11 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Rhode Island

We rounded up some wicked cool activities for both daredevils and scaredy-cats to enjoy.

The raven at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island in Bristol.

It’s that time of year again when jack-o-lanterns adorn front porches, candy corn is sold by the ton and pumpkin-spiced everything is an everyday trend. The whole month of October is a time to celebrate Halloween hauntings and the frightful (and fun) activities that go along with it. We rounded up some wicked cool happenings around Rhode Island for both daredevils and scaredy-cats to enjoy.


1. H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour

Providence native and cult horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft will be the subject of the annual walking tour and film series during Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival. The tours led by the Rhode Island Historical Society will route along to the site of Lovecraft’s former home as well as other local landmarks mentioned in his famous stories. The tour will take place on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at noon and will last for approximately ninety minutes. At 2 p.m., participants will be treated to  films inspired by Lovecraft. Tickets for the tour cost $19 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling the RIIFF office at 401-861-4445 or online here.


2. Paranormal Investigations at Slater Mill

Learn the chilling story of a historic landmark in an after-dark exploration of the 1793 Slater Mill, the basement wheel pit of the 1810 Wilkinson Mill and the sitting room of the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House. Mill and Mysteries Paranormal Investigations and renowned paranormalist Carl Johnson, will lead a ninety-minute paranormal tour through these 200-year-old landmarks. Investigations are scheduled for Oct. 20, 27 and 28 and will begin at 7:30 p.m.. A more family-friendly version of the exploration will be offered on Thurs., Oct. 20 for the young and faint of heart and a younger audience investigation is slated for Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. for ages eight and older. Tickets are $20 per person for ages fifteen or older for all other tours. Call 401-725-8638 x.106, visit slatermill.org, or visit brownpapertickets.com for more information.

3. Spooky State House Treasure Hunt

Secretary of  State Nellie M. Gorbea, invites Rhode Island families to Spooky State House, a celebration and treasure hunt at the Rhode Island State House on Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Come dressed in costume and roam the halls of the State House on a trick-or-treat treasure hunt. Big Nazo creatures will make a guest appearance. Admission is free for all, but people are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food donation or canned good to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.


4. Mysterium: The Eternal Masquerade

Experience a Halloween Odyssey like no other over the course of an evening with interactive and mysterious live performances, signature food and drink, and the opportunity to explore Providence Public Library. The event will conclude with desserts and dancing until midnight. Although costumes are not required, black and white formal cruise-wear is highly recommended. Doors for the masquerade will open at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. Additional information about this immersive art-inspired Halloween adventure can be found here.


5. Newport Vineyards CarnEvil Festival

Come one, come all to the second annual Halloween CarnEvil at Newport Vineyards on Oct. 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to devilish beats by deejay Jay Buff from 92 Pro-FM, get your fortune told by a fortune teller machine and spend an evening with circus performers. Have you ever wanted to talk to spirits? Ami Bruni and Adam Berry of TLC’s “Kindred Spirits” will make an appearance to connect you to the other side. This is a costume party strictly for those ages twenty-one and older. Tickets cost $55 per person and will include a creepy cocktail hour with appetizers and one drink, although a cash bar will also be available. Tickets are available for purchase at newportvineyards.com.


6. Spooky Zoo

Join Roger Williams Park Zoo on Oct. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Spooky Zoo. Trick-or-treat on the Treat Trail by the red wolf exhibit and partake in more fun fall activities. This event is free with admission and children twelve and younger dressed in costume get in for half-price. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last! Visit rwpzoo.org for more information.


7. Audubon’s New Raven Ambassador

A very clever Raven named Zachariah has recently found a new home with the Audubon Society of RI. He has brought his mischievous nature to roost. Have the chance to meet Zachariah the Raven, search for hidden pumpkins, try your hand at pumpkin games and visit a silly fall photo booth at Audubon’s perfect pumpkin party on Oct. 28. Admission to the event is free and will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit asri.org.


8. Halloween at the Castle

Enter Barnaby Castle in Providence on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. for a night of haunting delights in the jewel of the West Side. Built in 1875, the castle is being renovated and you’re invited to explore the first floor during a party that includes an open bar, music from Miss Wensday and tasty treats from local eateries like Julians and Laughing Gorilla Catering. VIP Tickets get you access to all three floors as well as the top of the turret, as well as a full open bar and more delicious bites from spots like XO Cafe and Nami Sushi. Cocktail attire, costumes encouraged. General admission tickets are $100 per person, and VIP is $200 per person. Proceeds from this event go towards restoration and preservation.


9. Providence Monster Dash 5k and Kids Dash

Run through the RIPTA tunnel, but warning, there will be zombies and special effects as you dash to the finish line. The Providence Monster Dash five-k will start on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. and the children’s Monster Dash will begin at 10:30 a.m. Each race finisher will receive a medal and the first 1,000 people to register will receive a long-sleeved race shirt. Entry fees vary. For course information or to register for the race, click here.

Monster Dash.


10. Haunted Tales on Rose Island

Board the Rum Runner II at Bannister’s Wharf in Newport and sail around the Bay to Rose Island, where you will be told haunted tales that are sure to make you hear things that go bump in the night. A ticket for this event costs $40 per adult and $25 per child and the tour will occur from 3­ to 6 p.m. on Oct. 29. Refreshments will be served. To register, click here.

11. Harry Potter Halloween at Duck and Bunny

Hang out at Hogwarts Snuggery for a Halloween treat on October 31. Start your child’s trick or treating off right from 3 to 5 p.m. with Harry Potter-themed cupcakes, Butter Beer, Quidditch lessons and wand decorating. Tickets are $20 per person. A Harry Potter-themed dinner party will follow from 6 to 9 p.m., and will include Butter Beer, a Great Hall-themed buffet table full of treats and sweets and wizarding cocktails. Dinner tickets cost $30 per person. Additional information can be found on the Duck and Bunny website.



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