Newport is famed for its beautiful beaches and marvelous mansions, but did you know the coastal city was also known for its haunted happenings? As the fall foliage commences, the cool breeze of October brings some of the spookiest sights to Newport and Bristol counties. From charming to creepy, the haunted haven transforms as murder mysteries unfold. The 378-year-old city is sure to spook with fall frights and chilling tales. Discover the scariest season through haunted houses, ghost tours, and mysterious burial grounds.
Newport’s eccentric events make this the perfect place to find your Halloween spirit.
When: Nightly through October, 8:00 PM; Saturdays in November, 5:00 PM
Where: Tour departs from Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott
Admission: $17 adults, $16 seniors, $10 children
Details: Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of our haunted city by the sea.
When: Recurring weekly on Thursday through October; 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Linden Place
Admission: $10, $8 for seniors and students with an ID
Details: For three weeks in October a special docent-led tour will be offered on Thursday nights which covers the ghost stories associated with the DeWolf and Colt families and the eerie amusements of the nineteenth century. As you tour the 200-year-old mansion’s rooms by candlelight, you might discover that the dead have always been alive at Linden Place. Learn about the rumored hauntings of Colt Farm and Colt Memorial School, about vampires roaming the towns of Rhode Island in the 1800s, and mediums summoning the return of the lost. Discover the traditional mourning practices of families in Bristol by examining jewelry, dress, and photographs. Experiment with some of the “weird science” techniques practiced during the nineteenth-century. And finally, find out if any of Linden’s ghosts will be following you home.
When: Thursday - Sunday starting October 12, 2017
Where: Rail Explorers
Admission: Quad Explorer: $150, Tandem Explorer: $85
Details: Night tours in the dark are sure to scare. If you make it back, unwind with fireside s'mores and hot chocolate.
When: October 13 - 14 & October 27 - 28; 7:00 & 8:30 PM
Where: Artillery Company of Newport
Admission: $50 per person
Details: The Artillery Company of Newport and SNE Paranormal have teamed up on ghost hunts of the never-before investigated armory building on Clarke Street. Enjoy an interactive experience as you tour the armory and hunt for paranormal activity. For space availability and tickets, call 508- 768-8158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Friday and Saturday through October starting October 13
Where: Fort Adams
Details: Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams includes Tunnels of Terror, Mayhem 3D, Paranormal 360 Virtual Reality, and a Kids Fun House for children who might scare easily.
When: October 14, October 21; 7:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Adults $30, Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25, Youths (17 & under) & Students $15
Details: The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them. It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.
When: Saturday, October 21; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Common Burying Ground; Departs from the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport
Admission:$20 per person, $15 Newport Historical Society members, active duty and retired military with ID; $5 for children ages 5-12.
Details: 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.
When: Friday, October 27; 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $55 per person
Details: Head to Newport Vineyards for a costume party with an evening full of circus performers, fortune teller machine and more. Ticket includes Creepy Cocktail Hour with nosh food, (1) drink, meet and greet with Ami Bruni and Adam Berry of TLC's Kindred Spirits, music from DJ Buff from 92 PRO-FM, juggling performances from Circus Dynamics and fortune teller machine. Prizes for best costume.
When: October 27 – October 29; 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
Where: Newport Storm Brewery
Details: The Newport Storm Brewery & Newport Distilling presents haunted brewery and distillery tours! Enjoy a night of fright, craft beer, and spooky cocktails. When the lights go out our facility comes to life, spine tingling scares meets delicious bubbling brews. Admission is $15.
When: October 28: 3:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Newport Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham Street, Newport
Admission: $20 available at the door.
Details: Do you believe in ghosts? Experience a paranormal investigation for yourself! Newport Elks Lodge is providing access to their often locked and private third floor to discover the dead. Since investigations began at the location in 2015, there have been reports of full-bodied apparition of a woman, a little girl, objects being moved, an investigator was scratched, feelings of being watched, touched, unexplainable footsteps, seeing little orbs of light, countless EVPs, and a flashlight turning on/off on command. 18+ (under 18 with parent/legal guardian's signed permission)
When: October 28: 1:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Newport Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham Street, Newport
Admission: $5 per person, children 12 & under free
Details: Presented by The Newport Mystical Society. This is a mystical event with some of the area's finest tarot card readers, mediums and energy workers. There will be vendors offering jewelry, crystals and handcrafted items.
When: Sunday, October 29; 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Rose Island
Admission: $40 adults, $25 children
Details: Head to Rose Island for a spooky evening of haunted tales. Registration includes boat ride on the Rum Runner II departing at 3:00 PM from Bannister's Wharf. Refreshments included. Don't forget to dress warm!
When: Monday, October 30; Doors open 7:00 PM, Film begins 8:00 PM
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Details: What's Up Newp & The JPT present: The Addams Family Halloween Party. Dress up like your favorite character and celebrate the season of spook.