Pittsburgh Halloween Events & Haunted 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.

Phantom Fall Fest

Fridays-Sundays Sept. 22-Oct. 29, 2023. 6-11 p.m. Fridays, Noon-11 p.m. Saturdays, Noon-10 p.m. Sundays
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.

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Fridays & Saturdays Sept. 8-Nov. 4, Sundays Oct. 1-29, Thursday Oct. 26
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.

ScareHouse is back at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills (zombies love shopping malls 😉) Get haunted on select dates Sept. 8-Nov. 4, 2023.

Ghost Tours

Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., May-Nov. 2023
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! 

Hundred Acres Manor

Friday-Sunday Sept. 8-Oct. 29, every Thursday in October, plus Oct. 30-31, 2023
Offering five different haunted experiences including alien, voodoo and folklore themes, Hundred Acres is a must for Halloween lovers looking for a thrill. Plus, 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." 

The Scary Furnace Halloween Party

Oct. 21, 2023
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-Sundays Sept. 29-Oct. 29 plus Oct. 30 & 31
Halloween means big fun on the rivers aboard these themed Gateway Clipper cruises. Returning in 2023 is the popular Haunted Pittsburgh Cruise, a spooky evening trip along the Three Rivers accompanied by ghost stories, spooky crewmates and Tarot card readings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The adults-only Moonlight Dance happens Oct. 6 and 13. For kids, the Halloween Fun Cruise on Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. is family friendly with fun prizes, music and a costume party during the day. 

Evil Dead the Musical

Sept. 28-Oct. 22, 2023
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 at West End Canopy and sells out quickly, so don't wait to get your tickets.

Evil Dead The Musical. Photo Courtesy: Matt Polk

More Theatre With Halloween Vibes

Besides Evil Dead, there's plenty going on in the Cultural District with stage shows, symphonies, magic and more performances with spooky overtones:

  • Sugar Skull! | Oct. 6-7, 2023 | Byham Theater - Dia de Muertos-styled musical adventure full of traditional music and dance from Mexico.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show 48th Anniversary Spectacular Tour | Oct. 17, 2023 | Byham Theater - Barry Bostwick screens the original, unedited movie with a live shadow cast and audience participation.
  • A Tell-Tale Heart | Oct. 19-Nov. 19, 2023 | O'Reilly Theater - Poe meets Pittsburgh in this macabre murder mystery written by hometown playwright Alec Silberblatt.
  • Boo-tiful Music | Oct. 21, 2023| Heinz Hall - Your young ones will love dressing up for this Halloween musical celebration
  • Lee Terbosic in Life and Death of Harry Houdini | Oct. 25-Dec. 3, 2023 | Liberty Magic - Explore Houdini's most magical moments in this exploration of his magical life.
  • Tiger Lillies | Oct. 25-27, 2023 | Greer Cabaret Theater - Expect dark and deviant theatrics as this legendary trio shares their inimitable musical style.
  • UNDERTAKER 1deadMAN SHOW | Nov. 11, 2023 | Byham Theater - WWE superstar The Undertaker shares never-before-heard stories from his hall of fame career and answers questions from the audience.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas | Nov. 17, 2023 | Heinz Hall - The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs the iconic Danny Elfman score live as the film is played.
  • The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight | Nov. 20, 2023 | Benedum Center - Performances of the best rock and metal music of all time lit solely by candlelight.

Haunted Museum After Dark

Oct. 20, 2023
Carnegie Museum of Natural History will dive deep into the weird and wonderful with this special October event that tackles the mysteries still out there and which animals are scarier than the monsters we invent.

Cocktails from the Crypt

2023 Dates TBA
If you like the Miracle on 6th pop up bar every Christmas, you're going to love their Halloween concept, Cocktails from the Crypt. This only-in-October venue Downtown is adorned with skulls, horror movie posters and plenty of things that go bump in the night. A rockin' DJ and a huge list of themed cocktails ensure you'll be the graveyard smash of this monster mash. Costumes encouraged.

Haunted Tavern

Sept. 14-16, 2023
Enjoy four ghostly cocktails as you learn the secrets of this Halloween pop-up experience and use the spirits you imbibe to brave the actual spirits of the tavern's dark past.

Double Features at Double the Row Houses

With a new location now open in Dormont, there's 2x the terror at Row House this fall. Their Lawrenceville location is bringing back their signature Row House of Horrors event, plus Cult-O-Rama one day each month from Sept.-Feb. featuring a double shot of cult classics as well as a 13 Hours of Terror movie marathon on Friday the 13th.

At their new location, get tickets early for their Hocus Pocus Halloween Party Oct. 21, Donnie Darko screening with director Richard Kelly Oct. 21 and ZombieFest Oct. 28.

Burton Bar Halloween Speakeasy Pop-Up

Oct. 4-31, 2023
It's showtime! Mixtape has a completely new look for spooky season as The Burton Bar invokes the iconic director with haunting decor, themed drinks, games and even quests to complete while you visit.

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

Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 22-Oct. 28, Sundays Oct. 15-19, 2023
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. 22, then adds Sundays starting Oct. 15.

Zombies of the Corn illustration depicting zombies walking through a corn field



Oct. 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2023
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! 


Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 23-Oct. 29, 2023
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. 

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.

Pumpkin Palooza

Oct. 28, 2023
Tricks, treats and groovy beats will have your whole family doing the Monster Mash at Kelly Strayhorn Theater Oct. 28 from 1-4 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.