Things to Do in Pittsburgh in September, October 2017


Pittsburgh, PA is a great place to celebrate fall.  As summer dissipates, Pittsburgh comes alive with fall festivals, farm fun like hayrides, and an impressive display of fall foliage.  A few weeks later, the spooky side of Pittsburgh appears as ghost tours, haunted houses and Halloween parties emerge.  We’ve put together a great list of events, activities, festivals and other things to do in Pittsburgh for families and other adventurers.  Here they are:

Pittsburgh Fall Festivals

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Pittsburgh Apple Orchards

Apple Castle - New Wilmington, PA
Not PYO. They grow more than twenty varieties of apples and falsh pasteurize their own apple cider with no added preservatives.Their fall festival is held the second Saturday in October with kids crafts, wagon rides, live music and more.Six generations of the Johnston family have grown apples on this family orchard for more than 150 years.It was started by Josiah Smith Johnston in 1861 and is now worked by Steve and Ashley Johnston.

Brown’s Orchard and Cider - McDonald, PA
Not PYO. They offer more than twenty varieties of pre-picked apples.They claim to have the best darn cider that is made on a cider press dating to the 1930s.They generally start pressing cider at the middle or end of October with frozen cider available until then.They are located southwest of Pittsburgh near Canonsburg.

Half Crown Hill Orchard - McDonald, PA
A family owned and operated farm with PYO apples run by Don and Jan Senovich.Orchard is composed of dwarf trees putting the fruit within reach of your children.They grow more than ten varieties of apples that ripen between late August and early November, including gala, honeycrisp, golden delicious, jonagold and autumn rose fuji.They also grow pumpkins.Located west of Pittsburgh near Imperial.

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Pittsburgh Pumpkin Patches

Cheeseman Farm - Portersville, PA
Weekends in fall brings the Cheeseman Pumpkin Festival to Cheeseman Farm. Pick your pumpkin from their field. Hayrides to the patch are available. Also enjoy the hay maze, hay jump and petting zoo. After sunset, they also hold the Cheeseman Fright Farm with haunted attractions. They are open from the last weekend in September through early November. Their address is 147 Kennedy Rd., Portersville, PA 16051. They are 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Hozak Farms - Clinton, PA
Hozak farms offers pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, maze, farm animals and straw pile. Free hayrides to the pumpkin patch on weekday afternoons in October. Their fall festival is open weekends beginning in late September and throughout  October.  It has been running for more than 30 years. Festival has no admission fee and also includes musical entertainment, face painting and scenic hayrides through the woods. The address is 488 Anderson Hozak Rd., Clinton, PA 15026. This is 26 miles west of Pittsburgh.

Schramm’s Farms and Orchards - Jeannette, PA
This Jeannette farm’s fall festival has a pick your own pumpkin field, apple picking, play hay and corn stalk maze. It is open October 1st through October 31st. There are also pony rides and hay rides. The market offers apple cider made from their own apples. A family owned and operated farm that has been growing fresh fruits and vegetables in the Pittsburgh area since 1864. The address is 1002 Blank Road, Jeannette, PA. It is 24 miles east of Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Haunted Houses

Allen’s Haunted Hayrides Tavern of Terror - Smock, PA
The two attraction tickets are $15 each or buy the combo ticket for $25.  They open in late September and run every weekend on Friday and Saturday in October plus Halloween night and two Sunday nights. Come and enjoy our haunted hayride. Sit in a wagon filled with straw and frightened guests. The tractor will take you on a 1 mile tour of our farm through a haunted forest, barn, and fields. Visit the Allen Family Cemetery and Church.  There are over 10 different displays and over 30 spooks, ghouls, and monsters to put a chill down your spine!

Castle Blood - Monessen, PA
Opens this year in early October.  Operating for over 25 years, Castle Blood is “Pennsylvania’s most unusual haunted attraction”. Expect to find lots of vampires, scenes of the dead, even an undead bride and supernatural creatures. Tickets are $25. Castle Blood is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October. Castle opens at 7 pm. Ticket booth closes at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday or 9 pm on Sunday.

Cheeseman Fright Farm - Portersville, PA
The season begins in late September.  For over a decade during Halloween season the Cheeseman Fright Farm has been operating this wonderful haunted attraction. Tickets are $20. The attraction runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night in October. Arrive early and do not keep the tractors waiting. The Haunted Hayride starts at dark.  They run a haunted hayride, haunted corn maze, and haunted barn.  During daytime hours they run a Pumpkin Fest family event on the farm.

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Pittsburgh Ghost Tours

Depreciation Lands Museum - Allison Park, PA
Family-friendly lantern tours are held at the 175+ year old landmark every year on the two Saturdays before Halloween. Costumed guides lead visitors by candlelight around the property, including the cemetery, blacksmith’s shop, one-room schoolhouse and log cabin, while providing information about early American superstitions, burial customs If you look carefully, you may just see The Deacon, the benevolent ghost that museum volunteers have been seeing since 1973. We originally found this event on the Steel City Ghost Hunters website, so we are guessing that they also have some involvement with the event. The tour is family friendly, with tickets available for $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 11 and under. Enjoy cookies and hot cider as well. First tour is open to everyone. Second tour date is reserved for groups of 6+ and must be scheduled in advance. Held from 6 to 9 pm on the scheduled dates.

Ghastly Tales of the LeMoyne House - Washington, PA
Annual event in October. Cosponsored by the Bassettown Paranormal Society, they will present the findings from ghost hunts its members have performed in the LeMoyne House. The tours at the house at 49 E. Maiden St. will begin every 20 minutes from 7 to 11 p.m. on the select Friday and Saturday in october 2017. There will be a $10 admission fee.

Haunted Pittsburgh Ghost Tour - Pittsburgh, PA
Even spines made of steel may not be enough for this tour of Pittsburgh’s scariest locations. Haunted Pittsburgh offers multiple tours, taking guests through downtown to the edges of the historic city. Tours are conducted May through October.

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