Asst. Arts and Entertainment Editor
The spooky season has returned once more! Instead of making your kids rake leaves while you indulge in pumpkin spice lattes, show them a ghoulish time by visiting the most popular events happening throughout October. Whether you want to go outside or stay safe at home, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular – Roger Williams Park Zoo
Sept. 30 - Oct. 31
Presented by Citizens Bank, this year’s spectacular takes visitors on a journey to nostalgia, celebrating the greatest music from the last 150 years. From ragtime and jazz to rock and hip hop, there is a little something for everyone to dance to. Bring your family along as you stroll past thousands of glowing and intricately carved pumpkins from 115 feet above on the Zoo’s Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. All tickets are available exclusively online and must be purchased in advance.
Night at the Haunted Museum - Roger Williams Park
Oct. 15 - Oct. 31
Have a morbidly curious interest in creepy art? Well, look no further than the Haunted Museum. Shudder with fear as you browse through the Museum of Natural History's most bizarre collections. Be cautious of bringing infants and toddlers due to scary imagery. The Night at the Haunted Museum is being offered over three weekends in October. Tickets must be pre-purchased online for a specific date and time slot.
Vortex: Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival
Oct. 16 - Oct. 25
Halloween is all about terrifying movies this year. The Vortex Film Fest is an annual event that examines the best horror, sci-fi and fantasy films from across the globe. Test your endurance and courage as you witness the works from both local and international filmmakers in a great mix of short and feature-length films. This festival takes place in Providence and in select locations around Rhode Island.
Hosted by the R.I. International Film Festival, this is New England's only Academy Award and BAFTA qualifying film festival.
Providence Monster Dash 5K & Kids Dash
In the mood for a morning jog? This hair-raising run takes participants through the RIPTA bus tunnels which have been overrun by zombies. The Providence Monster Dash 5k will start at 10 a.m. The Kids Monster Dash will start at 9:30 a.m., and the event is located at 250 S Water St, Providence, R.I. 02903.
Watch Classic Halloween Movies
If none of those haunting ideas bump in the night for you, how about gathering the family together for a classic Halloween movie marathon instead? It’s free of charge and you’re in the safety of your own home too. From family friendly films like “Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Hocus Pocus” and “Ghost Busters”, to adult oriented masterpieces like “Scream”, “The Exorcist” and “Evil Dead”, there’s a massive collection of movies to keep you awake all night.