Halloween is still happening in New England, at creative but healthy events –many of them outdoors – like walking and boat tours, cemetery excursions, drive-in movies. Watch our events calendar as October moves forward.
Drive-Through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. Through November 1. From your car, watch a passing parade of enjoy the thousands of intricately carved pumpkins. Visitors have been enchanted by this display for years, and it keeps getting better. Tickets are via online only for a specific timed entry. Nightly 6:30-11 p.m.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt at The Breakers in Newport RI. October 30. Come in costume, walk through The Breakers, look for Halloween treats from greeters in costume. Expect some spooky sights among the gilded rooms. There will be two timed entries, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Map.
Haunted Boat Rides from the Providence Marina, Providence, RI. Through October 28. Experts from Providence Ghost Tours will tell the stories of Providence residents of long ago who still linger over this charmed city. Offered on select Wednesdays and Sundays only. Guests ages 10 and older will get a thrill from this one-hour trip. Map.
Swamp Scare Boat Ride on the Blackstone River from Central Falls, RI. Through October 31. This Halloween-themed, 20-minute ride on the Blackstone Valley Explorer meanders along the river as guests hear the story of the Blackstone River Swamp Monster. Scares and spooky moments will thrill travelers. Costumes are encouraged. Fine for children. Map.
Halloween Weekend Paranormal Investigation at Whitehall Burial Ground in Mystic CT. Through October 31. Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours hosts a paranormal investigation. Come see and use actual ghost hunting and paranormal equipment in a effort to communicate with spirits. Map.
Ride The Darkside Electric Railway at Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor CT. Through October 30. This rail line passes above the buried remains of people in an old cemetery. Come hear the story the story while riding on the Darkside Electric Railway. Spooky surprises are in store. Dates: October 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30. Map.
“Horror Abbadia Mare” at Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA. Through October 30. Come see a theatrical performance of “The Horror of Abbadia Mare,” based on H.P. Lovecraft stories, all set within the Castle. As guests walk move through the Castle they are wrapped into a story of sorrowful happenings. Advance, online ticket purchase. Dates: October 9, 16, 23 and 30. Map.
Barrett’s Haunted Mansion Screens and Screams Drive-In Movies at Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA. Through October 31. Drive-in double feature of horror movies. Watch in your call, surrounded by roaming characters intent on giving you the willies. 7:30 p.m. Map.
Witches’ Night Out for Adults 2020 in Newburyport, MA. October 23. This adult-friendly event is a Halloween invitation night coupled with merchant hospitality, seasonal Halloween treats, shopping, and more! Guests are urged to come in costume. Map.
Naturally Wild Halloween at Squam Lakes Natural Center in Holderness, NH. October 31. This is a not-scary, all ages day on the trail filled with pop-up animal encounters: otters, coyote, bears. Eat and take home some tasty pumpkin treats. Advanced registration is required. 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Map.
Last Night at the Museum Flashlight Tour at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. Through October 17. Meet spirits of maritime adventurers from the past and hear their tales of adventure. This event is family-friendly. Flashlights and warm clothing are encouraged. 5-8 p.m. Map.