Have a stiff drink
Wigle is unleashing a limited-edition Werewolf Bourbon. This beast has been distilled, barreled, harvested and diluted with moon water, all under a full moon. You’ll taste notes of white peach, toffee and caramelized sugar … and it might make you morph into a blood-thirsty, humanoid dog.
On Oct. 14 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., celebrate the rise of the Lycanthropic elixir at the distillery with themed beverages, tarot card readings, deviled eggs and caramel pear coffee cake — plus free samples. Buy tickets online for a howling good time.
The folks at Jekyll & Hyde celebrate Halloween 365 days a year. For more than a quarter-century, the hole-in-the-wall haunt’s been scaring up business with its spooky décor and “Evil Drinks.” Slay the competition during Thursday night karaoke or just sit and sip your Spider Cider, a to-die-for potion made with Captain Morgan Rum and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
Located a block from Allegheny Cemetery, The Abbey is a former funeral home that still possesses a ghostly ambiance. Belly up to The Parlour Bar and order a spirited beverage. The Old Fashioned, made with Bulleit Bourbon, Angostura Bitters, simple syrup, Luxardo cherries and orange peel, is a killer.
In ancient folklore, a necromancer uses witchcraft or sorcery to reanimate the dead. Necromancer Brewing Co. isn’t launching a zombie uprising any time soon, but they do make spellbinding suds, have ghoulish can art and are located in a former Spirit Halloween store.
Mixologist Spencer Warren is resurrecting the Halloween pop-up bar in 2021. The space is set to open Oct. 14 and will operate every day throughout the season from 4 p.m. to midnight. It’s bursting with terrifying decorations to match the creepily creative cocktails. Libations are served in blood bags, poison vials and hollowed-out mummy heads. Get yours before Nov. 27, when the place transforms into Miracle, a festive holiday joint.
The ScareHouse shake is sure to send shivers up and down your spine … especially if you spike it with chocolate vodka! Every October since 2012, Burgatory’s been serving the decadent beverage, which features vanilla ice cream, vanilla custard, crumbled Oreos and gummy worms. Not only will it get you in the Halloween mood, but your purchase also benefits the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
Go to a haunted attraction
Hundred Acres Manor has more than a mile of interactive nightmares to unleash on its houseguests; from turn-of-the-century scares and an alien invasion, to bloodthirsty beasts and a discombobulating maze. If you spook easily, the Manor also hosts Kids Day on Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family-friendly festivities will include a scare-free haunted house, arts and crafts, free Munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts, wagon rides and face painting.
Pittsburgh has had a problem with the undead since 1968. Don’t sit idly by and let the misshapen monsters take over … stop them in their tracks. Hop aboard a Zombie Fighting Vehicle, which carries 24 riders per trip, and pelt the creatures with paintballs.
At the site you can also hear ghost stories around a campfire, enter a 3D Funhouse and watch family-friendly Halloween movies on a 15-foot outdoor screen.
ScareHouse is celebrating 20 years of fears! The venerable haunt now occupies a large space in The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills (because zombies love shopping malls). See familiar favorites like the ax-wielding bunny and Creepo the murderous clown, plus a bunch of new characters that’ll give you nightmares for another two decades.
Buffalo Bill’s House is all about the creature comforts. The Victorian mansion, which served as the fictional serial killer’s abode in 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs,” is now a vacation rental. Located 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh in Perryopolis, the 112-year-old structure has been lovingly Hannibal Lecter-ized by owner Chris Rowan.
As a professional art director and prop stylist, the hardcore horror fan has an eye for detail. Minutes after arriving you’ll be rubbing lotion on your skin and dancing to “Goodbye Horses.”
Watch petrifying movies with Pittsburgh ties
Director George A. Romero put Pittsburgh on the horror movie map when he filmed his original Living Dead trilogy in and around town. Visit the Evans City Cemetery, a burial ground featured in the opening scenes of “Night of the Living Dead” or shamble through Monroeville Mall, the backdrop for the follow-up gorefest, “Dawn of the Dead.”
Go on a cinematic sightseeing tour of Pittsburgh by watching the aforementioned flick, “The Silence of the Lambs.” Filming locations include the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum and the Old Allegheny County Jail.
“Innocent Blood” is a horror-comedy that took a bite outta the Burgh in 1992. Directed by John Landis, the fang flick stars French actress Anne Parillaud, who plays a vampire battling a gang of mobsters (including the late Don Rickles).
“Poltergeist” took place in sunny California but the movie’s unforgettable medium, Tangina, was played by a 4-foot-3-inch-tall, Pittsburgh-born Zelda Rubinstein.
Actor Doug Bradley, star of the “Hellraiser” series, was born in Liverpool, England, but he now calls Pittsburgh home. Check out his iconic role as Pinhead or watch him read spooky stories on his YouTube channel.
Tom Savini, The Godfather of Gore, grew up in Bloomfield and still calls Pittsburgh’s Little Italy home. Pay homage to the man — who created special effects for “Dawn of the Dead,” “Creepshow,” “Friday the 13th” and hundreds of other blood-and-guts extravaganzas — by snapping selfies in front of Jeremy Raymer’s amazing mural of Savini in Lawrenceville.
And, um, of course, we have Jeff Goldblum, a West Homestead native who created a buzz in “The Fly.”