You don't get to be a 382-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 the blah blah, or revel in some family fun with Treats Along the Trails at Norman Bird Sanctuary, or a scavenger hunt and trick or treat at The Breakers. Not to mention, spooky movies, ghost tours, pumpkin picking, and more. Here’s a few of the best things to do for Halloween in Newport.
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ENCHANTED HOUR IN THE MANSION
When: Fridays through December 31; 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: The Vanderbilt
Admission: 30-minute experience: $95 per guest; 60-minute experience: $145 per guest
Recline on a velvet double hump-back sofa and experience an intimate conversation with the mansion tarot reader. Sit by candlelight and revel in the surprise and delight of a reading from local tarot master, who provides insightful readings with awe inspiring relevancy. Learn more about the metaphysical world beyond as you sip on a Mint Julep or Pimm's Cup dreamed up by the Chief Cocktail Curator, Maxwell Britten.
PHANTOMS AND FIRE
When: Sunday, Wednesday-Friday through October 31; 5:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Coggeshall Farm Museum
Admission: $20 adults, $12 for youth
Explore the museum after hours where you will find spooky delights, from bats and bonfires to cauldrons and candy, and from ghosts to spooky drama! Take your entire family, as there is something for every age around every corner. Pre-registration is required; purchase tickets below.
REJECTS DOGS HALLOWEEN PARADE
When: Friday, October 29; 3:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Rejects Beer Co.
Head to Rejects Beer Co. in Middletown with your BFF for a Halloween parade.
SCAVENGER HUNT AND TRICK OR TREAT AT THE BREAKERS
When: Friday, October 29; 5:30 + 6:30 PM
Where: The Breakers
Admission: $10 per youth, ages 2-17; $7 per adult
The Preservation Society of Newport County will host a Scavenger Hunt and Trick or Treat at The Breakers. Entries are at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Arrive in costume and stroll through the house, looking for Halloween-themed items and receive treats from costumed Preservation Society staff members. Protective face masks are required.
COASTAL QUEENS HALLOWEEN CRUISE FROM JAMESTOWN
When: Saturday, October 30
Where: Coastal Queen Cruises
Grab your costume and dance to Halloween tunes on the Coastal Queen Halloween Cruise! Enjoy the onboard bar while you cruise from sunset into the darkness! A prize will be given for the best costume. The Coastal Queen’s top deck is covered, warm, weatherproof and ready for you! Best for Ages 16+. Tickets are $35, cruise is 90 minutes and departs at 4:30 PM.
RAIL EXPLORERS FIRESIDE COSTUME RIDE
When: Saturday, October 30; 7:30 PM
Where: Rail Explorers
Celebrate Halloween with Rail Explorers. Dress up in your spookiest Halloween costume (optional) and ride the Southern Circuit in the dark. Includes Hot Witch's Brew Cider, Apple Cider Donuts and Fireside S'mores. Note: Ride is not decorated or haunted
TRINITY CHURCH ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH
When: Through Sunday, October 31
Where: Queen Anne Square
Trinity Church's Annual Pumpkin Patch offers a wide selection of pumpkins, mums, decorative cabbages, gourds and more. Once you've picked all your favorites, enjoy home-made goods, freshly popped popcorn and hot cider. Enjoy hot lunch, live music and vendors on the weekends.
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.
COMMON BURYING GROUND WALKING TOUR
When: Sunday, October 31; 11:00 AM
Where: Tours depart from the Colony House located at the head of Washington Square
Admission: $15 per person, $10 Newport Historical Society members, active and retired military with ID; $5 children ages 5-12
Explore the stone carvers, their art and the diverse people buried there who helped shape Newport’s history.
SPOOKY ROAM AROUND ROUGH POINT
When: Saturday, October 30; 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Rough Point
Admission: $20 for adult; $10 for students; Kids 12 under and Newport County residents are free
Join Newport Restoration Foundation for the annual Spooky Roam Around Rough Point. Experience the museum after the sun goes down and the lights are low. Discover strange and eerie objects, go on a treasure hunt, enter the costume contest and hear recordings of ghost stories told by the staff who knew Rough Point at its spookiest. Gardens will also be open for an illuminated jack-o-lantern stroll. Costumes encouraged, protective face masks required.
CARS + COFFEE TRUNK OR TREAT
When: Sunday, October 31; 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Fort Adams State Park
Make your way to Fort Adams State Park for this special Halloween edition of cars + coffee.
TREATS ALONG THE TRAILS
When: Saturday, October 30; 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $20 for non-members, $15 for members, children under 3 enter free
Wear your best Halloween costume and join Norman Bird Sanctuary for a spooky afternoon on the trails. Walk past the graveyard and into the woods, stopping along the trails at stations offering nature-themed crafts, giveaways, and yummy treats. Warm up by the campfire on the lawn of Mabel’s Studio and enjoy seasonal refreshments, including apple cider and baked goods.
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