Image courtesy of Soergel Orchards.

Autumn is in full swing, and our city is rich with seasonal events and attractions. And if you’re willing to travel a bit outside the city limits, Western Pennsylvania offers a wealth of fall activities and destinations.

With just a handful of weekends left in the season, we here at NEXTpittsburgh have compiled a short but fun list of the hayrides, haunted houses and corn mazes to check out this fall in the Pittsburgh region.

Hundred Acres Manor

Voted one of the top 15 haunted houses in the nation by Popular Mechanics, this Bethel Park-based attraction boasts a square-mile of Halloween-themed delights. Check out the haunted house, brave the escape room and test your metal in the buried alive experience (only $5!).

After the scare, adults can unwind in the Straub Brewery Scream Bar.

Trax Farms

This South Hills institution is celebrating Fall Fest until the end of October. Now in its 50th year, the festivities include their famed pumpkin patch, a three-acre corn maze and an axe throwing challenge.

Added bonus: this year’s Fall Fest features a rotating cast of local food trucks, including Pita Pan PGH, Miso Hungry and PGH Crepes.

Soergel Orchards

Located in Wexford, PA, Soergel Orchards is suburban Pittsburgh’s premier destination for organic, natural, gluten-free and allergen-free foods.

In addition to supplying eateries around the region, Soergel’s also hosts a variety of events on their farm and orchard. Enjoy hayrides and pumpkin painting, and then cool your heels at the on-site deli. It’s a tradition for many.

Castle Blood

Looking for a more theatrical, less jump-scary spin on Halloween? Check out Castle Blood in Monessen, 45 minutes south of the city.

For more than 25 years, the castle’s Haunted Adventure Tours have delighted scare hounds across the Mon Valley and beyond. With their large, rotating cast and ever-changing games and challenges, no two visits to the castle are the same.

Maze Craze (Ohio)

For those willing to cross state lines, New Springfield, Ohio (roughly one hour from Pittsburgh) is home to one of USA Today’s top-ranked corn mazes in the nation.

The park includes a variety of hayrides and zip lines for young visitors, and adults can enjoy some tipsy navigating during the Maze Craze Wine Crawl. Did we mention the Cornzooka?

Bill O'Toole

Bill O'Toole was a full-time reporter for NEXTpittsburgh until October, 2019. He previously reported in Myanmar.