Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Friday the 13th? Fingers Crossed, and Have a Nice Day! Fingers Crossed, and Have a Nice Day!

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Friday the 13th? Fingers Crossed, and Have a Nice Day! Fingers Crossed, and Have a Nice Day!

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Friday the 13th comes but once or twice a year, give or take a calendar oddity. It's been 10 long months since the last one, and given this Friday's proximity to Halloween, it's only right to go heavy on the creepiness of the occasion.

Herewith are a few suggestions to add a chill to those unseasonably warm October days.

Dare you to binge late at night

"Lore" is a podcast phenomenon of stories that embraces its motto ("The scariest stories are true"). Get ready for more chills: six episodes of a video version will debut on Friday the 13th. The podcast is written, hosted and produced by Aaron Mahnke, who adds live action and animation to some of the creepiest tales. "Lore" is available on Amazon Prime Video. Press materials actually listed "Robert the Doll" as an actor in one of the photographs - you cannot get creepier than that. Seriously, just look at this little guy.

'Tis the season for inky, dinky spiders

Pittsburgh Tattoo Company wants you to get inked on Friday the 13th.

For the fourth consecutive year, the shop on Smithfield Street will have artists standing by its walk-in special: $13 for a small, simple tattoo of spooky design. A mandatory tip of $7 makes the cost a straight Jackson.

Six artists and one piercer (the one-day special goes for that as well) will be on hand beginning at noon. Although the event ends at 7, clients will not be accepted that late to closing.

Last year's event drew 300 people: that's a lot of coffins, black cats, pumpkins and skulls. The actual designs were to be revealed on the 13th.

Take that Halloween costume for a test drive

"Mad Science" at the Carnegie Science Center gets even madder when you add whiskey and haunted house attractions to this adults-only event. From 6-10 p.m., the Science Center is home to a special effects make-up demonstration from ScareHouse and "Face Off" artist Jordan Patton, as well as creepy comedy, karaoke, a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" medley and Wigle Whiskey-fueled libations.

Guests must show ID at the door for this 21+ event and tickets are $12 advance and $17 on site.

Simply batty

Not-so-scary but spooky nonetheless, is the "Very Zooperstitious" overnight family feature at The Pittsburgh Zoo Friday. Children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult and see some real bats and creatures that go bump in the night, from 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Tickets are $40 each but members get a discount. For more information and registration go to

No trip to Crystal Lake this year, guys

A reboot of the iconic slasherfest, "Friday the 13th," was to be released this month on, of course, Friday. Production was to begin last March but Paramount pulled the plug in February. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio might have given in to fears of its own: a sequel to "The Ring" did dismally at the box office and it became spooked about losing more money on a horror franchise. …

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