This weekend in the Northside, it’s a Halloween extravaganza: There’s a Halloween Special Storytime at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Branch, the Spring Hill Annual Halloween Parade, a costume party at BJ Events Center, and more.

Photo from the 2016 Brighton Heights Citizens Federation Parade and Pumpkin Fest by Lauren Stauffer

Thursday, Oct. 24

NDEAM Internship and Employment Fair at CoLab18

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Pittsburgh OVR Business Services and Outreach Division will be celebrating NDEAM by hosting an Internship and Employment Fair. “THE RIGHT TALENT, RIGHT NOW.” This event will be held at CoLab18 located inside Nova Place (former Allegheny Center Mall) October 24, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM. CoLab18 is located inside Nova Place, Allegheny Center Garage, 100 S. Commons, 15212.

Easterseals 2nd Annual Speakeasy

Easterseals will be hosting the 2nd Annual Speakeasy event on Thursday, October 24th at a secret location on the Northside! Dress in your favorite 1920’s attire or business casual and live like real-life legends, Al Capone and Carrie Nation. Proceeds will help to provide support for children and adults with disabilities and special needs locally. Tickets are $75 per person and include: food, a free drink (cash bar), musical performances by Jessica Lee and Mark Strickland, readings by The Psychic Mike, palm readings by Donald DeTemple, and much more! The Speakeasy secret location won’t be announced until one week before the event. You must include your email when you register so that the secret information can be shared with you. You may register by clicking here.

Resumania at CCAC North

CCAC North will be holding a resume open house on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 9 AM to 6:30 PM in Room 1006. Bring your resume and have it reviewed for free! Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided after 4:30 PM. The event is open to all.

Pet Costume Contest at Allegheny City Brewing

“Come join the Joey’s PAW team and Boone for our Howl’oween Party at Allegheny City Brewing! La Palapa, Traditional Mexican Kitchen Food Truck will be serving their delicious cuisines. Bring your dogs for the Pet Halloween Costume Contest.
There will be Raffle Baskets and 50/50 as well!” Click here for more information.

Friday, Oct. 25

Storytime: Halloween Special at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny Branch

It’s never too early to start learning! Explore interactive rhymes, songs and stories at this Halloween themed storytime. Feel free to come in costume! Recommended for children birth – 36 months and their caregivers. CLP – Allegheny is located at 1230 Federal St., 15212. Click here for more information.

ChemFest at Carnegie Science Center

“ChemFest at Carnegie Science Center, an annual celebration of National Chemistry Week, is filled with hands-on activities and exciting demonstrations to show visitors of all ages that chemistry is not just practiced by laboratory researchers and mad scientists in movies, it is part of everyday life. This year’s theme is “Marvelous Metals,” with specialized activities focused on geochemistry — the chemistry of rocks and minerals.” For more information, click here.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Spring Hill Annual Halloween Parade

The annual Spring Hill Halloween Parade is today. Registrations will be taken until Tuesday, Oct. 23. Please register via this link. Registration is $5 per child. $20 max per family. Parade check-in begins at 11 am at Brady’s. The parade will start promptly at 11:30 am – ending up in the Rockledge St. lot. Awards will be given for the best costume in the following categories: Most Original, Most Funny, Most Scary, and Prettiest. Click here to see the Facebook event page.

Halloween Parade & Pumpkinfest

12:30 pm: Parade Starts in Brighton Heights; 1:00 pm: Pumpkinfest gates open at Horace Mann Field. Have a question or need to contact a board member? Email us or call Angel at 412.867.9332

12th Annual Halloween Costume Party at BJ Events Center

Soul Train Line. Prize for Best Costume. $2 Pink Panties and Pink Moscato. No Admission Without A Costume. Location: BJ Events Center, 1439 Woods Run Ave. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Get Scary! at Motive Salon

Boo! Do you want to be made scary for your Halloween party this weekend? Ston in Saturday night! From 6 to 7:30 p.m., located on Galveston Avenue in Allegheny West. Hair, makeup, Tarot cards, and drink specials. First come, first serve. Fill out this form beforehand to give the stylists some information about your request. Proceeds from Motive benefit the Western PA Humane Society.

Anatomy of a Movie at Alphabet City

“What was the screenwriter thinking?” A unique way to learn a unique craft. Most of the screenwriting process takes place away from a keyboard and desk. The story, the situations, character introductions, subplots, story points, set-ups, “gags”, transitions, edits, scene descriptions, etc. are all thought about long before the writer downloads screenwriting software onto their computer. Many times—if not most—the ending is known before the beginning. In this presentation, one of the “great movies you’ve never heard of” will be screened and dissected during a showing to determine (the best way you can) what the screenwriter was thinking during the story structure and the outline process. Film is “Once”, an award winning Irish movie with a unique love story and great music. Located at Word Cellar at Alphabet City, 40 W. North Ave., 15212, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Presenter is Ken Kaszak, the developer of the “Write Your Script” class. This class features the “Thinking Like a Screenwriter” method, which enables students to write a script while maintaining work and family commitments and to take advantage of the “ancillary” benefits of writing. Information on Ken and the class is available via email at:

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The 2019 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Zone 1 Police Station, located at 1501 Brighton Road, will serve as a collection site for Northside residents. This service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Unused prescription medications in homes create public health and safety concerns, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. This event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Pittsburgh FireWalk

Inspired by historic Autumn fireside traditions, the inaugural Pittsburgh FireWalk will be a series of Saturday night, firelit carnivals produced by City of Play. At the center of old Allegheny City, the Hearth will feature a firelit carnival with games, activities, and specialty vendors of arts, food, and drink. Three wood-burning sculptures will be positioned through Allegheny Commons in a magnificent visiting Public Art installation. These “cauldrons” are each designed and forged by skilled metal-craft artisans from our partners at Rivers of Steel. Throughout the evening, each fire will be carefully tended by local storytellers, musicians, and dancers. Long-time residents, curious students, local business owners, community organizations, and travelers of all types are invited to meet each other in the streets and celebrate the mythical thrill of an Autumn night by firelight. FEATURING: SHARON MCCUNE, RYAN PUSCH, HILL JORDAN, TRACEY TURNER, JETT DOWNEY, TOBY VANN, SCOTT PAVELLE, JON RIDDLEBERGER, BILL PALOWITCH, AND YOU. More information is available here.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Love is Love Wedding Expo at Nova Place

LOVE is LOVE Wedding Expo is an LGBTQIA wedding show featuring the best wedding vendors in the Pittsburgh area! ALL vendors have been interviewed and found to be LGBT friendly and proud to service the LGBT community! Portion of proceeds benefit the PGH Equality Center! Register to attend here. Cost is $5. More details via the Facebook event page.

THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT at New Hazlett Theater

“an original and bold take on #MeToo and the proverbial glass ceilings. 6 nationally and internationally, critically acclaimed female dance soloists with careers that collectively span nearly 200 years, perform 6 original solos intricately woven together by choreographer Beth Corning. With seasoned humor, wistful poignancy, and mature insights, this band of travelers clad in clown-like business suits, traverse an almost Sisyphusian landscape — baring bits of their lives, shedding skins & scars of collective memory.” Show starts at 2 p.m. For ticket information, click here.

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