13 Halloween parties in Pittsburgh — and how to choose one

IF YOU LIKE: Halloween but hate planning, check out this list.

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Sarah Anne Hughes

Looking for last-minute Halloween plans? We’ve rounded up 13 Halloween events and parties, and a way for you to cut through the noise.

Like snark? Like going to the movies at midnight? There’s an event for you.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

IF YOU LIKE: Spelling and getting drunk …

Spell spooky words at this B-U-Z-Z-E-D spelling bee

Spell a word wrong, and you're out. Spell it correctly and you get a shot of punch to help eliminate you in the next round. Single elimination with the top three spellers getting "fabulous prizes." Supports the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.

Where: Scratch Food & Beverage at 1720 Lowrie St. (Troy Hill)

When: October 26, 2016 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: Entry fee? A beer.


Thursday, Oct. 27

IF YOU LIKE: Seeing children in costumes but not buying candy for them …

Bloomfield’s 46th annual Halloween parade

Last year, more than 10,000 people watched as another 2,000 marched.

Where: Liberty Avenue (Bloomfield)

When: October 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.


IF YOU LIKE: Dressing up but hate sitting still …

Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride, Halloween edition

Costumes are optional — but encouraged — for the Halloween edition of the Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride. A 21+ after-party at Spirit starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. The ride, however, is free. Meet at 8 p.m., ride at 8:30 p.m.

Where: 46th and Butler streets (Lawrenceville)

When: October 27, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

How much: Free


IF YOU LIKE: Costume contests and Halloween parties at bars but aren’t 21 …

You don’t have to be 21 to enter Cruze Bar’s costume contest

Cruze Bar is giving away cash to Halloween revelers with the scariest, funniest, sexiest, most original and overall best costumes. You don't have to be 21 to attend the party. People who are 18, 19 or 20 pay a $5 cover charge.

Where: Cruze Bar at 1600 Smallman St. (Strip District)

When: October 27, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to October 28, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $5


Friday, Oct. 28

 IF YOU LIKE: Dressing up your dog but not yourself … 

This is an event called ‘Howl-o-ween Yappy Hour’

Fall beer for humans over 21; free Barley Bones for pups, which are encouraged to come in costume. Top dog gets a treat bag from Petagogy. If you're a human, don't dress up, because you might scare the dogs, Petagogy says.

Where: Petagogy at 5880 Ellsworth Ave. (Shadyside)

When: October 28, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


IF YOU LIKE: Stories, dance and magic …

The Warhol Museum and Pop Cabaret’s Halloween variety show

The Andy Warhol Museum and Pop Cabaret's Halloween variety show, "Nightmare," will feature "performance, music, dance, rituals, stories and more." More than a dozen performers are scheduled to participate. "Experience fear and delight as we conjure magic and mayhem to greet the horrors and pleasures of contemporary existence," the museum says.

Where: The Andy Warhol Museum at 117 Sandusky St. (North Shore)

When: October 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

How much: Free


IF YOU LIKE: Having the best costume and winning money …

Dance, win prizes at iCandy’s LGBTQ Halloween party

iCandy Pittsburgh is throwing its annual Halloween dance and costume party at Cruze Bar. Organizers will give away $500 in prizes for the best costumes.

Where: Cruze Bar at 1600 Smallman St. (Strip District)

When: October 28, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to October 29, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $5


IF YOU LIKE: Getting weird in costume …

Belvedere’s 6th dance party and costume contest

"This dance night has dedicated its focus on a positive-vibes only party atmosphere that promotes the absolute best in dance music, all while keeping the energy level at a maximum," Belvedere's says. Costume contest winner gets $50 in "Belvedere's Bux."

Where: Belvederes Ultra-Dive at 4016 Butler St. (Central Lawrenceville)

When: October 28, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to October 29, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $5


IF YOU LIKE: Watching local bands pretend to be other bands …

Next-level cover bands at Brillobox’s Halloween Extravaganza

See a lineup of Pittsburgh bands dressed up as other bands including Stone Cold Killer as Guns N' Roses; Paddy the Wanderer as Wings; The Red Western as Blondie; Outside Inside as ZZ Top; and James Hart’s Weed Band as the Grateful Dead. Doors at 9pm. 21+.

Where: Brillobox at 4104 Penn Ave. (Lawrenceville)

When: October 28, 2016 at 9:30 p.m.

How much: $7


IF YOU LIKE: Snark.

A live riff of ‘Night of the Living Dead’

Improv group the "Well Known Strangers" will LIVE riff the Pittsburgh-filmed movie from 1968.

Where: Row House Cinema at 4115 Butler St. (Central Lawrenceville)

When: October 28, 2016 at 9:45 p.m.

How much: $10



Saturday, Oct. 29

IF YOU LIKE: New Orleans voodoo masquerades … 

Nightmare on Bourbon Street

The rooftop of Sienna Mercato will transform to a New Orleans voodoo masquerade. There will be ghoulish cocktails and food — cajun and creole bites — served from 6 to 10 p.m. 21+.

Where: Sienna Mercato at 942 Penn Ave. (Central Business District)

When: October 29, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Free


IF YOU LIKE: Nonfiction and free magazine subscriptions …

Creative Nonfiction’s Halloween reading

Local authors Brian Broome and Jeff Oaks will give a reading. Festive bites and brews will be provided. Dress in costume for a chance to win a one-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Creative Nonfiction at 5119 Coral St. (Bloomfield)

When: October 29, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free


IF YOU LIKE: Going to the movies at midnight … 

See ‘Evil Dead 2’

In this 1987 part horror, part comedy film, Ash Williams battles demons at a secluded cabin in the woods, including his girlfriend who becomes possessed by evil spirits.

Where: The Manor at 1729 Murray Ave. (Squirrel Hill South)

When: October 29, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

How much: $9.25 for adults | $8 for students