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Frightful fun for Halloween

| Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010

Looking to get scared silly for Halloween?

Haunted houses, hayrides and other events are plentiful this witching season.

There are events catered to youngsters, and the creepiest of haunts for the older crowd looking for thrills and chills.

Here's a look at some of year's haunted events in the Mon Valley and beyond:

Family events

• Hobgoblin Hike, sponsored by Westmoreland County Parks, 7 to 9 p.m. at Cedar Creek Park, Rostraver Township. Free guided tour through the haunted park woods. Recommended for children 8 and up. The hike is about 1/2 mile long, passing through mazes and cemeteries. (724) 830-3959.

• Hallowboo! At Idlewild Park, through Oct. 31. Route 30 E. Ligonier. Trick or treat in Story Book Forest, rides and more. (724) 238-3666. www.idlewild.com

• Halloween movie event, "The Shining" starring Jack Nicholson, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 27 E. Main St., Uniontown. $5 adults; $3 seniors and children. (800) 397-2554. www.statetheatre.info

• "Scaryopolis," 7:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 23 at Sampy Park, Perryopolis. $5 for unlimited hayrides. Free admission. Pumpkin painting, palm reading, fortune telling and food booth.

Haunted houses, hayrides

• Thirty-first annual Allen's Haunted Hay-rides, 2340 Pittsburgh Road, Smock. Every weekend in October: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays and 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays. The price is $10; free for children under 4. (724) 677-2589, www.allenhayrides.com

• Castle Blood 2010: "Beware the Moon." Route 40, Beallsville. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sundays Oct. 8 through Oct. 31. Scare-free family matinee from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31. The MacCabre Family will return for its 18th year hosting gothic Halloween tours. $13 for evening tours; $5 for the matinees. (724) 632-3242. www.castleblood.com

• Cheeseman's Fright Farm and Pumpkin Festival, McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville. Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 31, plus Oct. 21 and 28. Dark until 10 p.m. $12, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. $12. (724) 368-3233. www.cheesemanfrightfarm.com

• Demon House 2010: Year of the Awakening, 417 Coyle Curtin Road, Carroll Township. Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 31, plus Oct. 14, 21, 27, 28. 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. $17 Fridays through Sundays; $15 Wednesdays and Thursdays. Season passes available. (724) 483-3580. www.demonhouse.com

• Dungeon of Horrors at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, 818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, W.Va. Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 31. Tours begin at 7 p.m. $20 per person. (304) 281-7225. www.wvpentours.co.

• Halloween Ghost Tours of Nemacolin Castle, Brownsville. From 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31, plus Oct. 29. $8 for adults, $4 children under 12. Sponsored by the Brownsville Historical Society. (724) 785-6882. www.nemacolincastle.org

• Hundred Acres Manor, South Park. Oct. 6-10, 13-17, 20-31. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 7 to 11:30 p.m. weekends. $16. All proceeds benefit Animal Friends and the Homeless Children's Education Fund. (412) 851-HAUNT www.hundredacresmanor.com

• Ghosts of Monongahela Candlelight Walk, 7 p.m. Oct. 15-16. Sponsored by the Monongahela Area Historical Society, the walk will take place along West Main Street. Costumed guides and storytellers will accompany walkers. $8. It is not recommended for children under 10. Reservations are required by calling (724) 258-2377.

• Fright Farm 2010: The Outbreak, Rich Farms, 2043 Springhill Furnace Road, Smithfield. Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. Open dusk to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and dusk to 10 p.m. all other days. $19. VIP tickets available. (724) 564-7644. www.richfarms.com

• Haunted Hills Estate, 236 Rolling Hills Estate, Uniontown. Fridays to Sundays through Oct. 31, plus Oct. 21 and 28. 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. (724) 984-5915. $13 to $25. www.hauntedhillsestate.com

• Five Town Park Haunted hayrides, Roscoe, this Friday and Saturday. Starts at dusk. Tickets are $6, which includes hayride and a drink. The kids 11 and under party will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Kids are to come dressed in costume.

• Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights, West Mifflin. Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 30. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Also open this Sunday from 7 to 11 p.m. $25.99. www.phantomfrightnights.com

• Scarehouse, 118 Locust St., Etna. Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 31, plus Oct. 5, 20, 26, 27. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays. $18. (412) 781-5885. www.scarehouse.com

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