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. Chris T
    October 14, 2009 10:23 am

    Warren Zevon
    Ted Williams
    Ben Franklin

    I was going to say Thomas Jefferson, but if he came back and saw what’s happened to this country it would kill him again.

  2. eileen
    October 14, 2009 10:36 am

    My Husband
    My Mother
    My Grandmother

  3. JennyMoon
    October 14, 2009 10:48 am

    My grandmother, my grandfather and Chris Farley

  4. Jill
    October 14, 2009 10:52 am

    Johnny Cash
    Coco Chanel
    Abraham Lincoln

  5. SteelCitySparkles
    October 14, 2009 11:25 am

    Elvis, Frank Sinatra & Princess Di wooooo!!

  6. Jen
    October 14, 2009 11:26 am

    1. My mom
    2. My little sister I never got to meet
    3. That’s all I can come up with.

  7. Amy
    October 14, 2009 11:26 am

    Charles Nelson Reilly
    Douglas Adams
    Freddie Mercury

  8. Elle C.
    October 14, 2009 11:31 am

    Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth I, my grandma

  9. Julie
    October 14, 2009 11:34 am

    OK…Jackie O, MJ (had to go there!), and Anne Boleyn

    I really should come up with a better stock answers to questions like this…

  10. Birdie
    October 14, 2009 11:47 am

    My grandmother
    The little girl from the poltergist movies (not sure why)

  11. PG Wodehouse
    October 14, 2009 11:48 am

    Pittsburgh Tom, sure you already know this but Abe isn’t dead yet.

  12. RJQ
    October 14, 2009 11:49 am

    Marie Antoinette
    Henry VIII
    Steve Irwin

  13. Sean Brennan
    October 14, 2009 12:08 pm

    1. Johnny Cash
    2. George Carlin
    3. Billie Holiday

  14. Bobbo
    October 14, 2009 12:08 pm

    At the same dinner table (preferably Las Velas in Market Square):

    — My grandmother
    — JFK
    — Walter Cronkite

  15. HORNE-Y
    October 14, 2009 12:36 pm

    Georgia O’Keefe
    Ed Bradley
    Joey Ramone

  16. hoosierburgher
    October 14, 2009 12:44 pm

    My three choices would have to be

    My dad, Galileo, and Da Vinci

  17. Stacey
    October 14, 2009 12:44 pm

    1) Jesus

    2) My dad

    3) Anne Frank

  18. Tiffany
    October 14, 2009 12:46 pm

    Mr. Rogers, my grandmother and my grandfather.

  19. Mrscrappy
    October 14, 2009 12:52 pm

    Walter Cronkite, Edward R.Murrow and Hunter S. Thompson.

  20. Gargoyle
    October 14, 2009 1:05 pm

    John Lennon, Henry the Eight, Marilyn Monroe

  21. Katrina
    October 14, 2009 1:21 pm

    Churchill, Buckley, and Napoleon.

  22. Shannon
    October 14, 2009 1:26 pm

    1. Mr. Rogers, because I am a born & bred Pittsburgher who will still watch when I catch it on PBS & cried when he died. And thinks he is one of the nicest people to ever live.
    2. Abraham Lincoln, because he’s honest Abe & must have lots of stories to tell. A man with compelling eyes, must carry around a lot of weight.
    3. My grandmother, my mom’s mom who died before I was born, had 15 kids & would invite homeless people over for Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner.

  23. DanW
    October 14, 2009 1:51 pm

    My Mom
    My Dad
    My Sister

    -Also for a previous poster, Abe Vigoda is not dead!

  24. Tom Pendergast
    October 14, 2009 1:53 pm

    The -other= Tom P*** (the scoundrel who shares my name), Frank Sinatra, Michele Briere

  25. Kayla
    October 14, 2009 1:54 pm

    William Shakespeare, John Lennon, Albert Einstein

  26. Sexy Jesus
    October 14, 2009 2:16 pm

    My son. No one else need apply. But if I must: Pitt Girl (dead, right?) and Thomas Jefferson.

  27. Mandalyn
    October 14, 2009 2:55 pm

    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. John Lennon
    3. My Grandpa

  28. BigFiddy
    October 14, 2009 3:05 pm

    My grandfather and grandmother, Art Rooney “The Chief”

  29. Shane
    October 14, 2009 3:08 pm

    John Belushi
    Frank Sinatra
    Franklin Roosevelt

    and the ladies of their choice

  30. Pittsburgh Tom (now back in da burgh)
    October 14, 2009 3:30 pm

    PG Wodehouse – Of course I know Abe isn’t dead. I was wondering if anyone would notice that. Good catch.
    I couldn’t resist having a little fun with the fact that he’s had more death announcements than Jason Voorhees. Also, I had a hard time deciding on a third choice.

  31. Nick
    October 14, 2009 3:48 pm

    Mozart, Myron Cope, My dad’s mother (who I never got to meet)

  32. Suz
    October 14, 2009 3:58 pm

    Roberto Clemente, Larry Gelbart, and Abe Lincoln.

  33. Drea
    October 14, 2009 4:03 pm

    My mom
    My father-in-law
    Jack Kerouac

  34. Linda
    October 14, 2009 4:11 pm

    My grandmother, Jesus Christ, and Mother Theresa

  35. Amanda
    October 14, 2009 4:23 pm

    My grandfather

    My grandmother

    John Lennon

  36. Beth
    October 14, 2009 4:29 pm

    My great grandparents, who I never met, Frank Sinatra, and little Eadie Beale

  37. Barb
    October 14, 2009 4:45 pm

    My grandfather
    My dad
    My grandmother

  38. Dash
    October 14, 2009 5:07 pm

    I had to think about it for a while, but I finally came up with-

    Sam Kinison,
    Jean Harlow, and
    Ben Franklin.

    (I reserve the right to change this list at a moment’s notice)

  39. Lisa
    October 14, 2009 5:22 pm

    1) My husband’s mother

    2) Jesus-I want to see what is real…what is not-

    3) George Washington-I want to know what he was like and how he felt about creating a country.

  40. Shari
    October 14, 2009 5:33 pm

    Martin Luther King
    Roberto Clemente

  41. GeeLyn
    October 14, 2009 5:59 pm

    Chris Farley, Judy Garland, & Walt Disney

  42. April
    October 14, 2009 6:07 pm

    Mozart, Beethoven, & Vivaldi.

  43. Red
    October 14, 2009 6:37 pm

    Cliff Burton
    Stevie Ray Vaughn!

  44. Megrcam51
    October 14, 2009 6:53 pm

    My father-in-law, Elizabeth I, and Da Vinci.

  45. msam24
    October 14, 2009 6:54 pm

    Abe Lincoln, Jesus, my father

  46. Lisa
    October 14, 2009 6:57 pm

    I think a trip to Japan is in your future….According to Wikipedia….Zima’s “domestic production ceased in October 2008, but it is still produced and marketed in Japan.[1]”

    [1]^ “ZIMA”. http://www.zima.jp. http://www.zima.jp/about/product.html. Retrieved 2009-06-05.

    Oh…delete this comment once you read it…I answered as #86

  47. JenEngland
    October 14, 2009 7:05 pm

    My mom. That’s x3. I miss her so much sometimes, and so much has changed in my life since she died. Maybe Edna St Vincent Millay or Margaret mead if pressed for less melencholy answers!

  48. Amy
    October 14, 2009 7:14 pm

    Charles Nelson Reilly
    Freddie Mercury
    Douglas Adams

  49. Jim Price
    October 14, 2009 7:24 pm

    Thomas Jefferson
    My Grandfather Simpson
    Charles Dickens

  50. Virginia Hendricks
    October 14, 2009 8:08 pm


    Abraham Lincoln

    my maternal grandfather

    Stephen Foster, just cuz