Pittsburgh in October has the potential to be truly beautiful. The cooler weather is more comfortable than the humidity of summer. The leaves changing brings an even more beautiful backdrop to the city. It is the time of year when you want to be outside, breathing in the smell of leaves and pumpkin spice. And lucky for you there is an abundance of fun activities and events in and around Pittsburgh this month for you and your family to enjoy! And to make your life just a little bit easier we have compiled some of our favorites for you in the list below.
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Public Safety and Health Hayday
South Park Fair Grounds
12pm to 4pm
At this event you will find hay rides, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, bounce houses, puppet show, games and food trucks! In addition to the fun you will be able to meet some of the people who work to keep the public safe and health everyday. They will even have their vehicles and equipment there for everyone to check out.
Hatch Patch: Ceramic Jack O’ Lanterns Family Workshop
10am to 11am
Hatch Studio Pittsburgh, PA
Create you own family keepsake Jack O’Lantern using terra cotta, carving and glazes. $40 for 1 pumpkin, $25 for each additional. Best for children 3 and up.
Columbus Day Fall Festival Fun!
Triple B Farms Monongahela, PA
12pm to 6pm
Need somewhere to celebrate Columbus Day and a day off of school? Head to Triple B Farms for a day full of activities.
Family Pumpkin Patch Night
The Springhouse Washington, PA
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Enjoy an evening hayride to the pumpkin patch where you can choose one to take home. Also stay for dinner with home cooked food and baked goods available for purchase!
Columbus Ship Tours
9am to 6pm
The ‘Nina’ and the ‘Pinta’ are sailing museums. You can walk-aboard and enjoy a self guided tour as you explore the history of Christopher Columbus. $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for students 5-16, children 4 and under free. No reservations necessary. Boats in port Sept 29th through October 10th.
Learning Express of Bakery Square
10am and 10:30am
This event occurs every Wednesday morning and usually lasts about 15mins. A simple fun art activity is planned each which. The activity is geared toward children 1-5 years of age. This event allows children the opportunity to socialize, use their imaginations and practice their fine motor skills. Reservations are not required.
Light of Night: Pittsburgh
5:30pm to 9pm
Light the Night brings people together to celebrate those who are fighting leukemia and lymphoma and to honor those who we have lost. Every registered walker carries an iconic Light the Night illuminated lantern.
Discovering Dinosaurs at Snapology
Snapology Bridgeville, PA
6pm to 7pm
This event is specifically for your 3 to 5 years olds. Your kiddo will have the chance to explore the world of the dinosaurs, learning about their body parts, habitats, and diets. They will even incorporate practicing counting and colors! Tickets required.
Fall Fest 2018
Southpointe Town Center
4pm to 8pm
The family event night has so much going on! Enjoy a Battle of the Bands between local high school and middle school bands. Main street will be filled with a pumpkin patch, sweet treats, and lots of games! Event proceeds benefit the Amercian Cancer Society.
Trax Farms Evening Hay Rides
4:30pm to 7:00pm
Enjoy an evening hayride up the hill and around the barn while taking in the beauty of the surrounding farm. Pick your own pumpkin and enjoy a 4 acre corn maze.
Very Zooperstitious Family Overnight
Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
6pm to 9am
This fun event gives you a unique opportunity to experience the animals after dark. Enjoy animal encounters, behind the scenes tours, and a late night snack. Plus, a sleepover at the zoo! Tickets $40 per person for members and $50 per person for non members. Advance ticket purchase required.
Meet Me at the Pumpkin Patch & Fall Family Photo Shoot
12pm to 4pm
McKnight Road Pittsburgh, PA
Enjoy a fun filled day of fall activities. Pick your own pumpkin, enjoy food and refreshments, face painting, and balloon animals. Even the Pittsburgh Penguin’s Iceburg will make an appearance.
Kennedy Park in Sharpsburg Borough
11am to 3pm
Sharpsburg transforms itself into the magical village of Sharpsmeade for this special event. This wizard themed event encourages you to come in costume and even enjoy a chance to enter the costume contest. There will be food, music and free activities for the whole family too!
The Secret Garden
Little Lake Theatre
Enjoy the mystery and legend of the Secret Garden as you follow Mary as she explores her new home on England. Following the show enjoy a tea party with Mary and her friends. The tea party includes a visit with your favorite characters and yummy treats. Tickets are $10.
Halloween Story Walk
Donaldson Park at the North Fayette Community Center
1:30 to 2:30pm
Enjoy a walk down the path while listening to the Halloween Hustle, a special Halloween book. Following the walk there will be a craft and an opportunity to check out more library books!
Trunk or Treat
5pm to 7pm
Kings Family Restaurant Greensburg, PA
Enjoy a family friendly car cruise complete with Trick or Treating!
Spanish for Tots
Chartiers- Houston Community Library Houston, PA
This class is geared toward children infant to 3 years old. Through music, movement and storytelling your little one will begin to learn Spanish!
Phipps Fall Flower Show: 125 Years of Wonder
9:30am to 5:00pm
Enjoy the beauty of fall in the shape of breath taking floral and plant displays. Even enjoy the winding Serpentine room which has been transformed into George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead experience. The fall flower show runs through November 4th.
The Glow: A Jack O Lantern Experience
Hartwood Acres Park
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Witness the magic of thousands of hand carved Jack O’ Lanterns lighting up Hartwood Acres park. Fun for all ages. Fall drinks and treats too! Tickets required. Tickets $35. Kids 2 and under free. Event runs October 4th through the 28th.
Meet the Werewolf
7:30pm to 8:15pm
Sewickley Public Library
This event is geared toward children 3rd grade to 5th grade who do not scare easily. Come and learn the history and stories of werewolves going all the way back to ancient Greece.
Haunted Mini Golf
Hopewell Windmill Aliquippa, PA
This mini golf course has been transformed into a dark and creepy setting with pop up scares along the way! The golf balls even glow in the dark!
Freaky Friday: Scary Swim
Upper St. Clair Community Center
6pm to 8pm
Your little pumpkins will enjoy this themed swim event. They can even stop in the lobby to make a fun Halloween craft. Event is free for members. $8 for non members.
Night at the Zoo at Living Treasures in the Laurel Highlands
Living Treasures Jones Mill, PA
7pm to 11pm
Enjoy the zoo at night on a torch lit walk and experience the unique behaviors of the animals at night. All visitors are encouraged to come in costume! Free admission for children with the purchase of an adult admission with a jack o lantern! All the jack o lanterns will be entered in a weekly contest!
Spooktacular in Caste Village
12pm to 2pm
A family fun day to celebrate Halloween! There will be a costume contest, carriage rides, live music and trick or treating.
Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkin Festival
North Shore Pittsburgh, PA
10am to 6pm
This is a brand new event to Pittsburgh. It aims to bring a one of a kind fall fun experience to our city. This event will include the Great Pumpkin Paddle, where people will set sail on the river in hollowed out pumpkin boats. There will also be a pie eating contest, pumpkin decorating and more!
WAMO 100 and Pgh Public School presents Fall Fest 2018
12pm to 5pm
Barack Obama Academy of International Studies Pittsburgh, PA
Enjoy lots of fun as you explore a haunted bus, bouncy houses, food trucks and more!
Trunk or Treat
5pm to 7pm
Kings Family Restaurant Greensburg, PA
Enjoy a car cruise with a special twist, add in some trick or treating fun!
Trick or Treat
Max and Erma’s Washington, PA
5pm to 7pm
This event calls for all witches, goblins, ghosts and monsters! Wear your costume and enjoy trick or treating following your dinner! This is also a part of kids eat free Tuesday! where your children’s meal is free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Hop Into History: Celebrate Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
10:30am to 11:15am
Heinz History Center Pittsburgh, PA
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. This event helps children ages 2-5 years old hop into the history of Mister Rogers through hands on play. This includes music, dance and games!
Owl’oween! Pumpkins, Owls, & Bats
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Northland Public Library
This event is open to all ages. Wear your costumes to participate in a costume parade. There will also be crafts, games, treats and more!
Movies in the Park
6pm to 9pm
Round Hill Park Elizabeth, PA
Enjoy the fun of The Nightmare Before Christmas in a cool, crisp fall evening setting! Event is free and open to the public!
Check the Allegheny County Parks website for other park locations and movie dates!
Harvest Festival and Farmers Market
3pm to 7pm
The Block Norway Pittsburgh, PA
This event has fun for the whole family. Stop and take an opportunity to pick up some great fall produce in addition to fun activities such as face painting, balloon artist, pumpkin patch, and live music!
Trick or Treat in Sewickley Business District
11:30am to 12:30pm
Enjoy trick or treating through the picturesque Sewickley Business District. Snacks and refreshments will be available too! Trick or Treating follows the Halloween parade that begins at 10:30am.
Magical Fall Princess Brunch with Cinderella and Friends
11am to 1pm
Cornerstone at Tonidale Oakdale, PA
Little ones are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes or princess attire for this special brunch event. Not only will there be delicious food but also singing, dancing, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and trick or treating. Tickets required. $25 per child.
3rd Annual Halloween Family Fun Day at Monroeville Mall
12pm to 6pm
Monroeville Mall Monroeville, PA
This event is packed full of Halloween fun. There will be trick or treating, coloring contest, face painting, live music, trick or treating and even a costume contest!
The Landing Moon Township, PA
5pm to 8pm
A free community event for children 12 and under. Costumes are optional, but enjoy pictures with the events costume characters. There will also be face painting, games, food and candy!
Bargain Mondays at South Side Works Cinemas
South Side PA
12pm to 11pm
Enjoy a fun movie night! Movie tickets $5. Also $1 off popcorn and fountain drinks, plus $2 off all kiddie combos!
Trick or Treat at the Waterfront
5pm to 8pm
This event hosts age specific trick or treat times to enjoy safe, happy fun for all! The candy crawl will take place from 5-7pm and then the costume contest will take place from 7pm to 8pm. Each age group will have a costume contest winner!
“Sugar Skull” Canvas Class
Kolor-N-Kiln Robinson, PA
6pm to 8pm
Looking for an artistic activity for your children 6+ or older? Then enjoy this painting class with a Halloween theme! Tickets $37.82
The SeeSaw Center Pittsburgh, PA
10am to 12pm
Bring your costumes and appetite to this party! There will be lots of treats and even a holiday craft!
Trick or Treat at Miracle Mile Shopping Center
4pm to 7pm
Have your little one wear there costume and grab a free treat bag. Then take a walk a long the mile and look for signs at stores who are sharing sweet treats!
Halloween Story Time!
Party Lane Cranberry, PA
10:30am to 12:30pm
Enjoy a special story telling experience for this Halloween Event. The rainbow witch will read the story of The Curious Bat. There will also be a craft and special treats. Event is $10 per child.