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Spooktacular Events

The Kennywood theme park has been decked out in spooky Halloween decor to celebrate the holiday and scare the park’s many thrill-seeking visitors.  (credit: Celia Ludwinski | Photo Editor) The Kennywood theme park has been decked out in spooky Halloween decor to celebrate the holiday and scare the park’s many thrill-seeking visitors. (credit: Celia Ludwinski | Photo Editor)

Spooktacular Events

MONDAY Oct. 25

Montgomery Cemetery. Montgomery House. 7 p.m.

As if cemeteries were not scary enough, this one has been decked out with several spooky and ghostly suprises. With undead pirates, monsters, a haunted mine shaft, and more, visitors will get their fill of scare at this attraction — if they can make the drive.

An Evening of Ghostly Encounters. Gypsy Cafe. 5 p.m.

Sit down for a special dinner in which diners will be given a psychic reading from local medium Gary Miller and told various spooky stories from professional storyteller Woody Cunningham.

This event is presented by Haunted Pittsburgh, a group of locals who are especially interested in matters pertaining to the spirits.

TUESDAY Oct. 26

The Scarehouse. The Scarehouse (118 Locust Ave., Pittsburgh). Through Oct. 31.

This attraction, with its crazy 3-D effects and unbelievably real props, has been dubbed Pittsburgh’s ultimate haunted house. This is no Kennywood — the features at this attraction will be sure to scare your pants off. Deemed unsuitable for children under the age of 13, expect the scariest from this haunted house.

Apple Picking Orchards.

Got some free time after classes? Why not get a couple of friends together to go apple picking at one of the many orchards near Pittsburgh. It takes just 35 minutes to get to Simmons Farm, so if you can organize a way to get there, you’ll be sure to enjoy delicious treats like cider, candy apples, and more.

WEDNESDAY Oct. 27

Midnight Radio: War of the Worlds. 937 Liberty Avenue Building. Through Oct. 31.

See this radio station turn into a theater as Bricolage’s monthly live radio series puts on its rendition of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds. This same play caused public panic in 1938 when filmmaker Orson Welles produced a version that convinced several U.S. citizens that the country was under attack by Martian invaders.

Pumpkin Carving.

Is your dorm lacking proper decoration? While you could make your way out to Soergel Orchards to pick your own pumpkin, you can also find these large orange canvases at several of the local supermarkets. Get some friends together and carve a face in your pumpkin to give your floor some Halloween flair.

THURSDAY Oct. 28

A Tale of Two Sisters. Chatham University. 8 p.m.

Venture over to the Chatham University campus to see South Korea’s highest-grossing horror film.

Bloomfield Citizens Council Halloween Parade. Bloomfield Business District. 7:30 p.m.

This is the largest nighttime parade in Pittsburgh, featuring several bands, floats, and games. The best costume is given a prize.

Slasher. Charity Randall Theatre (University of Pittsburgh). Through Nov. 7.

The University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre and the university’s flagship theatre company present Slasher, a play that offers a satirical twist on typical horror movie clichés.

FRIDAY Oct. 29

Flesh and Bone. ModernFormations Gallery. 7 p.m.

Spirits of the Riverfront. RiverQuest. 7 p.m.

Author A.J. Grant. Penguin Bookshop. 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh Camerata: Tales from the Otherworld. Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church. 8 p.m.

T3 Afterlife Halloween Party. North Shore Saloon (buses leaving from UC Turnaround). 10 p.m.

Night of the Singing Dead. Rex Theatre. Through Oct. 30.

Pittsburgh’s most popular local musicians and media personalities are coming together to celebrate this spooky holiday by imitating some of the most well-known and non-living celebrities and legends. This show is guaranteed to be funny, so if you’re looking for some laughs to ease the Halloween weekend, this would be the event to attend.

SATURDAY Oct. 30

Haunted Walking Tour of Mount Washington. Grand Concourse. Oct. 30.

What better way is there to celebrate Halloween weekend than by walking Mount Washington? This won’t be your typical hike — it will be filled with ghost tales told by the walking guide.

Phantom Fright Nights. Kennywood. Oct. 29–30.

If you think you’ve seen Kennywood at its scariest, just wait until you see it on Halloween weekend! While you can still enjoy all of Kennywood’s signature rides, the theme park has been transformed into an even spookier fairgrounds.

The park features three haunted mazes, a haunted midway, and several other creepy suprises. The best part about Phantom Fright Nights? Children under the age of 13 are not admitted, so expect to enjoy a whine-free evening. Tickets for Fright Night are being sold at the UC Info Desk while supplies last.

SUNDAY Oct. 31

West Overton Museum Otherworldly Weekend. West Overton Village. Through Oct. 31.

This national historic district in Scottdale, Pa., has always been like a living museum. This Halloween, visitors can get together and tour the village by lantern light and observe the creepy props and characters that have been added to the grounds.

Campus Trick-or-Treating and Dorm Parties.

This year, because Halloween is on a Sunday, the celebration options on Halloween night are fairly limited. If you are looking for something entertaining to do on Sunday night, the right option may be right here on campus.

Gather some friends together, dress up in costumes, and go knocking door to door in your dorm. Chances are no one will have candy to offer, but you’ll be sure to meet a bunch of new people. Why not organize a dorm costume party in the lounge and invite everyone on the floor?

Halloween Anecdotes

The best thing about Halloween in Pittsburgh...
Shruti Kataria | Special to the Tartan
The best thing about Halloween in Pittsburgh is going to Kennywood for Fright Night. Each year, Kennywood transforms its grounds into a haunted village with spooky rides, haunted houses, and terrifying grim reapers, clowns, and zombies strolling around. Fright Nights are Friday and Saturday evenings each weekend until Halloween, starting from the second weekend of October. Last year, my roommates and I, along with a few other girls (all of us equally terrified of anything that moves in the dark) went to Kennywood the weekend before Halloween. We spent three hours screaming our lungs out, being chased by dead men with chainsaws, and repeatedly going into haunted houses that left us pale. If you enjoy the strange rush in being horrified once a year like I do, go to Kennywood Fright Night!

My favorite Halloween memory...
Ryan Salvo | Special to the Tartan

My favorite Halloween memory is from when I was a kid. My friends and I used to go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, and I would collect candy from all of the houses, hoping that I would get some of those non-chocolate Tootsie Rolls. I loved the vanilla ones and the fruity ones, and I would trade anything for them. One year, when I was a little bit older, I went trick-or-treating for UNICEF with a couple of my friends. Instead of collecting candy, I collected change from all of my neighbors to donate. When my friends and I returned home after a busy night, my mom suprised me with a whole bag of non-chocolate-flavored Tootsie Rolls. She thought I deserved a reward after working so hard for others.

When I was a kid...
Aurelia Henderson | Special to the Tartan
When I was a kid, Halloween was by far my favorite time of the year, not because of the candy, but because it was the one time that I was able to show off my rather impressive magic tricks and feel mysterious and dark. A psychic told me when I was about five that she could sense I had a “close connection with the spirit world,” which, to my young mind, did not equate to deep internal spirituality or relationship with emotion, religion, or the dead, but rather as something magical.

I considered Halloween the time to dress as my “true self,” a witch who could kill you if she wanted with the scrunching of her face, but only chose not to out of her vast wisdom and maturity, realizing that being human was a lifelong costume to be worn. By the time I had surpassed this rather embarrassing stage of my life and thrown away my assortment of hats, cloaks, and brooms (although I did keep one for playing quidditch), the Harry Potter rage began in full force, making my once heartfelt beliefs seem somewhat more socially acceptable.

Last Halloween...
Zack Betka | Special to the Tartan
Last Halloween, I was actually at a regatta in Vermont for Carnegie Mellon’s crew team. It was kind of disappointing to be away for the holiday and then to be traveling the whole day back, but we had high hopes that we’d make it to campus in time for some celebration.

To make ourselves feel better, we decided to have some fun and celebrate Halloween during the regatta itself. And so, in the days leading up to the meet, we all went online and ordered Viking hats to wear during the race.

Unfortunately, our coach wasn’t a fan of us being Vikings while rowing, and so the hats stayed in the vans during the race. On the plus side, they made excellent costumes once we got back. And even though we were tired and sweaty from rowing all day, we made the best of our Halloween as Carnegie Mellon Vikings.