2014-10-16 / Calendar

A Spooktacular Guide to Halloween


A costume parade for children and movies will highlight a fun evening at Ballard Park on Saturday, Oct. 25. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. for a meet and greet with the Newport Fire Department, and the costume parade begins at 5:30 pm. “Hocus Pocus,” a PG-rated film, will screen at 6 p.m. It follows the antics of three Salem witches who are accidently conjured up in present day (circa 1993) Salem, Massachusetts, where they brew a hilarious cauldron of mischief and mayhem. After a brief intermission to allow little ones time to leave, the 1978 classic “Halloween” will be screened. All of the festivities are free. In the event of rain, movies will be shown on Nov. 1. A costume parade for children and movies will highlight a fun evening at Ballard Park on Saturday, Oct. 25. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. for a meet and greet with the Newport Fire Department, and the costume parade begins at 5:30 pm. “Hocus Pocus,” a PG-rated film, will screen at 6 p.m. It follows the antics of three Salem witches who are accidently conjured up in present day (circa 1993) Salem, Massachusetts, where they brew a hilarious cauldron of mischief and mayhem. After a brief intermission to allow little ones time to leave, the 1978 classic “Halloween” will be screened. All of the festivities are free. In the event of rain, movies will be shown on Nov. 1. Fear at the Fort

Experience Tunnels of Terror and Haunted Officers’ Quarters at Fort Adams, Oct. 17, 18 and 24-26, 6-10 p.m., $15, fear.fortadams.org.

Trinity Pumpkin Patch

Music, food, pumpkins, family activities, Queen Anne Square, thru Oct. 31, 12-6 p.m. weekdays, 10-6 p.m. on weekends, 401-846-0660.

Murder Mystery

“Historic Hauntings” interactive murder mystery at Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Oct. 18 and 25, 7 p.m., $30, newportartmuseum.org.

Fort Adams Ghost Hunt

R.I. Paranormal Research Group leads two-hour ghost hunts, Fort Adams, Oct. 19 from 8-10 p.m., Oct. 31 from 10 p.m.-midnight, $25, fear.fortadams.org.

Grimm’s Fairy Trail

Travel along a notso spooky Halloween trail as actors perform in Paradise Valley Park, Paradise and Prospect avenues in Middletown, Oct. 17 and 18, tours depart every 20 minutes from 5:30-7:10 p.m., adults $10, children $8, space limited, reserve at taraohare@hotmail.com.

Nocturnal NBS

Non-spooky program for families to engage with nocturnal creatures at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, costumes encouraged, meet animal ambassadors, go on a guided night hike through the forest or make a craft, roast marshmallows around the fire, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m., members $10, non-members $12, reserve at 401-846-2577.

Spooky Tales

“Things That Go Bump in the Night,” tales told by Pat Perry, Paradise School, Middletown, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., free, 401-849-1870, middletownhistory.org.

Make a Mask

Make a Halloween mask at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., Oct. 20, 4 p.m., ages 5+, no registration required, drop in, 401-846-1573.

Haunted Graveyard Tour

St. Columba’s Youth Group hosts annual Haunted Graveyard Tour on Oct. 24 and 25 from 7:45-10 p.m. for those who dare to stroll through the cemetery in the pitch black. Family activities in the parish hall, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, $5 per person, $20 for families or four or more, stcolumbaschapel.org.

Halloween Howl Youth Regatta

Sail Newport’s season-ending youth regatta, Oct. 25-26, 401- 846-1983, sailnewport.org.

Howlapalooza

Party for dogs and families at the Potter League, Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m., parade, doggie dance team performance, door prizes, photos, costume awards, obstacle and agility course, tricks and treats. Dogs must be leashed and dog and people friendly. Dogsafe and comfortable costumes are encouraged. Rain or shine, drop in, $10, 401-846-0592 x122.

Haunted Halloween Craft Party

Children ages 6-12 make Halloween crafts at Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m., register at 401-847- 8720 x204.

Haunted Folklore of Rose Island

Learn about the island’s past and hear tales of haunted experiences, refreshments, limited space, Oct. 25, 4 p.m., 401-847-4242.

Costume Parade

All ages costume parade around Queen Anne Square, Trinity Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.

Halloween Movie Night

Bundle up for outdoor screenings in Ballard Park’s quarry meadow, Oct. 25, kiddie movie at 6 p.m., scary movie at 7:30 p.m., free, grass seating, bring chairs, dress warmly, picnic dinners welcome, 401-619-3377, rain date Nov. 1.

Not Very Creepy Carousel

Non-scary family fun suitable for young children at Easton’s Beach Rotunda and Carousel on Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m., $5 per child includes a goody bag, two free rides on the carousel, cookie decorating, light refreshments and many crafts to make, 401-845-5800.

Pumpkin Carving

Carve your own Halloween pumpkin while enjoying cider and caramel popcorn at Vanderbilt Grace, Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m., $10, 401-846-6200.

Ghoulish Decorations

Make a ghoulish Halloween decoration at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., Oct. 27, 4 p.m., ages 5+, no registration required, drop in, 401-846-1573.

Redwood Halloween Parade

Kids ages 1-12 and favorite grownups celebrate the supernatural at the Redwood Children’s Athenaeum in the Les Ballard Annex, 10 Redwood St., with treats, scavenger hunt, costume competition, raffle and prizes, Oct. 29, 4 p.m., free and open to the public, register at 401-847-0292 x105.

Trick-or-Treat Crafts and Costumes

Drop in to the Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., Oct 29, 4-6 p.m., for crafts and trickor treats, costumes encouraged, 401-846-1573.

‘Practice’ Halloween Party

Children up to age 8 gather at Jamestown Philomenian Library in costume, games, food, advance registration required, Oct. 30, 4 p.m., 401-423-7280.

Teen Caramel Apple Making

Teens dip and decorate caramel apples, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Oct. 30, 5 p.m., drop in, 401-847-8720 x206.

‘A Very Gorey Affair’

Redwood Library hosts wine and cheese reception and presentation by former Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr on Gorey’s illustrations, cake and champagne, 50 Bellevue Ave., Oct. 30, 5:30-8 p.m., members free, non-members $10, reserve at 401-847-0295 x112, redwoodlibrary.org.

‘A Terrifyingly Good Time’

Jane Pickens Theater Halloween event with screening of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Shining” plus more tricks and treats, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., $10, janepickens.com.

Trick-or-Treat at NPL

Children of all ages are welcome to wear their costumes and receive a free Halloween treat at the Children’s Desk of the Newport Public Library, Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m., while supplies last.

Treats Around the Square

Ol’ fashioned trick-or-treat around Washington Square, Oct. 31, 4 – 6 p.m.

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