By: Katie Quigley
Halloween is the perfect time of year to spend quality time with your friends, family, boyfriend/girlfriend, and even your pet! It is always difficult to find a balance of fun activities to participate in and plans to make in only a few days surrounding the holiday. The Pittsburgh area is teeming with fun things to do this Halloween season, so take advantage! Ditch the popcorn and the scary movie and experience it. This guide, of mostly haunted attractions, will help you to choose what’s right for you!
The Monroeville Convention center is holding the Steel City Pet Expo Ultimate Pet Costume Contest on Halloween night! It is sure a fun and exciting way to get into the spooky spirit and have fun with your pet.
Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House, located in Bethel Park, will get your adrenaline pumping and is great for a group of friends who are up for a fright. If you are brave enough, test your survival skills in an escape room where you and your group will participate in team building excercises to “make it out alive.” If you are prone to nightmares or cannot watch scary movies, this may not be the option for you. Personally, I enjoyed myself even though I was apprehensive at first. I spoke with Dominique Cognetti who attended Hundred Acres Manor Recently and she said, “The chainsaw man at the end of the maze section terrified me and a clown followed me around saying my name, asking why I wouldn’t look at him.” This kind of personal and bone-chilling attention from the actors contributes to this haunted house’s success.
Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood are always a popular attraction around this time of year. It is a great opportunity to get in your last minute dose of amusement park before winter and ride your favorite rides, but with a festive twist. There is a terrifying element to Fright Nights, hence their name, because monsters and ghouls lurk all throughout the park. It is thrilling because with all of the fog and the cover of nightfall, you never know what could be around the corner. I love Kennywood on a hot summer day, but I will admit, that Fright Nights can be horrifying if you don’t know what you’re in for. Take a friend this halloween and try it out for yourself!
Scarehouse is also another exhilarating haunted house option. Parking is at the Pittsburgh Zoo and the fun begins immediately in the parking lot. Experience “The Summoning” and be prepared to scream! You can even buy tickets to trick or treat on Scarehouse haunted grounds. You can look forward to “The Basement” if you crave a live action nightmare because you have to be 18 years or older to participate. Actors are allowed to touch you, restrain you, and blindfold you. This would be the last possible thing I would want to pay for, but some love the “art” of watching a performance and being scared to death. It would be like living in a scary movie, if you’re brave enough to be interested in that. Consider the main haunted house this halloween; it is located only ten miles from downtown Pittsburgh.
Whatever you choose to do this Halloween, make sure it is what you want to do and not what your friends are pressuring you into. In order to prevent a miserable experience for all, communicate if you are too scared to participate in something or even to go see a horror movie! You can always trick or treat with friends or with siblings, throw a costume party, or have a cozy night in. If you do decide to go out, have fun but also be aware of your surroundings. Be safe, keep warm, and have a Happy Halloween!