A spooky giveaway …

This weekend is the occasion of one of the ghost-walking tours of the haunted South Side put on by Haunted Pittsburgh and tour guide Woody Cunningham.

ON THE TOUR, you will hear the supernatural stories about the City Theater, Gypsy Cafe, Lava Lounge, and the Carson Street Deli. We’ve collected blood-curdling tales of the unexplained about private homes along the way (although we make a point not to intrude on anyone’s privacy). And we can’t forget the mills: steel is imprinted on our town’s DNA, so it’s understandable that the ghosts of the mills provide for some Pittsburgh’s creepiest tales — from the strange apparition of Slag Pile Annie to the downright ghastly apparition of Jim Grabowski. The walk provides a one-of-a-kind panorama of the Bluff, so we regale our guests with the amazing ghost tales of Duquesne University and Mercy Hospital. Journey with us back to the Gilded Age of robber barons and of boastful mansions and relive the terrifying story that can’t be left out of any Pittsburgh ghost tour, the tale about “the most haunted house in America,” 1129 Ridge Avenue in old Allegheny West (alas, there is no walking tour at that location because it’s just an empty lot now).

I’ve got four free tickets for one of my readers ($60 value) to attend the hour and a half walking tour either this Friday or Saturday.

It’s the perfect way to start your night out, especially so close to Halloween.  Here’s what you do, you go on the walking tour, scare the poop out of yourself listening to the scary stories, then you clean that poop up because Pittsburgh recently passed a law that if you don’t, you’ll be fined an extra $500, and then you hit the South Side for dinner and good times.

If you want the tickets, leave a comment telling me the three dead people you’d like to have dinner with if you could and Random Number Generator will pick a winner tomorrow.

Me? Amelia Earhart, Beethoven, and Zima.

I know Zima isn’t a person, but it is dead and I’d sure like to have dinner with it.


  1. Stacie
    October 14, 2009 8:15 pm

    My friend Kim , Elvis and Anna Nicole Smith

  2. Chris
    October 14, 2009 8:33 pm

    Wow, I was so touched by these email responses especially those that mentioned a mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, any relative…..as someone they would want to have dinner with. In honor of all of you, I immediately left and went and had dinner with my dad, who has been in the hospital and then rehab for the past 8 weeks. He’s coming home tomorrow, but I am just so grateful that he is still around after a couple serious bouts of medical scares over the years.

    Sometimes you need a punch in the gut to recognize something that you tend to take for granted. Thanks.

  3. Brant
    October 14, 2009 8:35 pm

    Igor Stravinsky, My Grandfather, and John Lennon.

  4. Kayla
    October 14, 2009 8:36 pm

    William Shakespeare, John Lennon, and Albert Einstein

  5. Lindsay
    October 14, 2009 9:09 pm

    George Washington, John Lennon, and Mary Magdalene.

  6. Ug Lee
    October 14, 2009 11:14 pm

    My grandfather and a friend of mine who died way too young.
    Maybe Kurt Cobain or Layne Staley.

  7. Mary Beth
    October 15, 2009 12:26 am

    1. My Dad
    2. My Mom-in-law
    3. Bryan, the love of my life
    Miss them so much!! Nothing is the same without them.

  8. Bill From Hanover
    October 15, 2009 4:56 am



    Aunt Martha

    All of which are no longer with me … Would enjoy a great dinner and really make peace with them and to let them know all is well and that one day, we will all be back togther again.

  9. toni
    October 15, 2009 6:23 am

    Van Gogh
    Mary Magdalene

  10. Kathleen
    October 15, 2009 6:31 am

    Andy Warhol, Mr. Rogers and Gene Kelly

  11. Jen
    October 15, 2009 8:11 am

    1. Mother Teresa
    2. Princess Di
    3. Ronald Reagan

  12. Jules
    October 15, 2009 8:37 am

    1. Michael Jackson. Because I want him to sing and dance for me.
    2. J.F.K.
    3. Tupac. If he’s really dead.

  13. Chris P
    October 15, 2009 9:39 am

    Ben Franklin
    John Lennon
    Pope John Paul XXIII

  14. Theresa
    October 15, 2009 11:01 am

    Winston Churchill
    Madeline Kahn
    my dad

  15. Allie K.
    October 15, 2009 6:12 pm

    my grandfather, andy warhol and einstein.

  16. Susan
    October 22, 2009 6:50 am

    Might be late but:

    Marie Laveaux, VooDoo Queen
    Ordinary PGH person from the Strip Shantytown
    J. Robert Oppenheimer