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The Glow Promises to Get You in the Spooky Spirit

Featuring 5,000 Jack o'Lanterns, The Glow offers a way for all ages to get into the Halloween spirit without scaring you half to death.

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Though it’s only early September, October seems like it’s just around the corner — and with it, the Halloween season. For those who want to get into the spooky spirit early, you might want to consider The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience.

The Glow has formerly been held in Philadelphia, Nashville and Washington, D.C., but will feature a Pittsburgh location this year for the first time. Held Oct. 4-28 at Hartwood Acres, the event features complex Halloween-themed structures and more than 5,000 Jack o’ Lanterns, some of which will highlight Pittsburgh icons — such as Mister Rogers, Andy Warhol and the Pittsburgh Steelers — through locally sourced pumpkins and crafted molds.


Real or molded, every pumpkin displayed will be hand-carved — some pieces take two hours to sculpt; others can take up to two days, according to their website. For those curious about the process, the event offers live demonstrations so visitors can watch how the team of artists creates each piece.

The event offers fall-themed food and beverages to snack on while you stroll; details on  vendors are expected to be released soon.


Since The Glow wasn’t designed to be a haunted event, it’s appropriate for all ages and  includes a stroller-friendly trail. The full path is one-third of a mile and takes 30 to 45 minutes to walk at a leisurely pace.

Tickets are required in advance, since the event only allows a certain number of people to enter the trail at a time. Depending on the time, prices vary from $10.99 to $16.99 for kids ages 3-12 and $22.99 to $28.99 for adults. Children under 2 years enter free. To find out more or purchase tickets, visit their website.

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