade, taking part in Halloween-themed activities, and receive prizes!

Times: 5:30-7:30 pm, register in advance

Cost: Member free, guests $11

Location: 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 

“Fiddlesticks-Halloween Spooktacular” by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra-October 26

A family-friendly concert featuring Halloween-type music hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for children aged 3-8.  Preceded by “Discovery Time Adventure,” a chance for children to interact with the musicians, learn about musical instruments, and do a craft!

Times: 10am Discovery Time Adventure, 11:15 am Concert

Cost: Check website for ticket availability

Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Halloween-just a few days after little brother was born!

Halloween-just a few days after little brother was born!

 

Gateway Clipper Halloween Monster Party-October 26

Take a 2-hour ride on the Gateway Clipper Fleet, have a dance party, and see your favorite monsters!

Times: 11am and 1:30pm

Cost: Adult-$25, Kids-$12, register in advance

Location:  350 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

Halloween Mayhem at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater-October 26

Zombies, a costume parade, puppets, live performances, games.  Plus, Mr. McFeely will be there to sign autographs and lead everyone in the Costume Parade!

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: FREE!

Location: Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Kid City Dance Party I Remember HALLOWEEN!-October 26

Join DJ Kelly MOM as she hosts Pittsburgh’s monthly dance for kids.  This month it will have a Halloween theme!

Times: 2-6pm

Cost: Adults $5 Children Free

Location: 3577 McClure Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Halloween Party-October 29

Participate in hands-on Halloween activities for the entire family!

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: $5/person

Location: 1047 Shady Ave, the Scaife Building

 

Venture Outdoors Tyke Hike Halloween Party-October 30

Take a hike through Schenley Park and then participate in Halloween-themed crafts and trick-or-treats!  Costumes encouraged.

Times: 10-12pm Registration in advance recommended, but walkups permitted

Cost: $5/nonmember, $2/member, $2 kids

Location: Schenley Park, meet at Bartlett Playground

 

October Night at the Zoo at Living Treasures Animal Park-Thursdays through Saturdays in October

Explore the Moraine Living Treasures Animal Park at night–with only torches to light the walkways!  See many unusual nocturnal animals!

Times: 7-11pm

Cost: Adults $10.99, Kids 3 and older $7.99 (if they bring a carved or decorated pumpkin, kids get in free!)

Location: 268 Fox Road, New Castle, PA 16101

 

Haunted Attractions Appropriate for Older Kids

There are also a variety of scarier, haunted attractions for the bigger kids.  Note: many of these facilities recommend that children be at least 13 years of age or older to participate.  Also, many of these facilities offer more expensive VIP passes to allow patrons to cut past the long general admission lines.

 

Haunted Hills Hayride and the Valley of Darkness Haunted Walking Trail-October 11–13, 18–20, 23–27, and October 30-November 2

Enjoy two haunted experiences–a haunted hayride and a haunted walking trail. Benefits the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Spectrum Charter School.

Times: Friday and Saturday 7pm-11pm, All other days 7pm-10pm

Cost: $12/attraction or $17 for both

Location: 500 Mosside Blvd, North Versailles, PA 15137

 

Hundred Acres Manor-October 9-13, October 16-30, November 1-2

A very popular haunted house located in South Park! Benefits the Animal Friends and Homeless Children’s Education Fund.

Times: Dusk (~7pm) – 11:30pm (Fridays and Saturdays) and 1opm on other days

Cost: $18/ general admission, options to buy VIP passes (cost more, but get to skip lines), on-site ticketing is CASH ONLY

Location: 1 Hundred Acre Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102

 

Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood Park-Every Friday and Saturday through October 26, plus Sunday, October 13 (7-11pm) 

Enjoy Kennywood Amusement Park with a variety of haunted features and scary rides!

Times: 7pm-1am every night except Sunday October 13 (7-11pm)

Cost: $29.99 plus $1 amusement tax at gate, save $3 online or at Giant Eagle customer service desk.  Also, Kennywood season ticket holders get 1/2 price admission on October 13, 25, and 26.

Location: 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122

 

The Scarehouse-Open every Thursday to Sunday until November 2nd (including Halloween night) 

One of Pittsburgh’s most popular haunted houses.  Now with shuttle service from the Pittsburgh Zoo!

Times: Friday and Saturday 7pm to midnight, Thursday and Sunday 7pm-10pm

Cost: General admission: $19.99 with options to buy VIP pass that lets you skip the line

Location: Parking at the Pittsburgh Zoo 7340 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206 with shuttle to facility

 

Terror Town-October 10, 12-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31-November 2nd

Pittsburgh’s largest indoor, underground haunted attraction.  Located in the Strip District.

Times: 7pm-12am

Cost: General admission: $16.99 with options to buy VIP passes to skip line

Location: Smallman St & 17th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

West Deer Nightmare Haunted House-October 11-13, 18-20, 25-30

Tour the possessed home of Noah Hobbs, criminal mastermind.

Times: Friday and Saturday 7pm-11pm, Other days 7pm-10pm

Cost: General admission $10 with option to buy VIP admission to skip line

Location: Bairdford Park, Gibsonia, PA 15044

 

Pumpkin patch at Soergel's!

Pumpkin patch at Soergel’s!

Hayrides and Pumpkin Patches

We certainly could never go through the month of October without taking a hayride to a pumpkin patch, picking out pumpkins, and carving jack-o’-lanterns!  Here’s a listing of pumpkin patches in the city organized by location:

 

NORTH

Soergel Orchards

Hayrides to the pumpkin patch during weekend Fall Festivals or during their weekday tractor rides to the patch.

Times: Weekends 11am-5pm, Weekdays 11am-4pm

Cost: $2/person for tractor ride, pumpkins/pound

Location: 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090

 

Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm

Located in Mount Nebo region of North Hills, Reilly’s has hayrides to the pumpkin patch both during their weekend Fall Festivals and during the week.

Times: Weekends 10-4pm, Weekdays 12:30-4:30 on the half-hour

Cost: $7/person for Fall Festival, pumpkins/pound

Location: 1120 Roosevelt Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237

 

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Shenot Farm

Free hayrides to the pumpkin patch during weekends.

Times: Weekends 11am-5pm

Cost: FREE!

Location: 3754 Wexford Run Rd, Wexford, PA 15090

 

SOUTH 

Triple B Farms

Hayrides to the pumpkin patch during Fall Festivals.

Times: Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m, Wed.-Fri. 4-7 p.m

Cost: Play-all-Day Wristband $11/child and $8/adult for Fall Festival (includes hayride)

Location: 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela PA 15063

 

Simmons Farm

Enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch during their daily Fall Activities. 

Times: Weekends 9am-5:45pm, Weekdays 9am-6:45pm

Cost: Various prices depending on which activities you want to do.  $13 for ALL fall activities, hayride, and any size pumpkin

Location: 170 Simmons Road, McMurray Pa 15317

 

Trax Farms

Hayrides to the pumpkin patch during Fall Festivals or weekday evening hayrides

Times: Weekends 10am-5pm, W & F 4:30-6:30

Cost: Adult/$8, Children 3-12 $6 includes Corn Maze

Location: 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville 15332

 

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Costume Shops

Here’s a listing of several costume superstores in the Pittsburgh area.  Of course, Target, Walmart, Party City, TJ Maxx/Marshalls, consignment stores and many others also have costumes, too!

 

Costume World

Location: 1690 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Strip District)

 

Costumes, Etc.

Location: 1095 Pittsburgh Rd, Valencia, PA 16059-1933

 

Halloween Adventures

Location: 3100 Robinson Ln, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (Robinson Town Center)

 

Halloween City

Location: 639 Clariton Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (Southland Shopping Center)

 

Spirit Halloween

Locations:

  • 510 27th St, Pittsburgh PA 15203 (South Side Works)
  • 226 W Bridge Street SPC 815, Homestead PA 15120 (Waterfront Town Center)
  • 8000 McKnight Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15237 (Northway Mall)
  • 5375 William Flynn Hwy, Gibsonia PA 15044 (Richland Mall)
  • 4711 William Penn Hwy, Monroeville PA 15146
  • 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Tarentum PA 15084 (Pittsburgh Mills)
  • 3075 Clairton Rd, West Mifflin, PA 15123 (Century III Mall)

 

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Trick-or-Treating
Our two favorite neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating in the city are Morningside and Aspinwall.  Both are relatively flat with grid-like streets that allow you to hit a bunch of houses quite easily.  Traffic is minimal, allowing for a safe experience.  Also, both neighborhoods get very festive about Halloween.  Most homes give out candy and many decorate their houses elaborately.  This year, the official trick-or-treating hours for the City of Pittsburgh are from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, October 31, 2013.  Here’s trick-or-treating information for other local boroughs (source: WTAE).  In addition, I have included a listing of alternative trick-or-treating opportunities below it.

- Avalon 6 to 8 p.m.
- Baldwin Borough 6 to 8 p.m.
- Baldwin Township 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Beaver 6 to 8 p.m.
- Bellevue 6 to 8 p.m.
- Brentwood 6 to 8 p.m.
- Bridgeville 6 to 8 p.m.
- Butler City 6 to 7 p.m.
- Canonsburg 6 to 8 p.m.
- Canton Township 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Carnegie 6 to 8 p.m.
- Castle Shannon 6 to 8 p.m.
- Cecil Township 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Center Township (Butler) 6 to 7 p.m.
- Charleroi 6 to 7 p.m. (Oct. 30)
- Cheswick 6 to 8 p.m.
- Churchill 6 to 8 p.m.
- Collier Township 6 to 8 p.m.
- Connellsville 4 to 6 p.m. (Oct. 27)
- Crafton 6 to 8 p.m.
- Cranberry Township 6 to 8 p.m.
- Crescent Township 6:30 to 8 p.m.
- Dravosburg 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- East McKeesport 6 to 8 p.m.
- East Pittsburgh 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Economy 6 to 8 p.m.
- Elizabeth Borough 6 to 8 p.m.
- Evans City 6 to 8 p.m.
- Ford City 6 to 8 p.m. (Oct. 30)
- Forest Hills 6 to 8 p.m.
- Forward Township (Allegheny) 6 to 8 p.m.
- Fox Chapel 6 to 8 p.m.
- Franklin Park 6 to 8 p.m.
- McKeesport 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Monessen 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Oct. 26)
- Monroeville 6 to 8 p.m.
- Moon Township 6:30 to 8 p.m.
- Mt. Lebanon 6 to 8 p.m.
- Munhall 6 to 8 p.m.
- Murrysville 6 to 8 p.m.
- Pleasant Hills 6 to 8 p.m.
- Plum 6 to 8 p.m.
- Robinson Township (Allegheny) 6 to 8 p.m.
- Rostraver Township 3 to 6 p.m. (Oct. 26)
- Washington Township (Westmoreland County) 6 to 8 p.m.
- The Waterfront (Homestead/W. Homestead/Munhall) 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 29
- Wilkins Township 6 to 8 p.m.
- Wilkinsburg 5 to 8 p.m.

Alternative Trick-or-Treating Options:
Kids can dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and go from store to store to get their treats. Also, there will be a visiting witch, face painting, and balloons!
Times: 6-8pm
Times: 1-3pm
Bring your kids, park your car at Mt. Nebo Pointe, decorate your trunk Halloween-style, and stroll from trunk to trunk collecting candy and prizes.  Also, there’s food, a craft tent, free cotton candy, and lots more!  And you can win prizes for your decorated trunk!
Times: 4-7pm
Location: 250 Mount Nebo Pointe Drive
Trick-or-treat at the Pittsburgh Mills.  Children must be 12yo or less, in costume, and be accompanied by an adult
Times: 6-8pm
Times: 6-8pm
Children must be 12 yo or less, in costume, and accompanied by an adult
Times: 6-8pm
Have a safe and happy Halloween season!

 

 

© Copyright 2013 Nadine Champsi, All rights Reserved. Written For: The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog

Nadine Champsi

I am a 32 year old doctor turned stay-at-home-mom who lives in the city of Pittsburgh. I have two children (2 and 3 yo) and am happily married. My interests include cooking, green-living, gardening, being in the outdoors, coming up with creative things to do with my kids, and having as many adventures as I can!