From haunted castles to family-friendly frights, check out 13 scarily fun picks for celebrating Halloween in Providence:
1. October 4-November 4: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Marvel at 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins featuring luminaries both mythical and historical at the 30th Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo. 1000 Elmwood Avenue
2. October 10: Victorian Game Night at the Lippitt House Museum
3. October 10-31: Selfie Halloween
Providence’s premiere Victorian house museum plays host to an evening of period games. Try your hand at clever diversions like Whist in the opulence of this 1865 property. Get into the spirit of Halloween by showing up in period-appropriate dress. 199 Hope Street
SelfieStop, located inside Providence Place near Nordstrom, is an interactive Selfie Museum (yup, that’s a thing now). Patrons can enjoy snapping pics of themselves in front of Creepy Dolls, Zombie Masquerade, and Trick or Treat Candyland backdrops. Providence Place Mall
4. October 17-18: Wizarding Night at the Zoo
Included in the price of admission to the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, fans of the J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter are encouraged to don wands and bewitching garb for an evening of sampling series’ treats like butter beer and chocolate frogs.
5. October 19: Roadsmary’s Baby Release and Costume Party
If you love beer and dressing up for Halloween, then you’re in luck! Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar will be serving food to pair with a rum-barrel aged pumpkin ale called Roadsmary’s Baby and if you show up in a costume, you could win a prize. 65 Weybosset Street
6. October 20: Steel Yard Iron Pour
The coolest, hottest, and most uniquely Providence thing happens when artists pour over 2,500 pounds of gleaming, molten iron at the Steel Yard for their annual Halloween Iron Pour. This year’s line-up includes musical performances by Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, the Eastern Medicine Singers, DJ Unkle Thirsty, fire dancers, art sales, and more. Volunteers who commit to six hours of service get in free! 27 Sims Avenue
7. October 20-27: 19th Annual Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival
Described as “a phantasmagoric symphony of international films” in addition to its traditional spooky film fare, “Vortex” will showcase all kinds of Sci-Fi and Fantasy cinema. Visit website for details and related events.
8. October 20-21; 27: H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour and Film Screening 2018
Revisit a series of landmarks on foot detailed in the “Providence stories” works of native son and cult horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. This experience is part of the Vortex Film Festival.
9. October 27: Halloween at the Castle
There is a castle on the West End – Barnaby Castle – with quite the storied past and in need of repair. Last year an inaugural Halloween bash-benefit raised $10,000 to begin the restoration of seven stained glass windows atop the solarium; the goal for this year’s event is to finish that portion. 299 Broadway
10. October 27: Kidoinfo Spooky Storytime + Haunted Art in the Park
The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy has assembled an agenda of outdoor activities including an installation inside the Imagination Center and Open Reading Room where kids can open the mural door and walk inside. Burnside Park
11. October 27 – October 28: Pumpkin Stomp
Enjoy animal encounters, the annual elephant Pumpkin Stomp
, photo booth fun, meet and greet with costumed characters, sculpture making and more! Arrive at 10:30 for trick-or-treating (while supplies last) on the Treat Trail by the red wolf exhibit. This event is free with Zoo admission and all children 12 and under dressed in costume get in for half price.
12. October 28: Monster Dash
Pick a team, create one, or run as an individual in this lively run where participants revel by running in costumes. The cource includes the creepy RIPTA bus tunnels “over run by ZOMBIES!” 250 South Water Street
13. October 28: Tour de Tentacle
Billed as a weird bike odyssey in Providence, this collaboration between the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council and Confluence Placemaking begins and ends at dusk at The Arcade “for a dark cosmic reckoning.” Event organizers promise tentacles and beer, but note that this is BYOB as in bike (and helmet). 65 Weybosset Street