Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
Gateway Clipper Fleet
Photo courtesy of the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

11. Haunted River Cruises

Does the Monongahela Monster really exist? Who haunts the Allegheny County Jail? Those are a couple of the questions presented during Gateway Clipper Fleet’s Haunted Pittsburgh Cruise, running through October. The guides on this frightful tour tell the lore surrounding Pittsburgh’s iconic sites and history. Tickets are $12 for kids, $22 for adults. Is that shiver down your spine due to a ghostly presence? Or the cool river breeze blowing on your neck?

12. Row House Cinema Drive-in

Row House Cinema programmed a bunch of Halloween-inspired movies at The Terminal, Strip District, throughout October. Pack up the car with treats and kids for film faves like “Edward Scissorhands” on Oct. 10, “Young Frankenstein” on Oct. 17 and “Beetlejuice” on Oct. 24. Tickets are $30 per car. See the complete schedule here.

13. Black and Ghost Tours

Walk the Burgh’s creepy Black and Ghost Tour travels about a mile and a half through Downtown. The outdoor tour visits historic sites and spins tales about ghostly spirits that might lurk within. The 90-minute tour begins and ends at the Convention Center. Tickets are $10 for ages 6-13 and $20 for older ghost hunters. Book your spots here.

14. Sugar Plum Halloween

Kids with a love of pampering will adore Sugar Plum Parties take on Halloween revelry. The bash begins with sparkly manicures and temporary tattoos, followed by a high-energy dance party. The event includes a craft, costume contest and take-home treat bags. Reservations are $20.

City Theatre
Photo courtesy of City Theatre Company.

15. Frankenstein

Drive-in movies and concerts have become a big thing this year. And now, we have drive-in theater that combines both with City Theatre’s presentation of Manual Cinema’s “Frankenstein.” The all-ages show syncs a live musical score with a modern onscreen adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Performances run through Oct. 18 at Hazelwood Green. Reserve your parking spot here.

16. Track and Treat

Pittsburgh Citiparks planned a tentative date of Oct.24 for the annual Track and Treat. This free family event promotes a healthy lifestyle while kids learn bike safety and zip around the Bud Harris Cycling Track on Washington Boulevard. Kids without bikes can borrow one from Citiparks. Expect a costume contest, food trucks and games. Check back here for updates in accordance to group gathering restrictions.

17. Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Pop-up

The Monster Pumpkins Festival is renamed the Monster Pumpkins Pop-up this year, featuring those gigantic, overgrown pumpkins in a new way. From Oct. 30-Nov. 5, Heinz Field’s Gold Parking Lot 1A will be lined with a drive-by display of pumpkins that are hand-carved into extraordinary works of art. The massive collection will glow at night for a magical Halloween experience.

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Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn is a Pittsburgh-based editor and writer who writes about food, entertainment, kid stuff, pop culture, cocktails!