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5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Oct. 18-20

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium haunted house from 2012, as part of the annual Zoo Boo. This year’s event is Oct. 19-20.
Courtesy of Brewing up a Cure
Brewing up a Cure is a beer festival with proceeds going towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It is Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Energy Innovation Center.
Courtesy Midnight Madness Party
The Midnight Monster Party is Friday night, Oct. 18, at Cake in the Strip District.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
The second annual Monster Pumpkins Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20 on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Large pumpkins such as this one were painted by Pittsburgh CAPA students and will be used for paddle races on the Allegheny River.
Courtesy of Senator John Heinz History Center
The Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh houses the largest collection of Heinz company artifacts and archival material in the world.

Halloween isn’t for another two weeks, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend with pumpkins, costumes and spooky events.

Monster mash

The second annual Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival is Saturday and Sunday on the North Shore. The largest pumpkin grown in the world so far this year – 2,517 pounds — will be sitting on the river walk down from Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36.

Professional carvers will attempt to create the biggest jack-o’-lantern — a 2,118 pound monstrosity.

This year’s theme is characters from movies filmed here or with a Pittsburgh connection. Guests will recognize a character from “The Last Witch Hunter,” “Robocop,” Michael Keaton as “Beetlejuice” and Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.”

There will be pumpkin giveaways, opportunities for seeds to try and grow mammoth pumpkins as well as pumpkin paddle races on the Allegheny River. Giant pumpkin drops are also an attraction.

Details: monsterpumpkin.com

Have a drink

The 13th annual “Brewing up a Cure” is Saturday at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh’s Uptown. The event has raised over $300,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Pittsburgh. Guests can select from more than 100 home-brewed beers, ciders and meads made by various club members, as well as selections from craft breweries from the Pittsburgh region. There will also be food from local eateries. The event is hosted by Three Rivers Underground Brewers, a Pittsburgh-area home brewing club.

Details: brewingupacure.org

Midnight madness

The Midnight Monster Party, a vintage horror film-themed rock ’n’ roll fashion show, is Friday at Cake Pittsburgh in the Strip District. There will be live rock bands, a disc jockey, dancing and the best costume and best horror-themed makeup contest. The event benefits the Autism Speaks Foundation.

Details: facebook.com/Midnight-Monster-Party-2334676733469735


Visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium this Saturday and Sunday for ZooBoo. It’s a Halloween party, so come dressed in your favorite costume to walk along the Trick-Or-Treat Trail. There will be a pumpkin patch pavilion as well as a monster mash dance-off.

The animals will be celebrating, too. There will be character meet-and-greets, a haunted house, a parade and costume contests. Get your photo taken with an elephant. Bring a bag so you have something to carry your treats home in.

Details: pittsburghzoo.org


The Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the H.J. Heinz Company on Saturday. It’s part of the museum’s month-long Heinztoberfest. Enjoy foods that are Heinz-inspired from more than 40 local vendors.

The day will include a Heinz test kitchen where children can create recipes. There will also be live cooking demonstrations featuring food scientist Rachel Russel of the KraftHeinz Company, Chris Fennimore of QED Cooks, and other local experts. Author and museum curator Emily Ruby will be discussing her book, “57 Servings from the Heinz Table.” And don’t forget to visit the Heinz exhibition and collection.

Details: heinzhistorycenter.org/heinz

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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