slides: 31 Great Halloween Events In Rhode Island And Beyond
Monday, October 21, 2013
Field of Screams
West Greenwich, RI
Everyone has that one friend—the one that gets scared by nothing. If you have one of these people on your hands, Field of Screams is exactly where you need to take them this Halloween. Three haunted attractions are offered that will provoke fear in even the most fearless of people. Zombies, disturbed spirits and ghosts lurk around every turn.
Select days through October 30. Click here for details.
179 Plain Meeting House Road, West Greenwich, RI.
Zoo Boo Days
Southwick’s Zoo is already a New England classic and a hallmark of childhood. Every kid loves the zoo—and as October arrives, kids all over New England are also gearing up for Halloween. Why not blend two pastimes together for a fun-filled adventure? Southwick’s Zoo is doing just that with their Zoo Boo Days in October. There will be free admission for costumed kiddos aged 3-12; along with trick-or-treating and plenty of Halloween themed activities and events around the zoo! What’s more—zoo animals will receive their own pumpkins to play with!
October 19-27 10am-5pm
2 Southwick Street, Mendon. 1(800)258-9182. www.southwickszoo.com
Haunted Hill in Cumberland is an emporium of Halloween events! On October 19, they will be holding a 5K “Mud Blood Run” in which participants will have to run fast to escape Haunted Hill’s “psychos” along the course. Aside from this event, Haunted Hill also hosts an extremely scary Halloween trail with zombies and axe murderers abound. For parents of little ones too young to attend, there is also a FREE family fun day on October 26 at noon!
Open Fridays, Saturdays & Select Sundays in October 7pm-10pm. Click here for more info.
4092 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. (508)298-8653.
Fortress of Nightmares
Even the pickiest of Halloween revelers will find something to suit their fancy at Fortress of Nightmares. Completely revamped for the 2013 season, this place has got it all. Explore tunnels of terror; get spooked by the spirits on ghost hunts; or shoot your way out through the apocalypse at the airsoft range. All events take place at the extremely haunted Fort Adams in Newport. No crazy effects are needed for this one—it’s filled with the ghosts of inhabitants long past. Enter at your own risk.
Open three weekends in October; click here for details.
Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 0284
Pumpkin Carving Party
Good old fashioned pumpkin carving is something that can be enjoyed by all ages. Whether it’s the pumpkin’s slimy insides; the planning that goes into the perfect pumpkin design; or the execution that churns out the spookiest jack-o-lantern, this Halloween tradition never gets old! In preparation for the big day, join Keeseh Workshop to make carve up this year’s pumpkin masterpiece. This event is free to all; just BYOP (bring your own pumpkin, of course!) There will be prizes awarded to the best pumpkin in several categories. As an added treat, all of seeds will be roasted and served for all guests to enjoy! Be sure to RSVP and mark your calendars!
October 23, 2013. 6pm-8pm.
42 Rice Street, Providence. (401)316-2872.
Asylum of Horror
Fall River, MA
While Asylum of Horror has been exciting crowds for over a decade, this year is DEFINITELY a not to miss season. They are in their 13th season, and it is 2013. As you can imagine, they have a very spooky lineup. Different than most Halloween attractions, Asylum of Horror is free of glitz and overbearing effects… they strip their experience down to plain and simple terror.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; as well as October 30 & 31. 7pm-11pm.
18 Pocasset Street, Fall River. (508)324-7709. www.asylumofhorror.com
Boo at the Zoo
New Bedford, MA
Buttonwood Park Zoo is inviting all to its Boo at the Zoo! There will be a special spooky train ride and haunted carousel ride that are fun for all ages! Younger kids will love the fright-free Friendly Enchanted Forest and hay maze; while older kids and adults will be in for a scare at the Haunted Trail!
Three weekends in October 6pm-9pm. Click here for details.
425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, Ma. (508)991-6178.
Little Rest Hill
Kingston Village, RI
Take a lamp-lit walking tour through historic Kingston Village. Kingston Village was established in the 18th century, and spirits of the past still roam the haunted streets. Tours are led by historians of the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, who are knowledgeable of the locality’s haunted past. Learn about the area’s criminal history as you explore the Old Washington County Jail; circa 1792-1858.
October 11-31, 2013. Click here for details.
2636 Kingstown Road, Kingstown.
Haunt for Hunger
Get your scare on and help support a great local cause. Haunt for Hunger is a great event suitable for all ages of Halloween-lovers and supports the Blackstone-Millville Food Pantry, The Milk Fund of Woonsocket, and the No Kid Hungry Campaign. There will be a kid’s trick or treat trail set up for candy scavenging little ones from noon-6pm; a haunted walking tour dubbed “The Haunting at Stone Hill Farm” from 7pm-11pm; a bake sale; great live entertainment and more. Check out their website for details!
October 26, 2013. Noon-11pm
181 Elm Street, Blackstone. (508)498- 5427. www.hauntforhunger.com
Haunted Labyrinth is the longest running haunted house in New England! The title says it all—this place is a labyrinth to say the least. As you enter each creatively themed (and haunted) room, you must find your way to the exit, much like a maze. Every year, Haunted Labyrinth has a new central theme. The theme for 2013? Once Upon a Nightmare; enough to make anyone’s nightmares a reality.
Weekends and select weekdays through Halloween; click here for details.
804 Dyer Avenue, Cranston. (401)943-8686.
Do clowns freak you out? What about zombies? No matter what your biggest phobia is, Unpleasant Acres has got it. Haunted hayrides take you on a tour of the grounds and bring you into contact with some of the spookiest ghouls in Massachusetts. After the ride is over, take a walk through a terrifying maze…if you can make it.
Fridays & Saturdays through Halloween 7pm-10pm.
187 Pleasant Street, Rehoboth. (508)252-6206. www.facebook.com/unpleasant.acres
Dark Manor Haunted House
Cross the border into Connecticut to experience one of New England’s scariest attractions. The Dark Manor Haunted House in Versailles is not your typical Halloween adventure. The Manor is a 2-story haunted house with special effects so lifelike that you might have a hard time telling fiction from reality. The Graveyard and Haunted Village attraction is an outdoor creep-fest featuring chainsaws and psychos. Attraction is open weekends and select weekdays in October.
Click here for more info.
25 Main Street, Versailles, CT. (860)822-TOMB.
Charlie the Butler’s Ghost Party at Sprague Mansion, Cranston, RI
Spend the evening at a real haunted mansion this October. The Sprague Mansion in Cranston is well known for hauntings; spawning reports of noises, ghost sightings and cold spots throughout the house. Hauntings have been reported since 1928, and have not slowed down since. On October 25, take the opportunity to attend a Halloween party at the mansion and become one of the many who have experienced the hauntings. Don’t believe in ghosts? See for yourself.
October 25, 2013. 7:00pm.
1351 Cranston Street, Cranston. (401)944-9226.
Providence Children’s Museum is inviting all kids to come to a Halloween party-their annual “Boo Bash” on October 27! Kids will play spooky games, mix up magic potions in the mad scientist’s laboratory, create creepy crafts and more. All kids are encouraged to come in their costume!
October 27, 2013. 11am-2pm.
100 South Street, Providence. (401)273-5437.
Factory of Terror
Fall River, MA
If you crave fear and excite at all things scary, look no farther than Factory of Terror in Fall River. Set in an old factory, there is no shortage of terror within the building. There are three equally spooky attractions, each with their own terrifying story, to experience at the location: Bloodworth Dungeon, 4D Blackout, and Phobia Mania.
Open weekends and select weekdays until Halloween. See website for hours.
33 Pearl Street, Fall River. (508)324-1095. www.factoryofterror.com
Trails to Terror
Have a chance to walk through the Forest of Fear and take a haunted hayride through the trails to terror at Highland Farm. See ghosts and spirits in a haunted abandoned graveyard and beg for your life. Hear “Fiendish Fables,” based on true stories that will keep you up at night. This one is definitely spooky. Not to worry, there will be sweet treats at the Monsta’ Café to calm your nerves if you make it out alive.
Open every Friday-Sunday in October except for Oct. 29. Tickets sold 6:30pm-10pm.
4235 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield. (401)792-8188.
Providence Ghost Tour
Take a creepy lantern-lit walk through Providence’s historic East Side to experience the haunting of the night. The curators will tell you stories that will make the evening even spookier. Along your walk, you will be led to stops on the route that have a history of ghost sightings—so be sure to pack along a camera!
Tours are given daily throughout October, beginning at 7pm.
Terrace Park-60 Congdon Street, Providence. (401)484-8687.
Get some culture at the performance of one of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies: Macbeth. On October 17, Bob Colonna and the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater are presenting the play for FREE to the public! Complete with ghosts, goblins, and all of your Halloween frights-this show is a must see at an excellent value!
October 17, 2013. 7pm.
Roger Williams National Memorial. 282 North Main Street, Providence.
Every weekend through the end of October, Frerichs Farm in Warren is hosting a Pumpkin Palooza! This is the perfect Halloween activity for families with kids a little too young to attend the scarier attractions on our list. Visitors will be invited to play in the hay, take a ride on the magic pumpkin coach, paint pumpkins, ride on a witch’s broomstick and make scarecrows; just to name a few! The best part is many of the activities are free and the rest are a great bargain!
Every weekend through the end of October; 9am-5pm.
43 Kinnicutt Ave., Warren, RI. (401)245-8245.
Lakeville Haunted House
Evil energies abound in Lakeville, MA this Halloween season. Your senses will be overwhelmed as you deal with the sounds of horror and the sight of darkness in the haunted house. As you wind through the terrifying maze, you might find yourself wondering what you got yourself into. As an added bonus, you can sleep easy(er) knowing that your terror is going to a good cause—100% of proceeds are donated to local organizations.
Fridays & Saturdays through October 26. 6:30pm-10pm.
28 Precinct Street, Lakeville. (508)923-0053. lakevillehauntedhouse.com
Jack O’ Lanterns
Get to Roger Williams Park Zoo this October for the spectacle of the season! People of all ages will be amazed at the 5,000 jack-o- lanterns illuminated on the pumpkin trail at the park. This year’s exhibit theme is Pumpkinville USA, and the jack-o-lanterns represent the regions of the United States in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. There are pumpkins big and small; the most mammoth reaching over 1,000 pounds. This is a treat that is a must-do this month.
October 3-November 3; 6pm-11pm.
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. (401)785-3510.
Come decorate pumpkins at Blithewold! This is a fun class where kids and adults alike are invited to decorate white heritage pumpkins with seeds, nuts, feathers &more to make owls! This is the perfect place to make a keepsake for the 2013 Halloween season!
October 26, 2013; 10am-11am.
101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114) · Bristol. (401) 253-2707.
Get several terrifying experiences with admission. Upon arrival, take a wagon ride through dark and dreadful woods infested with bloodthirsty werewolves and disembodied zombies. Next, run for your life through a haunted corn maze. In the maze lies evil of all sorts—and there is nowhere to run to fast with acres of twists, turns and dead ends. When—and if—you make it out, enter the Fun House of Fears to face your most twisted phobias.
Open Fridays-Sundays through October; dusk-10pm. Also open select Thursdays in October (10, 17, & 24)
2150 Scituate Avenue, Hope. (401)827-5000.
Set inside Goulet Manor, nicknamed “Ghoulie” Manor, this haunted house is guaranteed to shake even the most rock-solid of composures. Legend has it that secrets are hidden inside the house—secrets so powerful that residents of the house come back to protect them. High quality sets and equipment bring the level of scary over the top.
Weekends & select weekdays in October. See Calendar for more details.
2 Galleria Mall Drive, Taunton. www.ghouliemanor.com
Halloween Iron Pour
The Steel Yard is putting on its 8th annual Halloween Iron Pour this year! Head out on October 26 for some family friendly fun and a great spectacle as you watch non-traditional art get created right before your eyes. Artists from around New England will cast large sculptures and kinetic art right in front of on-lookers, making for a spectacular show. There will be live entertainment and food on site!
October 26, 2013. Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 7pm.
27 Sims Ave., Providence. (401)273-7101.
Creepy, Crawly Family Fun
The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Providence is hosting a Creepy, Crawly Family Fun Weekend for Halloween 2013! The museum will be haunted—there will be spooky stories, mystery guests, trick-or-treating and more! This event is definitely a do not miss for families with kids! FREE for costumed visitors!
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence.
Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Join Phantom Farms in Cumberland as they celebrate Halloween. They are hosting a pumpkin harvest festival later this month! There will be a jack-o-lantern illumination exhibit to benefit the Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club, showcasing beautifully carved pumpkins as they light up the night. Also, don’t miss the daytime activities, which include hayrides, face painting, live music, a burlap maze & more!
October 12, 13, & 14, 2013; 10am-9pm.
2920 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. (401) 333-2240.
Fright Fest at Six Flags
Six Flags is a New England favorite all year round, and with good reason, considering the bounty of thrills that they offer. If you are a Six Flags fan; imagine all of your favorite attractions with a scary twist. On the weekend late September through early November, this becomes a reality. The park is shrouded with an eerie vibe and no one is safe—anywhere. All of your favorite rides become haunted and even Main Street is populated by ghosts, monsters and ghouls.
Select Days. See website for details.
1623 Main St, Agawam. (413) 786-9300. frightfest.sixflags.com
Halloween at the Audubon
Join the Audubon Society of Rhode Island for two great Halloween events! On October 19, head out for their annual Perfect Pumpkin Party Event. There will be unique “rolling pumpkin art,” pumpkin ring toss, pumpkin stamping and more! On October 26, bring the kids on a scare-free nature walk! The Audubon’s Mother Nature’s Halloween Hike event is sure to bring smiles to every face! On your hike, you will meet friendly costumed creatures that will be eager to tell you all about Halloween legends and the wildlife of Rhode Island. Arts and crafts will be available before and after the hike as well!
Perfect Pumpkin Party: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; October 19, 2013; 10:00 am-4:00 pm. asri.doubleknot.com
Mother Nature’s Halloween Hike: Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; October 26, 2013; 5:30-9:00 pm. asri.doubleknot.com
Registration for the hike is required, and hikes leave every 10 minutes.
Two separate corn mazes are offered at Wojcik’s Farm in Blackstone, but only one will give you the scare of a lifetime! This maze is so scary that it is absolutely not recommended for young children. Around every corner of this web of corn lined passes, you are warned to be on the lookout for ghosts, zombies and ghouls galore.
Fridays & Saturdays in October 7pm-10pm.
65 Milk Street, Blackstone. (508)883-9220. www.wojcikfarm.com
Bonus trip: Salem
The frights of Salem are innumerable, as Salem is steeped in a history that is among the creepiest in the world. Between the years of 1692 and 1693, 24 people perished after hysteria broke out regarding witchcraft within the community. All of this makes Salem the perfect place to spend All Hallows Eve.
If you have little kids, though, the crowds that flock to Salem can sometimes be overwhelming. Why not visit a little earlier in the month and beat the Halloween rush? On October 13, head out to Salem to see the Harley Davidson Halloween Witch Ride as they end their motorcycle run to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Many of the riders are costumed, making for a spectacle! While you’re in town on the 13th, also be sure to check out House of the Seven Gables for their haunted house, “The Spirits of the Gables,” as well as the Salem Common Family Fun Day, with plenty to do for the little ones!
House of the Seven Gables: 115 Derby Street, Salem. (978)744-0991. www.7gables.org
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