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Halloween in the Pittsburgh region is a much anticipated event and kids and their parents are part of that anticipation of treats and tricks. The houses are not only decorated for the Halloween outing, but look out for the scary music and animated and makeshift creatures of the night that may add to the excitement. Make sure to plan the Halloween visit with a set of safety rules and emergency numbers before taking off into the night. Parents should walk along with the younger children and it is best that the older trick-or-treaters move along in groups, and always be alert for stranger danger and houses that appear to sketchy. In many parts pf the city, the trick-or-treaters will walk along streets and avenues with scenic backgrounds and cultural importance and that adds a memorable learning experience.
Halloween Parade And Trick Or Treating In Sewickley

Date: Saturday, Oct. 31

Kids will get a double blast of fun in Sewickley with a Halloween parade, which starts at the Borough Building, followed by more festivities in the evening. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and the trick-or-treating is scheduled from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the borough. The kids will pound the pavement throughout the borough of Sewickley and continue their journey for an historical and educational experience.The resounding business district and the facades of the buildings are a pleasant backdrop, and each street offers a scenic walk for kids and their parents. After the parade, the kids will be offered a drink, hot dog and candy by the Quaker Valley Rotary.

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Halloween Spooktackular
South Park Shops
5227 Library Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
(412) 854-4600

Date: Saturday, Oct. 24

For the past 25 years, the South Park Shops have held the Halloween Spooktackular and the anticipated 26th celebration is from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Families, get your cameras ready for a memorable photo of the kids, who are in the 12 and under age group. There is so much more than the contest for best costume, as each child can stop at the store fronts for a special trick-or treat, which is donated my the merchants. A special program of entertainment, and instruction by police, fire and E.M.S. services provide a chance to experience the community in action.

Halloween Parade And Trick Or Treating In Baldwin Township
10 Community Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
(412) 341-9597

Date: Saturday, Oct. 31

When the alert is sounded for the start of the Halloween parade at the township building, the parents and kids are ready to rumble along the road together. The parade is scheduled from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and the onslaught and gush of excitement will be filled with an array of costumes and transportation devices. Trick-or-treating is scheduled from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and the action comes alive again in the evening hours.The anticipation will be heavy with decorated houses, scary music and hordes of children filling the streets and avenues seeking a special treat. In this sparse area, the kids still have the opportunity to ring plenty of doorbells.

Annual Pumpkin Patch Parade & Trick Or Treating In Mt. Lebanon 
Washington Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228
(412) 343-3409

Date: Saturday, Oct. 31

Don’t let the starting place for the parade at the  Mt. Lebanon Cemetery scare you, as there aren’t any ghosts, ghouls and goblins to keep you from the 11:00 a.m. walk along Washington Avenue. There will be safe company to guide you through the parade route and the firetrucks will be blaring and floats to watch before you can join the fun and take part in the Halloween celebration. Kids of all ages should look for the trick-or-treat signs to receive a treat from the local businesses, and what better way to get mom and dad into the fun-filled action? The fun doesn’t end there as the Halloween schedule in Mt. Lebanon for trick-or-treating continues from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Halloween Party, Parade & Trick Or Treat In Pine Township
Pine Community Center
100 Pine Park Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
(724) 625- 1636

Kids and their families have the opportunity to explore a triple blast of fun during the Halloween celebrations in Pine Township. The fun starts on Saturday, Oct. 24 with a party in the community park at 2:00 p.m. and there is more than a contest and parade of kids showing off their best design of costumes. Families can partake in a hay ride, assemble at a bonfire for scary stories or try some games along and a variety of food choices. All of this sets up a trick-or-treat night on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Pine Township. The kids will be well prepared for a night of fun and Halloween stories, and then empty their treat bags with another entertainment idea for photos with family and friends. 

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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