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Carrie Furnace

November 1
8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Can you imagine anything more spooktacular than a Halloween party inside an abandoned steel mill named Carrie? We can’t.

Ready to truly have a blast this Halloween, instead of standing around feeling awkward in that last-minute costume? For those who have been itching to get a glimpse inside the Carrie Furnaces, which ceased all operations in 1982, there is no better time to do so than during the Halloween season. On Saturday, November 1st, go behind the steel and into a place where fiery cauldrons once churned, for just one night of festive mischief and mayhem.

Joining forces to restore the Carrie Furnaces to its 1950s-1960s heyday, and to pay tribute to that era’s most prolific director—The Master of Suspense himself—are Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, The Independent Brewing Company, The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company and Bar Marco. A Halloween happening like no other, Hitchcock! A Halloween Party at the Carrie Furnace invites patrons to welcome the witching hour inside the icons of industry along the Mon, while exploring the site’s next chapter as a cultural destination and sampling offerings from local independent food and drink establishments.

Expect all of the the components of a great Hitch film: suspense, romance, psychological thrills, plot twists, suggestive shadows, and of course, plenty of murderously good craft beers and cocktails. Don’t even think about coming without a costume, because party-goers can vie for special drink prizes from The Independent. Illuminating the plant’s storied interiors, keeping patrons cozy and providing some dramatic mood lighting will be a large bonfire built in the mill’s courtyard.

Sure to spice up the affair will be leading local chefs and food and drink purveyors, including Pgh Taco Truck, Blowfish BBQ, Gyros N’at, Street Foods, Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches, Ink Division, Maggie’s Farm Rum, PuzzlePax and The Independent. The event’s food truck corral will be located around the courtyard bonfire, basking in the moonlit shadow of the towering blast furnace.

Providing the night’s spooky soundtrack, with plenty of ghoulish platters, will be local DJs Matt Buchholz, Paul Rosenblatt and Doug Northcook, who are expected to spin all-vinyl sets featuring far-out sci-fi themes, groovy soul sounds, ’90s-era hip hop and more. Hit the dance floor, which will be centered in the furnace site’s AC Power House. The unique event will be solar powered in partnership with ZeroFossil.

500 parking spots will be available at the venue via a first-come, first-served online reservation process. A shuttle bus will be available to and from The Independent and Bar Marco at the beginning and end of the event.

This event is open to ages 21 and over. Be sure to grab tickets in advance, because the event may sell out. Check out the party’s blog for the latest event updates.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...