The cool days of October may give you chills, but these Halloween haunts were designed to send them up the whole family’s spine. Ghosts, goblins, witches, scary characters and historical explorations await all visitors seeking a hair-raising experience. These excursions into the world of the supernatural promise fun memories for years to come.

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The Windmill’s Haunted Mini Golf
2142 Broadhead Road
Aliquippa, PA 15001
(724) 375-5350

Price: $10 adults/$8 children 12 and younger
Hours: Sept. 22 through Halloween – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

You will look at mini-golf with a completely different outlook as the cast of creepy characters make an appearance when it’s least expected. The golf course is set up with displays in a cemetery, pumpkins, haystacks, ghosts, skeletons and a plethora of Halloween scenes that appear scary, but not threatening. The obstacles combine for a soothing golf and Halloween experience for families to enjoy a haunting extravaganza. A trip to Hopewell Township is appropriate for children, but discretion will be needed when night falls.

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Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights
4800 Kennywood Blvd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
(412) 461-0500

Price: $27.99 plus $1 tax
Hours: Sept. 28 through Oct. 27 Fri and Sat – 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun, Oct. 7 – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Even though Kennywood is closed for the summer, the Phantom Fright Night extends the enjoyment of the park into the Halloween season. Four venues will inflict terror on amusement riders, and when it gets dark that experience will be a thrill-seeking ride of shock and unexpected adventures. Enjoy 18 thrill rides that add to a nightmare of fun and exhilaration. Explore the terror within the park in the form of skeletons and scary creatures. Warning: Younger children may find the haunting scenes frightening.

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Mischief Manor
2820 Douglas Run Road
Elizabeth Township, PA 15037
(724) 489- 1115

Price: $10 per person
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Going to school will never be the same when families visit this haunted house, which was once a schoolhouse that featured two rooms. Get spooked by sounds of music coming from the closed school. Be prepared for a paranormal experience as Mischief Manor makes you question reality with spirits from the past. Children may enjoy being scared without really viewing creatures of the night, as nothing here is designed to terrorize. Expect creepy, not horrific at this awesome area haunted house.

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KDKA Zoo Boo
Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665- 3640

Price: $14 adults/$13 seniors/$12 children ages 2 to 13/free children younger than 24 months
Hours: Oct. 21 and 22 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children of all ages will enjoy the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium in a non-threatening adventure as they view the animals and collect candy along the way. There are favorite haunting places and train rides for the children to enjoy. Activities include a craft area and making a costume for the Halloween parade. A trip to a haunted house promises kid-friendly entertainment. A final venture to a haunted hideaway will keep the children occupied until the free treats are distributed.

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Ghost Hunting at the Old Stone House
2865 William Flynn Highway
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 738-4964

Price: $ 15 per person
Hours: Oct.19 – 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Take a jaunt up Interstate 79 for a historical and paranormal experience for all ghost-hunting investigators. Learn about the equipment and the skills necessary to find any ghosts that lurk in the rooms. This historical house in Butler County has played a great part in the history of America, with ghosts of the past haunting every hallway. Interested families may find out if there are really ghosts, taking tours of the house. Make reservations in advance. The Old Stone House is a kid-friendly experience for all ages.

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Creepy Hollow Haunted Trail
102 Silver Slipper Road
Hookstown, PA 15050
(724) 462-6719

Price: $8 per person
Hours: every Fri and Sat – dusk to 11 p.m.

If you’re looking for exercise with a side of terror, then check out the Creepy Hollow Haunted Trail. A walk through the woods will be more than a calm stroll on this creepy trail. Families will first listen to a story that replicates what may happen on the excursion through the woods. There are exhibits, witches and spirits along the trail seeking vengeance against anybody passing through the woods. Be aware of the blaring lights and ominous sounds that terrorize the unwelcome guests on the trail. The Hookstown Volunteer Fire Department promises to make sure Creepy Hollow is a family-oriented escapade and a non-threatening experience.

Post Author: Gerry Cernicky. Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at