Essential Pittsburgh
5:24 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Where Does Halloween Come From?

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery on the Northside, Pittsburgh
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Halloween is the second biggest consumer holiday after Christmas. But what are its origins? Pop culture contributor Joe Wos joins us to provide a history of All Hallow’s Eve and how it’s been celebrated in the Steel City.

Essential Pittsburgh
5:22 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Chiller Theater Stories with "Chilly Billy" Bill Cardille and Lori Cardille

Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille and his daughter Lori Cardille
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For over twenty years, Bill Cardille hosted Chiller Theater, a television institution for Pittsburghers. Running from 1963-1984 on Channel 11, Chiller Theater was a late-night movie program highlighting spooky films from throughout cinema history. 

Cardille also acted in the original 1968 “Night of the Living Dead,” as well as the 1990 remake of the film. He and his daughter Lori Cardille join us to discuss the show, their current projects and Bill's illustrious career on stage and screen. 

Essential Pittsburgh
4:17 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Bricolage Debuts the Musical Stage Adaptation "Scarrie"

SCarrie Musical creator Tami Dixon and actor Connor McCanlus stars as Carrie.
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Bricolage Theatre's "Midnight Radio" has created its own stage adaptation of the horror film "Carrie," with a musical called SCarrie which casts Carrie as a senior at Alderdice High School. We'll talk with Tami Dixon, creator of this musical version, and SCarrie actor Connor McCanlus.

Public Safety
10:49 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Experts Offer Tips On Keeping Halloween Safe For Trick-Or-Treaters

Safe and spooky: Health and safety advocates offer tips for keeping trick-or-treaters safe as they don their costumes and seek out Halloween candy.
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Halloween is supposed to be full of treats and colorful costumes and a few harmless scares, but health and safety advocates are warning about potential dangers for trick-or-treaters.

More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/vehicle accidents on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Dave Phillips, spokesman for State Farm Insurance, said government data shows that 115 children nationwide have died from being struck by a vehicle on Halloween from 1990-2010.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:34 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Why Do We Love to be Scared?

Why, oh why, do we like to be scared??? This visitor to Scarehouse Pittsburgh is about to have a bit of fun.
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Halloween is a great time of year to be a thrill-seeker. Many people search for an adrenaline kick of fear in haunted attractions, horror movies and pranks. But why? What makes a good scare so thrilling? And do other cultures enjoy recreational fear in the same ways?

If you’ve visited Scarehouse recently you may have been part of research which explores these questions. Greg Siegle, Director of the Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (PICAN) at the University of Pittsburgh and Pitt Sociologist Margee Kerr talk about their Ecological Emotional Experience Protocol (EEEP!) experiments and Kerr’s forthcoming book, “Scream: Adventures in the Upside of Fear.”

12:17 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Carnegie Science Center To Get Spooky With 'Spirits And Spirits' Event This Halloween

If you’re the type of person to leave a bowl of candy on your porch and head out to party on Halloween, you may want to consider the Carnegie Science Center’s special adults-only event this Friday evening.

The center hosts 21+ events on the last Friday of each month, and this month’s Halloween theme is “Spirits and Spirits,” presented in collaboration with Wigle Whiskey, Maggie’s Farm Rum and Independent Brewing Company.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:15 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The Business of Halloween Candy

Credit Rebecca Harris / WESA

If you’re trying to avoid sweets, October may not be the best month to test your resolve. With Halloween right around the corner, contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of candy.

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9:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Coming to Pittsburgh This Fall: Zombies, Craft Beer and Much More

There are still five weeks left before summer is over, but Pittsburgh is already gearing up for the holiday season and many more events throughout 2015 with zombies, quartets and craft beers.  

With Halloween not far off, nationally-recognized Scarehouse is amping up the Zombies.  Scarehouse is using their 100-year-old building, former "Elks Lodge No. 932" which is alleged haunted and taking the building back to the 30’s with props from the era.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:17 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Most Haunted Places in Pittsburgh

Scares among the stacks? Apparently the most haunted places in Pittsburgh are the libraries!
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Each year as Halloween approaches, people flock to corn mazes, pumpkin patches and local ghost tours.

According to Samantha Bennett, storyteller and guide for Haunted Pittsburgh Tours, this city is extraordinarily haunted.

“I didn’t even know how haunted it was until I moved here." she says, "It is packed with ghosts because Pittsburgh’s history is filled with labor strife and industrial accidents which gives it a lot of spiritual activity."

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:21 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Hauntrepreneurs Thrive in Halloween Season

Rebecca Harris and the crew of Essential Pittsburgh in Studio A
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

Fear and fright have become big business.  Young “hauntreprenuers” thrive during the Halloween season by enticing thrill-seekers to commercial Haunted Houses and families to Halloween attractions

Business contributor Rebecca Harris says the Halloween attraction industry appeals to 18-34 year olds looking for a fright and the big corporation looking to grab the young market.

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