Fan-Freaking-Tastic Fall in Pittsburgh

Fall foliage and zombies! Fall in southwestern Pennsylvania is nothing short of fan-freaking-tastic.

With spectacular scenery, quaint towns, covered bridges, a cornucopia of fall festivals plus hauntings galore, get in your car and head to Pittsburgh and Its Countryside before the snow flies!

Move over New England! See why Martha Stewart Living named all of Greene County and its array of maple trees one of the best spots in the country for leaf peeping. Paint pumpkins and churn apple butter at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Volant, Oct. 8-9. This quaint town along the beautiful Neshannock Creek in Lawrence County features Amish buggies, antiques, specialty shops and restaurants serving homemade treats. Get a taste of locally grown apples in many delicious forms at the Hickory Apple Festival in Washington County, Oct. 1-2. Whether it’s apple cider or apple dumplings, there is an app(le) for that! Be sure to check out the artists creating chainsaw sculptures, too. Appropriately held on Halloween weekend, The Living Dead Festival is for anyone with a soft spot for zombies. Staged in Butler County’s EDCO Park, it’s a parade of living zombies, and a showcase of artifacts from native Pittsburgher George Romero and his movie Night of the Living Dead. And it’s capped off with a screening of the 1968 cult classic originally filmed in nearby Evans City! Looking for even scarier zombies? Check out Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse, billed as one of America’s “Scariest Halloween Attractions” by the Travel Channel. Experience three horrifying haunts, including the new Pittsburgh Zombies, for just one ghastly low price!

The Coolspring Corn Maze is simply “amazing!” This year’s maze features a salute to American heroes – in remembrance of 9/11 - in a 10-acre corn field. Explore and get lost in this incredible maze of maize, which runs through Oct. 30 in Mercer County.

For leisurely leaf gazing, it’s all aboard the Kiski-Junction Railroad’s Fall Leaf Rides, Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 22-23. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a one-hour scenic train ride along the beautiful Kiskiminetas River in Armstrong County. With fall foliage at its peak, make reservations early!

Enjoy the scenery as you take a self-guided driving tour of artisan potters in Indiana County. Eight studios, located no more than 15 to 20 minutes apart, give you an insider’s view of pottery artists in action on October 15 -16!

Conestoga Wagons, a Civil War encampment and a Wild West “shoot-out” are just some of the highlights of the Homewood Heritage Days Festival, taking place Oct. 6-7 in Beaver County.

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