Phantom Fall Fest

Phantom Fall Fest was formerly two separate spooky events:

  • Phantom Fright Nights: Premiered in 2002 and ran through 2019
  • Happy Hauntings: Premiered in 2017 and ran through 2019

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, neither Halloween event took place in 2020. However, in 2021 the scares were back with a brand new combined and rebranded event called Phantom Fall Fest!

Phantom Fall Fest is the best of both worlds, with family friendly spooks and fun in the afternoon and a scarier atmosphere once the sun begins to set!

Kennywood’s Halloween events have regularly been ranked as some of the best haunted theme park attractions in the world! Kennywood becomes a place for thrills and chills alike during Phantom Fall Fest. Kennywood’s tradition of closing for each season was always Labor Day until 2002 when Kennywood introduced the Halloween event.

Phantom Fright Nights was supposed to start in 2001, but for various reasons did not happen until a year later. The first year of Phantom Fright Nights was really a test to see how popular this Halloween event would become. The popularity of Phantom Fright Nights quickly grew, and the trend showed that Saturdays always were busier then Fridays.

All of the bright white lights that shined on buildings, midways, rides, etc. during the regular season are re-lamped in Halloween colors such as orange, green and purple for Phantom Fright Nights. If you haven’t visited this event yet, we encourage you do so, because everything is totally different from the regular season. Even the park’s bathrooms have an eerie feel about them. It’s a HUGE haunted house that you don’t want to miss and it’s only at Kennywood!

Family-Friendly Attractions

Haunt Name: Hootin' Holler Hayride
Year Opened: 2017
Location: Lost Kennywood Entrance

Ride a hay wagon behind a tractor on a unique fall tour around Kennywood, including various spooky and silly sights!

Riders under 46" tall must ride with a responsible person.
Haunt Name: Mystery Maze
Year Opened: 2017
Location: Lost Kennywood Entrance

Can you find your way through this hay maze? Some friendly monsters will help you if you get lost!
Haunt Name: Trick-or-Treating Trail
Year Opened: 2017
Location: Kennyville Cemetery

Trek through the lawn behind the Kandy Kaliedoscope in search of Halloween treats!

Haunted Houses & Scare Zones

Haunt Name: Dark Shadows
Year Opened: 2006 / 2008
Location: Kiddieland Picnic Groves
Type: Haunt

Dark Shadows began its life as an overflow haunt in the gargantuan Pavilion 5 behind the Turnpike. In 2008, it moved to its current location as a permanent haunt. Low visibility caused by fog and darkness make for a disorienting, perplexing trip through this minimalistic yet highly effective haunt. Watch your step or you may never make it out of the shadows!
Haunt Name: Dead Light District
Year Opened: 2022
Location: Midway near Parkside Café
Type: Scare Zone

See if you can make it through this modern day zombie apocalypse with your brain still in tact!
Haunt Name: Fear Fest
Year Opened: 2006 / 2007
Location: George Washington plaza
Type: Scare Zone

Half of Gory Park was dedicated to Clown Alley in 2006. The following year, the carnival gone horribly wrong moved to its current location. Don't let the clowns know that you're afraid of them...and be careful of the shady sideshows!
Haunt Name: Hellbilly Hollow
Year Opened: 2021
Location: Lost Kennywood
Type: Scare Zone

Experience apocalyptic hillbilly horrors in Hellbilly Hollow, located on the Whip side of Lost Kennywood.
Haunt Name: Kennyville Cemetery
Year Opened: 2002
Location: Behind Kandy Kaleidoscope, Dancing Waters
Type: Haunt

This haunt is an original from the first season of Phantom Fright Nights. It's one of the shorter haunts, but don't let that fool you. Once you're inside of this spooky cemetery there's no coming back out alive!
Haunt Name: mALICE in Wonderland Unleashed
Year Opened: 2022 / 2023
Location: Steelers Country
Type: Haunt

Travel deep inside Alice's mind as you travel through the looking glass but with a twist! Opening originally in 2022 as mALICE In Wonderland, the experience was "Unleashed" in 2023 with a new longer maze.
Haunt Name: Shady Grove Memorial Hospital
Year Opened: 2019
Location: Pavilion 17
Type: Haunt

Built on the hollowed grounds of Fort Despair, Shady Grove features a doctor and medical staff gone awry, terrorizing its patients, the few remaining sane employees, and especially its visitors!
Haunt Name: Villa of the Vampire
Year Opened: 2005
Location: Penny Arcade
Type: Haunt

The Villa replaced an original haunt, Creeper's Crypt, adding a new dimension to the dungeon atmosphere. These vampires aren't looking for food. The only food they are looking for is you!
Haunt Name: Voodoo Bayou
Year Opened: 2008
Location: Raging Rapids trough
Type: Haunt

Brave a tour with Swamp Canoe And Raft Excursions (S.C.A.R.E) as you wander through the creepy canyons and caverns that the ghouls call home. Be sure to wear your best hiking's all uphill from here!
Haunt Name: The Welcoming / Departing
Location: Park entrance tunnel
Type: Scare Zone

The frights start right away as you enter Kennywood, with a fog-filled tunnel full of unexpected terrors.


  1. Are there rides open like roller coasters during Phantom Fright Nights?

  2. are there age restrictions for phantom nights

  3. Are Fright Nights accessible for individuals in wheelchairs?

  4. Do they have VIP passes for haunted attractions

  5. it rained hard this year do we get a refund our tickets,,,

  6. I have a raincheck from this summer. Could I use it during Phantom Fright Nights?

  7. Where can i purchase tickets for fright night 2020

  8. Is the 4D theater open this year, 2022? If yes, what is the movie? Also, am I able to get a speedy pass for the phantom fall fest?

  9. Will there be a movie playing in the 4D theatre this year, 2022? If yes, what movie? Also, how can I get a speedy pass for the phantom fright night?

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