You don't get to be a 383-year-old city without a few eerie sights and legends of ghoulish folklore. Each October, the city is packed with haunted happenings. Celebrate spooky season with frightening events like a Spooky Roam around Rough Point, or revel in some family fun with Fall at Coggeshall Farm, or a ghost tour of downtown Newport. Not to mention, spooky themed cocktails, costume harbor cruises, pumpkin picking, and so much more. 

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Halloween Happenings

Here’s a few of the best things to do for Halloween in Newport.

Halloween Movies at Jane Pickens Theater

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When: Various dates and times
Where: The JPT Film + Event Center

Halloween is synonymous for horror films, scary thrills—and what better place to watch than in a 188-year-old theater? Make your way to Jane Pickens Theater in Newport for a series of Halloween themed movies perfect for spooky season. 

Schedule
  • Pyscho, Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30 PM
  • Beetlejuice, Saturday, October 22nd at 4:30 PM
  • Hocus Pocus, Tuesday, October 25th at 7:30 PM
  • Halloween (1978) Party with the Z-Boys, Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30 PM
  • Nosferatu 100th Anniversary Party, Thursday, October 27th at 7:30 PM
  • Frankenstein, Saturday, October 29th at 4:30 PM

 

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Related:

Can't make a showing in Newport? Stream the new Hocus Pocus 2 film on Disney+, which was filmed partially in Newport! More info and filming locations here

 

Shipyard Pumpkin Regatta

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When: October 14th
Where: Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard

Picture this: Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard famous "pumpkins" racing across the basin to raise money for charity (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.) Name a better, more wholesome, activity for fall.

Laugh, cheer, and support your favorite team—or gather some friends and compete yourself at this annual Halloween themed regatta.

Pumpkin Regatta

Photo Credit: Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard

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The Epic Halloween at Rejects Beer Co.

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When: Thursday, October 20th
Where: Rejects Beer Co.

Art-pop ups are back—but make them Halloween themed!

Make your way to Rejects Beer Co. in Middletown for a night of "evil, devilish, and undead" presented by Secret Beach Tattoo. Wear your best costume, listen to vintage Halloween music by Dr. Gasp and enjoy a night of art, fun, and more.

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Spooky Night at the Farm

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When: Friday, October 21st
Where: Hawk & Handsaw Farm, 20 Moitoza Ln, Portsmouth, RI 

Join NewportOut for a night of halloween activities, creative costumes, spooky surprises, and so much more at Hawk & Handsaw Farm in Portsmouth.

Celebrate Halloween early with a night of thrills, scary haunts, music from DJ Zoila Rosa, lots of dancing, and bring-your-own booze. Cozy up by the bonfire and enjoy small bites provided by Hawk & Handsaw Farm, or venture into the dark woods trail if you dare—more to be revealed when you arrive.  

Pro-tip: bring something that lights up—you will know why later. 

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Ghost Tours

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When: Thursday - Monday in October, 8:00 PM, Saturdays in November, 5:00 PM
Where: Tour departs from Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott
Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors + military, $12 children 

Take a 90-minute lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of our haunted city by the sea.

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Night at the Mansion Halloween Haunt

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When: Thursday, October 27th, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Museum

“Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore,” -Susan Battle, Executive Director.

With rumored tales of hauntings—hint hint: vampires may or may not be involved—it makes sense Linden Place hosts an annual event to share its lore.

Make your way to Bristol for Linden Place’s annual “Night at the Mansion Halloween Haunt”, returning on Thursday, October 27th for an evening of spooky fun. Enjoy ghostly candlelit tours of the storied manse and grounds, a cash bar serving fabulous adult beverages, live music and dancing in the ballroom and so much more. 

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Midnight in the Garden

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When: Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Where: Stoneacre Garden

Grab your best Halloween costume and head to Stoneacre Garden for a Halloween themed party with music by CODR: UH and themed cocktails, wine, beer and so much more. Doors open at 9:00 PM, must be 21+ to attend. 

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Cabinet of Curiosities: A Night at the Mansion

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When: Friday, October 28th
Where: The Vanderbilt
Admission: $275 per person

Step inside Newport’s most iconic mansion for an evening of mystery and intrigue this Halloween. Celebrate Fall’s most convivial holiday at The Vanderbilt with The Cabinet of Curiosities and experience the seductive, unconventional and fabulous world of Alfred Vanderbilt. Partake in a dinner theater experience featuring captivating performances from No Ring Circus, a New York-based theatrical production company specializing in the fusion of circus sideshow, performance art and theater, accompanied by an indulgent multi-course menu and unlimited champagne.

Linger and revel in the eccentricities in our downtown mansion this Halloween with specialty cocktails, tarot and palm readings and Absinthe Fairies. Delight in The Vanderbilt’s dinner menu filled with sumptuous, Autumn-inspired dishes.

The Vanderbilt

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Spooky Roam Around Rough Point

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When: Saturday, October 29th
Where: Rough Point Museum

Roam around the house and grounds of Rough Point Museum during this special after-hours event—Saturday, October 29th, take part in a Halloween costume contest and complete a spooky tour of Rough Point’s house and grounds!

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Fall at the Farm

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When: Saturdays and Sundays in October
Where: Coggeshall Farm Museum
Admission: $10 for Adults, $5 for Youth (ages 4-17)

Fall at the Farm: the most wonderful time of the year.

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Coggeshall Farm Museum with in-house historians and animals. Play historic games, race through a hay maze, leaf peep on the new nature trail, and make classic 18th-century cornhusk dolls. Also, enjoy special in-depth timed talks, or spend your time visiting the animals and enjoying the autumn air on the salt-marsh farm. For the kids, search for clues in the a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt; Clues & Candy, a trick-or-treat experience. 

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All Hallows Eve 11:00 AM

The history of the classic fall celebration and the surprising origins of the jack-o-lantern!

Which Witch? 12:00 PM

Women have been both accused of and celebrated of being witches for millennia. Learn the origins of some of the classic symbols of witchcraft and explore the history of New England witches.

Oh, My Gourd! Pumpkins and Other Fall Foods 1:00 PM

Celebrate the bounty of the harvest by learning about the uses and history of all our favorite fall foods.

Potent Potions 2:00 PM

Many 18th-century medicine cabinets were filled with a blend of traditional herbal remedies, superstitious potions, and newfangled scientific medicines. Join museum interpreters for a talk on all the useful and not-so-useful cures that 18th-century farmers relied on.

Halloween at Coggeshall

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NewportOUT Halloween Costume Cruise

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When: Saturday, October 29th
Where: Gansett Cruises
Admission: $49

Make your way to downtown Newport, board the NewportOut Halloween Costume Cruise and enjoy, sunset views, music, and a fun Halloween costume experience aboard the Gansett Cruise power yacht.  This is a LGBTQ+ community building and visibility event; all are welcome. Limited tickets are available, RSVP and purchased tickets today.

Note: all tickets include one beer, wine, cocktail, or soft drink—with a cash bar available on board for additional beverages. 

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Autumn Concert at Four Corners: Catnip Junkies: Day of Dead Halloween Bash

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When: Saturday, October 29th
Where: Four Corners Arts Center

Head to Tiverton for a night of fun, dancing, and laughter with the Catnip Junkies at their Day of Dead Halloween Bash.

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Cars + Coffee: Trunk of Treat

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When: Sunday, October 30th
Where: Fort Adams State Park

Spend your morning at Fort Adams State Park for this special Halloween edition of cars + coffee.

Audrain Motor Week

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SPOOKY THEMED COCKTAILS

These spooky themed drinks contain more than just booze.

Let There Be Blood

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It's officially spooky season, and we are celebrating with more than horror movies (hint: Hocus Pocus 2), ghost tours, and haunted spot spooks.

Head to Wharf Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar for a horror-inspired cocktail named for its vibrant blood-red color and crisp flavors, the Let There Be Blood cocktail is served on the rocks, shaken with Tito's Vodka, Canton Ginger, lime juice and blood orange puree, topped with ginger beer.

It is truly fang-tastic (sorry we had to.)

WHERE TO DRINK A LET THERE BE BLOOD

Wharf Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar
37 Bowens Wharf
Newport, RI

 
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Dante's Inferno

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Set back in Swineburne Row, adorned in fresh greens, and fall-inspired decor come October, you will find Stoneacre Garden. Take a seat on the covered courtyard, head up to the rooftop bar on those mild fall days, or share an intimate seat in the greenhouse on a cozy fall night.

Craving a devilish treat? Try their Dante's Inferno, available in large format for four or a single cocktail, for a drink with a kick, made with Chili Infused Tequila, Blood Orange, and Strawberry.

WHERE TO GET THE DANTE'S INFERNO

Stoneacre Garden
151 Swinburne Row
Newport, RI

 

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Witch Doctor

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Located on Bowen’s Wharf in downtown Newport, this little Mexican paradise has tequila for days and a cocktail list a mile long. For a drink fit for fall, and to celebrate Hocus Pocus 2, order the Witch Doctor—a tiki drink made with Plantaton 3 Stars, Midori, lime, falernum and absinthe, served over crushed ice with an Angsostura flora.

WHERE TO ORDER A WITCH DOCTOR

Diego's Newport
11 Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI

 

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Dark Magic

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Conveniently located on the waterfront in downtown Newport, Brenton Hotel is one of Newport's newest hotels. Alongside luxurious furnishings and a distinctly nautical contemporary design comes a handful of exclusive perks, like private boat rentals, rooftops, and an open-concept living room lobby (LR for short) with an accompanying bar.

At the Bar at LR, you’ll find local brews, rare sips, and creative libations fit for everyone's palate. For a spooky themed drink, try the Dark Magic—made with Soul Cachaca, Thomas Tew Single Barrel, blood orange liquor, blackberry, lime, and a ginger beer float. 

Pro-tip: ask the bartender for access to the rooftop—you won't regret the views. 

 

WHERE TO TASTE THE DARK MAGIC

The Brenton Hotel
31 America's Cup Avenue
Newport, RI

 

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Crimson Ghost

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Located down the road in Middletown, Diego's Barrio Cantina, is a casual neighborhood restaurant preparing modern Mexican food, Diego's classics, and seasonal specials that will keep you coming back. 

This fall, order a Crimson Ghost —Boo!—this seasonal cocktail is made with cranberries and orange muddled with cinnamon simple syrup, Del Maguey Vida del Muerta Mezcal, Cardinal Spirits Rye Whiskey, house-made sour, served in a frozen snifter. 

WHERE TO SIP A CRIMSON GHOST

Diego's Middletown
116 Aquidneck Avenue
Middletown, RI

 

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Craving more?

Find all fall-flavored and spooky themed drinks here

 

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