A month of Halloween happenings

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Whether you like your Halloween tame or terrifying, the next two weeks are full of fun  happenings—there's something for everyone, no matter how steely your nerves…..

Halloween Hayrides

Take a 30-minute hayride through woods decorated for fall and Halloween (Suitable for young children.) At the end of the ride, pick a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Also, nighttime campfire hayrides take you on a ride through the woods where you can cook at your campfire, sing songs and tell stories. Reservations required for all at night; groups during the day.

WHERE: Pachet Brook Tree Farm, 4484 Main Road, Tiverton.

WHEN: Halloween hayrides are weekends and the holiday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and daily by reservation; campfire rides are any evening through November, with reservations.

COST: Hayrides are $8, $10 with pumpkin; Campfire hayrides are $12 adults, $10 children.

MORE INFO: 401/624-4872

Pumpkin Palooza

Frehrichs Fantasy Faire runs every weekend through October 27. Most events are free (though some incur a nominal charge.) Attractions include riding around the farm with the Magic Pumpkin Coach & Snap the Dragon; exploree the “Western Town”; empty your closet and make your own scarecrow; play in the hay stack; paint a pumpkin; play in Charlie Brown’s pumpkin patch; and take a photo “flying” on a witch broom.

WHERE: Frehrichs Farm, 65 Kinnicutt Ave., Warren

WHEN: Weekends through October 27

COST: Free.

MORE INFO: 401/245-8245

First annual Great Pumpkin Walk at the Mill Pond Shops

The pumpkins will be ready for viewing all day, and will be lit from 6pm-8pm. Tiverton Four Corner Shops will be open for trick or treating all day as well. If you want to join in on the fun, you may drop off your carved pumpkin at Cutie Curls any time on Friday October 25th, with a $1 dollar donation for Tiverton Youth Soccer.

WHERE: 3952 Main Road, Tiverton.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m.; Saturday Oct. 26.

COST: Free.

MORE INFO: www.tivertonfourcorners.com.

Little Pumpkin’s Party

Join us for our annual Halloween party for our littlest pumpkins! There will be a musical performance and activities with our favorite music maker Lindsay Meehan, a craft activity and refreshments! Ages 2- 6 (younger siblings welcome).

WHERE: The Providence Athenaeum

WHEN: 4 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 24.

COST: $5.

MORE INFO: Call Lindsay to register at 421-6970 or e-mail lshaw@provath.org

Monster Brownies and Bracelets.

Decorate brownies using various ghoulish but edible toppings and make a furry monster bracelet you can wear year round! Ages 12 and up.

WHERE: Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road.

WHEN: 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28.

COST: Free.

MORE INFO: 401/247-1920.

Perfect Pumpkin Party

Join Audubon for our annual day of pumpkin fun!  Have you ever made rolling pumpkin art, played pumpkin ring toss or got creative with pumpkin stamping?  Join us for a different kind of pumpkin celebration and find out just how much fun a pumpkin can be. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

WHERE: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 19.

COST: Free with Admission.

MORE INFO: Register online at www.asri.org.

Pumpkin Decorating Workshop

These owls are a hoot! In this playful, seasonal class we will dress white heritage pumpkins with assorted seeds and nuts to create noses and eyes. Add feathers or other plant material for the ears. Mini-pumpkins make adorable baby owls. All materials are included, and there’s no need to worry about clean-up! Cider and donuts will be served.

WHERE: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol

WHEN: 10-11 a.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26.

COST: $15 per pumpkin  ($5 parent participation fee).

MORE INFO: www.Blithewold.org

Creepy, Crawly Family Fun Weekend

Enjoy spooky stories, creature features, mystery guests and a trick-or-treat bag full of Halloween fun! There will be fun crafts and activities for the whole family. Visitors receive a complimentary treat bag and treats in exhibit halls. At 2:00 pm, visit the planetarium for Fall Sky Views and discover the stars you might see from your own backyard.  At 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm, explore the museum’s underworld on Tales from the Haunted Vaults! Museum Vault Tours. See bats, mini-beasts, vultures, spiders, and many items that have never been on public view! A $5 fee is charged for the tour and space is limited.

WHERE: Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Providence

WHEN: Noon-3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27.

COST: $2 (Free for children under 4). Planetarium & Museum Admission: $3 (children under 4 not admitted to the planetarium). Free Museum and Planetarium admission for costumed visitors.

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is an opportunity for families with children of all ages to get together for a night of slightly spooky fun. The older kids (age 12+) can dare each other to walk the Haunted Trail while the younger children can stir things up in the Witches’ Lair or enjoy the hay maze, candy treat stations and free train and carousel rides. Another popular destination will be the Pirates’ Cove Activity Room featuring a gruesome touch table and other activities such as skeleton tic-tac-toe and ghost bowling.

WHERE: Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford.

WHEN: 6-9 p.m., weekends.

COST: Members: $9 adults and $6 children; Nonmembers: $14 adults and $11 children; under age 3 is free.

MORE INFO: www.bpzoo.org.

Mother Nature’s Halloween Hike

Bundle up and rustle through the leaves on a guided lantern-lit hike in the cool night forest. Families encounter costumed woodland creatures that explore the myths and legends associated with local wildlife and Halloween. These walks are a great alternative to the usual haunted happenings. Audubon’s woodland characters are friendly and fun, perfect for young children and the whole family. Each year new characters are introduced, so you never know whom you will encounter along the trail!

WHERE: Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk.

WHEN: 5:30-9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26.

COST: $8/Audubon member, $12/non-member. Family four-packs are available for $28/Audubon member,$36/non-member. Ages: 3+.

MORE INFO: www.asri.com

Haunted Meadows

The Hampden Meadows volunteer fire company will be hosting its annual "Hauned Meadows" on Halloween night! Bring your family and friends…and get ready for some spooks, scares and even a few laughs.

WHERE: 168 Sowams Road, Barrington

WHEN: 6:30-9 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 31.

COST: Free.

MORE INFO: www.hmvfc.org

Mini Comic-Con

We will showcase the latest and greatest in graphic novels, 
watch the film Hellboy, and make a comic covered keepsake to take home. No registration required. For ages 12 and up.

WHERE: Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24.

COST: Free.

MORE INFO: 401/247-1920.

A real haunted experience

Come experience Halloween in an actual graveyard in the dark of night at St. Columba’s Haunted Graveyard Tour. Those brave of heart may stroll through the cemetery in the pitch black…Rumor has it that graveyard residents may come out when the sun has set. They may, or may not, welcome you. Visitors are advised to stay on the marked path for their own safety and close to their tour guide.

WHERE: 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown.

WHEN: 7:15 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26.

COST: $5.

MORE INFO: www.stcolumbaschapel.org.

Field of Screams

Three haunted attractions in one: the Haunted Insane Asylum, Dead River Haunted Hayride, and New England's only 4D haunted maze: Cirque du Souls. How scary is it? Field of Screams is not recommended for the faint of heart or the very young.

WHERE: 179 Plain Meeting House Road, West Greenwich.

WHEN: Weekend nights, mainly. Check website for calendar.

COST: $20.

MORE INFO: 401/884-7369; www.hauntedhayride.net.

Factory of Terror

New England’s premier haunted house. When you visit, be prepared to be scared out of your mind! Factory of Terror is an indoor haunted house offering a frightening and spooky experience. With realistic, detailed rooms featuring cutting edge special effects and horror actors wearing professionally applied make-up and prosthetics, we advise you to enter at your own risk.
Where: 33 Pearl St., Fall River.

WHEN: Weekend nights, mainly. Check website for calendar.

COST: $13.99-$20.99.

MORE INFO: 508/324-1095; www.factoryofterror.com.

Fortress of Nightmares

Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this one hour, two faceted FEAR experience! First, you'll explore the Officers Quarters where you'll meet our twilight inhabitants face to face. Once you've managed to navigate your way out of the Officers Quarters, you'll face a dark and terrifying walk across the 6.5 acre Parade Field and down into the depths of the Fortress to experience Tunnels of Terror. Not recommended for children under 12. If you want to leave because you are too scared, then we've done our job. (No refunds given.)

WHERE: Historic Fort Adams, Newport.

WHEN: 6-9 p.m. nightly, October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25-27.

COST: $10.

"Spooky Tales: Stories by Edgar Allan Poe"

A family-friendly, interactive re-telling of some of Poe's most famous tales.

WHERE: Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave.

WHEN: 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. The final performance will be held on Oct. 27.

COST: Free for children 12 and under, $10 for adults ($5 with Newport Art Museum membership) and $8 for youth 13 - 17 years old ($4 with membership).

MORE INFO: NewportArtMuseum.org.

William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Bob Colonna and the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater present William Shakespeare's Macbeth in the park at the Roger Williams National Memorial. Macbeth is considered one of Shakespeare's darkest and most powerful tragedies. Filled with witches, ghosts and murder, Macbeth is the perfect fall/Halloween evenings’ entertainment. Bring a blanket, a chair, a picnic basket and enjoy the evening. Recommended for children 10 or older.

WHERE: Roger Williams National Memorial

WHEN: 7 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 16-27.

COST: Free.

Halloween

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