Northsiders can still celebrate the season with The Pittsburgh Project’s ‘Trunk or Treat’ event, Pittsburgh’s Monster Pumpkins Pop-Up on the North Shore, a Community Trick-or-Treat station in Historic Deutschtown, and socially distanced trick-or-treating.

By Ashlee Green

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The City of Pittsburgh has OK’ed Halloween trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic, and while many other festive activities have been canceled out of caution, Northsiders can still celebrate the season with these events.

On Friday, Oct. 30, The Pittsburgh Project is hosting an outdoor “Trunk or Treat” event. It goes from 5 to 7 p.m. at the parking lot at North Charles Street and Wilson Avenue. The event is open to all youth and guests can expect candy, socially distant activities, and a to-go meal. Masks or face coverings are required. Direct your questions to: 412-321-1678, ext. 548.

Pittsburgh’s Monster Pumpkins Pop-Up is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30 through Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Heinz Field Gold Lot 1A. The event is free and this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, will be a drive-through only event. The pumpkins featured are Dill’s Atlantic Giants, and they will be carved into gargantuan works of art for guests’ viewing pleasure. Visit monsterpumpkins.com for more information.

A Community Trick-or-Treat Station will be set up on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the 800 block of James Street in Historic Deutschtown (between Foreland and Suismon Streets). Volunteers will hand out candy from neighbors, local businesses, and the East Allegheny Community Council (EACC) with safety protocols in place. If you would like to donate candy for the event, you can drop it off at Sweet Time General Store, 435 E. Ohio St., or Allegheny City Brewing Co., 507 Foreland St. Call or text Doug Kamper, EACC Board President, at 412-657-9821 to set up another arrangement for donating candy or to volunteer to set up, tear down, or distribute candy at the event. Local businesses can also contribute financial donations to EACC to assist with candy purchases. 

Official trick-or-treating hours for the city of Pittsburgh are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. It is recommended for trick-or-treaters to trick-or-treat only with family members, wear face masks in addition to Halloween masks, carry hand sanitizer and use it regularly, and socially distance from others when using sidewalks and approaching homes to collect candy. Candy should be left outside for distribution to avoid face-to-face, in-person interactions and indoor costume parties should be avoided. The City also urges motorists to be extra careful on Halloween night by driving slower than normal and being aware of trick-or-treaters.

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