It’s a scary season! We called in local ScareHouse actors Stacey Federoff and Dave Archer to share their favorite frights and delights around Pittsburgh.
Explore more than 70,000 square feet of gore at the Chippewa Lake Slaughterhouse, located east of Akron, Ohio, inside an old meat processing plant. The tour starts with an introduction from Grandpa Karver, a fictional namesake based on the Karver family who supplied meat for locals since 1948. Yes, that means you can expect cleavers, blood, and guts!
We’ve all seen a horror movie set in an old, creepy school — you can step inside that real life nightmare on three floors of Crawford School of Terror in Connellsville, Pa. The 1916 building is a complete scare season destination with a thrilling escape room, ax throwing, and a coffee shop.
Less Scary, Still Fun!
A Victorian cemetery, hayride of no return, and chainsaw-wielding killers — find it all at the Fright Farm in Smithfield, Pa. This Halloween tradition has been entertaining with fear in Fayette County for over three decades.
The Factory of Terror in Canton, Ohio has five unique spine-chilling attractions. And if you need a minute to work up some courage, there are a few bars throughout: Carnevil, Poison Ivy’s Greenhouse, and French Quarter at the Factory. Shake out all of your fears at the new-this-year Fear Fair Back Alley dance club.
Creepy & Quirky
The Hopewell Windmill in Beaver County becomes a haunted, 18-hole mini golf course this time of year. Putt through the shadows with your glow-in-the-dark golf ball, and treat yourself to ice cream afterwards.
Rain or moonshine, there’s a chilling experience waiting for you along the trail at Freddy’s Haunts, Beaver County's longest-reigning Halloween attraction. Follow the colorfully-painted signs through the woods. Freddy’s slogan is "half the scare is getting there.”
If you want the tricks or treats without being terrified, there are tons of family Halloween activities to explore:
Castle Blood in Monessen features theatrical vignettes in a former funeral home.
Hobgoblin Hikes in Cedar Creek and Twin Lakes Parks takes you through mazes and cemeteries, and past more than 100 ghouls, goblins, and monsters.
Hallowboo at Idlewild in Ligonier has themed-rides, fall-favorite concessions, and trick-or-treating through Story Book Forest.
Before the sun goes down, Phantom Fall Fest at Kennywood in West Mifflin is perfect for pint-sized thrill seekers.
ZooBoo at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium in Highland Park has crafts, a costume contest, a Halloween parade, and trick-or-treating.
Triple B Farms in Monongahela has a new and improved Big Boo Barn, plus hayrides, apple and pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and life-size scarecrow building.