Here is a list of some local events–not about being scary and only eating candy but are all about the costumes, pumpkins, parades, friends, and fun activities.
Weekends, October 17-18 & 24-25 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
Trick or treat stations on the Wetlands Trail, costume parade, zoo animals get a pumpkin treat, tasty food for people throughout the zoo–everything from candy apples to hot cider, autumn maze for wandering, kids activity tent with fall theme games, special characters and entertainers each day.
WHERE: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
AGES: 12 and under.
COST: Free with admission. Half-price admission for kids (12 and under) in costume.
BRING YOUR OWN FLASHLIGHT NIGHTS
Weekends, October 17-18 & 24-25 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Come see the farm under the cover of darkness. Bring your own flashlight because you never know what might come out of the haunted trails.
WHERE: Frerich’s Farm, 43 Kinnicutt Avenue, Warren
AGES: This IS appropriate for all children.
COST: $3.50 per person. Weather permitting.
PUMPKINS IN THE PARK
Fridays and Saturdays beginning October 10 & October 17-18 & 24-25 from 6:30 – 9:00pm
You’ll see about 100 jack-o’-lanterns on display tables. There’s hot chocolate, face painting and a disc jockey encouraging dancing. (Concurrently, there is a “haunted tunnel” at the park, which is inhabited by nefarious and creepy characters.)
WHERE: Slater Park, Newport Avenue & Armistice Boulevard, Pawtucket
AGES: Little kids on up! (Haunted Tunnel is not recommended for little kids.)
COST: Admission is $5, FREE for those younger than 12. Haunted Tunnel requires separate admission.
PHONE: (401) 728-0500, ext. 252.
RISD FREE-FOR-ALL: IN COSTUME
Saturday, October 25, 11:00am – 4:00pm
No need to sign up in advance, just come! Children are encouraged to come dressed in costume to this day of art making with a Halloween twist. Mask and costume making workshops in the museum until 2:30 PM. At 3:00 PM, Boston’s Behind the Mask Theater presents “Three Cats of Venice.” Refreshments, too. Stay half an hour or the whole afternoon!
WHERE: The RISD Museum of Art – 224 Benefit Street, Providence
AGES: Young children and the whole family.
DOWNCITY HARVEST FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 25, 2:00pm – 8:30pm
Costume Contest with a fabulous prize of a Monster Mini Golf birthday party. The contest continues at 3pm with adults competing for a Downcity Shopping Spree! The celebrity judges include Mario Hilario, from WJAR 10, Lynne McCormak from the mayors office, DJ’s from WBRU, and Christina from Monster Mini Golf. All day long there will be activities: face painting, pumpkin painting, music, trick-or-treating in the stores, and great food. Movies on the Block will show Beetlejuice at 6 pm. Mom and dad can celebrate too with the harvest beer garden. Lots of fun for all in Downcity Providence.
WHERE: Downcity Providence (corner of Union and Westminster Streets.)
AGES: All ages
COST: FREE admission
GOBLINS & GREMLINS HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES AND PARADE
Saturday, October 25, 3:00pm (Rain date: October 26)
Come out in costume to march in a Halloween parade. Activities will begin at 3:00 p.m. and the parade will start promptly at 4:30 p.m., beginning on Parade Street at the center of the park, and continuing 0.7 miles around the park’s perimeter. Come celebrate this small town feel parade in the city. The neighborhood will light up with pageantry in celebration of creativity, spirit and community with giant puppetry, eclectic music, food vendors, street performers, and school and community centers’ involvement.
WHERE: Dexter Training Ground. West Side of Providence
AGES: All family members are welcome, including pets
COST: FREE ($5 to enter pet costume contest)
Sponsored by WBNA
Saturday, October 25, starting at 5:30pm (Groups of 15 go off every 10 minutes)
The Halloween Hike is offered annually as an alternative to the usual haunted happenings. Take a guided, mile-long hike through the night forest and encounter characters that will explore with you the myths, legends and creatures associated with Halloween. In the event of rain, the fun will be moved into the barn, completely transformed for autumn with pumpkins, hay and lanterns. Registration is required. Refreshments, children’s activities and special treats await your return. Spaces are limited.
WHERE: Audubon Society of RI at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA
AGES: Young children and the whole family.
COST: $9/member adult, $7/member child (Non-Members: $14/non-member adult, $11 non-member child).
PHONE: (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041
HALLOWEEN COSTUME WEEKEND: DAVIS FARMLAND
Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26
Wear your Halloween costume! Davis’ Farmland is a seven-generation, working family farm, continuously operating in Sterling since 1846. This is the home to the largest sanctuary of endangered livestock in North America. Since 1996, Davis’ Farmland has entertained families with its Children’s Discovery Farm featuring developmentally appropriate discovery play and learning for children 1-8. So, old friends and new, join us in celebrating our farming heritage. Adults must be accompanied by a child 12 years or younger.
WHERE: Davis Farmland – 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling, MA
AGES: Babies-12 years
COST: Adults & Children 2 and over $13.95; seniors $10.95; & Children under 2 FREE
WHOOOO’S READY? HALLOWEEN PARTY
Tuesday, October 28, 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Wear your costume! Treats, stories, and maybe a trick or two. Storytellers Cindy Killavey and Marie Forer will share some not-so-scary Halloween stories. RSVP to the Athenaeum a must!
WHERE: The Athenaeum Library, 251 Benefit Street, Providence
AGES: 3 and up with an adult
COST: $5 snack fee per child
TRICK OR TREAT AT PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Friday, October 31
A little bit spooky, and a whole lot of fun. Come in costume and get a treat. Explore the museum including the new Power Play exhibit.
WHERE: Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence
AGES: 3 – 11
COST: Admission is $7.50 per person (free for babies under the age of 12 months and for members.)
HALLOWEEN PARTY AND PARADE
Friday, October 31, 4:00pm
Come early and take pictures with our spooky Halloween display. Marvelous Marvin’s magic and storytelling. Costume parade around Wayland Square.
WHERE: Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, Providence
AGES: Babies & toddlers. Parents can dress up, too!
PHONE: (401) 331-9097
HALLOWEEN AT MOD MAMA
Friday, October 31
Face painting all day!
WHERE: Mod Mama, 16 South Angell Street, Providence, 02906
AGES: Any age
PHONE: 800 MOD 8605
HALLOWEEN PARTY IN THE PARK
Friday, October 31, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Come dressed to thrill. Volunteers are needed, contact Wendy by phone or email to volunteer!
WHERE: Brown Street Park, corner of Brown & Creighton Streets, Providence
AGES: All ages, best for 11 and under, all welcome.
PHONE: 454 8712
Photo Credit: Kids at Books on the Square Halloween Party