5 Easy DIY Costume Ideas for KILLING IT This Halloween

Haven’t picked out a costume? Don’t stress. Let us do that for you! Forget expensive pre-packaged costumes or complicated candy skulls. Here are five costumes you can pull off with what you’ve got right now.

Snapchat Filter

FILTER out the basics and get crafty in a SNAP!

Remember that gorgeous butterfly filter that brought out your inner goddess? Bring it back this Halloween in real life. Pick up some inexpensive craft butterflies and spray-paint them gold. Now you’ve got the perfect little accessories to fasten to some bobby pins and arrange around your face! Got gold glitter? Dab a little extra wow-factor on your forehead. Consider it done!

My Pale Skin Blog poses as golden butterfly snapchat filter

Channel that tech-savvy unicorn with a mouth full of rainbow! Using face paint or even eyeshadow, draw vertical lines downward from your bottom lip to your neckline. Don’t stress about perfectly straight lines. The filter’s rainbow is wavy and whimsical! Rosy up those cheeks with bright pink blush and you are as good as gold. Talk about tasting the rainbow!

Rainbow snapchat filter costume

That purple pouty Bratz Doll filter sure takes us back! You can be one too, doll! Dramatically overline your lips with a vibrant purple or pink. To achieve big and bold eyes, heavily line them with a brightening white liner and highlight the inner corners. Find little rainbow and heart stickers for your cheeks (or draw them on) and you are glammed and ready to go!

bratz doll filter costume

Catty Devil

Want to bring out the little devil in you but don’t have the horns to match? Trust us: all you need is your hair! You can say you’ve “grown” your own horns if it’s made up of hair. Twist small sections of hair into messy tall mini-buns behind your temples. Add additional strands to perfect the cone shape. Spray with red hair color for a devil, or leave your hair as is, paint on some whiskers and you’ve got a purrfect cat look!

devil makeup and horns

Breadwinner

Pull off the perfect pun! Just because puns are done doesn’t mean they are overdone! We’ve seen The Spice Girls (peep nutmeg and cumin) or Smarty Pants (with Smarties taped to pants). But this one’s easier than a PB&J! Grab a loaf and wear a metal. Before you know it, you’ll have yourself a sugar baby. You’ll sure WIN Halloween with a look that is MONEY.

bread winner punny costume

Regina George

You know what’s fetch? Retro plaid skirts of course! Between malls, thrift stores, and Mom’s closet, you can’t be far from one. Add a white tank, heels, and cap it off with a homemade Burn Book. All you have to do is print out a picture and tape it to a notebook! You’re not wearing a regular costume. You’re wearing a cool costume!

Regina George Halloween Costume

Of course that skirt doesn’t have to be limited to one costume! Try different plaid-wearing characters: Serena Van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, or Cher Horowitz.

Happy Tears

Feeling particularly strapped? Get busy for “crying” out loud! If you’ve got glitter, you’ve got a costume. Luckily a hot mess like this is lower maintenance than it looks. Take some glitter and any color of choice and apply it in a gravitational tear shape from the lower lashline to your cheeks. Don’t worry if it’s not neat. Tears aren’t Either. Call it A Happy Cry, Happy Tears, Unicorn Tears, Tears of an Angel, whatever comes to mind!

Happy Tears Makeup glitter

Halloween costumes are a MUST not a BUST. But picking one out shouldn’t be on your list of scares! Take it easy this Halloween with a costume to match. If your makeover includes dramatic makeup or fake lashes, check out these facts about lash extensions here!

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All About Our Scholarships

When it comes to your education, nothing should stand in the way of your goals. However, financial roadblocks are unavoidable sometimes and can make achieving your dreams seem difficult. The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Altoona is dedicated to making sure every student can attend beauty school and work toward their career aspirations. To help out incoming and current students, scholarships to students who qualify.

TSPA Redken Scholarship

We’re proud of our relationship with Redken here at TSPA Altoona. It not only enables us to offer you a professionally-infused education but an exclusive Redken scholarship as well. Redken and TSPA are both passionate about helping aspiring beauty professionals follow their dreams. The scholarship awards 35 newly accepted and current TSPA students with $1,000 applied toward tuition, fees, and books needed to complete training. Deadlines for the scholarship vary each year, so it’s important to check the Redken website to make sure you complete your application on time. You can read about the Redken Scholarship requirements here!

TSPA Memorial Scholarship

The Carol Jo Sicheneder “Mrs. S” Memorial Scholarship was created to honor a woman who was very special to everyone at TSPA Altoona. She and her husband purchased the school in 1982, where she served as both co-owner and educator for the rest of her life. Carol wanted to share her passion for cosmetology and learning to the next generation of beauty professionals. That’s why we offer this scholarship of $4,000 to graduating seniors in the Altoona area. This scholarship is available to those that qualify and must be used toward tuition at TSPA Altoona. You can read more about the scholarship’s backstory here, or fill out the form on our website for more information about deadlines and requirements.

TSPA Second Chance Scholarship

Sometimes unexpected events happen that get in the way of your educational goals. If you were attending a university, college, or trade school in the past and had to leave for whatever reason, we have a scholarship for you! The TSPA Second Chance Scholarship was created specifically for former students to use for their personal investment in beauty school. Keep in mind that this is an annual scholarship offer, the date for 2018 has passed, but there will be a new date in 2019! Everyone deserves a second chance to achieve their goals and dreams. That’s what this scholarship is dedicated to!

We Can Help Fund Your Future

TSPA Altoona is approved by the Department of Education to offer financial aid to those who qualify. If beauty is your passion and you want to invest in your education, we want to help you. For any assistance with scholarships and federal financial aid, contact our financial aid office. We’re here to walk you through the process of applying for scholarships and make sure you have a financial plan that will work for you. Call us today! It’s time to get started on your future!

Graduation cap and money on a black background to represent financial aid.

Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspaaltoona.com

5 Ways to Show Your Team Spirit This Season

Chances are there is a sports team that you associate yourself with. No matter how serious you are about your team, it is always more exciting when you show some team spirit! Need some ideas to get you started? These are a few ways to let your spirit shine!

Color

If you bleed your team’s colors and want people to know, then coloring your hair might just do the trick! This bold statement will leave everyone knowing exactly which team you are rooting for, and how committed you are to it. If coloring your hair is currently not something you want to do, don’t worry there are other ways to show your colors.

Girl with long, vibrant red hair.

Ribbons

Another less permanent way to show your team spirit with your hair is by using ribbons. Simply tying your hair up or braiding your hair with a ribbon will help you stand out. The more creative you are the better, so think outside the box! Ribbons are very inexpensive and easy to find. You should be able to find your teams colors at your local craft or fabric store.

Blonde girl with sports team bow.

Apparel

Wearing your team’s apparel is always a good way to show your allegiance. Things like jerseys, ball caps, and even foam fingers can be game changers when it comes to team spirit. Not wanting to spend a lot of money? We know how you feel! Go buy some paint, a white shirt, and a hat and then go to town! Doing it yourself is a great way to stand out.

Sports team apparel.

Face Paint

Another bold way to support your team is by painting your face! Face paint stands out and is easy to use. Painting a logo will always look good, but if you want something more simple, just paint your whole face. It can be difficult to paint something on your own face, so we would recommend having a friend do it for you.

Dark haired girl with green makeup and sports face paint.

Nails

Painting your nails is another awesome way to show your team spirit! As you can see in the picture above, it’s easy to be creative. Look online for cool ideas or just think of something yourself!

Sports team nails.

We hope that our list has given you some good ideas! Let us know if you have other ideas in the comments below. Also If you need some help getting ready, check out our student salon! Give us a call or book an appointment when you get here!

All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Are You Ready for Your Journey Into Cosmetology?

Are you about to graduate high school and are looking ahead to your future? Or have you been attending a local university and are in need of a change in direction? Perhaps you have been dreaming of career in beauty for a while and just need a little nudge.

Everyone’s journey toward their dreams are different, and every journey has different blocks along the way. Perhaps you have a friend or family member that is trying to talk you out of your goals. Or perhaps you are struggling with feelings of failure after your last school attempt and are worried of a repeat.

No matter where you are in your journey, at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Altoona we are ready to answer every question and help you make your future what you want it. Contact us today at 814-944-4494 to take your first step. We are ready to answer questions and help you schedule your tour.

Need a bigger boost?

Check out our five facts for future beauty professionals. We’ve compiled these to answer all of your questions, with the intent to empower and inspire you to move toward the future.

Want your own copy? Download it here.

Ready to Get started?

Contact our admission coordinator to schedule your tour and discover more about how our programs can help launch you into the beautiful future you have always wanted.

Want to Learn More?

Read more about our scholarship opportunities, tips on how to speak to parents, and what makes our school different on our blog.

You can also read more about one students journey, and gain a sneak peek into what awaits you on our Open Letter to Who I Was last Year.

Color your life. Color it beautiful.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspaaltoona.com

5 Reasons Why You Might Love Cosmetology School!

Graduating from high school is a big deal, your future can be wide open! With so many possibilities it’s hard to know what comes next for you.

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Altoona, we understand that there isn’t one choice in higher education that’s right for everyone. Cosmetology school is a wonderful option that often gets overlooked.

Below are five reasons why cosmetology school could be an awesome option for you after graduation!

  1. You Can Follow Your Passion

     

    Do you find yourself watching hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube? Are you always practicing your blending or lash application to perfect the latest looks? Cosmetology school may be the perfect choice for you so you can build an education in something you love. During school you can learn everything from hair cutting and styling to makeup application! Keep up on all the latest trends and fashions as you are educated on proper techniques and tricks!

  2. You Can Meet People From All Walks of Life

    Interacting with other students and building relationships with guests is a major part of a cosmetology education! This is a good thing because you enjoy talking to people and hearing their stories. You may build lifelong friendships with other students who also have a passion for cosmetology!

  3. You’ll Be More Than a Number

    You won’t need to worry about the teacher not knowing your name or not knowing the people in your class. Our educators strive to be there for you as you try new techniques, cuts, and colors. They are also dedicated to you and your personal success during cosmetology school. They have been in your shoes and understand what it’s like to be a cosmetology student.

  4. You Can Work in a Creative Space

    Does the idea of sitting in an office all day make you cringe? As a cosmetology student you will be surrounded by fashion and creativity on a daily basis. You’ll also be with others who are just as excited about the beauty industry. This makes it easy to let your creativity flow as you learn the ins and outs of the beauty industry.

  5. Not a Traditional School

    Cosmetology school could be a fabulous educational option because it isn’t a traditional schooling environment. It is the perfect mix of classroom time and hands on practice. You can take what you learn in the classroom and then practice what you learn in a real life work setting. Because we focus on mastering our technique in a salon-like setting you can be assured that you will spend less time in lectures and more time practicing your skill.

So what are you waiting for? Cosmetology school is an awesome educational option after graduation! The environment can be fun and exciting and you get to learn about the thing you are most passionate about: beauty!

Check out some of our other blogs on being a cosmetologist to find out more about the beauty industry.

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To learn more about The Salon Professional Academy, Altoona and the cosmetology program we offer, contact our school or give us a call at 814-944-4494 for more information.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspaAltoona.com

Find Your Second Chance at TSPA Altoona

Everyone deserves a second chance.

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Altoona we firmly believe that no matter what your history or background is, it is never too late to change your path. This goes for your education as well. If you have attended another school recently and found your educational journey cut short for one reason or another – it doesn’t have to be the end!

We have former college students come through our doors every day, ready to pursue their dreams and discover a second chance in their education. That is why we created the Second Chance Scholarship, to help support former college students in the investment toward a future that may have otherwise felt out of reach.

It’s Never the End

confused student in class

Did you feel like you were lost in a crowd? Or perhaps you felt like you were only a number and didn’t have value to your school? Did you feel lost and confused, without easy access to support and office staff to help answers your questions? Maybe you enjoyed some of your courses, but the further you got into your program you started to feel out of place and longed for a more cooperative environment?

Does any of this sound like you? Have any of these come to mind as you made your decision to pursue different opportunities?

There are many reasons that you may have found your previous education experience come to an end. No matter what your reason, At TSPA Altoona we understand! We are ready to help you find an education and career that you love, that helps you pursue that dream that you may have had to put on the back burner.

Find the Perfect Fit

“Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”

happy cosmetologist

There is a reason so many of our childhood dreams inspire us, why they fill our fantasies and often our future. Sometimes, we put these dreams aside in hopes of finding a career that we believe could provide us a more stable income, or we may choose a career that avoids the negative stigma that a pursuing our dreams may have. While many people may find a new passion as they travel their education journey, many others find themselves still longing for the career that they have dreamed of for years.

Finding that perfect fit in your career and in your life can truly make your education and your career one that you can find joy in for years to come.

If you love being creative and working with your hands, if you are longing for a cooperative atmosphere that supports you in your learning and looks at you as a person, and not as a number, we invite you to come tour the facility at The Salon Professional Academy, Altoona. We would love to speak with you about your dreams and show you how we work to support our students in an environment that lets them learn and grow into a beautiful future.

Are you Ready for Your Second Chance?

Sometimes when you change your education path you are left with a financial burden that can make pursuing another education feel daunting. It’s for that reason that we introduced the Second Chance Scholarship to qualifying students at TSPA Altoona.

If you are interested in the Second Chance Scholarship we invite you to schedule a time to sit down with our Financial Aid Administrator to discover if you qualify, how to apply and how this opportunity can positively impact your investment in your education.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspaaltoona.com

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Scholarship qualification and application processes vary, not all will qualify. Contact us today to speak with a financial aid administrator for more information.

What Does Your Horoscope Say About Your 2018 Hairstyle?

2017 is almost over, the new year is quickly approaching and with it a year full of new possibilities is coming. If you, like many people, look to the stars for hints of what time and the universe hold for you, we have just the insight for you.

By looking at the stars, and referring to some of the finest astrologers around, we can tell you not only what your 2018 could hold, but what hairstyle is going to make you look on fleek for all the adventures that await you.

Tell us your star sign and we will peek into your upcoming year and all the amazing that awaits you.

AriestaurusGeminiCancerLeoVirgo LibraScorpio Sagittarius CapricornAquariusPisces

Aries

Aries

March 21st – April 19th

2018 will be a year of power for you. Not only will your love life be in your control, but you will be able to guide your career toward good fortune. Stay level headed with meditation and yoga to keep yourself in balance and free thinking.

Thanks to the placement of Pluto and Saturn, the next two years are strong for you, so take control now to make the most of it.

Be ready to face the powerful energy that awaits you with a messy bun. Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color to your hair to let your personality shine.

Taurus

Taurus

April 20th – May 20th

2018 will be full of joyous peace for you. While your love life will be a passionate one, you will have to prove yourself at work and in other relationships. Be careful to balance your desires to avoid missteps.

Your creativity will be at an all time high thanks to the placement of Uranus. Take advantage of this by starting that project at work you have been holding off or embracing a new passion that previously seemed impossible.

Let your calm creativity shine with free flowing locks drenched in a mirror of color and excitement.

Gemini

Gemini

May 21st – June 20th

This year watch for someone new to come into your life. Romantic or not, this new connection will bring you great mental satisfaction. Be careful to avoid arguments and don’t get distracted by material goods to help keep your year charged with vitality and energy.

The transit of Venus through your house is good news as it’s relationship with Gemini will invite harmony and balance into your life.

Keep that balance in harmony with your new relationships with long flowing locks that welcome beauty and compassion.

Cancer

Cancer

June 21st – July 22nd

Look forward to an optimistic year in 2018. Work will keep you busy, and you may find yourself pulled toward new opportunities to learn. Make sure to take time for yourself and for the relationships you value to keep those ties strong.

Because of Mars unique placement through the beginning of the year you will see advances in your career, now is the time to take that risk you’ve been thinking about.

With so much work ahead of you, you’re best off to keep your hair in braids to keep it looking great, no matter how much time you have to prep in the morning.

Leo

Leo

July 23rd – Aug 23rd

Be prepared for a fast-paced and dynamic 2018. You will see large shifts in both work and relationships this year, so be prepared to focus on yourself as you adjust to these changes.

Jupiter has a focus on your career this year, opening more doors and creating more opportunities. Exciting possibilities could be heading your way.

Embrace the dynamic and switch up your 2018 with a short cut and bright color that will show the world you are ready for whatever comes your way.

Virgo

Virgo

August 24th – September 22nd

Problems will be solved easily for you in 2018. While you may find yourself busy with projects you can see immense growth with added focus.

Venus will be traveling through your house this year, bringing good vibes to you career, swinging possibilities opens just as Jupiter introduces someone new to your life.

Be ready for anything with an embellished ponytail, keep a hair tie handy at all times to help make this year great.

Libra

Libra

September 23rd – October 22nd

2018 is the time to make up for lost passions. Give into that change in hobbies or work that has been taunting you for a while, and discover a new joy that could lead you into great potential. Children play an important role in the year ahead.

With Saturn’s guidance this year you could find yourself gaining control of your life in ways that will leave you happier and stronger in yourself.

Keep your elegance while you explore and embrace an elegant twist that is not only easy to do, but looks great!

Scorpio

Scorpio

October 23rd – November 21st

Keep yourself mentally fit in 2018 to see huge growth in both career and relationships. Thoroughly contemplate any decisions to avoid pitfalls that the universe may have planned for you.

Venus is spending some time in your house this year, bringing growth in your finances, try something new to help take advantage of this comic windfall.

Keep yourself looking great this year with a long versatile cut that can suit any need and keep you glamorous through everything.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Nov 22nd – Dec 21st

Keep yourself healthy this year and you will see happiness and growth in your career. Have trust and patience with those around you to help cultivate relations, as communication may be difficult this year.

Jupiter’s vibration can help you align your inner desires and emotions this year, consider seeking out a life coach or therapist to help you make the most of it.

Be ready for anything with an embellished ponytail, keep a hair tie handy at all times to help make this year great.

Capricorn

capricorn

Dec 22 – Jan 19

This is the year to try new things! Use 2018 to focus on your dreams and desires and you may find that you can achieve them easily. As you journey through the new year remember that endings can lead to beautiful beginnings.

Venus will bring grace to you work and health this year, as long as you lean in to your team and associates. Embrace the love and romance that will grow for you this year.

Let the romance shine this year and let your hair free, embrace curls or texture just as you are embracing yourself.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Jan 20th – Feb 18th

Seek balance in exercise and good eating habits this year. Keeping yourself mentally strong will open doors in your career this year, with a journey across the ocean possible. Stay flexible and prepared to explore in order to make the most of this opportunity.

Venus will greatly benefit your sign this year, bringing adventuring relationships into your life. This could present itself in friends, social activities, or a new romance.

Be ready to face the adventures that awaits you with a messy bun. Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color to your hair to let your personality shine.

Pisces

Pisces

Feb 19th – Mar 20th

2018 will be a year of upheavals and transformation for you. Focus your energy and curb your financial habits to create new opportunities in your career and relationships.

Venus will be shining a positive light on your home and family this year, setting a calm energy over your life.

Keep your elegance while you explore and embrace an elegant twist that is not only easy to do, but looks great!

Are you looking for a new start for your new year? Check out the programs at TSPA Altoona and see how you can follow your stars to a bright future.

TSPA Altoona – Excellence in Small Business Award Winners

The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Altoona has a long tradition of dedication to our students, and to our community. From the very beginning it has been our goal to bolster up our friends, our family, and our neighbors as they build businesses, careers, and lead a future generation forward.

Even through our transition from Pruontos Beauty School to becoming a proud member of the TSPA brand that we are today, our dedication to the community that we call home has been our number one focus.

This last month, at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce annual Business Awards Program dinner that dedication and commitment was recognized as Kim Hofer, our second generation owner was awarded with the Excellence in Small Business Award.

Kim Hofer accepting award

This award recognizes small businesses in Blair County who strive to serve the community and build leaders that will not only strengthen both current employees, but future generations. That commitment should last over at least 15 years, with a strong demonstration of stability.

With almost fifty years of history we are proud to be part of our community, and for all we have accomplished in our time here. From receiving the coveted Diamond Academy accolade from The Salon Professional Academy and Redken, to being recognized as Director of the Year by TSPA, Kim has accomplished a lot – and that passion is clear to everyone around her.

Recognized at an elegant annual dinner, Kim Hofer and the educators at TSPA Altoona were the sole recipients of the Excellence in Small Business Award. Whereas, in previous years, multiple business have been recognized, this year Kim’s work at The Salon Professional Academy, Altoona stood out, granting them this singular honor.

Kim Hofer and staff accepting award

It was an amazing experience for the school and staff to be recognized, and to show the people in our amazing area all that we have done.

When our owner, Kim Hofer, was asked what this accolade means to the school, and to all of those that have found an education behind our doors she said; “Excellence in business comes down to one thing, a strong team working together. I am so blessed to have a team that believes in the same dream that I do. Our passion to educate our students and grow them into salon leaders is what drives our success. We see the success in our students and graduates every day, but it is still nice to receive a little recognition from our community too!”

At The Salon Professional Academy, Altoona we are honored to be recognized for our work. Altoona is our home, and to be recognized by our own community is an amazing honor.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in beauty and want a school that is committed to you and your future we invite you to take a tour of TSPA Altoona today. Come on in and see how our commitment to our community, and to our students can help you build a successful future.

The Ultimate Gift Giving Guide for Altoona, PA

The holiday season is fast upon us, and like so many others your thoughts have probably already begun to shift to the gift giving that will occur.

While there is still plenty of time, at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Altoona we love giving back to the community that has supported us for so long. That is why we have put together this amazing list of local businesses that we not only love but frequent ourselves!

If you are looking for the perfect gift, make sure to check them out, and fall in love with our amazing local small businesses!

LaVintage Decor

LaVinatge Decor Kitchen corner

This eclectic store takes design to the next level, using vintage and repurposed items in large and small decor for your home. As an added bonus they also rent pieces and displays for events, helping to give weddings and parties a unique flair.

Stop by their boutique to find beautiful gifts and decor, or explore their backroom to find that large piece that will perfectly complement your home.

Kerr Kreations Floral & Gift Shoppe

Kerr Kreations Floral & Gift Shoppe

More than just flowers, this sweet smelling shop has a large gift shop full of locally made gifts, treats, and decor. Not only will you be able to find something for everyone, you can do it while surrounded by the fragrance of a million flowers. It just might be enough to inspire you to buy that bouquet for someone special

Green – Home – Goods

GHD

This earth conscious business may specialize in renewable furnishings for your kitchen and bath, but their large gift shop goes beyond that, making it a must-stop for that one of kind gift for the decor lover in your life.

Things Remembered

Things Remembered Altoona

While this large chain may not seem like the cute little local boutique of your dreams, the locally operated business is the stop all for personalized gifts. You can find everything from bags, to plates, to towels here and easily get them personalized with words phrases and even pictures.

For the perfect gift, that says just the right thing, a visit to Things Remembered should be on your list. Location is now closed.

Bedford Candies

Bedford Candies Storefront

We all have that one friend with a sweet tooth. The one who loves everything, and thinks the perfect gift is one drenched in chocolate. If you find yourself scratching your head over what to get them, you are in luck, this local store specializes in just that. With sweets and popcorn made daily, all in unique flavors that you won’t find anywhere else, the perfect gift to feed your sweet tooth is waiting.

Located just outside of Altoona, PA in neaby Bedford, you won’t regret the trip to discover these tasty creations.

Fox Hollow Boutique

Local designers come together to stock the racks of this one-of-a-kind clothing boutique in Altoona. Here you will find everything from that unique jacket you know will look great on your best friend, to the custom made jewelry that will make that slinky black dress pop.

Escape Rooms Altoona

Escape Rooms Altoona logo

Why not give the gift of adventure this Christmas?

The newly opened Escape Rooms Altoona can help you do just that! At this popular activity you and a few friends will find yourself locked in a room, solving a mystery as you work to find your escape.

They say there is no better gift than an experience, and a visit to Escape Rooms Altoona will let you do just that.

Trade Secrets

trade secrets pumpkin products

If your friends and family (or even you) are in need of some pampering, then this store is a must stop. With handmade bath bombs, candles, natural deodorants and more, you will find exactly what you need to make your friend say ‘awww’.

Plus, with so many amazing things, chances are you will probably find something for yourself as well.

The Salon Professional Academy, Altoona

TSPA - Altoon'a Beauty School Utra-modern Student Salon

We can’t leave ourselves out of the ultimate gift giving guide! With gift certificates available in multiple amounts you can not only give your loved ones a service, you can put them in control of getting just what they want.

From coloring services to spa treatments you can give the gift of beauty, all while supporting your local economy, and the future professionals who will keep our city beautiful for years to come.

Do you know of a local business that we forgot, let us know in the comments so we can add to our ultimate guide, and keep Altoona local!

Experience Fall in Altoona, PA

Looking for local haunts in Altoona, Pennsylvania? We have the skinny on all the fun, spooky, creepy, and zombie ridden activities.

Experience Fall in Altoona, PA

Let’s Get Our and Play!

October 1 – Altoona Cheerleading Fundraiser Bingo  – St. Rose of Lima School – An annual dinner and bingo event t support the local cheerleaders.

October 4 – 18 – JB Farms Fall Frenzy Days – http://www.jbtreefarm.com/fall_frenzy.html – Enjoy leisurely days strolling through beautiful farmlands and enjoying the fruits and vegetables of the farmland.

October 6th – Zombie Town USA – Downtown Altoona –  http://zombietownusa.com – For 48 hours Altoona PA will become the epicenter of a zombie apocalypse, with Zombies roaming the streets, looking for their next victim. Can you survive?

October 6th – Felix and The Hurricanes, Live in Concert  – Heidelberg Country Club – Come see this local band and enjoy some great food and drinks.

October 6th – Witching Hour Ghost Hunt At the Railroaders Memorial Museum – Joins JABA Paranormal Investigators in this creeptastic haunt and tour.

October 6-28th – Lincoln Caverns Ghosts and Goblins Tour Huntington, PA – www.lincolncaverns.com – Journey into the center of the earth for a terrifying 90 minutes of underground haunts. With multiple haunted activities and tours, you’ll be sure to shiver.

October 7th – Spirits on the Summit Tour – http://www.visitjohnstownpa.com/oct-15-2016/spirits-summit-tour Explore the dark history of the Pennsylvania railroad in this walking tour full of all sorts of creepy haunts.

October 11th – Fall Frolic Gift and Craft Expo – Logan Valley Mall – Explore the best in high quality local-made gifts and crafts and start getting ready for the holidays.

October 14th – Fear ‘n’ Beer Brewers Fest – www.altoonacurve.com A horror themed craft beer festival for the lager lover in all of us. With food, vendors, and haunted activities, this event benefits the Mending Hearts Animal Rescue.

October 14th – 1940s Victory Celebration – A fundraiser for the Home Nursing Agency this event takes you back in time to the “good ol’ days” and to a post-WWll celebrations to remember.

October 14thAltoona Wine and Spirits Fest-a-Paloozahttp://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/679418 – Enjoy the best of the local wines and brews in this tasting event that will take you through our beautiful countryside.

October 15th – Fall Taste of Downtown Altoona with Josh Gallagher – Take a tour of the best of Altoona eats and treats with local musician Josh Gallagher in this community fundraisng event full of beautiful fall colors.

October 15th – 18th Century Dinner and Fort Roberdeauwww.fortroberdeau.org – Experience the revolutionary era and historic culture of our city in this unique experience that will transport you back in time.

October 19th – Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt – Brush Mountain Running – this 5k and 10k costume race will take you through Pennsylvania countryside.

October 22nd – Central PA Pet Expohttp://centralpapetexpo.com/ – Full of demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits to help both you and your pet, you can become a great animal owner at this annual event.