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Halloween Activities For Kids in Pittsburgh - 2013

Non-scary things to do with your little ones this Halloween

This list is for parents searching for some Halloween fun for their younger kids. Although most of the attractions during the Hallowen season are geared for older kids and adults, there are still many non-scary Halloween activities for kids in Pittsburgh and nearby Pennsylvania to choose from. There are attractions, events and general "things to do", including haunted train rides, pumpkin festivals and not-so-spooky hikes.

If you stumbled upon this list and are looking for the scarier haunted houses in Pittsburgh, here are the main haunted house lists: Haunted Houses in Pittsburgh, PA - 2013. These lists contain all the haunted houses, hayrides and festivals in the southwestern PA area and beyond.

Also broken out this year is the 2013 List of Closed Haunted Houses in Pittsburgh. This helps reduce the clutter for the open haunted attractions, and provides a demented walk down memory lane for the "big kids" among us.

Also be sure to check out my list of Real Haunted Places in Pennsylvania, a guide to location specific ghost stories and urban legends. As always, happy haunting and have a safe Halloween!

Any additional kids' activities or updates should be emailed to: b.cobbey@comcast.net.




1.  Haunted Mini Golf at The Windmill
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Beaver
  Scary Place:   Hopewell
  Witching Hours:   September 22 - November 3, daily, 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  Sponsored By:   Windmill Miniature Golf
  Phone:    724-375-5350
  Email:   hopewellwindmill@gmail.com
  About This Attraction:    Haunted outdoor mini golf is great fun for the entire family. Featuring glow in the dark golf balls that spin and glow while attempting to putt. The course is decorated for Halloween with haunted music playing. Additionally the course may be haunted with actors stalking the course to pop out and scare you. The course before dark is suited for younger kids.
 
  

2.  Trail of Terror
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Allegheny
  Scary Place:   Carnegie (Carnegie Park)
  Witching Hours:   October 18-19, 25-26 (2013), 7:00pm - 11:00pm
  Sponsored By:   Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark / Borough of Carnegie
  Phone:   
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    Although Dormont passed on building the Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark, Carnegie is moving ahead with construction! All are welcome to this fundraiser. The annual Trail of Terror is in it's second year, with many more to come! Along with the haunted trail, there is a pumpkin patch and food available. Warm up around the haunted fireplace! Kids are welcome, and by request can be walked through with flashlights to meet the actors, for a fun and not-so-scary experience.
 
  

3.  Halloween Ghost Tours of Nemacolin Castle
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Fayette
  Scary Place:   Brownsville
  Witching Hours:   Sat-Sun in October, plus Halloween & 11/1-3, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  Sponsored By:   Brownsville Historical Society
  Phone:   724-785-6882
  Email:   via website
  About This Attraction:    Ghost Tours are back again at Nemaolin Castle this October! In addition, come earlier in the day for historical tours during the weekend afternoons though October. If you are in the mood to tour a historic castle and hear about true ghost stories within, this is the place for you! This is a different alternative from some of the more typical, gory attractions. The castle itself is spooky in the dark, even without the tour. Also, plan to come for the Fall Festival weekend, October 12-13, for additional activities & fun!
 
  

4.  Historic Haunted Hayride & Candlelight Walk
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Westmoreland
  Scary Place:   Bushy Run Battlefield
  Witching Hours:   October 26, 2013. 7:00 - 10:00pm. Call for reservations after October 1.
  Sponsored By:   Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
  Phone:   724-527-5584 x102
  Email:   davmiller@state.pa.us
  About This Attraction:    This event is back again, presumably as part of Bushy Run's 250th Anniversary series of events! Many times actual history is the scariest of all. Learn about frontier history and be frightened by scenes from Pontiac's War by re-enactors along the hayride / walk, and see why life in those days could be horrifying. Event includes a story teller, admission to the museum, gift shop and a concession stand. If you are interested in something different, this is a great choice!
 
  

5.  Northern Nightmares
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Butler
  Scary Place:   Zelienople & surrounding areas
  Witching Hours:   Various dates and times in October. Tours on October 18-19, 25-26 at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30.
  Sponsored By:   
  Phone:   724-742-0400
  Email:   information@northernnightmares.com
  About This Attraction:    Back again for its 9th year in 2013, "Northern Nightmares" is not just one attraction, but a collection or events taking place mainly in Southwestern Butler County. One of the more unique events is the "Nighmare Tour" - a bus tour of Zelienople and Harmony's spookiest places, featuring ghost stories and local folklore. There is also a "Ghost of the Strand Theater" story competition for kids. Reservations are required for this Halloween event - call now!
 
  

6.  Monongahela Candlelight Ghost Walk Tours
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Washington
  Scary Place:   Monongahela
  Witching Hours:   October Weekends. Meet at Chess Park. Reservations required.
  Sponsored By:   Monongahela Area Historical Society
  Phone:   724-258-5905
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    The ghost walk is back for 2013, with new wrinkles and events! Costumed guides and storytellers lead participants on a candlelight walk through the streets of Monongahela, discussing supposedly true paranormal accounts of the local area. Four sites were visitied in years past. You can also sign up for a VIP tour, which includes a full tour of one of the haunted houses, led by the owner. The walk concludes with refreshments and a chance to discuss the tour. This year, they will also be hosting a Masquerade Ball, as well as a "History & Myths" program. Also don't miss the "Spell-a-Bration", a must for magic fans!
 
  

7.  Zombies of the Corn
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Beaver
  Scary Place:   Freedom / Cranberry Twp.
  Witching Hours:   Weekends in October
  Sponsored By:   Three Rivers Paintball & Airsoft
  Phone:   724-775-6232
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    Here is an attraction for those looking for something a bit different - how would you like to open fire on zombies (with a paintball gun, of course)? Hop aboard the Zombie shooting mobile and go to town. In addition to the Zombie shoot, there is a corn maze, wagon ride and continuous ghost story telling around the campfire. Kids are welcome, even if too small to participate in the Zombie Shoot.
 
  

8.  Cheeseman's Fright Farm & Pumpkin Festival
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Lawrence
  Scary Place:   Portersville
  Witching Hours:   Friday through Sunday nights, from 9/20 thru 10/27, also 10/17 and 10/24. Dark until 10:00 pm
  Sponsored By:   Cheeseman's Farms
  Phone:   724-368-3233
  Email:   info@cheesemanfarm.com
  About This Attraction:    The attraction includes a haunted hayride & haunted house. In 2013, there are new layouts, and the attraction is physically demanding! For children and "wimpy adults", Cheesman's also features daytime hayrides as part of their "Pumkin Festival". For opening weekend only: ride all night on one ticket!
 
  

9.  Ghost Stories at the Lowrie House
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Butler
  Scary Place:   City of Butler
  Witching Hours:   October 19, 2013. 7:00 - 8:30pm
  Sponsored By:   Butler County Historical Society
  Phone:   724-283-8116
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    Back for 2013! The 1828 vintage, historic Lowrie / Shaw House is the perfect setting for ghost storytelling and refreshments. Reservations required. Tickets available at www.butlerhistory.com
 
  

10.  Annual Haunted Cabin
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Allegheny
  Scary Place:   Oakdale
  Witching Hours:   October 23 - 26, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  Sponsored By:   Boy Scout Troop 248 of Oakdale
  Phone:   724-693-0549
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    An annual event, the Haunted Cabin is open again this year at the Oakdale Boy Scout Cabin (248 Clinton Avenue), covering nearly an acre of ground. The event features gholish surprises inside and outside of the cabin, and features the "Covered Bridge" the "Creek Critters" and "The Cabin Witch" among numerous attractions. This year the attraction is bigger with more to see than ever before.
 
  

11.  Kiski Junction Halloween Trains for Kids
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Armstrong
  Scary Place:   Leechburg / Schenley
  Witching Hours:   October 25-26, 7:30 pm
  Sponsored By:   Kiski Junction Railroad
  Phone:   724-295-5577
  Email:   Bob.Reddinger@KiskiJunction.com
  About This Attraction:    The Kiski Junction Railroad is open once again for Halloween fun in 2013. The trip is normally very scenic, along the Kiskiminetas River, passing many points of interest. But at night, in the dark, it promises to be "spooky, old fashioned fun" for the entire family, especially geared for ages 4-11. Not gory or graphic. Reservations required.
 
  

12.  Bump in the Night
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Allegheny
  Scary Place:   Frick Environmental Center
  Witching Hours:   October 11-12, 18-19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Reservations required.
  Sponsored By:   Frick Environmental Center
  Phone:   412-422-6538
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    "Bump in the Night" is a non-scary trail-walking event for the whole family, featuring storytelling, pumpkin carving and the sounds of nature. Costumes are optional! Reservations are requested.
 
  

13.  Hobgoblin Hikes
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Westmoreland
  Scary Place:   Twin Lakes & Cedar Creek Parks
  Witching Hours:   Mammoth Park: 10/18, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Northmoreland Park: 10/25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  Sponsored By:   Westmoreland County Parks
  Phone:   724-830-3959
  Email:   dcarpent@co.westmoreland.pa.us
  About This Attraction:    Each year Westmoreland County rotates this event throughout its county parks. Come for a FREE, guided tour through the haunted park woods. Recommended for those 8 and up. The hike is about 1/2 mile long, passing through mazes and cemeteries. Be ready for some surprises!
 
  

14.  Creatures of the Night
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Allegheny
  Scary Place:   Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve - Fox Chapel
  Witching Hours:   Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve: 10/18-19, Succop Conservancy: 10/25. 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 or 8:30 pm, reservations requested.
  Sponsored By:   Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
  Phone:   412-963-6100
  Email:   aswp@aswp.org
  About This Attraction:    A great event for children, growing in popularity with expanded times and locationsover the last few years! Take a hike on the Nature trail and discover the many nocturnal animals along the way. Fireflies will guide the path. Refreshments and storytelling will also be available, feel free to wear your costume!
 
  

15.  Monster Mini Golf
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Allegheny
  Scary Place:   Monroeville
  Witching Hours:   Hours Vary, Closed Mondays but open every other day.
  Sponsored By:   
  Phone:   412-372-4653
  Email:   via website
  About This Attraction:    Not exactly a "haunted" attraction, but close to it. Monster Mini Golf is an indoor, glow-in-the-dark golf course for kids and adults alike. If the weather isn't cooperating, head on out to Monroeville for some monster fun!
 
  

16.  Scary Harry's Haunted Trail
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Indiana
  Scary Place:   Homer City
  Witching Hours:   Fridays & Saturdays in October, 7:30 pm -11:30 pm
  Sponsored By:   
  Phone:   
  Email:   pondo198@verizon.net
  About This Attraction:    New to the list in 2013 is Scarry Harry's - a 1/3-mile trail through haunted woods - your worst worst nightmares will come true in the deep, dark forest! There is also a "Scary Junior" trail for younger kids not suited for the main trail. In fact, no one under 7 will be admitted to the main attraction! Hundreds have entered, but not all have have returned. Will you make it back?
 
  

17.  Alameda Park Haunted Bonfire
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Butler
  Scary Place:   Butler
  Witching Hours:   October 26, 2013. 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  Sponsored By:   Butler County Parks & Recreation
  Phone:   724-284-5383
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    Bring a lawn chair, grab a snack and enjoy an evening of ghost stories and music with the featured storytellers. A pinata will be on hand, and the "Almeda Treasure Scramble" will be back again this year. The bonfire is located in Alameda Park, 2 miles west of the City of Butler. Register early for cost savings! Call for details.
 
  

18.  Tim's Secret Treasures Halloween Party
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Washington
  Scary Place:   Charleroi
  Witching Hours:   October 26, 2013. 6:00pm - 12:00am (Paranormal Investigation 12:00 - 3:00am)
  Sponsored By:   Greater Washington County Food Bank
  Phone:   724-483-4140
  Email:   rjaquay@timssecrettreasures.com
  About This Attraction:    Antiques are not the only relics from the past at Tim's Secret Treasures in Charleroi. Find out more about the spirits that dwell within at Fright Fest on October 26th! The owners are bringing in paranormal teams and 3 renowned phychics, spiritual mediums and advisors, and will be available for readings for the paying customers. Then, after midngiht a live paranormal investigation will be taking place. All the proceeds from the investigation plus a portion of those from the psychics will be donated to the food bank and a local Charleroi organization. Not for the faint of heart! Call now to reserve your spot.
 
  

19.  Lonesome Valley Farms: The Valley of Terror
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Westmoreland
  Scary Place:   (Next to) County Fairgrounds
  Witching Hours:   Fridays through Sundays in October, beginning 9/27. 7:00-10:00 pm.
  Sponsored By:   
  Phone:   724-423-4290
  Email:   jjohns2@wpa.net
  About This Attraction:    This event features a haunted hayride and maze / trail, as well as the "Slotter Farmhouse & Barn". Concessions will be available as well as a harvest gift shop. This year's maze is called "The Cowboy Prayer Maze" and is awesome as usual. Shared fire pits will be open to the public at no extra charge. Also, a Saturday Matinee Day for younger kids will be held on 10/12, 19 & 26, 3:00 to 6:00pm. There are plenty of new surprises for the 2013 season. This year will feature a "Zombie Night" and a "Guys & Ghouls Night". In years past there was a "Pumpkin Catapult" - no mention of this on the current website, but worth mentioning here. Also, there are reports that the farm is TRULY haunted, and that some of the "effects" that visitors notice are not part of the attraction.
 
  

20.  Halloween Happenings at Phipps
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Allegheny
  Scary Place:   Oakland / Schenley Park
  Witching Hours:   October 26, 2012 - 4:00 - 8:00pm
  Sponsored By:   
  Phone:   412-622-6914
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    Halloween Happenings is an event just for kids and kids at heart. Tour the gardens in costume and take part in the many Halloween themed activities throughout. One night only, so don't miss out!
 
  

21.  Gateway Clipper Cruises: Halloween Whodunit & Halloween Fun
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Allegheny
  Scary Place:   Station Square
  Witching Hours:   October 23, 5:30pm (Whodunit); October 26, 11:00am & 1:30pm (Halloween Fun)
  Sponsored By:   
  Phone:   412-355-7980
  Email:   Send from Web Page
  About This Attraction:    Looking for something different this year? Come take a Gateway Clipper Halloween Cruise! The Halloween Whodunit is an interactive dinner theater based on the fictitious "Murder by Magic" hauntings of Morgo the Magnificent and his wife. There is a new show for 2013! Or bring the kids (in costume) on Saturday during the day for the Halloween Fun Party, complete with friendly characters, prizes and treats. On October 11 ther will also be a Haunted Halloween Dinner, complete with comedy, illusion & juggling. Note that the "Boo Cruise" is still discontinued - this was an evening event geared for adults, and often featured Pittsburgh's own Donnie Iris. The last Boo Cruise was in 2008.
 
  

22.  KDKA Zoo Boo for Kids' Sake
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Allegheny
  Scary Place:   Pittsburgh Zoo
  Witching Hours:   October 19-20, 26-27 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  Sponsored By:   KDKA TV & a bunch of others
  Phone:   412-365-2532
  Email:   gboldizar@pittsburghzoo.org
  About This Attraction:    A tradition for younger children, the Zoo Boo is back this year, again for two weekends during daylight hours. Dress up your kids in their costumes and enjoy the various attractions the Zoo has to offer. There will also be a costume Halloween parade & contest at Waters Edge, special animal activities and trick or treating.
 
  

23.  Hallowboo at Idlewild Park
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Westmoreland
  Scary Place:   Ligonier
  Witching Hours:   Saturdays & Sundays in October
  Sponsored By:   
  Phone:   
  Email:   pat@idlewild.com
  About This Attraction:    Head out to Idlewild for some daylight fun for the kids this October. The annual Hallowboo will once again be featuring Trick or Treating in Story Book Forest, so bring the kids in costume! Most of the rest of the park will be open, with a ghoulish Halloween theme throughout the park.
 
  

24.  Owl-o-ween (Haunted Aviary)
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Allegheny
  Scary Place:   Pittsburgh (North Side)
  Witching Hours:   October 19 & 26, 11:00am - 3:00 pm
  Sponsored By:   National Aviary
  Phone:   412-323-7235
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    The National Aviary is once again holding this event, expanded to 2 evenings in 2013. In 2011, the Aviary changed the name to "Owl-o-ween" and opened it up for kids and made it earlier in the evening. This year, the event if being held during daylight hours. Roam the halls of the Aviary, enjoy "Owl Talk", a story-teller, trick or treating & an overall Halloween party. Reservations are suggested.
 
  

25.  HalloWeekends at Cedar Point
  2013 Halloween Season:    OPEN
  County:   Erie, OH
  Scary Place:   Sandusky, OH
  Witching Hours:   Friday nights, Saturdays & Sundays, 9/13 thru 10/27. 7:00 to 11:30 pm (9:30pm on Sundays).
  Sponsored By:   
  Phone:   
  Email:   
  About This Attraction:    "Enjoy nighttime frights and daytime delights for the whole family" at Cedar Point this October. Now in its 17th year, Cedar Point will open 10 haunted houses & nighttime attractions throughout the park. Most of the rides will be open as well. The daytime sessions will not be as scary, and will be geared for the kids, including a parade, entertainment & Halloween decorations.
 
  



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