Hauntingly Fun Halloween Festivities During this Month

This Halloween season we’re seeing a lot more masks. Not the kinds we usually see at this time of year, but fall is coming in full force regardless. Luckily we have all sorts of events we can look forward to in the weeks to come. 

We’re going over some favorites you can enjoy with friends or family all while practicing social distancing.

ZooBoo Drive-Thru Fundraiser

If you haven’t been to the Pittsburgh Zoo, then add it to your list for October 17th, 18th, 24th, & 25th. Pack up the car with your favorite people and head over for a unique trick or treating experience with ZooBoo Drive-Thru Fundraiser. 

Tickets are timed and you’ll need them in advance. Drive through the zoo seeing all the animals celebrating the fall festivities with you. They’ll get some tasty fall-themed treats as will any trick or treaters you bring along with you. There are various candy stops along the driving route and a Trick-Or-Treat Trail sponsored by Allegheny Health Network. 

If you love going all out for Halloween, decorate your car for part of this year’s CAR-stume parade. The ZooBoo Drive-Thru is happening rain or shine, so get your tickets here.

Photo credit: Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium Zoo Boo event


The National Aviary houses a variety of owls, falcons, sloths, penguins, and other amazing creatures. Owl-O-Ween is included with regular admission and takes place on October 24 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

Kids will receive a fun, trick or treat bag filled with goodies and crafts they can assemble at socially distanced tables. Get to know the Spectacled Owl or the Eurasian Eagle Owl with one of the Aviary’s experts. Tickets are timed, so book them online in advance.

Family Days at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Whether you’ve long been an art connoisseur or simply enjoy the occasional stroll through a gallery, the Carnegie Museum of Art will never disappoint. This museum is home to paintings from van Gogh, Monet, and Gauguin and also holds an archive of over 70,000 negatives from photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris. 

There will be a series of Family Days with the next occurring on October 17 between noon and 4:00 PM. There will also be Family Days on November 15 and December 13, so get your tickets in advance. Bring your kids aged 3-18 and they’ll receive an Art Cat bag including some drawing materials, fun activities pertaining to the various galleries, and fun ideas they can use at home.

Super Science Saturday: Booseum Trick or Treat

Attached to the Carnegie Museum of Art is another favorite: the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Learn about the natural wonders of the past in the many engaging exhibits in this beloved museum. 

For the Booseum Trick or Treat event, children can wear their Halloween costumes while hunting for stamps. Then, in the end, kids can redeem those stamps for goodie bags filled with fun, non-food treats. These goodie bags will only be available while supplies last, so head over and get started on your hunt. 

Also, safety masks must be worn in addition to any costume related masks for the safety of all patrons of the museum. Just like Family Days at the museum, this event will occur on Saturday, October 17 from noon to 4:00 PM. Make the most of the day by visiting both museums back to back for double the fun.

Photo Credit: Carnegie Museum of Natural History via Instagram

Pints For Paws at the Urban Tap Shadyside

Pets do so much for us and they just have a way of making the world a better place. Pay it back by supporting our furry, four-legged friends with a donation to Furkid Rescue at the Pints For Paws event. 

This indoor & outdoor patio event at The Urban Tap Shadyside will be a great opportunity for enjoying crisp October air with pooches aplenty. $15 will get you your own embossed Yuengling pint glass, beer included with three different choices of brews, and event-specific “Pints For Paws” koozie, some yummy tater tots, a ticket for the Chinese auction during the event. While $5 of your admission price will go directly to Furkid Rescue in support of all they do for animals in Pittsburgh.

Haunted Pittsburgh Downtown Ghost Tour

You may already know of Pittsburgh’s rich history as the Steel City, but this tour will steal your attention with spooky stories of the city’s darker side. Haunted Pittsburgh leads 90-minute walking tours on weekends through early November. 

If you enjoy scary thrills and historical walking tours, then this tour is for you. Tours commence at 7:00 PM in front of the City-County Building and tickets are only available online at $18 per adult and $10 for kids 12 and under. Get ready for a spooktacular tour of Pittsburgh.


There’s plenty of spooky fun we can all enjoy this Halloween season, so enjoy the best of fall in Pittsburgh with these exciting attractions and events fun for the whole family!

Local Stores to Shop for the latest Fall Fashion

The thermometer is settling down. Shorts and tees are making their way into closets until the spring. It’s officially time for your favorite fall and cold-weather outfits.

Be it jeans and leggings, flannels and cardigans, or even puffy parkas for those who don’t tolerate the chill so well: Shadyside has stores with your style in stock. Check out just a few of the local offerings and pay a visit for this season’s wardrobe expansion.

Pursuits Pittsburgh

This women’s clothing and accessories store is showing off its fall 2020 collection in-store and on Instagram. If you’re looking for a traditional department store, you won’t find it here. This boutique shop will ensure the garments you choose will be unique to you. If you’re running low on face masks or you always misplace the ones you do have, they sell those too.

Pursuits Pittsburgh on Instagram

Photo Credit: Pursuits Pittsburgh via Instagram


Gap carries many of the classic styles we’ve all loved for years. With selections for men, women, and children, everybody will leave happy with some great seasonal attire. Check out some of the sales going on and dive into their inventory for activewear, maternity clothes, accessories, and more.

Apricot Lane Boutique

This nationwide boutique chain has its only Pennsylvania location right on Walnut St. Their Instagram account alone will inspire your own fall fashion ideas. If the outside world is already too chilly, you can buy online and await your new garments on your doorstep. Classic plaid favorites and chunky knit sweaters will keep you warm and are plentiful here.

Apricot Lane Boutique on Instagram

Photo Credit: Apricot Lane Boutique via Instagram

Hey Betty!

This vintage clothing store features throwback styles for men and women. The storefront has remained closed throughout the pandemic, but the Etsy store remains open for orders. This isn’t just any thrift store. All the attire here has been painstakingly curated for the love of all that is vintage clothing. Stay warm with a classic coat or an antique scarf.

Panache Boutique

This East End boutique in Highland Park is all about personal touch. A favorite of shoppers for over 35 years, Panache is dedicated to providing globally and ethically sourced clothing made up of organic and sustainable fabrics. Shopping at Panache just feels good – especially with all the help you’ll receive in finding your own style. Inventory changes with the seasons, so find Panache on Instagram @PanachePGH and shop your favorite fall styles.

You can find your style all around Shadyside. Just pop in with a mask and browse to your heart’s content. Or order online – whatever floats your boat.