Halloween Events & Activities

From haunted houses to escape rooms, corn mazes and family friendly trick or treating at the Zoo, Pittsburgh has plenty of Halloween fun!

Are you a wanna-be ghost hunter? Like to be creeped out? Want to get your scare on? Then you’re going to love Pittsburgh's spookiest Halloween events and attractions.

ScareHouse

Pittsburgh's ultimate Halloween haunt is ranked as one of "America's Scariest Halloween Attractions" by the Travel Channel. Like that's not enough, it's also among the best haunted houses in the country according to USA Today, Forbes, Fangoria and Haunted Attraction magazine. Be prepared for the real deal because the haunt's "Scream Team" is made up of professional special effects artists, costume designers and others who create a gruesome gallery of ghoulish monsters, mutants and mayhem.

New for 2022 is the Stop the Invasion Escape Room, a harrowing race to stop an alien invasion with only one hour to solve the clues before humanity is doomed. Good luck concentrating as scares and live interactions are built into this experience. Also new for 2022 is Pinheads Arcade, a fantastic collection of horror-themed pinball and video games to enjoy after your frightful journey.

ScareHouse is in a new location for 2022 delivering frights at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills (zombies love shopping malls 😉) Get haunted Sept. 16-Nov. 5, 2022.

Phantom Fall Fest

Phantom Fall Fest at Kennywood Park is a must for ghouls and goblins of all ages. During the day, take in the fall views and enjoy festive foods and a family-friendly Halloween including kids rides being open. After 6 p.m., the terror begins as guests try and survive seven haunted houses and four scare zones throughout the park. The nerve-racking roller coasters and devilishly delicious food make for spine-tingling Kennywood fun.

New for 2022 is the mAlice in Wonderland choose-your-own-adventure haunted attraction, where your decisions will decide your fate and each guest's experience features different paths to explore. An all-new fall menu featuring pumpkin funnel cakes, loaded corn dogs lets you recharge for more frights and steel your nerves with a seasonal cocktail.

2022 Phantom Fall Fest starts the final Friday in Sept. and every Friday-Sunday in Oct., including two special Thursday Fall Fest days Oct. 20 and 27. Thursday hours at 6-10 p.m., Fridays 6-11 p.m., Saturdays noon-11 p.m. and Sundays noon-10 p.m.

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Ghost Tours

Haunted Pittsburgh Ghost Tours capture Pittsburgh's historic nightmares and share all things that go bump in the night. From Station Square, the tour travels up to Mt. Washington on the iconic – and purportedly haunted – Monongahela Incline. Then, you'll explore one of the city's most haunted neighborhoods as storytellers reveal the chilling tales of Pittsburgh's spectacularly macabre past. This particular dalliance with the dead is offered from May to early November on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., with extra tours added in October.

Make sure to book tickets fast for the spookiest season of them all! 

New Haunts at the Carnegie Science Center

They're coming to get you, Barbara - in miniature form! The Miniature Railroad & Village® at the Carnegie Science Center unveiled a new model of the chapel and cemetery featured in the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. In addition to the new model, from Oct. 1-Halloween, the text panels in the display will reveal creepy and unusual stories about the Pittsburgh region. Be sure to look closely; werewolves, witches, the Headless Horseman and even Bigfoot are waiting for you to discover throughout the display.

The Rangos Giant Cinema will also be playing Night of the Living Dead (1968) by Pittsburgh Legend George A. Romero at 5:30 pm on Fri., Oct. 28 and Sat., Oct. 29. Or, don your best costumes Oct. 28 for their 18+ Heroes & Villains party where you can meet regional comic book writers, artists and local cosplayers.

The Scary Furnace Halloween Party

Circle Oct. 22 on your calendar now. Beers of the Burgh and Brew Gentlemen have teamed up to transform the iconic Carrie Blast Furnaces site into the Scary Furnace. This one night only party features a fall mini beer festival by day that transforms into a dance party that celebrates the darkness. Scary Furnace even features guided ghost tours of the haunted property itself.

Halloween Cruises

Fridays & Saturdays in October

Halloween means big fun on the rivers aboard these themed Gateway Clipper cruises. All new in 2022 is the Haunted Pittsburgh Cruise, a spooky evening trip along the Three Rivers accompanied by ghost stories, spooky crewmates and Tarot card readings at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Friday-Sunday in Oct.The adults-only Moonlight Dance happens every Friday through October starting at 11 p.m. For kids, the Halloween Fun Cruise on Oct. 30 is family friendly with fun prizes, music and a costume party during the day. 

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Hundred Acres Manor

Offering six different themed experiences, Hundred Acres is a must for Halloween lovers looking for a thrill. There’s an escape room, maze, and for the truly brave, a buried alive simulator that will test your willpower. If you need to calm your nerves, the Scream Bar has four taps nightly of "brews before boos." 

Guests will probably get a few chills up their spine though, after all -- it's Halloween in Pittsburgh! Hundred Acres Manor opens the manor doors Friday-Sunday starting Sept. 9, then adds Thursdays beginning Oct. 6. 

Liberty Magic: Peter Samelson's DEVILS 'N DETAILS

Uncover an unseen world of things amazing, mystifying and terrifying at Peter Samelson's newest show, Devils 'N Details, at Liberty Magic Oct. 5-30, 2022. Samelson is hailed as one of the greatest living magicians and this themed show will look to showcase Samelson's magic as a way of finding truth, seeing the unseen and tricking the devil along the way.

Evil Dead the Musical

Groovy. Jazz hands and dismembered hands will be flying at Evil Dead the Musical, a comedic show combining the cult classic films into an off-the-wall production. With songs such as "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," you'll be toe-tapping through the massacre as Ash tries to save the day with his trusty chainsaw. The show runs select dates Sept. 30-Oct. 22 at West End Canopy.

Hocus Pocus in Concert

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brings the sounds of Salem to Heinz Hall Oct. 19 for a special performance of Hocus Pocus in Concert. Watch the classic film starring Bette Midler (Winifred), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah) and Kathy Najimy (Mary) as the Symphony plays along with the score.

Row House of Horrors

Find terror on the silver screen with a fantastic lineup of modern and classic horror films at the Row House of Horrors celebration Oct. 14-31 at Row House Cinema. This year's scream-inducing lineup includes "Hereditary," "The Exorcist," "Night of the Living Dead," and more.

Bike or Treat

Join POGOH for a fun, interactive bike ride on Oct. 29! Discover six checkpoints throughout the city and collect unique buttons to earn an awesome prize as you celebrate all things Halloween. Then, enjoy a fall beer or a cider at POGOH's offices at the official afterparty.

Stalked By A Killer Escape Room

Get the horror movie experience in the new “Stalked by a Killer” Escape Room, created by the designers of ScareHouse. Recommended for ages 12 and older, the escape room is a hour-long race against the clock to escape the traps of a maniac. Guests under the age of 16 will require adult supervision.

Zombies of the Corn

Stop the Zombie Apocalypse in Pittsburgh! That’s right, this is your chance to “open fire” and protect our city. Have you ever wanted to play paintball but didn’t like the idea of getting shot or getting dirty? At Zombies of the Corn, you ride the specialized Zombie Fighting Vehicle to eliminate these creatures that have an insatiable hunger for human flesh. The hunt begins Fridays-Saturdays starting Sept. 23, then adds Sundays starting Sept. 16.

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Family-Friendly Halloween Activities

ZooBoo

Dress the part as you embark on a safari to see tigers and bears at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's ZooBoo. Join the costume parade and stop at the many candy stations set up along the Zoo trail to collect treats and enjoy entertainers. Your favorite trick-or-treaters will have a roaring good time! ZooBoo dates are Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bump in The Night

Head to Frick Park for Halloween fun with your little ones. Perfect for three to nine years old, Bump In The Night offers night hikes, a campfire, pumpkin carving, music and more. 

Registration opens in early October, so make sure to book in advance as these events always sell out.

Halloween Mayhem

Tricks, treats and groovy beats will have your whole family doing the Monster Mash at Kelly Strayhorn Theater Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dress up in your favorite costume for spooky make-and-take crafts and pumpkin decorating, then come into the theater to enjoy family-friendly performances from Pittsburgh artists. 

Hallowboo

Throughout October, Idlewild hosts Hallowboo, a series of family-friendly Halloween activities like trick-or-treating through Story Book Forest, three not-so-scary mazes, costumed characters, live shows and more.