October 3rd, 2019
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Halloween

Rhode Island is one of the best places in the country to celebrate Halloween. The history — both normal and paranormal — perfectly accents the eeriness of the month, while the changing leaves cover everything in those idyllic shades of red, orange, brown, and yellow. The shorter days may mean the coming of winter soon, but for now, we can all bask in how they help to highlight the jack-o-lanterns and give us hours of darkness to explore haunted locations.

If you are looking for that ideal location to visit this Halloween season, here is a list of just a few places and ideas that only make our little state that much better:


Ghost Tours

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Ghost Tours perfectly show off both sides of history in Newport and Providence, two of the state’s and country’s oldest and most historic places. Guides will walk you through the streets showing off distinguished homes with some shady pasts, or in Providence, you can even enjoy a guided boat tour that will take you down the river as your host regales you with tales.

Providence Ghost Tour 

Congdon Street
Providence, RI 02906

Ghost Tours of Newport 

Newport Mariott
25 Americas Cup Avenue,
Newport, RI 02840

Providence River Boat Tours

Fox Point Marina
525 South Water Street
Providence, RI 02903


Haunted Houses

Haunted House with Dark Horror Atmosphere. Haunted Scene House.

If you prefer something more physical and in your face with your haunted house then Rhode Island has many to choose from. Field of Screams, Factory of Terror, and Fortress of Nightmares are just some of the haunted attractions in the area. There are even some that don’t begin with the letter F. All offer a variety of sordid and frightening paths filled with monsters and horrors around every corner.

Fear Town

Seekonk Speedway
1710 Fall River Avenue
Seekonk, MA 02771

Field of Screams

179 Plain Meeting House Rd.
West Greenwich, RI 02817

Factory of Terror

3 Bridal Avenue
West Warwick, RI 02893

Fortress of Nightmares

80 Fort Adams Drive
Newport, RI 02840

13th World

4097 Diamond Hill Road
Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864


Haunted Hayrides

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In addition to their haunted house, Field of Screams, as well as Scary Acres and Seven Cedars Farm, offer haunted hayrides that whisk you away into the night where anyone or anything could come out of the fields and onto your cart. Scary Acres along with a few other farms provide haunted, nighttime corn mazes giving you even more of a challenge than simply navigating your way through the stalks.

Field of Screams

179 Plain Meeting House Rd.
West Greenwich, RI 02817

Scary Acres

2150 Scituate Avenue
Hope (Western Cranston), RI

Seven Cedars Farm 

20 John Mowry Road
Smithfield, RI


Non-scary things

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For those who are less interested in being terrified, and are simply looking to enjoy the crisp air and falling leaves, there is an array of farms offering apple picking and pumpkin patches along with hayrides and corn mazes of the non-scary kind. Spend your days in the sun as you revel in the bounty of a New England autumn.

Confreda Farms

2150 Scituate Avenue
Hope (Western Cranston), RI

Barden Family Orchard

56 Elmdale Road
North Scituate, RI 02857

Clark Farms 

2984 Commodore Perry Hwy
Matunuck, RI 02879

Escobar’s Farm

255 Middle Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871

Salisbury Farms 

11 Peck Hill Road
Johnston, Rhode Island

Sweet Berry Farm 

915 Mitchell’s Lane
Middletown, RI 02842


Jack O Lantern Spectacular

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Of course, the attraction everyone talks about here is the Jack-o-lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park. Check their website for tickets and themed nights throughout the run.

Roger Williams Park Zoo 

1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

October 21st, 2009
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Quick, before it’s too late, go to the zoo for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.

In trying to find something interesting for everyone on this last weekend in October before Halloween, my friend, Erica, told me of this Roger Williams Zoo extravaganza. It sounds fantastic. It is not a free event, but the price seems reasonable. Here’s a glimpse of what RWZ’s site says:

Tiger PumpkinExperience the glow of thousands of pumpkins, set in a magical display of artistry during this night-time Spectacular and feast your eyes on hundreds of artfully carved jack-o-lanterns depicting people, places and scenes from popular culture to old-time favorites and everything in between – all with painstaking detail and amazing intricacy! Don’t miss this unique, family friendly evening event, commended by the U.S. Library of Congress, featured by The Early Show, CNN and the Associated Press and hailed by USA Today as “extraordinary.”

The Spectacular was founded by John Reckner, an Oxford, Massachusetts postal carrier.  Inspired by a Vermont farm he had seen lined with glowing jack o’ lanterns, Reckner organized the first Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Oxford in 1988.  The 185 jack o’ lanterns featured in this first Spectacular were carved by local residents and displayed for only one evening on a hillside behind a local school.  About 300 spectators attended.  Today, Mr. Reckner, his family, and their crew of jack o’ lantern artists continue to bring the Spectacular to life.

The Spectacular has been open since October 8th and ends on November 1st. The zoo’s website indicates the best days to visit are Monday through Wednesday, since the attendance is smaller on those days, but they are open in any weather every day. There are additional entertainment activities in conjunction to the touring of the carvings.

Roger Williams Zoo is easy to reach off of I-95.