Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse 2015


Hauntin’ season is upon us! And also, Christmas come early for fear-seeking attraction goers . . . more on that in just a few sentences. Every year, Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse kicks it up a notch to bring the scares and this year is no exception. This year, ScareHouse has teamed up with LEGENDARY to create two new attractions based on films from the twisted imagination of writer/director, Michael Dougherty. Trick ‘R Treat and Krampus. And it all begins THIS Friday, September 18, 2015.


This is about the time of year that I miss living in Pittsburgh. Truly.

Krampus at ScareHouse


The legend of Krampus is awoken! ScareHouse’s team of scenic and special effects artists have collaborated directly with Dougherty and LEGENDARY to bring many of Krampus’ mischievous underlings from the upcoming film to life within the haunted attraction Krampus: Come All Ye Fearful. Guests will gain the rare opportunity to admire actual props, costumes, and practical creatures from the film before entering a highly immersive attraction that follows the legacy of Krampus, the iconic figure of dark folklore as old as Christmas itself. Visitors to the Pittsburgh haunted attraction will journey through generations of holiday horror and encounters with demonic minions before a final confrontation with the ancient subversive force of darkness that rises to haunts the naughty, bringing terror and mayhem in his wake.

(ScareHouse Press Release, September 15, 2015)

Legendary Halloween

Trick ‘r Treat: Hallowed Grounds is a truly ground-breaking and eye-popping tribute to an iconic figure beloved by Halloween and horror fans across the globe. Guests follow Sam, who represents the true heart of Halloween, as he leads them into a giant black and white pop-up book brought to fiendish life. Those who break the rules of All Hallows Eve risk facing tragic consequences before midnight!

(ScareHouse Press Release, September 15, 2015)



These are two themed haunts I want to experience . . . desperately. In addition to the two Legendary-themed attractions, the third attraction for guests to visit is The Summoning, “an elaborate haunted attraction with a masterful blend of art and the macabre set in October 1932 which explores a hidden world of secret societies, arcane rituals, and demonic visitors.”

Three spooktacular experiences with the purchase of one ticket. That’s a holiday bargain for sure.

Still want more? For the 18 and up crowd, buy a separate pass if you dare to enter The Basement. Then, you’ll get the type of crazy immersive horror experience that has become wildly popular over the past 4-5 years. Shock scares, creepy feelings, unsettling images . . .  the works.

Fear researcher and sociologist Margee Kerr, PhD brings the science of scaring to the creative team of the Basement. Building from research on what scares people from a social, psychological, and physiological perspective the Basement takes customers on an interactive journey built to push them outside their comfort zone, challenge their expectations, and scare the hell out them each step of the way. All guests must be 18 or older and must sign waiver before entering The Basement. Guests will be touched, blindfolded and restrained. This attraction contains high voltage effects involving electricity, very low lighting, tight spaces, strong scents, profanity, moments of complete darkness, water, physical contact, violent situations, and high impact scares.

(The Basement, ScareHouse Press Release, September 15, 2015)

Not only does the ScareHouse exist within an allegedly haunted 100-year old building, but the designers, artists, and fear experts come together to create a high quality production and experience for guests unlike any other. It is evident that this team of creators and actors are passionate about what they do. Plus, they shamelessly tout their feminist agenda . . . strong and empowered women who aim to scare. An agenda that is near and dear to Gores Truly. You’re unlikely to find any wilting flowers or damsels in distress in this haunt. According to creative director and co-founder, Scott Simmons, “The women of ScareHouse kinda kickass.”  I don’t doubt it!

Tickets, dates or operation, and more information on “Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House” are available online and through the ScareHouse Facebook.

Follow Creative Director and co-owner Scott Simmons on Instagram and Twitter via @ScareHouseScott and watch exclusive videos on YouTube.

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About Boris

Boris enjoys reading, writing, traveling, performing, roller derby, and costuming in addition to immersing herself in a variety of horrific worlds via literature, art, video games, comics, music, haunted attractions, and cinematic adventures. From zombies to slashers, creature features to B-movies, and psychological thrillers to supernatural stories, Boris is into many different subgenres of horror.