Five Can’t-Miss Events: Oct. 19–25

Get spooked at the fortress of nightmares, have a fireball at the WaterFire Arts Center, fuel the flames at the Steelyard and more fun things to do.

1. Fireball

If you’re looking for a reason to have some fun about town, look no further than a stellar evening with FireBall. And no, we’re not talking about the drink; we mean the celebration of the newly completed WaterFire Arts Center. Enjoy a cocktail hour with hors’ d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner and dancing to live music performance all night long. Purchase a ticket to enjoy an all-event bar pass for the evening or opt for the one complimentary beverage and cash bar option. But no matter what you decide, your night is sure to be a ball!
The Details:  Oct. 19. 5:30–11 p.m. $45–$1,000. The WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence, waterfire.org.

2. Fortress of Nightmares

Make your way through the tunnels of terror and see Halloween horrors at the Fortress of Nightmares which is located beneath America’s largest coastal fortification: Fort Adams. Walk through Mayhem 3-D, a haunted maze lit with ultraviolet lights. If that doesn’t scare you, the virtual reality Paranormal360, where you will experience an eight-minute horror movie with added special effects, might do the trick. Can you run from the horrors fast enough? As you wind through the tunnels and the darkness creeps in, you never know what spooky creatures will pop out and scare you.
The Details: Oct. 13–28. 7–10 p.m. $15. Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, fortressofnightmares.org

3. Wickford’s Wicked Week-and-a- Half

Wickford goes wicked for a week-and-a-half to celebrate the spookiest time of the year. Decorate a free pumpkin in the park, take a chance at wicked bingo or join a ghost tour to hear spine-chilling supernatural stories. And don’t forget to partake in the horribles parade or the costume crawl with your family and friends for some not-so-scary Halloween fun.
The Details: Oct. 20–31. Times vary. Wickford Village, Wickford, wickfordvillage.org.

4. Halloween Iron Pour

This spooky theatrical display of the industrial arts features artists who harness the power of the custom-built, iron tilt furnace to pour more than 2,500 pounds of luminous, molten iron. The theme of the evening is terrors of the deep, and guests will be dragged down to the bottom of the ocean to discover what sleeps beneath the surface. Could it be treasure or a lost city? Or maybe it is something a bit more terrifying? Enjoy local food and drink while watching fire dancers twirl, and listen to music by Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, the Eastern Medicine Singers and DJ Unkle Thirsty.
The Details: Oct. 21. 5–9 p.m. $10–$75. The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Ave., Providence, thesteelyard.org.

5. Pell Bridge Run and Walk

Stay in your lane (and we’re not talking about driving) as you cross over the Claiborne Pell Bridge. Walk or run four miles from Jamestown to Newport for the seventh annual Citizens Bank Pell Bridge run. All proceeds will support local non-profit organizations, while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
The Details: Oct. 22. 7 a.m. $55. Claiborne Pell Bridge, Jamestown, pellbridgerun.com.

Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.

With reporting assistance by Grace Kelly. 

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