While there are many treats to Halloween, it’s the tricks that make the holiday so memorable. Tricks by scary actors leave us screaming, jumping, and running away, then laughing and happy after the encounter. It’s these moments that make haunted houses and hayrides a part of our annual ghoul-a-bration. Get your heart rate pumping and embrace your fears by visiting one of these six haunted attractions near Pittsburgh.
The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills Mall is home to one of the scariest haunted houses in America, according to Good Morning America and Buzzfeed. This indoor haunted house has jumpscares at every turn and promises to make you scream. It even includes an escape room for those wanting to test their alien apocalypse skills.
This haunted house is literally haunted after being built on an ancient burial ground. You’ll get the vibe, for sure, as you experience Demon House and explore the grounds of the McCue Family Estate with terrifying scenes at every turn. The tour starts at dusk and travels through the stone mansion. Campfires, concessions, and an outdoor movie theater are available outside the tour.
A haunted hayride gives you a scenic ride with scares along the way as you travel into the deep, dark woods. It’s an excellent chance to cuddle up to a loved one and see the reactions of those around you. Or, if you’d prefer to walk, this location also has a Valley of Darkness Haunted Walking Trail. This trail will give you another eerie forest experience closer to the action.
In the Portals of Fear schoolhouse, the demon Asmodeus haunts the halls, opening portals to show visitors their deepest phobias. Explore Asmodeus’ playground at this indoor interactive haunted house. Younger children can have fun, too, with a family-friendly haunted hayride, crafts, food, movies, and more.
Venture through the real Tour-Ed Mine in true Halloween fashion. Search with the families of those who disappeared in the mine a decade ago. You’ll find all the creatures those who’ve gone this way before had to face. How deep into the mine you can go? Not only is this experience frightening, but getting a look in at the mine is a bonus.
Get all-day park access to Kennywood and take in the decorations all around the park during the day. Then, after the sun goes down, the creatures come out to play with six haunted houses and four scare zones to keep you busy all night. The park also has an extra haunted house this year called Alice in Wonderland Unleashed, available for an additional cost.
Story by Kylie Thomas
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