Newport may boast breathtaking ocean views, award-winning eateries, opulent mansions and charming cobblestone byways, but that doesn't mean we don't have some skeletons in our closets. Truth is, you don't get to be a 381-year-old city without a few eerie sights and legends of ghoulish folklore.
These Halloween delights have everything you need to embrace your spooky side. Happy Halloween!
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast! In order for everyone to enjoy the beauty that is Newport and its surrounding coastal communities this season, local restaurants, shops and business are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of all. This includes wearing mandatory face coverings, following guidelines put in place by health and government officials, and implementing stringent cleaning practices.
All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, wear a mask, wash your hands and maintain six feet of social distancing from others.
HALLOWEEN DRIVE-THRU SPOOKTACULAR
When: Saturday, October 31; 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Easton's Beach
Admission: $5 per child age 2 and up
This family friendly event will take place beginning at the center parking lot of the beach and continue through the east lot where kids will trick or treat with the many vendors and community organizations.
All participants will remain in the vehicle at all times and masks are required for everyone.
A-MAZING HALLOWEEN PARTY
When: Saturday, October 31; 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Escobar's Highland Farm
Everyone is invited to this old-fashioned Halloween costume party for the entire family! Enjoy fun and games. Arrive in costume and receive $1 off of admission.
RAIL EXPLORERS FIRESIDE COSTUME RIDE
When: Saturday, October 31; 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: Friday, October 16 - Saturday, 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.
This event will adhere to city and state COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. Masks/face coverings are required for entrance and sanitation stations will be provided. Please maintain six feet of social distancing and follow the directional arrows for entering and exiting.
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.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Masks/face coverings are required throughout the entirety of the tour.
COMMON BURYING GROUND WALKING TOUR
When: Saturday, October 31; 11:15 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 duty and retired military with ID; $5 for children ages 5-12
Explore the stone carvers, their art and the diverse people buried there who helped shape Newport’s history.
Tickets must be purchased online. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines of staying 6 feet apart.
SPOOKY ROAM AROUND ROUGH POINT
When: Saturday, October 31; 5:00 - 7:00 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 3rd 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, 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. Registration is required.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Masks/face coverings are required.
SPOOKY WHEELS AND REELS MOVIE NIGHT
When: Wednesday, October 28; 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Parking lot at Newport Grand, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport
Enjoy a family feature film, The Addams Family, in the parking lot of Newport Grand. The event is free of charge but space is limited. Children are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes and families are able to enjoy the movie inside the comfort of their own vehicles. You can also bring a lawn chair and blankets to sit in front of your vehicle. Bring your candy, popcorn, and soda.
MIXOLOGY CLASS: SPOOKY SPIRITS
When: Friday, October 30; 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: The Reef
Admission: $40 - $60
Share an appetizer and let expert mixologists Adrienne and Jess guide you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to make favorite Halloween inspired cocktails (all materials and ingredients provided).
TREATS ALONG THE TRAILS
When: Friday, October 30; 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $20 for non-members, $15 for members, children under 3 enter free
Wear your Halloween costume for a walk on the trails at Norman Bird Sanctuary. Have your photo taken before you make your way down the trail for a spooky walk past the graveyard and into the woods. Along the way you will stop at a dozen stations to pick up nature-themed goodies and yummy treats. Then gather around the campfire on the lawn in front of Mabel’s Studio where seasonal refreshments, including hot drinks from Empire Tea & Coffee and beer from Ragged Island Brewery, will be available for purchase.
Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.
TRICK OR TREAT DRIVE THRU
When: Saturday, October 31; 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: St. Mary's Episocpal Church, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth
A free, socially safe Halloween event for families, with something for everyone. Kids can trick-or-treat safely from their car window, while their parents drive through a series of Halloween scenes decorated by members.
There will be comprehensive COVID-19 safety measures in place to ensure everyone's safety.
BG4N HALLOWEEN HOUSE
When: Friday, October 30; 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Schultzy's Snack Shack, 346 Park Avenue, Portsmouth
Admission: $5 donation
Enjoy themed pop up tents, halloween candy, music and dancing at the inaugural BG4N Halloween House in the lot at Schultzy's Snack Shack. Wear your costume (and a face covering!)
Face coverings and social distancing are required.
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