To have your event listed, send information to Carol Pinto-Smith, Valley News Dispatch, 210 Wood St., Tarentum, PA 15084; or email [email protected]
Trick-or-treat and events open only to residents of the designated community include:
Allegheny Township: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30
Apollo: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30
Avonmore: All events are Oct. 30. A parade will line up 4 p.m. near the Children’s Clinic, 619 Cambria Ave., and step off at 4:30 p.m. A trunk-or-treat, costume contest, refreshments and games will be afterward on Fifth Street and in the firehall parking lot. Trick-or-treat will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Brackenridge: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Buffalo Township: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Cheswick: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 Costume parade at 4:30 p.m. on Spruce Street in front of the firehall
East Deer: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
East Vandergrift: A parade will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 on Quay Street. Nuts! Nuts! will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Slovak Club. Trick-or-treat will be immediately afterward.
Fawn: Free trunk-or-treat, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Fawn Fire Hall No. 1, 497 Lardintown Road. There will be food trucks, a parade and activities. Participants should be in costume and accompanied by an adult. To sign up for a trunk spot, visit the Fawn Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 Station on Facebook.
Fox Chapel: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Frazer: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30
Freeport: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. A parade will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the firehall on Market Street. Rain date is Oct. 28.
Gilpin: Trunk-or-treat, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 in the township firehall parking lot, 113 Firehall Road. Residents wishing to hand out candy should park in the fire department lot. Families with children should park in the Kalmar Motors parking lot, and township police will be on hand to help you to cross Route 66.
Harmar: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Harrison: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. Free drive-thru pumpkin give-away for children, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9 or until supplies run out on Broadway Boulevard, across from CVS. One per child, and the child must be present. Sponsored by the township recreation board.
Indiana Township: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Kiski Township: Trunk-or-treat, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the fire department parking lot, 1037 Route 56. Reservations required to decorate your vehicle and hand out treats. Packaged candy only. No baked goods or treats in plastic bags. Reservations: Diana Dowling, 412-601-1782
Kittanning: A parade will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in front of the firehall, South Jefferson Street. All participants must wear a pandemic face covering.
Leechburg: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. A parade will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the firehall, 268 Canal St. Judging and lineup begins at 6 p.m. There will be prizes for individuals, groups and large and small floats.
Lower Burrell: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
New Kensington: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30
South Buffalo: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. A trunk-or-treat will be held at the same time at South Buffalo Firehall, 100 Firehall Road. Set-up will begin at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to best trunk and best costume.
Springdale: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Tarentum: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Vandergrift: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. A parade for children 12 and younger will line up at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Kennedy Park gazebo, rain or shine. Treats will be distributed at the end of the parade route. If it rains, the parade will end at Vandergrift No. 1 Fire Department.
Washington Township: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
West Leechburg: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Winfield: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Residents participating in trick-or-treat should turn on their porch lights.
Activities open to the public
• Valley Points YMCA Halloween Storytime and Scavenger Hunt, 1 p.m. Oct. 16, for children 2 to 10. Costumes optional. Reservations required. Registration: vpfymca.org or call 724-335-9191
• Fall-o-Ween Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 in the downtown plaza. Parade line-up will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the parade will begin at 1 p.m. There will be an arts and vendor fair, costume contest, pumpkin painting, silent auction and face painting. Drake Log Cabin will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Details: apolloPAevents.org
• Howl at the Moon 5K run and 1-mile Fun Walk, 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Roaring Run Trail. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. Costumes encouraged. Bring a light. Entry fees: 5K run, $25 in advance, $30 on race day; 1-mile Fun Walk, $20 in advance, $25 on race day. Registration: runsignup.com. Proceeds benefit the Roaring Run Watershed Association.
• Halloween Bingo, Oct. 30 at Apollo Hose Company No. 2, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 6, food served at 7 and games begin at 8. Cost: $40, includes game packet, dauber, food, pop, games and music. Tickets: http://apollohosecompany2.square.site or after 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the firehall. Details: 724-549-1601 or [email protected]
• Apollo Area Historical Society Haunted Cabin, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Drake Log Cabin. Old movie thrillers will be screened. Rated PG-13. Bring snacks and a blanket or chair.
• Oktoberfest, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15 at Arnold Engine Company No. 2, 1702 Fifth Ave. There will be food, beer, entertainment and a silent auction. An ID is required to purchase beer.
Prospect Cemetery Historical Ghost Tours, every 10 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the cemetery. Historical people from Tarentum’s history will come to life and tell their stories. Appropriate for all ages. Bring a flashlight. Tickets: $10. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-224-4552; leave your name and telephone number
• Audubon Society Creatures of the Night, Oct. 29 at Buffalo Creek Nature Park. Sessions are at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Come in costume to walk the trails and encounter larger-than-life costumed creatures and enjoy crafts and refreshments. Rain or shine. Cost: $10; members, $6; free for 2 and younger. Reservations: aswp.org or 412-963-6100
• The seventh annual Freeport Girls Basketball Howl-O-Ween Hustle 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk with virtual option, 9 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Monroe Road Trailhead of the Butler Freeport Rails-to-Trails Trailhead. All skill levels welcome. Costumes encouraged. Registration required by Oct. 14 to receive a T-shirt. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Free parking and restrooms available. Registration: runsignup.com. Proceeds benefit the Freeport Girls Basketball program.
• Haunted Mine at Tour-Ed Mine, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October at the mine, 748 Bull Creek Road. Cost: $20, cash and credit cards accepted. Free parking.
• The Shadows Haunted Attraction, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. Admission: $15. Groups of 10 or more may call ahead for a price. Details: 724-472-5979
• Audubon Society Creatures of the Night, Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road. Sessions are at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Come in costume to walk the trails and encounter larger-than-life costumed creatures and enjoy crafts and refreshments. Rain or shine. Cost: $10; members, $6; free for 2 and younger. Reservations: aswp.org or 412-963-6100
• Fox Chapel Area High School National Honor Society Boo Bash, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the high school, 611 Field Club Road, free for children in prekindergarten through third grade. There will be treats, games and prizes. Costumes encouraged. Nonperishable food donations will be accepted for the district’s Backpack for Hunger and the Sharpsburg Little Free Pantry. Parents required to accompany their children. Masks required according to CDC guidelines. Park near the tennis courts and use the auditorium entrance. Reservations required by Oct. 25. Reservations: [email protected] with the number of children
• Freeport Halloween Carnival and Vendor Event, Oct. 15 to 17 at James E. Swartz Sr. Memorial Field. Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 16 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17. There will be music, entertainment, crafts, food, rides and games. An 80’s night will be Oct. 15, and a vendor trick-or-treat will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Costumes are optional and must be family appropriate.
• Greg Wells Memorial Fall Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at the baseball fields in Freeport Community Park. There will be a whiffle ball tournament for all ages, food, a virtual home run derby, face painting, hayrides, pumpkin painting, carnival games, 50/50 raffles, a DJ and silent auction. Rain date is Oct. 31.
• Christ the King Parish Halloween Dance, Oct. 30 in the parish hall, 125 Park Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. and a buffet dinner will be served at 8. Tickets: $40 per couple; $25 per person, includes beer and buffet. BYOB. Music by DJ Mixmasters. Costumes optional. Must be 21 to attend. Proceeds benefit the church. Tickets: 724-842-4981
• Gilpin Township K-9 unit food truck rally, 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the old municipal garage on Firehall Road.
• Campfire Ghost Stories, 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Yakaon shelter in Harrison Hills Park. Wear a costume for a chance to win a prize. Masks and physical distancing required. Registration required. Registration: Visit the special events tab in the parks section of https://alleghenycounty.us/
• Community Library of Allegheny Valley Boofest, 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. Free for all members of the family. There will be stories, a scavenger hunt, a trick-or-treat parade, snacks and a craft. Costumes are encouraged.
• Punkin’ Chunkin’, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. There will be free arts and crafts, games, face painting, pumpkin launching, balloon art and food and beverage vendors. Paid activities will include a cornhole tournament at noon and axe throwing. To register for the corn hole tournament, email [email protected]
• Boy Scout Troop 589 Haunted Trail, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23 at Apollo Spring Church Sportsman’s Club, Route 56. Admission: $5. There will be a bounce house, games and concessions.
• Kiski Township Volunteer Fire Department Fall Fest, noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 at the firehall, 1037 Route 56. There will be a vendor show, food trucks, a meet-and-greet with fire, EMS and police officers and hayrides in the evening.
• New Beginnings United Methodist Church Trunk-or-Treat, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the church, 1559 Route 56. Free hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks.
• Leechburg Volunteer Fire Department Great Pumpkin Carving Contest, Oct. 30. Children can bring a carved pumpkin by 6 p.m. to compete for prizes. Entries will be judged by age groups, and categories include most creative and scariest. Entry forms are available at the library, 139 Market St.
• Pumpkin Trail, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30 in downtown businesses on Market Street. Children can wear a costume and stop in at Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St., to pick up a pumpkin card that tells them which businesses have treats. The trail ends at the firehall, where hot dogs and drinks will be served.
• Trunk-or-treat, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in the firehall parking lot, 268 Canal St. Set-up will begin at 1:15 p.m. Sponsored by Leechburg Public Library and Leechburg Volunteer Firemen. To register to pass out candy, call Doreen Smeal at 724-448-4188.
• Valley Points Family YMCA Haunted Hustle 5K and 2K Spooky Sprint, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30 at Officer Derek Kotecki Memorial Park, Wildlife Lodge Road. Costumes encouraged. The Spooky Sprint for youth will have candy stations along the course. Details: visit Valley Points Family YMCA on Facebook
• Oktoberfest, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Joseph “Bud” Myers Farmers Market, Schreiber Street. There will be music, children’s activities, free hot dogs and popcorn, and root beer and birch beer will be sold.
• Salvation Army Fall Festival, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the center, 255 Third St. There will be games, activities, hot dogs, s’mores, candy and the Kona Ice Truck. Sponsored by All of Us PA – University of Pittsburgh.
• Halloween at Animal Protectors, Oct. 23 at the center, 730 Church St. Trick-or-treat from noon to 2 p.m. Cost: $4 per child or $10 per family. A pet costume contest will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Cost: $5 per pet. Registration required at animalprotectors.net. Prizes will be awarded. An outdoor screening of “Night of the Living Dead” will be at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $6 per person; $8 per person with their pet. Proceeds benefit Animal Protectors. Tickets: animalprotectors.net
• AK Valley Park Trunk-or-Treat, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 in the park rear lot, 600 Freeport Road. A prize will be awarded to the best-decorated vehicle. Hot dogs, warm apple cider, chips and beverages will be sold.
• Oakmont Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat on the Blvd., 10 a.m. Oct. 30 on Allegheny River Blvd. Line-up by 9:45 a.m. on Isabella Street behind the Quik-Fil. A fall festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine.
• St. Paul Highfield Lutheran Church Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the church, 1595 Dime Road. Food, vendors, crafters, rummage sale, music and basket raffle. Proceeds benefit the church community outreach fund.
• Plum Community Library Trunk-or-Treat, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Community Center, 499 Center New Texas Road. Library staff will dress in costume and hand out treats. Registration is required. Registration: plumlibrary.org
• Halloween Miniature Golf Outing to benefit the Myasthenia Gravis Association, Oct. 16 at Glen’s Frozen Custard, 400 Pittsburgh St. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., and a shotgun start will be at 9. Prizes will be awarded. Cost: $35 per golfer or $140 per foursome, includes breakfast, 18 holes of miniature golf, a tailgate party, event T-shirt and a Halloween goodie bag. Tickets for the post-event tailgate party are $20 per person. There will be a 50-50 raffle, basket raffle and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the association’s free patient support services. Registration and details: 412-566-1545 or [email protected]
• Oakmont Paranormal Society will present a program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St. Drake Bowan will be the speaker. Reservations are required by Oct. 15. Reservations: 724-274-9729
• Fall Party and Apple Fest, 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 for children of all ages at the Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St. There will be applesauce, apple cider and pumpkin carving. Costumes are welcome and masks are encouraged. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729
• Springdale Open Bible Church will hand out free goodie bags from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church, 401 Colfax St.
• Tarentum Boo Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 in Riverview Memorial Park, First Avenue. Crafters, food trucks, hayrides, a hay maze and free games for kids. Magician Chuck Caputo will perform at 11:30 a.m., and the bluegrass band Lost Boys Trio will play from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Carl. J. Magnetta Jr. Amphitheater. Sponsored by the borough recreation board.
• Trunk-or-Treat, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the parking lot across from Highlands Family Center, East Fourth Avenue. Candy donations welcome. To register to pass out treats, call 724-224-9006 by Oct. 13.
• Great Pumpkin Patch, noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 in Franklin Park. There will be free pumpkins, music, bean bag toss and a costume contest. Sponsored by the Vandergrift Parent Project and Vandergrift area Girl Scouts.
West Deer Fall Festival, noon to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in Bairdford Park. DJ, food, crafters, carnival rides, hayrides, a balloon artist, face painting, a pie-eating contest and fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
• Butler County Historical Society, “Hair Raising History,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Cooper Cabin Homestead, 199 Cooper Road, Cabot. Doughnuts, hot cider, ghost stories, learn how to conduct a paranormal investigation. Cost: $12; $8 for historical society members. Tickets: butlerhistory.com/shop
• Cabot Crusaders Trunk or Treat, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Winfield Community Park. Rain date: Oct. 24. There will be prizes for the top three decorated cars and a 50-50 raffle. Registration is required for cars and the total number of children attending. Candy donations welcome. Registration and candy donations signup: [email protected]