By Paige Owens
“The worst nightmares keep coming back.” -Kennywood Phantom Fright Night
UPPER BURRELL, Pa.—Fall is upon us at Penn State New Kensington, which means it’s time to get into the creepy, Halloween spirit. While most of us are searching for the scariest or funniest costume, door decorating at the apartments, or stoking up on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, don’t forget to get your scare on by visiting one of the terrifying Pittsburgh haunted attractions.
Pittsburgh has 3 thrilling and chilling haunted houses that attract thousands of guests year after year. Each haunted house offers a scary and fun experience that differs tremendously from one another.
The Kennywood Phantom Fright Night is celebrating its 13th anniversary of thrill rides and terror. Each year, Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, a suburb of Pittsburgh, turns its exciting park into a black out, haunted event like no other. Fright Night is not the typical haunted house that most guests are familiar with. Instead, guests will climb aboard Kennywood’s rides in absolute darkness, not knowing what to expect or what will jump out at them. Kennywood has 16 operating rides throughout the park for Fright Night and attractions such as Mortem Manor, Kennyville Cemetery, Gory Park, and plenty more.
Kennywood Phantom Fright Night will be running for the remainder of the weekends in October including Halloween and Saturday November 1 from 7 pm—1 am. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $33.99 per guest or on Halloween college students can present their college ID and purchase tickets for half price.
Another Pittsburgh haunted attraction, Terror Town, is located in the Strip District. According to senior, Zach Durkin, a Broadcast Reporting major at Point Park, “Terror Town is an underground town where the people are cannibals.”
Terror Town has a variety of creepy characters including Durkin’s character, Sticky the Clown. Each character has their own story and are guaranteed to terrify guests.
“My character is a clown that works in a very unique location in Terror Town,” Durkin explains. “I don’t want to spoil it because it is a pretty big shock. I want people to see the haunted house and just stand there with their jaw on the floor. I think the surprises within Terror Town create a more unique experience and it is more effective that way.”
Terror Town is open every Thursday—Sunday for the remainder of October. Thursdays and Sundays the attraction is open 7pm—10 pm. Fridays and Saturdays it is open from 7pm—12 am. Tickets are $18 per guest, however, there are a ton of $2 off coupons that have been floating around that students can redeem.
Pittsburgh is also home to one of the scariest and most terrifying haunted houses in the country. Scarehouse, has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Haunted Attractions” according to the Travel Channel. Scarehouse is not just a one month Halloween attraction. A group of Pittsburgh Scarehousers work year round to prepare for Pittsburgh’s most haunted attraction.
This year, Scarehouse features three haunts that are sure to have guests screaming. Two of the new haunts featured in Scarehouse are The Summoning and Pittsburgh Zombies: Black Out!
The Summoning revolves around the story of a nearly 100 year old house, however, the house is filled with mad scientists, dead animals, and terrifying, unidentified creature.
Pittsburgh Zombies: Black Out! is the final of the three haunts and is a pitch black, zombie apocalypse. Guests will experience an action packed haunt trying to escape the living dead.
Scarehouse also features its famous Creepo’s Christmas in 3-D haunt. This haunt requires guests to wear 3-D glasses in a twisted, holiday tale where Santa is dead and Creepo and his evil elves have taken over Christmas.
Scarehouse is located in Etna, ten minutes outside of Downtown Pittsburgh. Tickets are sold online in half hour entry windows for the attraction and are $24.99 Thursday—Sunday. Thursday and Sunday nights, however, are college nights and students can get $7.00 off their ticket if they show their college ID before entering Scarehouse. Scarehouse is open Thursdays and Sundays from 7 pm—10 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm—12 am.
Pittsburgh is home to some very unique and terrifying haunted attractions that are sure to have guests dying for more this Halloween season. More information for the three haunted attractions in Pittsburgh can be found online including additional ticket prices and details on the attraction.