October has finally arrived accompanied by witches, ghouls and zombies. Fall temperatures have also arrived causing one to pull out sweaters and sweatshirts from closets. Along with the temperatures, fall also brings thoughts of pumpkins, pumpkin pie and apple cider.
Where does one go to get pumpkins and apple cider you may ask? Of course there’s always Wal-Mart, but where’s the fun in that? Find a few friends and head out for an adventure. Schramm’s Pumpkin Patch is a good place for pumpkins as well as apple cider made from freshly grown apples. It’s located in Harrison City.
Feeling more adventurous? Take a trip out to Triple B Farms located in Monongahela, Pa. There you will find pumpkins galore. A hayride to a pick-your-own-apple orchard is also available on certain days. For those who are still kids at heart, a Big Blue Boo Barn and inflatable obstacle course are a few ways to pass some time. Before you leave, check out the Country Market. Here you will find some freshly baked pies, homemade fudge and apple cider.
When one thinks of October Halloween comes to mind. If you’re looking to decorate your dorm room, check out the Halloween Adventure store located in Westmoreland Mall. There, you can find decorations to turn your room into a mini haunted house. They also have an assortment of costumes. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Halloween Dreams to Screams is another store located by Sam’s Club in Greensburg. They have over 5,000 costumes to choose from. They are open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to check out their website for a 25% off coupon.
Looking for something to do on the weekend? Hobgoblin Hike is Friday, Oct 19. It takes place at Twin Lakes Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The best part about this walk is it’s free. The walk will take place regardless of weather conditions.
Phantom Fright Nights is a popular attraction around Halloween. It goes until Oct. 27th. It’s open every Friday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $28.99. Groups of 20 or more can get tickets for $24 and must make reservations.
Lonesome Valley Farms is located by the Westmoreland Fairgrounds. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the haunted hayride and maze. Tickets for the slotter farmhouse and barn are $12. There are combo tickets available for $20. For those who aren’t into the haunted stuff, a Get Lost Corn Maze and Country Hayride are also available.
Fright Farm is located in Smithfield. It’s open every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 6pm-10pm, and every Friday and Saturday from 6pm until midnight. The week of Oct. 29, it will be open all week. The triple pass is $25, which includes the Haunted Mansion, Haunted Hayride and Haunted Maze. Wednesday nights are Student Discount Night. Students can get the Triple pass for only $15.
The Haunted Hills Hayride is located in North Versailles. It’s open Friday and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will also be open Oct. 30 and 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Nov. 2 and 3 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Take a ride on the Haunted Hills Hayride or take a stroll through the Valley of Darkness. Tickets are $12 for each attraction or $17 for both. Live entertainment, bonfires, concessions are also available. Private campfires are also available upon request.
See one you like? Gather a group of friends and go check it out. Are you feeling brave? Happy Halloween.