Halloween Activities to Attend Around Greensburg

It’s time to start carving those jack-o’-lanterns. Photo from publicdomainpictures.net.

Halloween is my favorite time of year. The greatest thing is that there are so many spooky and non-spooky things to do around Greensburg and even some on campus at Seton Hill University.

Haunted Hillside, in its fourth season, is a mile-long walking trail that starts and ends with a hayride in Mount Pleasant, Pa. The story is that two young boys came across an ancient prison and released an evil enchantment across the land. This spell caught up with the Farmer family, who is now controlled by the demon who created the spell. Each season, the story gets deeper and the scares get better. You can experience this scare on Fridays and Saturdays until Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. until the last person goes through. Individual tickets are $17 online and $20 at the gate. With your ticket, you will experience Helltown, Sackboy Woods, The Salvage Yard, Forest of the Forgotten and Scarecrow Alley.

From left to right: Seton Hill University juniors Kait Germanoski, Ali Gipson, Hannah Hartman and Marisa Valotta and West Virginia Wesleyan graduate Rachel Barnhart pose for a photo at Kennywood’s Fright Night Photo courtesy of H.Hartman.

Lonesome Valley of Terror is a haunted hayride that takes you to Slotter Farmstead. The hayride also includes a haunted maze and a trail that will have you looking over your shoulder the whole time. Don’t worry though, because if you don’t like to get scared, there is a non-haunted corn maze. These haunted attractions are open Fridays and Saturdays from dark until 10 p.m. and limited Sundays from dark until 9 p.m. running through Oct. 29. The corn maze is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. as well as limited Sundays from 7-9 p.m. through Oct 29. Both haunted attractions cost $23 per person and the corn maze is $10 per person.

If you are looking for a fun daytime, not at all scary event, then Schramm Farm’s Fall Festival is for you. There is fresh produce to buy, pumpkins to pick and apple cider to drink. There is hay to play in, two different corn stalk mazes, pony rides, hayrides and a corn box. You can get some fresh cut fries, apple cider slush and homemade candy and caramel apples. Schramm’s is open October weekdays from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The hayrides are $4, the big maze is $5 and the small maze is free.

Don’t forget about Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood. There are haunted houses, scare zones and some special overlays for some of your favorite attractions. Fright Night is open every Friday and Saturday in October from 6 p.m.-midnight and Sunday from 6-11 p.m. Tickets are $33.99 at the gate or $29.99 online. SHU will be taking a trip to Fright Night on Oct. 28 with tickets being $5 for students and $10 for guests with a limit of one guest per student. There are only a limited amount of tickets available. For more information, check out OrgSync.

The biggest scare that anyone could experience is The Scarehouse! Scarehouse has been ranked one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by the Travel Channel. Did I mention that it has been featured on Good Morning America, Buzzfeed and CBS News, and Elijah Wood from “Lord of the Rings” has raved about the house? Tickets are $17.99 online and range between $19.99 to $28 at the gate. Sunday and Thursday hours are 7-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday hours are 7-11:30 p.m. Of course, if you are brave enough, you can do The Basement. A waiver is required, and you must be 18 years or older as the scare actors are allowed to touch you.

The Hundred Acres Manor castle looks scary at night! Photo from frightfind.net.

Hundred Acres Manor is, believe it or not, six attractions all for one price. You will experience zombies, creatures, monsters and more. It has also been named “One of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by the Travel Channel. Hours Monday through Thursday and Sunday are 7-10 p.m. and hours on Friday and Saturday are 7-11:30 p.m. General admission is $20 and it is located in Bethel Park, Pa.

At SHU, there is going to be a Ghost Lantern Tour, which will be an hour-long feature of the old tunnels and legends and lore of the school. Both tours on Oct. 12 are already sold out, with one tour from 8-9 p.m. and the other from 9:30-10:30 p.m. There is also a haunted house at the Performing Arts Center on Oct. 21, with tickets being $5 for the whole night.

Stage Right! will also be presenting “Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Oct. 29 and 31 at 8 p.m. and midnight. The show is scheduled to be performed at the Davis Shopping Center, and you need to call 724-832-7464 for tickets. Greensburg plans to hold their annual Halloween Parade on Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Lynch Field Park.

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