Fall Guide

9 Ways to Get into the Halloween Spirit

Scary (and not-so-scary) Halloween attractions around Rhode Island


1. Factory of Terror in West Warwick gives new meaning to the phrase “enter if you dare.” There’s the Ghost Cemetery at Centerville Falls, the Asylum of Screaming Souls, Dracula’s Hideaway and Psycho Alley, which… we don’t even want to know. The 4-D Blackout offers zombie laser tag, where there’s only one thing keeping you from becoming one of the walking dead. Factory of Terror is the place where even if you love things that go bump in the night, you’re going to feel a few actual jolts of fear. And if you can survive this haunted house unscathed, Halloween night is going to feel like a walk in the park. 

2. There’s a haunted house attraction, and then there’s a haunted house that happens at an actual haunted military fort. At Fortress of Nightmares, the frights in costume aren’t the only ones you need to worry about from October 13 to 28. Wander through centuries-old Fort Adams in Newport and try to make it out in one piece, if you dare. In addition to their signature Tunnels of Terror, there’s Mayhem 3D, as well as a paranormal exhibit (like we said, real ghosts) and Turned, A Zombie Experience.

3. The longest running haunted house in New England, Haunted Labyrinth in Cranston, is open every weekend in October. For over 30 years, this volunteer-run non-profit has been providing the youth community with scares and fun.

4. Venture into the dark of night where ghouls, zombies and disembodied spirits await at Field of Screams in West Greenwich. Terror-inducing attractions include the Dungeon of Doom, the Dead River Haunted Hayride and Cirque de Souls, a 4-D haunted maze. Don’t miss Zombie Paintball (ZombiePaintball.net), where you board a military transport truck with your own bolted-down paintball gun and attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse as you shoot live zombies and other moving targets.

5. When the sun goes down at Confreda Farms in Hope, the frights go up. Scary Acres offers something different and spookier every year. The nighttime corn maze is populated by ghouls and ghosts that will terrify even the bravest souls.

6. Ghosts of Newport hunts down the City By the Sea’s lost legends on their Olde Town Ghost Walk, offered nightly in September and October. The lantern-lit tour takes you through the city’s ghostly maritime history, with chilling tales of pirates, ghost ships, graveyard crypts and more.

7. If you can’t get enough of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, why not just stay the night? Boo At The Zoo family overnights happen October 21 and 28 at Roger Williams Park Zoo. There, the things that go bump in the night are nocturnal animals. Get the inside scoop on them from zoo educators, plus VIP access to the pumpkins and a morning zoo tour.

8. Smith’s Castle in North Kingstown is an important part of Rhode Island’s history, and it’s also rumored to be haunted. Find out the truth for yourself at their Paranormal Investigation Series, hosted by RISEUP Paranormal, who will bring groups through the house to investigate supernatural claims. Investigations happen on September 23 and October 28.

9. The Providence Ghost Tour takes brave souls on a haunted trek through the city's historic East Side. Hear stories of haunted libraries and college dorms that will leave you quaking in your boots on their nightly tours throughout the month of October.