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!