Get your scare on at Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights | TribLIVE.com
Allegheny

Get your scare on at Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
1756097_web1_PTR-FrightNight-3B-100519
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
A figure rises from a window to a passing group as they make their way through the Shady Grove Memorial Hospital on Thursday at Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights season in Kennywood.
1756097_web1_PTR-FrightNight-1-100519
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
The Steel Curtain roller coaster flies past the evening moon with riders on Thursday during Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights season.
1756097_web1_PTR-FrightNight-2-100519
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Dana Weber, a Kennywood employee in her eighth season in costume as one of the frightening characters on Thursday during Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights season.
1756097_web1_PTR-FrightNight-4-100519
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
The entrance tunnel to Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights is illuminated eerily by fog and lights as figures emerge from the tunnel, including actor Steve Pillage, who’s portraying an crazed homeless zombie man, on Thursday during Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights season.
1756097_web1_PTR-FrightNight-8-100519
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Fog and lights adorn the pathways below the new Steel Curtain roller coaster on Thursday during Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights season.
1756097_web1_PTR-FrightNight-6-100519
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Figures emerge from an elevator in the Shady Grove Memorial Hospital attraction on Thursday during Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights season.
1756097_web1_PTR-FrightNight-5-100519
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
The entrance tunnel to Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights is illuminated eerily by fog and lights as figures emerge from the tunnel on Thursday during Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights season.
1756097_web1_PTR-FrightNight-7-100519
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Eerie lighting illuminates Kennywood for night time visitors on Thursday during Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights season.

Shady Grove Memorial Hospital is not a place to get well.

It’s a scary medical facility where a murderous doctor is stalking patients and staff alike.

Yikes!

It’s the newest addition to 18th annual Phantom Fright Nights, the Halloween-themed attractions at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin. Throughout October, the event is open from 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays,

Doctors, nurses and patients create a nail-biting atmosphere where visitors need to look around every turn and behind the drawn curtains. The hospital was shown off during a media preview on Thursday night.

If you make it out of the hospital, housed in one of the new picnic pavilions, there might be time to catch a viewing of “It: The 4D Experience,” a short based on the 2017 film from the classic Stephen King novel.

Memo to those who fear clowns: Stay away

For additional scares, take a ride on The Steel Curtain, the park’s newest roller coaster, which opened in July. Other roller coasters and park attractions will be open.

Blue lights and lots of smoke throughout the park create a spooky setting.

“As one of Pittsburgh’s most popular and longest-running Halloween attractions, we’re always looking to reinvent ourselves,” said Marie Ruby, director of ride operations and Phantom Fright Nights. “With a new haunt, new movie, and a new record-setting roller coaster, this year’s Fright Nights will deliver many new thrills … or else.”

Tickets are $36.99.

For the little ones, Kennywood, for a third year, is having Happy Hauntings, a kid-friendly Halloween event, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October.

Highlights include Thomas Town, which will be redecorated for the fall, and a new live show, “Steel City Adventures.” Children can go on a hayride through Lost Kennywood, enjoy a hay maze or trick-or-treat through a vampire’s abandoned mansion.

Kids who are tall enough — 48” — can ride The Steel Curtain.

Tickets are $15.99

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.