The 31 can’t-miss Halloweekend events in Pittsburgh

Real-life zombies, a pet parade, scary movies, lots of candy, and oh-so-many costume contests.

Halloweekend vibes.

Halloweekend vibes.

Rossilynne Culgan

Happy Halloweekend, Pittsburgh.

There’s a little something for everybody this weekend, from sweet to scary. Without further adieu, we present Pittsburgh’s 31 best Halloweekend activities.

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Friday, Oct. 26

🌻 4 p.m. Friday (Oakland): Celebrate with a not-so-scary Boo-tanical Bash at Phipps Conservatory. Flower fans of all ages can enjoy face painting, see spectacular magic shows, play special Halloween games, admire carved pumpkins, pot a creepy plant, and taste healthy snacks.

👺 6 p.m. Friday (Oakland): If you really want to give yourself nightmares, check out this replica of “The Silence of the Lambs” cage at Soldiers & Sailors Hall, where parts of the movie were filmed. Actors will bring to life the roles from the terrifying classic. Also: Tarot readings, face-painting, and more scary stories.

⚗️ 6 p.m. Friday (North Shore): Described as a “frightfully fun evening guaranteed to make your hair stand on end … literally,” Carnegie Science Center’s family-friendly Spooky Science Sleepover offers themed activities, a live science show, and a chance to spend the night at the museum.

😵 6 p.m. Friday (Oakland): At Haunted Museum After Dark: Year of the Zombie, learn about real-life zombies, trick-or-treat your way around Carnegie Museum of Natural History, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Night of the Living Dead,” and meet local experts from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

🎧 8 p.m. Friday (Strip District): Twelve DJs will perform at That Halloween Party hosted by Bass Technologies at Cruze Bar (which isn’t closed yet!). Wear your best costume and bring your best moves because dubstep, drum-and-bass, and trap will be playing on the speakers.

🎭 8 p.m. Friday (Stanton Heights): Billed as Pittsburgh’s only immersive Halloween theatre, Pittsburgh Fringe Festival and Cup-A-Jo Productions present Unhinged II, described as “a journey thru haunts and horrors, dead ends and dead beats.” (If you miss it on Friday, there are a few Saturday performances, too.)


Costume on point, house.


Saturday, Oct. 27

📸 8 a.m. Saturday (Carrick): If your pet is chill enough to wear a costume and pose for a Halloween photo, please, by all means, go to this Halloween Pet Photos event (and then post your pics with the tag #theinclinepgh, so we can all lose our dang minds over the cuteness).

👑 10:30 a.m. Saturday (South Shore): What’s better than brunch? A drag brunch. What’s better than drag brunch? A Halloween drag brunch. It’s the Glam Rock Drag Brunch at Hard Rock Cafe: Halloween Edition hosted by Lola LeCroix — get ready.

🍺 11 a.m. Saturday (North Shore): Sip festive beers from a limited-edition beer stein at Federal Galley’s Oktoberfest celebration.

🐶 Noon Saturday (Greenfield): Pets! In costumes! Get ready for all the cuteness at The Annual Greenfield Pet Parade & Inaugural Costume Parade. Dress up your own pet or just come to cheer on all the very good doggos.

🍬 Noon Saturday (Larimer): It’s a special Halloween treat for adults: Beer and candy pairings, courtesy of East End’s brewer extraordinaire. Candy flights are $10 while supplies last.

🥁 Noon Saturday (East Liberty): Eerie echoes of the steelpan drum will fill the Kelly Strayhorn Theater at its 10th Annual Halloween Mayhem, which has become a family tradition in the neighborhood.

♀ 1 p.m. Saturday (Point Breeze): Meander through the Homewood Cemetery on Audacious Pioneers: A Walking Tour of The Homewood Cemetery, focusing on the stories of late Pittsburgh women and centering on a discussion about Pittsburgh society.

⚓️ 1:30 p.m. Saturday (South Shore)Climb aboard the Gateway Clipper for a Pittsburgh sightseeing tour, featuring a kids’ costume party with music, dancing, and treat bags.

🥃 2 p.m. Saturday (South Side): You might think any Saturday night on Carson Street is a nightmare (sorry not sorry), but if not, then grab tickets for Nightmare on Carson Street 2018, a daylong event featuring a costume contest, drink specials, and a souvenir mug.

👻 5 p.m. Saturday (Downtown): Experience Fright Up Night, an evening featuring a pumpkin pie-eating contest, a Halloween burlesque show, a costume contest, and even zombie wrestling. While you’re Downtown, you’re going to want to check out Pittsburgh’s zombie pop-up bar.

🍎 6 p.m. Saturday (Spring Hill): Get into the seasonal spirit by tasting innovative, sustainable ciders from A Few Bad Apples at the group’s annual Ciderfest. Enjoy live music and show off your costume — the winner gets the opportunity to have A Few Bad Apples supply cider for their own cider party.

🎉 7 p.m. Saturday (Homewood): Empath’s first Sober Halloween Costume Bash includes live music, a DJ, house-made non-alcoholic mixed drinks, food, prizes, tarot, vendors, and even Halloween haiku.

🖤 8 p.m. Saturday (Lawrenceville): Danse Macabre 3, Cattivo’s gothic/industrial Halloween party, features dancing, DJs, live music, and a costume contest.

🎟 8 p.m. Saturday (Lawrenceville): Bring your A-game to Spirit’s costume contest, where the winning costume gets a “golden ticket,” which earns admission into any Spirit show for a year. Also at Spirit’s Halloween Costume Contest & 80s Burnout Bash: Lots and lots of live music and DJs.

💃 8 p.m. Saturday (Strip District): The Mischief & Mayhem Halloween Dance will take over the top floor of Roland’s with dancing and a costume contest. The annual event “draws hundreds of LGBTQ women, transfolk, and our allies,” per the event listing.

🎩 8 p.m. Saturday (Shadyside): 5801 is hosting an Addams Family-themed fête, complete with decorations, costumes, and drink specials.

🙈 10 p.m. Saturday (Bloomfield): Go wild at Evaline’s Monkey Business Halloween Party, which promises unlimited beverage from Southern Tier Brewery, unlimited Nathans Franks, DJ Pistol Pete, and a show by Balloon Ride Fantasy.

🎸 10 p.m. Saturday (South Side): “Get ready to get weird,” as the event listing states, with Pittsburgh’s best alternative Halloween party spinning all the best emo and pop punk hits from the ’90s, ’00s, and today.

✨ 10 p.m. Saturday (Polish Hill): Darkness is Spreading: Wonderland is billed as “*the* Halloween Turn-up/Costume/Masquerade Party of the season.” Hosted by Who’s Nexter sarah huny young, the event showcases a line-up of all black women, including DJ FEMI, Discperson: Ratchet Ivy League, and Clara Kent. “We will be utilizing plenty of black light,” the event listing sates,” so baby, you’ll glow.”

👻 11:59 p.m. Saturday (Lawrenceville): Scare yourself silly at this midnight showing of “Poltergeist” at Row House Cinema. Watch out for ghosts.

🍿 11:59 p.m. Saturday (Squirrel Hill): Creep yourself the heck out with this late-night screening of original “Halloween,” the story of Michael Myers from the beginning, showing at the Manor Theater.

Mummy dogs.

Mummy dogs.

Courtesy of The Commoner

Sunday, Oct. 28

🌭 9 a.m. Sunday (Downtown): The Commoner’s Monster Mash & Pumpkin Palooza Brunch caters to lil foodies with kid-friendly brunch specials, including Mummy Dogs (hot dogs wrapped in croissants) and Graveyard Dirt (a dessert with pudding, Oreos, and gummy worms). There will also be pumpkin painting and grown-up brunch options for the adults. Reservations suggested.

🐨 10 a.m. Sunday (Highland Park): ZooBoo is a tradition for Pittsburgh families, and this year it promises a hay maze, a crafter’s corner, a parade, and, of course, the chance to see adorable animals.

🔮 11 a.m. Sunday (East Liberty): Experience a day of tarot, energy healing, palmistry, and mediumship at the Halloween Spirit Fair held at Ace Hotel.

💀 1 p.m. Sunday (Homewood): Celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with La Escuelita Arcoiris, the Pittsburgh-based Spanish immersion preschool. The event includes sugar skull decorating, cookie decorating, face painting, music, and food trucks.

🍫 p.m. Sunday (Robinson Township): At Trunk ‘n Treat, kids can trick-or-treat out of the trunks of fancy cars, like Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris, and McLarens. Members of the Pittsburgh Cars and Coffee Club (led by Who’s Nexter Clifford Laschon) will pass out sweet treats from their car’s trunks.