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Halloween Activities

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Here are five fun things to do for Halloween in Pittsburgh. You might be too old to go door-to-door looking for candy, but we have a few fall activities for Halloween.

A Phantom’s Revenge

Looking for some cheap thrills? Okay, how about some reasonably priced thrills? Come out to Kennywood Park for Phantom Fright Nights. Not only are all the regular rides in full swing (literally and figuratively), there are several haunted attractions operating, with a cast of scary characters roaming the park (ideal for photo opportunities). Check out BioFear for Sci-Fi fun, the Voodoo Bayou takes the Raging Rapids and turns them into the Raging Cajuns, or sink your teeth into the Villa of the Vampires.

Fright Nights start at seven, but it’s suggested that you arrive early to get a good spot in line. The park fills up during the Phantom festivities.

Scary, Scary Nights

It’s Pittsburgh’s scariest haunted house. Scare House is up and running, and you will be up and running away from it. Even the attractions sound scary. You can wander through the Summoning, Pittsburgh Zombies: Black Out, and Creepo’s Christmas in 3D! For an even more terrifying experience check out the basement. Basements are always scary.

The ScareHouse is located at 118 Locust Street, Etna, PA. For more information, hours, parking, etc. Call 412-781-5885 or visit them online at www.scarehouse.com.

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!

What is Halloween without Richard O’Brien’s madcap sex romp, The Rocky Horror Picture Show? The tongue-in-cheek (and everywhere else) show is about Brad Majors and Janet Weiss exploring their sexuality when they meet the way-way-out Dr. Frank N. Furter. The mad scientist is building the perfect man, with blond hair and a tan, but his servants, Riff Raff and Magenta, and Brad and Janet’s old science professor, Dr. Scott, wants to spoil all the fun.

Join the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players in Dormont and let’s do the Time Warp again at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, 1449 Potomac Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15216.

Ghost of a Chance

Go on a real ghost tour (real being a subjective term). Take the Haunted Pittsburgh Ghost Tour. Select the Oakland Tour, the Downtown Tour or the Incline Tour. A docent will take you around and tell you all about the haunted places in Pittsburgh. You might even learn about the history of the Steel City.

For more information, check out www.hauntedpittsburghtours.com.

There will be Blood

Midnight Radio is back with “SCarrie: The musical.” You probably didn’t even know you wanted a musical version of Carrie, written by Tami Dixon (South Side Stories). It’s a unique spin on the Stephen King novel done in the Midnight Radio style. There will be blood. Buckets of blood.

Midnight Radio: SCarrie runs from October 23 to November 8 at the Bricolage, 937 Liberty Avenue, 1st Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (blocks away from three of your favorite gay bars). For more information call 412-471-0999 or visit www.bricolagepgh.org.

Michael Buzzelli
Michael Buzzelli is a stand-up comedian and sit-down author. As a comedian, he has performed all around the country, most notably, the Ice House, the Comedy Store and the Improv in Los Angeles. As a writer, Michael Buzzelli has been published in a variety of websites, magazines and newspapers. He is a theater and arts critic for 'Burgh Vivant,’ Pittsburgh's online cultural talk magazine. He is also a Moth Grand Slam storyteller and actor. His books, "Below Average Genius," a collection of essays culled from his weekly humor column in the Observer-Reporter, and his romantic comedy,  “All I Want for Christmas," are on sale at Amazon.com. He is working on a LGBTQ romantic comedy called, “Why I Hate My Friends.” You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter. (He / Him / His)