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Family Friendly Pittsburgh Halloween Events

By Kimberly Powell

Halloween is a favorite holiday with kids, but some Halloween haunted houses and events are just a little too scary for the younger set. Check out this list of family-friendly Pittsburgh area Halloween haunted attractions and events for family-oriented Halloween fun near you.

1. KDKA ZooBoo at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Location: Highland Park
Dates: October 22-23 and 29-30, 2011
Enjoy all of your favorite zoo sites and animals and some Halloween fun too! This popular annual event, geared just for families, features a haunted house, a not so spooky train ride, a costume parade and contest, and trick or treating.

2. Spooky Science Sleepover

Location: Pittsburgh North Shore
Dates: October 28, 2011
The Carnegie Science Center hosts frightfully-fun evening guaranteed to make your hair stand on end…literally! Dig into the legend of Frankenstein as you learn about electricity, make fake blood and wands, and experience the thrills of the darkness in the Rangos Omnimax Theater.

3. Idlewild HallowBoo

Location: Ligonier (Westmoreland County)
Dates: October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23, 2011
Idlewild opens for weekends in October with specially themed rides and attractions, costumed characters, trick or treating through Story Book forest, favorite fall foods, and all of your favorite Idlewild games, rides and attractions.

4. Spirits of the Riverfront: Ghost Explorers

Location: Pittsburgh North Shore
Dates: October 14, 21 and 28 2011
For the older children (8+) who aren't into gory, chainsaw wielding zombies, this great Halloween river adventure from RiverQuest offers pirates, ghosts and some interesting regional history.

5. Kiski Junction Halloween Train Rides for Kids

Location: Schenley (Armstrong County)
Dates: October 26-29, 2011
Not gory or graphic, just spooky, old-fashioned fun for kids of all ages! Kiski Halloween train rides are recommended for ages 4-11.

6. Castle Blood Family Matinee Daylight Tours

Location: Bealsville (Washington County)
Dates: October 23 & 30, 2011
Because the regular Halloween castle tours can be too intense for younger Halloween fans, Castle Blood opens their castle up for special "no scare" tours during the daytime. You will also get to play the Quest for the Talisman game and enjoy trick or treat with friendly monsters.

7. Creatures of the Night

Location: Fox Chapel
Dates: October 25 & 26 and 28 & 29, 2011
A special Halloween trick-or-treat trail awaits all animal lovers at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve on October 28 and 29, 2011. Plus snacks, drinks, crafts and story telling. Come in costume for twice the fun! Creatures of the Night is also available at Succop Conservancy in Butler on Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26, 2011

8. Halloween Monster Party Fun Cruise

Location: Station Square
Dates: October 29, 2011
Wear a cool costume and meet your favorite fun monsters! Enjoy a day out on the Pittsburgh rivers with lots of great prizes, a DJ dance party and treat bags for the kids.

9. Trolley Rails & Spooky Tales

Location: Washington County
Dates: October 21-22 and 28-29, 2011
Ride a vintage trolley while enjoying ghostly stories told by master storytellers. There's also a Cobweb Shuttle and children's maze. Best for families with children ages 5-12.

10. Halloween Happenings at Phipps

Location: Oakland
Dates: October 28, 2011
Enjoy an evening of Halloween-themed activities, including crafts and games at this annual family friendly Halloween event. Costumes are welcome (most kids wear them). Free with paid admission to Phipps.

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