Halloween has its way of capturing the imagination of old and young alike. But the occasion can present a challenge when it comes to finding fun for the family that’s not focused on candy and overindulging in sweet treats. The great news is that there are plenty of spooktacular options for families in the Pittsburgh area. Here are a few of our tips along with some family-friendly haunts.
Five tips for a healthy Halloween:
- Eat a healthy dinner before heading out to Halloween activities. This will help prevent overeating sweets and snacks at events. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- If your kids are trick-or-treating, make it an exercise opportunity. Instead of driving from house to house, have them walk the neighborhood for additional steps. You can make it a game by giving each family member a pedometer to track his or her steps. Then see who gets the most steps.
- Have too much Halloween candy? Consider giving it away to a local food bank, senior citizen home, or others in need. Keep a small amount as you teach your kids the value of giving back to someone in need.
- Hand out non-candy treats in your neighborhood. Consider erasers, pens, glow sticks, tattoos, or healthy treats. If you choose to give out food, package the healthy option in cool spooky bags or wrapping.
- Stay safe by remembering the basics. Take a flashlight, don’t let the kids go out alone, inspect all the candy before they eat it, and don’t stay out past dark.
October 1-30: Soergel’s Fall Festival 2016
Looking for something for the whole family? Head out to Soergel’s Fall Festival with corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, apple picking, and more!
October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, & 30: HallowBoo!
If you and the family are into rollercoasters and Ferris wheels, then head on over to Idlewild’s HallowBoo! If you’re used to visiting the park in the scorching summer, then you may not recognize the park come Halloween. The park is decorated from entrance to exit with Jack-o-lanterns, cornstalks, scarecrows, and more.
October 21, 22, 28, 29: Trolley Rails & Spooky Tales
If you have a little boy or girl obsessed with trains, then you can’t miss Trolley Rails & Spooky Tales, a Halloween event put on by the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. If you’ve never heard of this unique place, it’s a museum entirely dedicated to trolleys and even includes some restored ones. A storyteller will recite spooky Halloween stories as you ride a trolley into the Halloween night.
October 22 & 29: National Aviary’s Owl-o-Ween
Whooo’s ready for Owl-o-Ween? Visit the National Aviary’s annual harvest festival! Wear your costume and come prepared for candy, crafts, and even a creepy crawly bug race. Enjoy close encounters and perfect photo opportunities with raptors, owls, and other creatures of the night.
October 22 & 29: Depreciation Lands Museum — Family Lantern Tours
If you are looking for a family-friendly spooktacular evening, join the Depreciation Lands Museum for a lantern tour. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum and cemetery by lantern light.
October 22-23 & 27-28: Pittsburgh Zoo Boo
Looking for an event for the entire family? Head to the Zoo Boo where you can enjoy the animals and other fun activities. Dress the family up for the Halloween parade and costume contest too!
October 28: Carnegie Science Center’s Science After Dark — Spooky Science Sleepover
Pack your bags and head to a sleepover in one of the kids’ favorite destinations, the Carnegie Science Center. The evening includes spooky live demonstrations, interactive games, a family Halloween laser show, and a continental breakfast.
October 28: Phipps Halloween Happenings
Ghosts and goblins of all ages can come to the Conservatory in costume for a day of festive, free-with-admission activities. The youngest ghoulish guests are also invited to sink their teeth into healthy and delicious snacks, delight at wickedly carved pumpkins, and pot their very own spooky plants. There will be kid-friendly entertainment and a face painter throughout the event. Plus, in a wicked new addition, a witch’s brew display will come to life with snakes, newts, and toads to meet.