What Local Halloween Events will be Scaring you This October?

With Halloween right around the corner, many of us students are looking for spooky and non-spooky activities to participate in. There are few that are going to be happening on campus, but step off the Hill and you will discover so much more.

On Friday Oct. 23 there is going to be a Murder Mystery Dinner on campus. Students who have a meal plan can use it, but if you want to invite family or friends it will cost $10.
On Friday Oct. 23 and Saturday Oct. 24 there is going to be a haunted house down at the Performing Arts Center. It will run from 7:30-10:30 p.m. both nights.

Schultz carved this Jack Skellington pumpkin during her freshman year. Photo courtesy of O.Schultz/Setonian

Schultz carved this Jack Skellington pumpkin during her freshman year. Photo courtesy of O.Schultz/Setonian

The annual “Shocktober Dance” will be held in Cecilian Hall on Thursday Oct. 29. Also be sure to stop by the dining hall to see the amazing decorations and maybe get a bag full of candy for Halloween.

If you’re looking to get off of the Hill and find some pumpkins to carve, there are multiple farms you can visit. One of them is Triple B Farms in Monongahela, Pa. Their hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Another popular pumpkin patch, that is right in our backyard, is Schramm’s Farms and Orchards. They are located in Jeannette, Pa. and are open Monday-Friday 9-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you are up for getting scared, there are a few amazing haunted houses near Seton Hill. The first is Hundred Acres Manor. It is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and has been featured on the Travel Channel as Pittsburgh’s best haunted house.

Hundred Acres Manor has six different attractions and is open for the rest of October, except for Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20. They are open rain or shine at 7 p.m. Sunday- Saturday and close at 10 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. General admission is $20 and it includes all six scary attractions.

In Pittsburgh you also have the option of going to Scare House, Pittsburgh’s scariest haunted house. Featured on the Travel Channel, Scare House was called “One of America’s Best Haunted Houses.”

Students celebrate Halloween in the Lowe Dining Hall. Photo courtesy of O.Schultz/Setonian

Students celebrate Halloween in the Lowe Dining Hall. Photo courtesy of O.Schultz/Setonian

Scare House is only 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and is open on the following Sundays and Thursdays 7 p.m.-10 p.m.: Oct. 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29. It is also open on the following Friday and Saturdays from 7 p.m.- midnight; Oct 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31. There is free parking offered at the Pittsburgh Zoo with a shuttle that will take you over to Scare House. On Thursdays and Sundays the general admission price is $19.99 and $24.99 on Fridays and Saturdays.

If you are looking for something even scarier you could always check out the basement at Scare House. Find out more about the basement if you dare on Scare Houses’ website, http://www.scarehouse.com/haunts/the-basement

Looking for something a little bit less scary? You could always check out Lonesome Valley Farms Valley of Terror right here in Greensburg. They are open every weekend in October on Friday and Saturdays from dark-10 p.m. and Sundays from dark-9 p.m. There are two different ticket options, the haunted attractions which are $20 and includes the hayride, maze trail and the Slotter Farm House and Barn, and the non-haunted attraction which is $8 and includes the Get Lost Corn Maze.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is open on Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

As you can see, now that you are an adult and can no longer go trick-or-treating, you can still go have fun at all of the haunted attractions around town. Happy haunts, everyone.

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