Pumpkins come to life at The Glow! Photo courtesy of The Glow.

Bring your pooch and your appetite to the Pittsburgh Food Truck Park on Friday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a howling good time. There will be a pet costume contest — the $10 entry fee supports Shelters Helpers and White Oak Animal Safe Haven — doggie tricks and treats from Camp Bow Wow, Paw Tree, Pup Treats and Country Lane Pet Hotel, live music, beer and an array of food trucks to choose from. The paw-ty continues from 7 to 9 p.m. at the dog-friendly Grist House Craft Brewery on Sherman Street.

Harvest Festival at the Farmers Market, Oct. 26, The Block Northway, 8013 McKnight Rd.

On Friday, Oct. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m., The Block Northway will wrap up its weekly farmers market season with a harvest festival featuring fall produce and activities such as face painting, balloon art, a pumpkin patch and an appearance by Witch Hazel. Adults can sample Harvest Brew from Pittsburgh Brewing Co., while kids — who are invited to dress up — can sample liquid nitrogen ice cream from Carnegie Science Center. Glow sticks and other giveaways will be available while supplies last.

Super Science Saturday: Boo-seum Trick-or-Treat, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Oakland

On Oct. 20 from noon to 4 p.m., kids can trick-or-treat their way through the museum, get up close to live animals and participate in hands-on, Halloween-themed activities. The event is free with museum admission and costumes are welcome — just leave the masks, weapons and backpacks at home.

Monroeville Mall hosts a Halloween Family Fun Day every year. Photo courtesy of Angela Rocco.

Halloween Family Fun Day at Monroeville Mall,  Oct. 28, Monroeville

Forty years ago, director George A. Romero filmed “Dawn of the Dead” at Monroeville Mall. The ghouls may be gone, but you can still experience thrills and chills while shopping there. On Sunday, Oct. 28, the mall will host the 3rd Annual Halloween Family Fun Day from noon to 6 p.m. Along with vendors selling creepy wares and DJ Zombo spinning tunes, you’ll find a coloring contest for kids 10 and under, face painting, henna and glitter tattoos, trick-or-treating with participating vendors and a costume contest with cash prizes.

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Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.