Pumpkins, ghouls, and candy – oh my! This year, there’s tons to do for all ages in our state and in nearby Southeastern Massachusetts. Regardless of your age or fear tolerance, there’s something for everyone! Like a good scare? Head to one of the many haunted attractions that are sure to give you chills. Into something more for the kids or faint of heart? We have plenty of family friendly suggestions like overnights at the zoo or costume parades. Check out our full list, and happy haunting!
October 2 – October 30 (Weekends): Highland Farm, South Kingstown
Each year during the Halloween season, Highland Farm in South Kingstown transforms its 30-acres of land into the Trails to Terror. In its 19th year, this event has two attractions: Delamorte’s Haunted Hayride and a walkthrough Forest of Fear. Tickets start at $13. The event is for all ages, but may be too scary for some children…and adults.
4235 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, South Kingstown, RI
October 2 – October 30 (Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30PM-9PM): Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket
The Slater Park Haunted Tunnel benefits the farm animals at the Park’s Dagget Farm each year. The 200ft concrete tunnel features nine rooms individually themed around various fears. The farm also has an industrial corn maze, a pumpkin patch and a spooky cemetery. Tickets are $8 each and the Tunnel is recommended for people over 10 years of age.
RR 1A, Pawtucket, RI
October 2 – October 21 (Fridays & Saturdays, 7PM-10PM): Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA
Each year in the woods at Seekonk Speedway, guests go through the run-down buildings of Fear Town. Run through the trails as monsters come at you and try to make you a permanent resident of their woods! Tickets start at $12 and although there are no age restrictions, guests under the age of 12 are not recommended.
1710 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA
October 17 – October 31: Historic Wickford Village, North Kingstown
Wickford Village will host a week and a half of Halloween-themed free family friendly events including music, pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, scarecrows, haunted Wickford walking tour, trick or treating and more!
Brown Street/ Main and W. Main Wickford Village, North Kingstown, RI
October 24 (5-9pm): The Steel Yard, Providence
The 10th Annual Halloween Iron Pour attracts over 1,000 people each year including artists, fabricators, family and friends with their sparky performance of pouring over 2,500 of molten iron with a tilt furnace. Also at the event is local music and food. $10; children under 5 are free
27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI
October 24 & October 31 (6PM-10AM): Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence
Spend a spooky, family-friendly night at the zoo full of jack-o-lanterns and creepy crawly creatures! At Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights, staff will bust myths about misunderstood creepy crawlers and you’ll get free admission to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
October 24 & 25: Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence
Throughout the month of October, visitors can visit the Spooky Zoo during the day and take part in fun Fall activities like trick-or-treating, feeding pumpkin treats to the animals, pumpkin carving demonstrations, games, music, creepy crawly creature encounters, costumed characters, and more.
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
October 30 (7:30PM-12AM): Providence Public Library, Providence
Come solve the Mystery of the Eternal Masquerade at the library! The 2nd annual Mysterium event is a one-of-a-kind Halloween odyssey with captivating performances, delicious food and drink, and plenty of wonder. The event is presented by TEN31 Productions and is sure to engross you into the story! Purchase tickets starting at $100 on the event website.
225 Washington Street, Providence, RI
October 30 (8PM-11PM): The Dancing Feeling, Warwick
Get your Halloween groove on at the Halloween Ballroom Dance. Wear your costumes and if you’re the best one you’ll get a prize! General admission tickets are $12–studio members pay $10 and college students with an ID pay $7.
2429 Post Road, Warwick, RI
October 30 (6PM): Frosty Drew Observatory, Charlestown
Join the Frosty Drew Astronomers for a night of spooky viewing to celebrate astronomy and Halloween. The original Orson Wells radio broadcast of “The War of The Worlds” will play and there will be plenty of candy. So put on a costume and explore the woodlands of Ninigret Park!
61 Park Lane, Charlestown, RI
October 31 (11AM-2PM): Providence Children’s Museum, Providence
Come down to the Providence Children’s Museum on Halloween for their annual Boo Bash! The event features fun arts and crafts, games, mad scientists, and more!
100 South Street, Providence, RI
October 31 (11AM-5PM): Roger Williams Park Carousel Village, Providence
Head to the Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Carousel Village UnBOOlievable Festival to celebrate its first ever party in the park! Come in costume and visit a variety of vendors including crafters, artists, farmers, musicians, and more. Food trucks and beer gardens will be there as well. Admission to the event is free, but you have to pay to ride the carousel.
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
October 31 (10AM-1PM): The Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park, Providence
Start your Halloween off walking for a cause at the 2015 Big Halloween Hike to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Participants will hike 3.1 miles through Roger Williams Park and have free family activities. Friendly pets are welcome!
1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI
October 31 (8PM): Grand Rose Ballroom, Seekonk, MA
Wear your best costume and enjoy some live music by What Matters and passed hors d’oeuvers at the Haunted Ballroom! Tickets are $25.
940 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA
Three Rhode Island schools are making news for their excellence in education. Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, Francis J. Varieur Elementary School in Pawtucket, and Nayatt School in Barrington were each honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015. In all, a total of just 335 schools across the entire country earned this prestigious award in 2015, with only 8,000 schools receiving the honor in its 33-year history.
The Blue Ribbon Award is the highest honor the U.S. Department of Education can award a school making it among the best in the nation. The Department of Education chooses the schools based on overall academic excellence and their progress in closing achievement gaps.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on student scores and graduation rates.
For more information, check out the RI Department of Education website.
Few places are more beautiful than New England in the Fall – especially Rhode Island. There are plenty of things to do around the state this season, including some wonderful local apple orchards to spend an afternoon and enjoy some local produce. Here are a few suggestions to get your Fall apple picking started.
Pippin Apple Orchard – Cranston, RI
Located just 20 minutes from Providence, Pippin Apple Orchard has 20 acres of land devoted mostly to fruit trees which are sold at their fruit stand while in season. The orchard features Pick-Your-Own apples every day from 10AM-4PM–just check out their Facebook or give them a call at 401-943-7096 before you head over. 751 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston, RI
Harmony Farms - Glocester, RI
What originally began as a house built in 1796 has since been restored to the 28 acre farm it is today. According to its website, Harmony Farms has six acres of blueberries, two acres of apples, one acre of peaches and large patches of blackberries and raspberries. Apple picking season runs from September until the end of October and is available for picking daily (except Mondays) 9AM-5PM. 359 Saw Mill Road, Harmony, RI
Dame Farm and Orchards – Johnston, RI
Dame Farm and Orchards in Johnston is proud to serve local families since 1840. Their Orchard is over seven acres and each tree is tagged with the variety of apple and what that apple is good for. Each apple is priced the same ($1.65/pound with a $10 minimum) and a picking bag is provided. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:30PM and weekends 9:30AM-5PM. 91 Brown Ave, Johnston, RI
Young Family Farm – Little Compton, RI
Young Family Farm is a family owned and operated farm with a five acre apple orchard that holds over 10 different varieties of apples that are available for Pick-Your-Own from September to the end of October. The farm has an annual Apple Festival–this year on October 10th and 11th–with music, apple picking, hayrides, and other fun fall activities. Regular farm hours from September to November are Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm. 260 W Main Rd, Little Compton, RI
Sweet Berry Farm – Middletown, RI
Sweet Berry Farm is a “post-and-beam” farm market sitting on 100 acres of preserved farmland near the beaches and downtown Newport. They offer a variety of local products and offer a variety of Pick-Your-Own options starting in early June. Currently, visitors are able to pick their own apples until early October. The farm is open every day from 8AM-7PM from April to December. 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown, RI
Rocky Brook Orchard – Middletown, RI
The family run Rocky Brook Orchard is known as Aquidneck Island’s original Pick-Your-Own apple orchard. Rocky Brook has quite the selection with over 60 varieties of apples including rare kinds. A list of the apples can be found on their website. The orchard is open rain or shine every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-4:30PM and are open weekdays for groups by special appointments. Before you visit, they recommend checking out their Facebook page to see what apples are ripe. 997 Wapping Rd, Middletown, RI
Narrow Lane Orchard – North Kingstown, RI
Down quiet Narrow Lane in North Kingstown is the Narrow Lane Orchard–a quaint family owned and operated orchard that offers twelve kinds of apples that visitors can pick themselves. The orchard is open daily from 10AM-5PM, but it’s recommended to call first at 401-294-3584. 213 Narrow Ln, North Kingstown, RI
Elwood Orchard – North Scituate, RI
It may not be large, but Elwood Orchard in North Scituate has a lot to offer including certified organic apples that you can pick yourself. The orchard is also helping the bee population by tending their own bees and offering their own honey. They are proud that their apples are grown “the old fashioned way” by cross-pollination and many of their apple varieties are pest resistant allowing their produce to be certified organic! This season, Elwood Orchard is open seven days a week from 9AM-5PM, call ahead of time to make sure they’re open and doing Pick-Your-Own apples that day (401-949-0390). 58 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI
Jaswell’s Farm – Smithfield, RI
Jaswell’s Farm is known as the oldest operating apple orchard in Smithfield and is run by the fourth generation of the Jaswell Family. The orchard started in 1899 and has since expanded to grow a variety of products and feature an on-site bakery and a pasteurizer for apple cider. The apple picking season runs through most of October and the farm is open daily from 8AM-5PM. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield, RI
Steere Orchard – Smithfield, RI
Located in Greenville, Steere Orchard is a fourth generation family orchard starting in 1930. Today, Steere Orchard is one of the largest orchards in Rhode Island and features about one dozen varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples. The orchard is open seven days a week, 9AM-5PM and even has free hayrides on the weekends! 150 Austin Ave, Greenville, RI