There’s no denying New England is steep in history, and therefore home to some of the spookiest towns in the region. But how does Newport stack up? From pirate executions, to one of the top 10 haunted bars in America, we think we can hold on own. Read on to find out where to find your fright, at any age, in The Classic Coast during spooky season.
Enter if you dare. 👻
Newport Historic Cemetery Commission (Self-Guided) Burial Ground ToursBack to Top of List
- Addresses vary based on site, please visit ripnewport.com for exact locations
- Anytime dawn to dusk, these are self-guided tours
Nothing like a stroll through a centuries old cemetery to lift your spooky spirits, am I right? Perhaps a bit mystical, these self-guided tours are chock-full of history. From the God’s Little Acre, the largest burial site with head stones for colonial people of African Heritage in the country, to William Ellery, one of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence, these sites offer a glimpse of eras from the past stamped in stone.
Ghost ToursBack to Top of List
- Downtown Newport, Tour departs from the Mainsail Restaurant at the Newport Marriott
- Various dates throughout the spooky season
- Adults $20, Children $12, Seniors & Miliary $18. Private tours also available.
White Horse TavernBack to Top of List
- 26 Marlborough St., Newport, RI
- Tuesdays - Sundays, Closed Mondays
Dine or grab a drink at the White Horse Tavern, regarded as America’s Oldest Tavern. Having welcoming guests since 1673, not surprising to think some may still be sticking around, eh? Considered one of the most haunted bars in America, there have been tales of guests seeing apparitions of guests past. From paranormal sightings of an elderly man, the distant cries of a young girl, to the feeling of a hand on a shoulder, there have been many tales of tableside hauntings.
Will you be the next to experience a ghostly guest? Book a reservation and find out!
Walk With Ghosts at Belcourt CastleBack to Top of List
- Belcourt of Newport, 657 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI
- October 20-21 and October 27-29; multiple time slots each day
Over 20 paranormal stories are documented in the novel ‘The Ghosts of Belcourt Castle’ by Harle Tinney who lived in the estate for 52 years. Locally, the tales of hauntings are regarded as common knowledge, and the current owners of the castle are welcoming guests once again to relive the history with their Candle Light Walking With Ghosts Tour, taking place on select dates through October.
Folklore or fact? Only way to find out is to experience it yourself.
Paradigm Escape RoomsBack to Top of List
- 94 William Street, Newport, RI 02840
- $49.50 per person
Demure, mysterious, and cloaked secrecy, the moment you step into Paradigm Escape Rooms the autumn harborside streets become a distant memory as you are transformed into another world. "Locked" in a dark room, with friends or family, that’s scary enough right? Then add in the pressure of having to work together to crack a code to get out. Located in the historic district in Newport, Paradigm Escape Rooms are the unique culmination of theater, engineering and art. Offering two immersive experiences, groups between 2-6 guests can choose between two rooms, The King's Tomb or da Vinci’s Test, each a 1-hour experience. Dare to play?
A Coggeshall HalloweenBack to Top of List
- Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol
- October 21 + 22, 28 + 29
- Adult $20, Youth (4-17) $15 // Member Adult $17, Member Youth (4-17) $12
Perfect for little ghouls the festive celebrations at the Coggeshall Farm in Bristol, all fun with no fright. Kids will experience the farm in the evening with a whole new look, all decorated for Halloween, complete with trick-or-treat stations at each spot.
Carve a spooky apple head, try some of kid’s games, and go on a night hike while visiting the farm. Guests are welcome to come in their own costumes to join in on the fun (this is a family event, so nothing too scary, please).
Halloween Movies at Jane Pickens TheaterBack to Top of List
- Jane Pickens Theater
- Various dates and times
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.
- Hocus Pocus, Tuesday, October 17th at 7:30 PM
- Scream (Halloween Party), Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM
- Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Wednesday, October 25th at 6:00 PM
- John Carpenter's The Thing, Wednesday, October 25th at 8:30 PM
- Young Frankenstein, Saturday, October 28th at 4:30 PM
- The Exorcist 50th Anniversary, Tuesday, October 31st at 7:30 PM
Can't make a showing in Newport? Stream Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+, which was filmed partially in Newport! More info and filming locations here.
Halloween HappeningsBack to Top of List
You don't get to be a 384-year-old city without a few eerie sights and legends of ghoulish folklore. Each October, the city is packed with haunted happenings. Celebrate Halloween in Newport with frightening events like a party in a mansion, pop-up pumpkin patches, or revel in some family fun with a haunted scavenger hunt or trick-or-treating at The Breakers.
Here's to a wicked good time. View all Halloween happenings here.
Hotel VikingBack to Top of List
Hamilton Hoppin HouseBack to Top of List
When we say haunted mansion, we don't mean the movie. The Hamilton Hoppin House, also known as Villa 120, is a 1856 Victorian bed & breakfast located just over the Newport border in Middletown. This historic mansion is also home to an unsolved 1913 murder. With stories of a previous owner haunting over the property. What do you believe?
The inn often enjoys these haunted stories and encounters, turning the Hoppin House into an ideal venue for pop-up dances with local "witches."
Bonus: A Lavish Halloween Display
A decades long halloween tradition, located at 54 Ellery Road in Newport, is a must-see display during the month of October. Filled with all things spooky, like classic halloween figures, jack-o-lanterns, tombstones, and so much more. This display is visible during the day, but it truly comes alive at night.
Let There Be BloodBack to Top of List
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
Dante's InfernoBack to Top of List
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
151 Swinburne Row
Dragons BreathBack to Top of List
Watch out for fire breathing dragons...The Boat House in Tiverton has crafted a creative spin on a classic margarita. The Dragons Breath is meticulously crafted with Ghost tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, and dragon fruit.
WHERE TO TRY A DRAGONS BREATH
227 Schooner Drive
Stormy ZacapaBack to Top of List
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, order the Stormy Zacapa—a tiki drink made with muddled lime and ginger, Ron Zacapa rum and a splash of ginger beer, served on the rocks.
WHERE TO ORDER A STORMY ZACAPA
11 Bowen's Wharf
Ghost of NewportBack to Top of List
Sure you can take a ghost tour while you are here in Newport, but what better way to elevate spooky season than with a cocktail sure to scare. Sip a Ghost of Newport from Surf Club, made with white rum, coconut creme, lime, Orgeat, orange bitters, and pom juice.
WHERE TO GET A GHOST OF NEWPORT
337 Thames Street
Déjà VuBack to Top of List
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 Déjà vu—made with coconut washed mezcal, domaine de canton, yellow chartruese, pineapple, smoked chili bitters, and lime.
Pro-tip: ask the bartender for access to the rooftop—you won't regret the views.
WHERE TO TASTE THE DÉJÀ VU
The Brenton Hotel
31 America's Cup Avenue
Blood OathBack to Top of List
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 Blood Oath—this seasonal cocktail is made with Dewards, Hennessey, blood orange, lemon, and ginger. Shaken, served down.
WHERE TO SIP A BLOOD OATH
116 Aquidneck Avenue
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