You don't get to be a 377-year-old city without legends and lore of haunted homes, ghoulish byways and spooky sights. October in Newport and Bristol county is renowned for its menagerie of colors and bounty of Autumn offerings, from harvest fairs to festive events, but there's more to our coastal enclave than just that. Murder mysteries, ghost tours, haunted burial grounds and a historic naval fort turned spooky make this the perfect place to find your Halloween spirit. Cue the season of haunting. 

 

 

Ghost Tours of Newport 

Ongoing. Take a lantern-led evening stroll through Newport's cobblestone byways and shadowy lanes to discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of our haunted City by the Sea. The tour departs from Mainsail at Newport Marriott.

 

Photographing Stones and Souls in the Common Burial Ground

Saturday, October 15, 2016. 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The stones and sites in cemeteries have captivated people for decades. Newport’s Common Burying Ground provides a wealth of images waiting to be photographed. The material, craftsmanship and aging of the stones resting in this unique setting provide an unlimited opportunities to capture remarkable images.

 

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Murder at the Museum: A Shocking Shower

Saturday, October 15 & Saturday, October 22. 7:00 PM. You are invited to the "Murder Mystery" themed party hosted at the Griswold House. The next Astor heir will soon be born - will it be a boy or a girl?  Manhattan high society awaits with bated breath.  Join current heir, Jack Astor, in showering his newlywed wife Ava in her soon-to-be role as "Mommy."  Other family and friends will be there to celebrate the blessing to come! Don't miss this electric evening filled with bundles of joy and gifts galore.  But take heed: inside the fancy gift wrapping lies raging hormones, unspoken grudges, bitter and bad blood, and more unsavory party favors.  Keep your eyes and ears open if you want to leave alive.

 

Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams

October 21 - 23 & October 28-30. Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams, America's largest coastal fortification, returns for its ninth season of haunting with Tunnels of Terror, a 3D Mayhem experience, Turned! A zombie laster tag experience, and a paranormal exhibit.

 
Great Pumpkin Hunt at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Friday, October 21, 2016. 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Blithewold Mansion is offering a unique way to pick your pumpkin this year! Participate in the search for hidden pumpkins on the estate. Each person can take one home to carve. After the hunt, join us for music, food (food trucks will be on site), some hot cider, and a discussion about constellations in the night sky during a special star program around the bonfire.

 

Common Burial Ground: A  Walking Tour 

Saturday, October 29, 2016. 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM. Learn about the stone carvers, their art and the diverse people buried there who helped shape Newport’s history on a walking tour of historic Common Burial Ground. 

 

Escobar's Highland Farm Halloween Party 

Saturday, October 29, 2016. 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Head to Escobar's Highland Farm for an old-fashioned Halloween costume party. Don your best haunted apparel and enjoy games and crafts. Receive $1 off admission when you wear a costume.

 

The Perfect Pumpkin Party at the Audubon Environmental Education Center

Saturday, October 29, 2016. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Join Audubon for a different kind of pumpkin celebration and find out just how much fun a pumpkin can be. Try your hand at pumpkin golf, pumpkin ring-toss and pumpkin art! Buy a pumpkin from the "patch" and decorate it with fun art supplies. Children in costume will receive a special prize.

 

The Annual Bristol Halloween Walkabout 

Sunday, October 30, 2016. 1:00 PM. Dress in your best costumes and stroll the shops of downtown Bristol for an afternoon of trick-or-treating. 

 

Trinity Church Costume Parade

Sunday, October 30, 2016. 1:00 PM. Don your best costume and head to the Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch to strut your stuff during the costume parade. 

 

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