20 Ways to Have a Killer Halloween

Celebrate with the ghouls and ghosts of Rhode Island

Providence Monthly Magazine ·
  1. Join fellow horror film buffs at Rhode Island’s premier event, the 15th annual Flickers: RI International Horror Film Festival. Experience seven days of fright with 69 films from 19 countries, plus costume parties, filmmaker forums, and a popular walking tour of H.P. Lovecraft’s Providence. October 20-26. Various Locations around Providence. Click here for times & locations. $10. 401-861-4445. info@film-festival.org. All Ages.

  2. Spend an entire day of “spooktacular” fun at Haunted Providence! The daytime Psychic Fair and Paranormal Expo will allow guests to dress in their favorite costume and experience psychic readings, healings, and presentations. Once the sun goes down, the Witches Masquerade Ball begins. A silent auction will be held—proceeds go to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource. Special hotel rates are available for Haunted Providence guests. October 25. Hilton Providence, 21 Atwells Avenue. 10am-5pm and 7pm-Midnight. $100 for both events. Psychic Fair only $13. 401-353-3099. All Ages.

  3. Experience an interactive performance that engages guests in solving various clues that will lead to the unveiling of the night’s greatest mystery of Mysterium: The Eternal Masquerade! Enjoy eerily delicious food and drinks (with an open bar) while exploring a magnificent historic Providence site. The spooky story will play out on Halloween night through theatrical and dance performances. Black and white attire encouraged. October 31. Providence Public Library. 150 Empire Street, Providence. Doors will open at 7:30 pm. Interactive performance 8pm-10:31 pm, Ends at midnight. $125 per person (includes food, open bar and performance). 401-455-8090. 18 and over.

  4. Head over to the Rhode Island Shriners Imperial Room at One Rhodes Place for a great time this Halloween. Food and refreshments will be provided as a DJ plays spooky tunes during Halloween Havoc! Guests who spot the monsters will win cash prizes, so don’t forget your flashlight. October 29. Rhode Island Shriners Imperial Room. 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston. 7:30 pm. $10.00 (purchase in advance) 401-467-7102. 21 and over.

  5. Take in a brilliant display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns at Roger Williams Park Zoo’s highly-anticipated annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Artists of Passion for Pumpkins delight guests with their amazing carvings, each year exhibited to play out a theme. October 2-November 2. Roger Williams Park Zoo. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 6pm-11pm (last admission at 10pm). Monday-Thursday: $12 adults; $10 seniors; $9 children ages 3-12, Friday-Sunday: $16 adults; $14 seniors; $13 children ages 3-12. 401-785-3510. All Ages.

  6. Families interested in a fun night full of kid-friendly activities should consider Roger Williams Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo - A Jack O'Lantern Spectacular Family Overnight! Guests bring their own sleeping bags and pillows and get to spend the night in the Zoo’s Education Center where they learn all about the creepy crawly creatures associated with Halloween. The night continues with access to the Jack-O’lantern Spectacular, a flashlight tour of the zoo, and when the sun comes up, a morning zoo tour. Pizza dinner and dessert is provided, along with an evening snack and a light breakfast. October 25. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 6:30pm-10am. Admission: Members: $120 per parent/child pair, $60 per additional participant. Non-members: $130 per parent/child pair, $65 per additional participant. (401) 785-3510 x 352.  7 and over.

  7. Looking for a truly ghostly outing this Halloween? Venture on a ghost hunt at Slater Mill, one of the most haunted places in New England, during Mills & Mysteries Paranormal Investigation. Skeptics beware—these hauntings are real; Slater Mill has been featured on “Ghost Hunters” in 2008 when the T.A.P.S crew came to RI to investigate for themselves. Thursdays – Saturdays in October. Slater Mill. 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket. 7pm-9:30pm. $20. 401-725-8638. 15 and over.

  8. Brace yourself for the scare of your life with a visit to the Factory of Terror in West Warwick, RI. Monsters and ghosts hide around every corner waiting to greet you. This haunted attraction tempts fear-seekers with eerie special effects and horror actors. As the attraction warns, “enter at your own risk”! Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October. Factory of Terror. 3 Bridal Ave, West Warwick. Fridays 7:30pm-11pm, Saturdays 7:pm-11:00pm, Sundays 6:30pm-9:30pm (Special hours October 22, 23, 30, and November 1) | Admission: General: $20, Children (10 and under): $14.99, VIP: $34.99 (online)/$39.99 (at the door). 508-324-1095. All Ages.

  9. Show your competitive streak this Halloween by entering Art Bar in Providence wearing your best costume—winners of the Thousand Dollar Halloween Costume Contest get exactly what the title declares. Dance, drink, and party the night away, but don’t forget to socialize to improve your chances of collecting as many tickets as possible in order to win. Friday, October 31. Art Bar. 171 Chestnut St, Providence. 9pm-2am. $10. (401) 272-0177. 25 and over.

  10. Venture through the historic Fort Adams as frightening creatures await you in the dark corners of its underground tunnel system during FEAR at Fort Adams. Guests can also explore the ruins of the Officer’s Quarters, play a few rounds of Apocalypse Airsoft, and enjoy Halloween-themed Carnival games to win prizes. October 24-October 26 (Fridays & Saturdays) Fort Adams. 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport. 6pm–10pm. $15. (401) 841-0707. All Ages.

  11. Take a journey into the past as you enter the Old Washington County Jail in Kingston, RI, built in 1792 and reconstructed in 1858, where guests will learn about the notorious criminals that once called it home. Other exhibits include history of RI plantations, Washington County during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and historic objects of the 19th and early 20th centuries. October 16-December 27, 2014 (Thursdays & Saturdays). Old Washington County Jail. 2636 Kingstown Road, Kingstown. 11am-4pm. $5 Adults, $3 Children. (401) 272-5101 x202. All Ages.

  12. Enjoy the bizarre family everyone loves to watch during the Halloween season—the Addams Family! Academy Players at Blackbox Theatre present the original story of the always-creepy Addams Family getting into their usual comedic antics in “The Addams Family – A Musical Comedy.” October 23-November 2 (Sundays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays). Academy Players Q2Q Blackbox Theatre. 202B King Philip Steet, Bldg 2, Providence. Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays 7pm, Sundays 4pm. Adult $15, Seniors $12, Students $10. All Ages.

  13. Step into the dark streets of the historic East Side this Halloween for a night of scary stories of wandering ghosts and ghouls with Providence Ghost Tours. Explore the history of Providence’s hauntings through a spooky walking tour. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight to capture a ghostly moment or two. October 23-November 15. Providence Ghost Tour, LLC. 60 Congdon Street, Providence. 8pm. $15. (401) 484-8687. All Ages.
  14. Providence Children’s Museum will be holding their annual Boo Bash! Families are welcome to join the fun, which include “witch crafts”, Halloween-themed games, and experimenting in the mad scientist’s laboratory. Costumes are encourages! October 26. Providence Children's Museum. 100 South Street, Providence. 11am–2pm. Free with museum admission. 401-273-5437. All Ages.

  15. Animal lovers won’t want to miss Smith & Agli’s Pottbelly Manor Halloween Party. Proceeds benefit the Pottbelly Manor animal rescue farm in North Kingstown, so have a good time for a great cause. Guests get to enjoy dinner and desserts, plus dance the night away. Prizes will be given to those with the most original costume, best couple costumes, and the scariest costume. October 25. Kelley-Gazzero VFW Post. 1418 Plainfield Street, Cranston. 7pm. $35. 401-473-5745. 18 and over.

  16. Stop by Stadium Theatre’s Halloween Cocktail Party for a “spooktastic” night. Feast on delectable appetizers while enjoying live entertainment. Don’t forget to wear your most creative costume for costume contests! It’s sure to be a frightfully entertaining night—or two. October 30-October 31. Stadium Theatre. 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. 7:30pm-9:30pm. $36. 401-762-4545. 18 and over.

  17. Settle in for a special screening of a horror film classic: “Halloween”. For two nights only, Showcase Cinemas locations in Warwick and Providence will be showing the movie that has been scaring viewers for over 30 years. Hold on to your popcorn as you watch this sinister classic. October 30-October 31. Showcase Cinemas. Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. & Oct. 31, 11:30 pm. $13.50. 17 and over (unless accompanied by parent).

  18. Explore the burial grounds of Newport during the Souls and Stones Walking Tour. Walk among the dead as you learn of the history of Newport and the people who used to reside there. Weekly (Wednesdays & Fridays) until October 31. Brick Market Museum & Shop. 127 Thames Street, Newport. 10:30 a.m. General $15, Newport Historical Society members & active duty military $10 with ID, Children 5-12 $5. 401-841-8770. 5 and over.

  19. Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight will be performed at Barrington Public Library by Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions. October 29. 7 PM. Barrington Public Library. All Ages.

  20. The Halloween Bash at Point Street Dueling Pianos will be a two-day event. There will be free admission before 10:00 pm and 1 half-priced drink with a costume both nights. Plus, a costume contest and cash prizes and other fun Halloween-themed events occurring throughout the night. October 30-October 31. Point Street Dueling Pianos. 3 Davol Square, Providence. Must be 21+, have an ID and get there before 10:00 to be entered to win the cash prizes.

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