Trick or Treating is a Halloween must for all kids, and it’s important for the little ones to stay safe as they walk door-to-door. To that end, the Castle Shannon Police Department has issued a list of safety tips. Be sure to check them out before taking your kids out on Halloween.
Some highlights include:
Wear comfortable, well fitting walking shoes
Make sure costumes don’t inhibit movement or pose a tripping hazard
Put reflective materials on costumes and/or trick or treat bags
Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries
Only approach homes where porch lights are on
Stay on sidewalks and in well-lit areas
Keep a close eye on cars, it’s hard for them to see trick or treaters in the dark
AllCrafts.net needs to hire a new webmaster, sure, but their craft ideas are gold. We can’t wait to make our own grape vine pumpkin complete with twinkle lights!
One craft we saw on each of theses sites: cheesecloth ghosts. They’re a classic craft that’s easy for even the least crafty. Make them any size, stand them up on an end table, or string them up in a light or a mobile. Kids will have fun making them, but they’re not your average cheesy, glittery decoration.
If your kids love Halloween, consider taking them to the Pumpkin Patch Parade this Saturday in Mt. Lebanon. The parade will take place no matter the weather and will start at 11 a.m. from the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery and head down Washington Road all the way to Lebanon Avenue. Kids (accompanied by parents) may join the parade after The Great Pumpkin passes. After the parade, local businesses with special orange signs will open their doors to trick-or-treaters.
Oktoberfest Menu at Atria’s
Can’t get enough German cuisine? Atria’s in Mt. Lebanon—the original Atria’s, by the way—is still serving Oktoberfest fare. You can be sure that the official caterer of The National Aviary serves good food. Chi Quach, assistant property manager of Alvern Gardens Apartments, recommends the pork shank, a true classic and perfectly hearty for a chilly fall day. He adds that the Mt. Lebanon location is the only one that serves free chips. While you’re in the swing of fall, consider booking a Thanksgiving reservation, they’re accepting them now.
No, that wasn’t very scary, but read on if you dare for places where you can get some serious frights in the Pittsburgh area this Halloween season.
Phantom Fright Nights
Kennywood’s 13th annual Phantom Fright Nights kicked off on Sept. 26th and run 7 p.m.-1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 1. Bonus: Fright Nights will also be open 7-11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.
Tickets are available at the gate for $32.99, for a discount of $3 online, and for a discount of $5 at Giant Eagle stores. If you’re serious about your scares, you can get a Phantom’s Fright Pass, granting you unlimited visits for the 2014 Fright Nights.
On Oct. 12 and 31 and Nov. 1 tickets are half price for season pass holders and college students.
If you’d like your scares to be preceded by a ghoulish feast, you might want to attend the Phantom’s Pre-Scare Dinner at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 10 and 11. But be warned: the menu includes “Succulent Rat Ribs, Haunted Bell Tower Squab, Graveyard Stuffed Cabbage,” and more.
Hundred Acres Manor
Located in South Park, Hundred Acres Manor is close to several Prudential Realty Communities. If you’ve ever dreamed of shooting zombies with paintball guns, their new attraction this year lets you do just that. Plus, there’s going to be a Halloween party this year (check their website for updates). On top of it all, this place is touted as one of the best haunted houses in the entire United States.
Considering the high accolades, the price of admission isn’t the least bit scary. It’s $10 per “victim” for Zombie Paintball on its own, but you can add it to general admission for the Manor itself: general admission $18, $25 if you add Zombie Paintball. There are also various VIP tickets available online: for $20 you can skip the general admission line at the Manor any day except Fridays and Saturdays ($27 if you add Zombie Paintball), for $25 you can skip the general admission line any day ($30 if you add Zombie Paintball), and for $35 you get to skip the line, take advantage of preferred parking, and you get a T-shirt ($40 if you add Zombie Paintball).
On Wicked Wednesday College Nights, presenting your student ID at the door gets you into the Manor for just $10. Students also get $3 off general admission on Thursdays and Sundays. On Military Mayhem Thursdays, presenting your military ID makes general admission just $10. On Wednesdays and Sundays, there’s a $3 military discount.
Looking for frightening fun just north of the city? Check out the Scarehouse in Etna, PA. This one is so terrifying, Guillermo del Toro said he could live there. The spookiest part? The Scarehouse has two levels: the regular haunted house, and the basement. The basement is a place you may only enter after signing a waiver. Why? Because the actors down there are allowed to touch you.