There's no way you get to be a 375-year-old city without a boatload of legends and lore of haunted homes, ghoulish areas and spooky sights. During the month of October, Newport and Bristol counties are transformed into haunted locales with incredible experiences where you can get your scare on. If you're the type of person who loves to dress up in costume, isn't afraid of goblins and Hocus Pocus is one of your favorite movies, then Newport is the place for you this time of the year. Here are a few ideas for Halloween opportunities in Newport, read at your own risk

  1. FEAR at Fort Adams: During the month of October, Fort Adams transforms into a Fortress of Terror, filled with goblins, zombies, snacks and fun games for all to enjoy. Walk through the Haunted Officers Quarters and see the creepy cramped living spaces of yesteryear. Then, its on to the Tunnels of Terror where ghosts and goblins are sure to scare you during your walk through the underground tunnel system. After the frightening fun is over, there are snacks and hot chocolate or coffee available along with games that reward Halloween prizes. 
  2. Olde Town Ghost Walk: This attraction is more of a historical haunting experience. Travel the streets of Newport and hear spooky myths behind various landmarks. Some include George Washingtons Revolutionary War headquarters and tales of legendary "Blood Alley."
  3. Carved in Stone Tour: This 90-minute walk is dedicated to the Common Burying Ground. Hear tales of the deceased buried there, interesting marks on the tombstones and stories about the haunted happenings. Like the Old Town Ghost Walk, history buffs will enjoy this walk, but non-lovers will be spooked and enthused about the scary trails as well!
  4. Haunted Folklore at Rose Island: Travel on the Rum Runner II to Rose Island and begin your scary adventures. Learn about the hidden folklore of Rose Island, travel through the abandoned barracks which were once home to quarantined cholera-infected citizens, explore the spooky lighthouse and see the paths one used during war times. After the scaring is through, enjoy hard or non-alcoholic, cider by the fire and recount the ghost tales with friends or family.
  5. Come to Bristol's Audubon Environmental Education Center for a day of of pumpkin fun on 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. 
  6. Bristol's Annual Halloween Walkabout is Sunday, October 26, 1-3 PM.Bring your children (dressed in costume) downtown and stroll all the shops for an afternoon of trick-or-treating.


-Erica McLaughlin