Here is a list of five candy alternatives for Halloween that are practical in terms of expense, trick-or-treaters’ health, and the fun the treat delivers…without getting your residence egged for being “that house”:
GLOW STICKS AND LED LIGHTS
Glow sticks cost about $1 for a pack of 15, on par with the price of small pieces of candy, or about 7 cents each. Online, you can buy them in bulk for as low as a pack of 100 for $5. LED finger lights are much cooler, but will set you back $6 for a pack of 40, or 15 cents per kid. The only downside, which isn’t entirely insignificant, is that you’re creating a lot of trash for landfills.
MINI PACKS OF PRETZELS, DRIED FRUIT, ETC
These are somewhat acceptable by the kids, and you reduce the impact on landfills that glow sticks bring. But with these, you’re getting up into the 20-cents-per-kid range, and you likely aren’t saving any teeth. These foods may be lower in calories than a candy bar, but their carbohydrate base and ability to stick to the teeth ultimately promote tooth decay.
BATCH OF WARM COOKIES
Hear me out on this one. The kids will either eat them immediately and happily, or their parents will toss them out later because they don’t trust their origin. Either way, your house and wallet are safe.
With an amazing variety of choices, dinosaurs, butterflies, pirates, zoo animals, etc, you can probably please trick-or-treaters of any age. You can buy sheets of 100 or more tattoos for just pennies per tattoo.
NOISEMAKERS AND WHISTLES
Fair warning…their parents will hate them, but the kids themselves probably won’t. Unfortunately, you will probably have to demonstrate how to use them. Fortunately, you won’t be around for the heavy usage. As parents, we’ve been tortured by these handouts. Now it’s your turn to play the Halloween troll. 😉
As the saying goes, you can’t please everyone (except with a big bar of chocolate). So it may be wise to have a few chocolate bars on hand for those kids who look like they are old enough to shave. You know, just in case.
On October 23rd, 1976, Pittsburgh Panthers running back Tony Dorsett rushed for 180 yards in a 45-0 pummeling of Navy. In the process, Dorsett passed Howard Stevens to become the greatest rusher in NCAA history, setting the new record for the most rushing yards in a career at 5,206. Dorsett would end his career with 6,526 rushing yards.
This was the 15th straight game Dorsett eclipsed the 100 yard mark. The Aliquippa native also set a major‐college record of 931 career rushing attempts, eclipsing the mark of 918 set by Ed Marinaro in only three varsity seasons at Cornell, the last 1971. (You may also know Marinaro from Hill Street Blues and Blue Mountain State fame!)
In addition, Dorsett became the first player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of four varsity seasons. He totaled 1,586 yards as a freshman in 1973, 1,004 yards as a sophomore in 1974, 1,544 in his 1975 junior year, and the Hopewell alum finished his 1976 senior campaign with an astounding 2,105 yards.
Dorsett’s record held strong until the 1998 season, when Texas Longhorn Ricky Williams passed Dorsett in a game against Texas A&M.
Below is a highlight package from Dorsett’s magical day!
Pittsburgh haunted houses are some of the scariest haunt attractions in Pennsylvania and the United States. Enjoy a great scary night out with your spouse, date, or friends. Expect the ghosts, zombies, and clowns at these haunted attractions to scare you. For the price of a movie ticket you can be part of the action as you come face to face with terror. State of the art animatronics, great props, Hollywood sets, and actors with makeup beyond belief create a thrilling Halloween experience. You will be frightened. The souls of steel workers who manned the mills and lived among the soot still haunt the historic houses of Pittsburgh. They’re a bit more mellow now that they are located in one of America’s most livable cities, but they’re still pretty bitter about the past.
Castle Blood – Monessen, PA
Operating for over 20 years, Castle Blood is “Pennsylvania’s most unusual haunted attraction”. Expect to find lots of vampires, scenes of the dead, and supernatural creatures. Tickets are $20-25. Castle Blood is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October. Castle opens at 7 pm. Ticket booth closes at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday or 9 pm on Sunday.
Cheeseman Fright Farm – Portersville, PA
For over a decade during Halloween season the Cheeseman Fright Farm has been operating this wonderful haunted attraction. Tickets are $15-20. The attraction runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sundays in October. Arrive early and do not keep the tractors waiting. The Haunted Hayride starts at dark.
Demon House – Monongahela, PA
“We will scare the living soul out of you.” Demon House will unleash the evil demons upon you. They run a special one night lights out glow stick specials .They are open 7 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on other nights. They are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in September and October.
Fright Farm – Smithfield, PA
Begin with the Festival Midway with music, celebrity appearances, concessions, face painting, bonfires, classic horror movies, and haunting entertainment. Then expect to be terrorfied in the Terror Maze, Paranoia, Frightmare Mansion, Hallow Grounds, and Dead End Hayride attractions. Now celebrating 27 years of frightening folks. The General Admission tickets gets you into five attractions. Open most nights except Monday and Tuesday. Lots of special and discounts available.
Haunted Hills Estate – Uniontown, PA
Back again with new characters, new scenes, new themes, and new horrors. Enjoy the Spooky Street which contains the bonfire, Black Cauldron Concessions, and Crow’s Nest Novelty Shop. In business for 4 years, Haunted Hills Estate puts on three great haunt attractions named The Curse Challenge Trail, Legends Hotel, and The Twisted Nightmare. The doors open at 7 pm. Tickets prices are based on the day of the week and the haunt you want to go through. Visit any Friday and Saturday for $15 for one adventure, $20 for two, or $25 for three. Open Friday and Saturday nights in September and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October. Check website for details and added dates.
Hundred Acres Manor – Bethel Park, PA
Six attractions all for the one low price of $20 per victim. Hundred Acres Manor operates a 7500 square foot haunted house. The attractions are Dead Lift, Damnation, The Family, The Maze, Brine Slaughterhouse. It takes about 45 minutes to go through this haunted house. Doors open at 7 pm and close at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 10 pm on other nights. Runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in September and most nights in October. See web page for details. Also available is a Live Zombie Paintball attraction for additional price.
Huston’s Haunted Hollow – Rockwood, PA
A great value for only $20. They have a bonfire, refreshments, and concession stand along with 4 haunted attractions. Haunted Boarding House (evil in the hollow), Twisted Barn 4D ( a high startle graphic experience), Haunted Hayride and Toxic Swamp Walk, and Dead End Cornfield. Huston’s Haunted Hollow is open from dusk until 10 pm. Open every Friday and Saturday night in October.
Lonesome Valley Farms Valley of Terror – Greenbury, PA
They operate two haunted attractions and two non-haunts on this Pennsylvania farm. The haunts are advertised as “Where you are the Harvest.” They are open every Friday and Saturday nights. Open Sundays starting October 9th. Opens at 7 pm. The non-haunts open at 6 pm. Tickets are $23 for the Valley of Terror Haunted Hayride and Maze Trail combo ticket with the Slotter Farm House & Barn. The non-haunt ticket is $10 for the Corn Maze and $7 for the Country Hayride. During the day the farm has a hayride, barrel train rides, barnyard animals, and a kids pumpkin patch playland for just $10. Open weekends
Phantom Fright Nights Kennywood – Pittsburgh, PA
Now celebrating over 15 terrifying years, Kennywood will once again operate Phantom Fright Nights. The weekend attraction is open every Friday and Saturday night in October plus two Sundays. This attraction is open from 7 pm until 1 am. Save $4 with online tickets. They advertise intense spectacles of sheer terror with Biofear, Voodoo Bayou, Mortem Manor, Villa of the Vampires, and many more attractions.
Scarehouse – Etna, PA
“Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House”, also knows as The Scarehouse, is three haunts for one price. All parking is at the Pittsburgh Zoo or PPG Aquarium then ride the shuttle. The parking address is 7340 Butler Street. The attractions are Infernal, Nocturnia 3D, and the all new Sunset Lodge. Tickets are $15.99-24.99 online depending on the night. Reserve your tickets for half hour entry times. Consider Scarehouse as a living tribute to the Zombie capital of the world. Also for 2017 is The Basement. Here you will be touched, restrained, hooded and scared out of your mind. The Basement is something different for adults with high voltage effects, sexual content, water, live animals, and violent situations. Tickets are separate. Scarehouse is open Friday and Saturday nights in September and most Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October. This is considered by most as one of the top haunt attractions in the entire country.
On October 19th, 1997, Penguins 2x Stanley Cup Champion goaltender Tom Barrasso became the first American-born goaltender to win 300 games, as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Florida Panthers, 4-1.
On his way to 300 victories, Barrasso had to wait for the last five wins for over 17 months as the goaltender battled injuries for nearly two full seasons. His career record improved to 300-220-64, giving him .513 lifetime winning percentage on that night.
Speaking on being one of only 14 goaltenders (at the time) to reach the 300 win mark, and the first American to do so, Barrasso said, “It’s great company to be in. There are a lot of people responsible for it. I have to thank my mom and dad, and my wife and kids have been very supportive and given me motivation. Any goaltender wants to get 100 and then 200, and not many guys have won 300. Obviously, I’d like to keep adding to it and climb even higher on that list.”
After being acquired from Buffalo during the 1988-89 season, Tom Barrasso instantly became one of the most important and influential men on the ice and in the locker room for the Pens. Not only was he steady in net, Barrasso holds the record for assists and points by an NHL goaltender. When it came to playoff hockey, few were better. In fact, he won 14 straight playoff games over two seasons, including 10 straight in the 1992 Stanley Cup Playoffs.