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

What 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 at 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm
How much Entry fee? A beer.

Thursday, Oct. 27

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

IF YOU LIKE: Dressing up but hate sitting still …

Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride, Halloween edition

What 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 at 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
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

What 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 pm to October 28, 2016 at 2:00 am
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’

What 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 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

IF YOU LIKE: Stories, dance and magic …

The Warhol Museum and Pop Cabaret’s Halloween variety show

What 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 pm
How much Free

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

Dance, win prizes at iCandy’s LGBTQ Halloween party

What 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 pm to October 29, 2016 at 2:00 am
How much $5

IF YOU LIKE: Getting weird in costume …

Belvedere’s 6th dance party and costume contest

What "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 pm to October 29, 2016 at 2:00 am
How much $5

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

Next-level cover bands at Brillobox’s Halloween Extravaganza

What 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 pm
How much $7


Saturday, Oct. 29

IF YOU LIKE: New Orleans voodoo masquerades … 

Nightmare on Bourbon Street

What 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 pm to October 30, 2016 at 2:00 am
How much Free

IF YOU LIKE: Nonfiction and free magazine subscriptions …

Creative Nonfiction’s Halloween reading

What 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 pm
How much Free

IF YOU LIKE: Going to the movies at midnight … 

See ‘Evil Dead 2’

What 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 pm
How much $9.25 for adults | $8 for students