With Halloween just around the corner, you won’t want to miss out on all of the “spooktacular” stuff going on in the East Bay and beyond. Here’s a sampling of the frightening (and not-so-frightening) fun to be had.
Haunted House at Mt. Hope
Mt. Hope High School’s performing arts department will be transformed into a haunted house for this sixth annual event. Visit a family as you travel through their garage, kitchen, attic, backyard and more. The “not scary” tour let’s you see the creepy occupants at their friendliest. Before the tour, enjoy assorted food and beverages, a fortune teller, face-painting and games like Monster Golf and Graveyard Walk. All proceeds go toward the Mt. Hope Masqueraders.
WHERE: Mt. Hope High School, 199 Chestnut St., Bristol
WHEN: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30
COST: $5 (includes tour and two game tickets; additional tickets are two for $1)
Mother Nature’s Halloween Hike
Join the Audubon Society of Rhode Island at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk Saturday for a fun-filled, fright-free Halloween celebration. Bundle up and rustle through the leaves on a guided lantern-lit hike in the cool night forest. Families will encounter costumed woodland creatures that explore the myths and legends associated with local wildlife and Halloween. The characters are friendly and fun — perfect for young children. Each year new characters are introduced, so you never know whom you’ll encounter along the trail.
Groups of 15 will begin their walk every 10 minutes. After the walk kids can take part in games, crafts and activities. Families can warm up with complimentary hot apple cider and a tasty treat, and the evening ends with a sing-a-long around the campfire.
In the event of rain, families will meet the characters in the big barn, festively decorated for the season. Space is limited, so reserve a spot in advance.
WHERE:Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Ave., Seekonk
WHEN: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
COST: $8 for Audubon members, $10 for non-members; family four-packs are $28 for members, $36 for non-members
MORE INFO: 401/949-5454; [email protected]
A-Mazing Halloween Party
Everyone’s invited to this old-fashioned Halloween costume party at Escobar’s Highland Farm. While you’re there, get lost in the farm’s corn “maize,” which is in the shape of the Providence Bruins’ logo. The correct pathways can be walked in under 30 minutes, but most directionally challenged visitors require about an hour to travel through more than two miles of twists and turns, two bridges and 85 decision points. Come in costume and receive a dollar off admission.
WHERE: Escobar’s Highland Farm, 133 Middle Road, Portsmouth
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; rain date is Oct. 28
COST: $7 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 5 to 11, free for kids under 5; discounts offered for civic groups and field trips
MORE INFO: 401/864-1064 or www.escobarshighlandfarm.com
If you love a scary movie, you’ll want to check out brothers Alex and Elisha Watrous’ annual screening of locally produced movies that are sure to put a chill through you.
The brothers’ monthly film night will be special this Saturday, as patrons are encouraged to wear their scariest costumes. If you’ve made a film that you’d like to show, send a message to the Watrous brothers on Facebook; there are no deadlines or entry fees. Plus, bringing a film gets you in for free. Any questions? Send a text to 401/451-7728 or e-mail [email protected]
WHERE: Providence Coffee Roasters, 181 Willett Ave., Riverside
WHEN: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
COST: $5 (free if you’re bringing a film)
MORE INFO: www.watrousbros.com
How to make a monster movie
Get an eerie behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making a horror film when the R.I. International Horror Film Festival kicks off Thursday with “Behind the Camera Lens” at Roger Williams University. The free forum provides audiences with the opportunity to meet the movers and shakers in the Rhode Island film and horror production scene.
The full festival — featuring 63 films selected from 461 submissions, including works from 20 countries — runs from Oct. 25-28 at locations across the state. Check the website for more details.
WHERE: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center (main library), Roger Williams University, 1 Ferry Road, Bristol
WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25
MORE INFO: www.film-festival.org
9th Annual Halloween Walkabout
Take your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and favorite goblins to this annual event sponsored by the Downtown Bristol Merchants Association.
WHERE: Downtown Bristol
WHEN: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28
Melville School Fall Festival
This annual event features activities for children including crafts, games with prizes, face-painting, cake walk, children’s raffle, inflatables, princess story time and a Harry Potter-themed creepy classroom constructed by the schools’ third-graders. There will also be a silent auction, baskets to be raffled off, a 50/50 raffle, bake sale and lunch selections.
The event raises funds for the Melville School Parent Teacher Group to support efforts to provide enrichment activities and teaching tools for students.
WHERE: Melville Elementary School, 1351 West Main Road, Portsmouth
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 (rain or shine)
COST: Free admission
Kids can get some help with their makeup before going out trick-or-treating at the Weaver Memorial Library. Miss Denise will use the library’s face-painting crayons, or parents can bring in their own face paints.
WHERE: Weaver Memorial Library, 41 Grove Ave., East Providence
WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
MORE INFO: 401/434-2453
Haunted Graveyard Tour
Are you brave enough to venture to St. Columba’s Chapel’s Youth Group’s 2nd Annual Haunted Graveyard Tour? The eerie tour will take participants through the church graveyard, where they’ll encounter some residents and learn some history of Aquidneck Island as well.
Younger explorers may be frightened by the haunted happenings on the tour, so parental discretion is advised. Arts and crafts activities will be featured in the Parish Hall for this age group. Refreshments will be provided for all.
WHERE: St. Columba’s Chapel, 55 Vancluse Ave., Middletown
WHEN: 7:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28 (last tour enters graveyard at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 p.m. Sunday)
COST: $5; $20 for families of four or more
Fortress of Nightmares
Take a terrifying walk through the dark tunnels of the historic military fort in The Tunnels of Terror Haunted Maze, or join a paranormal investigation in the Fortress Ghost Hunt. In addition, the R.I. Horror Film Festival is at the fort from 7-10 p.m. each night to screen a program of spooky international short films inside the barracks. Tours are weather-dependent and sturdy footwear is required. Presented by The Fort Adams Trust in association with The Rhode Island Paranormal Research Group.
WHERE: Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue, Newport
WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Oct. 26-28
COST: $10 for Tunnels of Terror ($18 to $20 to skip the lines), $13 for Ghost Hunt; $10 for films
MORE INFO: www.FortressofNightmares.com
Halloween Family Spooktacular
Pack up the monsters and ghouls — young and old — and join the Mass Audubon for an evening of spooky events and activities at the Stone Barn. Costumes are highlights include interactive trick-or-treat stations, a kid-friendly spooky night hike and holiday craft activities and refreshments.
WHERE: Stone Barn Farm, 786 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth
WHEN: 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28
COST: $8 for members, $10 for non-members
Step into the mad science lab to experiment with ooey-gooey slime, investigate mysterious substances, try imaginative arts and “witch crafts,” explore eerie environments, play ghoulish games galore, hear spooky stories from Rhode Island’s haunted history and more.
It all happens Sunday at the Providence Children’s Museum’s Boo Bash, where kids and families explore a host of bewitching activity stations during the museum’s annual hands-on Halloween bash. Come in costume and have a blast!
WHERE: Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28
COST: $9 admission, free for museum members
MORE INFO: 401/273-KIDS; www.ChildrenMuseum.org
Roger Williams Park Zoo’s annual event will be packed with Halloween- and harvest-inspired activities as well as appearances by performers and some frightfully fun characters. There will be trick-or-treat stations, pumpkin treats for the animals, a fun pirate adventure, a games tent, creepy crawly animal encounters, pumpkin carving demonstrations, music, roaming costumed characters and other live entertainment.
Kids 12 and under who come in costume enjoy half-price admission.
WHERE: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28
COST: $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 3-12 and $11.95 for seniors (free for children under 3 and members get in free)
MORE INFO: www.rwpzoo.org
Boo at the Zoo
Not to be outdone, Buttonwood Park Zoo is also hosting a weekend full of Halloween fun. Dare the older kids to walk in the Buttonwood Haunted Trail. If that’s too much to handle, there’s a hay maze and a friendlier Enchanted Forest for the younger children, candy treat stations, train and carousel rides and a Witch’s Web activity room featuring a gruesome touch table and other activities. All proceeds support the zoo’s educational and family programs.
WHERE: Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Oct. 26 to 28
COST: $8 per adult, $5 per child for members; $13 per adult, $10 per child for non-members; free for kids under 3
MORE INFO: 508/991 6178; www.bpzoo.org