By Darren Myers
Managing & Online Editor
UPPER BURRELL, Pa. — The best season is upon us: Fall. The days, once long and warm, are now short-lived. The nights now creep up on us faster than before. There is a crisp chill rushing through the air. Leaves are falling as the wind is blowing. The weather is more comfortable. The fashion is better. The colors you see outside almost leave you in disbelief. The longer nights that accompany fall open the doors to haunted houses.
Whether you enjoy a good scare or you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes make-up that is involved with a haunted house, you can’t help but to see them popping up all around the city. From small-town, family-organized ones to The Scarehouse, people from all areas gather to face their fears. You can go on a date or you can go with a group of friends, either way you’re guaranteed a frightening time at these top-notch haunted houses:
Just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, tucked away in South Park, PA,
Hundred Acres Manor has been featured on The Travel Channel, USA Today, Yahoo News and has been selected as “Pittsburgh’s Best Haunted House” by HauntWorld Magazine. Back for its 12th year, Hundred-Acres Manor offers five haunted attractions for the price of one. The only way to escape is by finishing the maze at the end.
General Admission: $20
Celebrating their 14th year, Phantom Fright Nights is a main attraction in the Pittsburgh area. Filled with over a dozen haunted houses and attractions, Phantom Fright Nights is certainly worth the costly ticket. In between haunted attractions, Kennywood also has some of its popular roller coasters open for those daring enough to ride. Passengers experience all of the whips and turns of a normal Kennywood day, but in total darkness.
General Admission: $32.99
At Giant Eagle: $27.99
They also have half-price college nights on October 2, 3, 11, 30, and 31.
Located just 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh in Etna, The Scarehouse is for the advanced-level haunted house goers. Shuttles take guests from the free
parking available at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on a short five minute ride to the line outside of The Scarehouse. Short lines keep this haunted attraction continuously running on schedule and keep the scares at an all-time high. The attraction to The Scarehouse is what they call “The Basement.” The Basement is a different part of the haunted house and requires a separate, more expensive ticket. The reason being is that in order to go into The Basement, guests must sign a waiver. This waiver allows for the actors to touch, blindfold, handcuff, write on, and pull the hair of the guests and allows for a much deeper, more fearful experience.
General Admission: $24.99
The Basement: single ticket: $34.99 2 person pass: $49.99
“Where history meets mystery.” Located about an hour and a half from Downtown Pittsburgh, the former West Virginia Penitentiary is considered one of the best haunted attractions around. Paranormal activity is a common occurrence at a place that was once considered one of the bloodiest institutions in the nation, where former inmates were housed in a maximum security area. Throughout the haunted attraction, guests will be locked in cells, trapped in a maze, and walk through the dungeon of horrors.
General Admission: $25-$28 depending upon the weekend