Looking for ways to celebrate Halloween with your littlest ghouls and witches? Here are some fun ways to enjoy the holiday- without too much of a scare!
Newport Art Museum Interactive Murder Mysteries, Historic Hauntings weekly through Oct. 25 (check website for details). Our family-friendly, fast-paced 90-minute shows prove that no matter what the year or station in life, people are the same Be the first to solve the murder case. http://www.newportmurdermystery.com
Trinity's Sixth Annual Pumpkin Patch Opens October 12. Open every day, rain or shine, Monday through Friday from 12pm to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Delicious home-made goodies, hot lunch (Saturdays & Sundays), fresh-popped popcorn, cider, and cold and hot drinks. Also: Mums, decorative cabbages, and fancy gourds to complete your fall decor. Fun for the whole family! Live music (Saturdays & Sundays), artisan craft vendors, picture-in-the-patch, and so much more! Costume Parade:Get your best outfit together and be on the patch Sunday, October 26. http://www.trinitynewport.org/article/pumpkin-patch-opens-october-11/
Grimm's Fairy Trail, October 17 and 18, specific tour times: E-mail ahead to reserve a time and enjoy actors performing fairytale favorites in a not-too-spooky way along Paradise Valley Park. http://www.discovernewport.org/events-calendar/grimms-fairy-trail
Bristol's Audubon Environmental Education Center, October 18: Have you ever made a rolling pumpkin art masterpiece, played pumpkin ring toss or tried pumpkin stamping? Join us for a different kind of fall celebration and find out just how much fun a pumpkin can be. www.asri.org
Murder Mystery Dinner with Newport Children's Theater, October 24 and 25, 7 p.m.: Reservation only. Enjoy dinner and a mystery that will be sure to intrigue and spook your family. http://www.newportchildrenstheatre.com/murder_mystery_dinner_theatre
Friends of Ballard Park Halloween Event, October 25, 5 p.m.: A new tradition filled with fun and Halloween-themed movies. This free event offers a meet and greet with Newport firefighters and features two films to enjoy: Hocus Pocus and Halloween. Costumes are encouraged as there is a contest held to be judged by RI celebrity judges.
Escobar Farm's Corn Maze Halloween Party, October 26, 11 a.m. - 4p.m.: Spend the day flaunting costumes and participating in games and fun around the corn maze. Rain date will be October 27. http://www.escobarshighlandfarm.com
Bristol's Annual Halloween Walkabout, Sunday, October 26, 1-3 p.m.: Bring your children in their costumes downtown and stroll all the shops for an afternoon of trick-or-treating. http://www.explorebristolri.com/events-calendar/halloween-walkabout-2014
Carved in Stone Tour, readily available most dates: 90-minute walk dedicated to the Common Burying Ground. Hear tales of the deceased buried there, interesting marks on the tombstones and stories about the haunted happenings. May be appropriate for families with older children to enjoy. http://www.ghostsofnewport.com/carved-in-stone-tour
Haunted Folklore at Rose Island, October 25, 4-6 p.m.: Travel on the Rum Runner II to Rose Island and learn about the hidden folklore there, travel through the abandoned barracks and explore the spooky lighthouse and paths. After the scaring is through, enjoy cider by the fire. http://roseislandlighthousefoundation.wildapricot.org/event-1770895
Olde Town Ghost Walk, readily available most dates: This attraction is more of a historical haunting experience. Travel the streets of Newport and hear spooky myths behind various landmarks. http://www.ghostsofnewport.com