The best spooks and scares of the season

Zach Petroff | Opinions Editor

As the leaves start to die and the nights get longer and colder, there is no better way to celebrate the Halloween holiday than getting absolutely terrified.

This October, the city of Pittsburgh has plenty of opportunities for thrill-seekers and Hallows Eve enthusiasts to get spooked.

Haunted Pittsburgh LLC
414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Looking for a way to get your steps in while visiting Pittsburgh’s most haunted areas?

Located just minutes away from campus, in front of the City-County building, the Haunted Pittsburgh offers an all-outdoor walking ghost tour on Fridays and Saturdays.

For $20, thrill seekers can go on a 70 to 95-minute tour of some of the most haunted places in the Steel City.

Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House – 100 Acres Dr., Bethel Park, PA 15102

Ranked as one the “most extreme haunted attraction” and spanning over a mile long, there are plenty of ways to be creeped out at the Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House in Bethel Park.

For $28, guests have access to five uniquely themed haunted houses, but the terror does not stop there.

For an additional $10, the truly daring can experience what it’s like to be buried alive in the Hundred Acres Manor burial simulator.

Also available on site is a haunted maze and a beer lounge for those 21 or older.

Evil Dead the Musical – 327 S. Main St. Pittsburgh PA 15220

Those looking to both laugh and scream in terror can enjoy “Evil Dead the Musical,” a hilarious show that takes on the cult classic Evil Dead films.

Duquesne students can enjoy the story of five college students who accidentally unleash evil when visiting an abandoned cabin.

Pricing starts at $41.

ScareHouse Pittsburgh Mills Mall – 2012 Butler Logan Rd., Tarentum, PA 15084

Big time horror movie director Guillermo del Toro once raved about the Scarehouse, stating, “With the sound design and the atmospherics, it is beautiful.”

For the faint-hearted however, “beautiful” may not be the right words to describe the four haunted houses that comprise the ScareHouse.

Starting at $19.99, visitors can spend the evening with all things horrifying in a place known for its masterful makeup and overall ambiance, The Scarehouse also offers creepy themed escape rooms on site.

Haunted Hills Hayride and The Valley of Darkness Haunted Walking Trail
500 Mosside Blvd., North Versailles, PA 15137

Nothing beats a fall night than spending it outdoors getting chased by killer clowns and chain saw-wielding lunatics.

For those brave enough to spend an evening outside along the Haunted Hills Hayride and the Valley of Darkness Haunted Trail can find themselves facing their worst possible fear.

Open from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Tickets are $20 per attraction and must be purchased on site. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.

Phantom Fall Fest
Kennywood Park 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin, PA 15122

If you prefer getting your fear by defying the laws of physics, then make sure to check out the Phantom Fall Fest at Kennywood park.

Open for all ages the amusement park transforms into an eerie park, filled with ghosts, ghouls and great food.

After 6 p.m. the terror begins as guests try to survive seven haunted houses and four scare zones throughout the park.

Tickets are $79.99 but Kennywood is offering a sale online of $29.99 each when you buy two.

Halloween Cruises – 350 W. Station Square Dr.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Taking to the sea won’t save you this Halloween season.

Grab your costumes and Hop on the Halloween themed Gateway Clipper cruise.

Enjoy authentic ghost stories, living-dead crew members and Tarot card readings.

A family friendly event that includes prizes, music and a costume party.

Tours are offered Friday through Sunday.

Admission is $32.