Here are all the spooky events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh: October 30-November 1.
Friday, October 30: 1Hood Media Virtual Takeover with CreativeMornings
Start your Friday with this online event examining transit and the experiences of “navigating Pittsburgh while Black.” The performance and discussion event will feature Jasiri X, Farooq Al-Said, Shyheim Banks and Miracle Jones. Register for free.
Friday, October 30: Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Pop-up at Heinz Field
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monster Trucks have nothing on these gourds. Feast your eyes upon “colorfully colossal cucurbits” during a drive-by pumpkin patch that will supercharge your Halloween. Your jaw will drop when you see the hand-carved, illuminated creativity — especially the 2,500-pound, world-famous Dill’s Atlantic Giant. Learn more.
Friday, October 30: Spooky Hike in North Park
If you dare, descend into the depths of North Park’s haunted Blue Mist Road Trail to explore a terrain that’s steeped in urban legend and paranormal mystery. Register for free.
Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1: Haunted Pittsburgh Cruise
Hop aboard the creepy Gateway Clipper to hear spine-tingling ghost stories featuring local landmarks, meet the Monongahela Monster, find out who’s haunting the old Allegheny County Jail and more. Buy tickets.
Friday, October 30: Halloween Day of the Dead Concert with the Uptown Quartet
The Uptown Quartet’s Flamenco and Latin American rhythms will provide the perfect soundtrack for kicking off your weekend celebrations. You just have to supply the costume. The outdoor concert takes place at 8565 Peters Road in Cranberry. Buy tickets.
Friday, October 30: Decameron Opera Coalition’s Tales from a Safe Distance
Resonance Works has teamed up with seven opera companies nationwide and 86 artists to produce this multi-chapter virtual opera featuring nine world-premiere works. Equal parts opera, graphic novel and Netflix series, the production features a story about friends reconnecting during Covid starring internationally renowned bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni. Buy tickets.
Friday, October 30: Old School Cool at The Strip District Terminal
Calling all old-school Pittsburgh punk fans! The Strip District Terminal is teaming up with ElectricBananaClub.net to host an outdoor concert with A.T.S. and SPUDS benefitting Life’sWork of Western PA. Buy tickets.
Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1: Jenny Holzer’s YOU VOTE 2020
Keep your eyes peeled for a fleet of LED trucks cruising around Pittsburgh all weekend as part of Jenny Holzer’s newest public art project. Taking her message to the streets, Holzer’s trucks will travel to cultural and educational venues championing political engagement, issue awareness and voter empowerment.
Saturday, October 31: Halloween Adventure Hike with Venture Outdoors
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pre-game Halloween with an adventure through the aptly-named Dead Man’s Hollow. Don a hiking-friendly costume as you explore this 450-acre conservation area and learn to navigate its haunted trails. Buy tickets.
Saturday, October 31: Glass Pumpkin Patch at Pittsburgh Glass Center
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pick your own hand-blown glass pumpkin, apple or acorn and make a fused glass suncatcher at this free harvest fest, which also includes glass-to-go kits, live glass blowing demonstrations and seasonal snacks. Learn more.
Saturday, October 31: Weird Nature: Guided Hike at Boyce Park
Do you often exclaim “what is that?” while in the woods? Join a park ranger for a two-mile hike to explore the wondrous realm of fungi, insect galls and other natural oddities. Register for free.
Saturday, October 31: Fall Foliage Kayak Tour at North Park Lake
Escape the stress of life by experiencing the vivid fall foliage from the water. Learn to paddle a solo kayak as you see migrating waterfowl and fish feeding and learn about the area’s history and wildlife during an interpretive tour. Buy tickets.
Saturday, October 31: Pizza Disco at Spirit
2-4:30 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m. and 8-10:30 p.m.
Dance in your seat — and nosh on delicious pizza — on Spirit’s heated patio. You’ll be supporting one of Pittsburgh’s favorite nightclubs while DJs from TASTE and Diamond Life keep the vibe upbeat. Buy tickets.
Saturday, October 31: Halloween Mayhem with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Enjoy stories, songs puppets — and even an on-camera dance party to show off your costume — during this Virtual Variety Show featuring drag stars Akasha L. Van Cartier and Leia Way LeStat, puppeteer Dave English, choreographer Trevor Miles and the Alumni Theater Company. Buy tickets.
Saturday, October 31: Strangeways Halloween Hang in the North Hills
One of Pittsburgh’s popular dance parties takes to the hills, where DJs Cutups, Huck Finn, Outlaw DJ Josey and the Comeback Kid will spin autumnal sounds spanning the decades. For more information and to reserve a spot, email here.
Saturday, October 31: Row House Drive-in Cinema at The Strip District Terminal
What could be more fun than spending Halloween watching people try to survive a zombie attack while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse? George Romero’s iconic zombie masterpiece will rise again outdoors and Row House will sling classic movie concessions, beer and cider. Buy tickets.
Saturday, October 31: CMU International Film Festival
CMU’s annual cinema showcase is moving online to span eight months of programming. The festival kicks off with Fredrik Gertten’s Sweden documentary, “Push,” which is available for streaming through November 1.
Sunday, November 1: EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler
The ultimate Pittsburgh race experience is coming directly to runners no matter where they are. Each mile of this virtual course celebrates an authentic local characteristic — with sections dedicated to Pittsburghese, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” famed athletes — and even pickles and pierogies. Participants will receive a Pittsburgh Celebration Box, finisher’s medal and race shirt. Register here.
Sunday, November 1: Black & Ghost Tour with Walk the Burgh
It’s the ideal weekend to experience the spooky side of Downtown during this outdoor tour Visit historic landmarks illuminated during the tranquil evening hours and hear obscure ghost stories about lurking spirits. Buy tickets.
For more events, go here.