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Five Halloween activities to try around Pittsburgh

Pumpkins in a field. Jamison Lottering/Unsplash

Halloween is right around the corner and it’s time to get into the spirit. Being a student at Chatham University means students receive free transportation, via Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT), with their Chatham ID and can take the bus right to Halloween activities. 

Below are several spooky things to do, along with some travel tips for the Halloween season.

Kennywood Phantom Fall Fest  

Every year Kennywood sets up the park for their annual Phantom Fall Fest. For students who like to go out and experience what Halloween is, Phantom Fall Fest is the place to go. All the amusement park rides are still open while facing scary surprises around every corner.

Phantom Fall Fest officially began on Sept. 22 and is open through Oct. 29. Tickets are only $34.99, so students who are on a budget are in for a deal. Chatham students without access to a car can take public transportation right to Kennywood Park for free with their Chatham ID.

Students can travel from the Shadyside campus by taking the PRT 64 bus outbound. Get off at Murray Ave and Hazelwood Ave then take the PRT 61C bus to Kennywood Boulevard and Glencairn. 

Zoo Boo

For students who are not up for haunted houses and would rather do something else, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is open year-round on Saturdays to enjoy a night of gazing at animals, tasty treats, and different activities that are held that night.

Students can catch the PRT 71B bus located at Fifth Ave. Get off at Ellsworth-Oakland Morningside-Waterworks via Bakery Square, then catch the 75 bus to Baker Street and walk about one minute to the zoo. Public transportation runs until 1:35 a.m.

  • Located – 7370 Baker St. in Highland Park
  • Phone – 412-665-3640
  • Visit their website for more information – Visit Zoo Boo’s
  • Travel time – Bus: 34-minute ride

Trax Farm

Celebrate Trax Farms Annual Fall Festival on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 22. Students can experience a fall fun-filled day by going on hayrides, walking through corn mazes, feeding farm animals and picking pumpkins.

Students can catch the PRT’s 71D or 71B buses located at Fifth Ave inbound to Sixth Ave and Smithfield Street. Then take the silver line to the Library and walk a few minutes to Trax farm. The last bus and trolley run until 3 a.m. 

  • Located – 528 Trax Road. Finleyville, PA 15332
  • Phone – 412-835-3246
  • Visit their website for more information – Visit Trax Farm’s
  • Travel time – 1 hr 39 mins

Haunted Three Rivers Cruise & Tour

The Haunted Three Rivers Cruise & Tour located in Station Square holds a 60-minute Halloween-themed cruise from Sept. 29 through Oct. 30. Students can tour the city while being on a spooky riverboat with fun activities and unforgettable scares.

Chatham students can catch the PRT’s 71B or 71D buses to downtown Pittsburgh and get off at Sixth Ave and Smithfield Street. Catch any trolley from the Steel Plaza and get off at Station Square. The last bus departs at 2 a.m.

Students who are 21 and over can take public transportation to experience Pittsburgh’s Halloween-themed bars located near the Shadyside campus.

Jekyl & Hyde

Jekyl & Hyde located in Southside has different bars for college students during Halloween. From 7 p.m. – 2 a.m., there is live karaoke and a dive bar that serves their spooky drinks for the season. Students can have fun, but be safe by public transportation into the city.

Students can take the PRT 71D bus from Fifth Ave inbound to Craig Street and catch the 54 bus right to Carson Street in Southside.

  • Located – 140 S 18th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
  • Phone – 412-488-0777
  • Visit their website for more information – Visit Jekyl & Hyde
  • Travel time – Bus: 20-minute ride

Southside Halloween Bar Crawls

Students 21 and older and who have a valid form of ID can experience a Halloween bar crawl located in Southside on Saturday, October 21, Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. Students can dress up in their costumes and explore different bars while enjoying the different Halloween activities the bars have to offer.

Students can take the PRT 71D from Fifth Ave to Craig Street and catch the 54-bus right to Carson Street in Southside.

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