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Phantom Fall Fest Halloween event to debut at Kennywood Oct. 1

by Dave Parfitt

Pittsburgh’s Kennywood amusement park announced their first ever Phantom Fall Fest will open on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. For nearly 20 years, Kennywood hosted Phantom Fright Nights during the Halloween season. Phantom Fall Fest will open Kennywood during the day for a family-friendly seasonal event that turns into a scare-filled horror event at night.

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Images courtesy of Kennywood

“For the first time ever, Kennywood will be open all day and well into the evening on Saturdays and Sundays in October, plus Friday evenings,” says Kennywood General Manager Mark Pauls. “Phantom Fall Fest will be the perfect balance between new, fun experiences for families and Halloween frights at night, preserving the award-winning spooky atmosphere Kennywood is known for.”

Daytime operation during the event allows more rides to stay open including Kiddieland, Thomas Town and other family favorites. Beginning at 6 p.m., family rides will close down, allowing kids to clear out before the fear begins. Five haunted houses and four scare zones will open when the sun goes down, including the new “Manor Estate Sale” and “Hellbilly Hollow.”

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Kennywood’s Halloween event will also feature a new lineup of seasonal food and drinks, including turkey legs, pumpkin funnel cakes, seasonal beers, and specialty cocktails. In addition, fan-favorites such as Potato Patch fries will also be open.

“With Phantom Fall Fest, guests can enjoy different and delicious dining experiences,” says Kennywood Culinary Director Ed Reams. “From sweet potato fries to chocolate-covered kettle corn, we will have plenty of options to satisfy both sweet and savory appetites.”

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Phantom Fall Fest operates every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 1-31. The park will be open from 6-11 p.m. on Fridays, 12-11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12-10 p.m. on Sundays. Kennywood’s Chaperone Policy will be in effect beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and all day on Fridays.

For more information, visit Kennywood.com.

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