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October Center Spread

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10th Annual Halloween Iron Pour: This marriage of industrial arts and theatrical performance will include the pouring of 2,500 pounds of molten iron, creating ferociously erupting volcanoes, Viking funerals, and bubbling and brewing scientist labs. This year, the Steel Yard will present Monster versus City, a molten story about Providence’s stand against a fiendish beast. Steel Yard, 27 Sims Ave, PVD. Oct 24, 5 – 9pm. thesteelyard.org.

Flickers’ Vortex: Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival: With over 80 films, you’ll have no problem finding your perfect brand of phantasmagoric film. You can even go to forums on how genre films are made in the Ocean State, featuring local filmmakers! Oct 19 – 25, Various Locations, film-festival.org.

H.P. Lovecraft’s Grave: A small, modest stone obelisk is the only marker for the final resting place of Providence’s most famous, and one of existential horror fans’ most loved, authors. Admirers often leave black candles and creepy poetry at his grave, but be warned: The grave is watched closely by the groundskeepers. Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Blvd, PVD.

H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour: Follow a tour inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Providence Stories. Lovecraft wrote extensively about Providence landmarks such as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church and Benefit Street houses, and you get to see them all! John Brown House, 52 Power St, PVD. Oct 24 & 25, Noon. film-festival.org

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: A Rhode Island tradition, 5,000 jack-o-lanterns illuminate the Wetlands Trail at the zoo every year. This year’s theme is “The People’s Choice,” so expect to see the best-of-the-best in pumpkin carving subjects! Oct 3 – Nov 1, Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave, PVD. rwpzoo.org

Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Store: Nestled away in the center of downtown PVD’s Arcade, this store dedicated to all things Lovecraft has its fair share of spooky tomes and paraphernalia to satiate that aching beast of a Cthulhu inside all of us. 65 Weybosset St, PVD. necronomicon-providence.com/store

Mother Mystic: This spiritual apothecary is PVD’s only metaphysical and natural health & beauty supply shop. On the hunt for some witchcraft, wiccan or magick supplies? Then you’ve come to the right place. 179 Dean St, PVD. mothermystic.com

&KIDS Spooky Zoo: A full schedule of crafts, workshops, music, trick or treats, and games create the perfect Halloween celebration for you and your family! Dress up in costume for the full experience. Oct 24 – Oct 25, 10am – 3pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave, PVD. rwpzoo.org

SCARE HOUSES AND FRIGHT FESTS

Fear Town Haunted House: A partly indoor, partly outdoor attraction that brings you through the run-down buildings deep in the woods behind the speedway, Fear Town will have monsters waiting around every corner looking to make you a permanent resident of the woods. How much fear can you take? Oct 2 – 31, 7 – 10pm. Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, Mass. fear-town.com

Fortress of Nightmares: Tunnels of Terror: Built as a land-defense system against enemies trying to tunnel under the fort’s defense system, nobody knows what waits in the tunnels of terror today. The only way to find out is to enter them yourself. Oct 16 – 18 & Oct 23 – 25. Fort Adams, 84 Fort Adams Dr, Newport. halloween.fortadams.org

Factory of Terror: Bloodworth Dungeon: Set in a factory which, legend has it, was closed after all of the factory’s employees were mysteriously murdered one night in 1856. To this day, the spirits of those workers haunt this area of the factory, referred to as “Bloodworth Dungeon.” 33 Pearl St, Fall River, Mass. factoryofterror.com/fall-river

Factory of Terror: Ghost Cemetery at Centerville Falls: One of the biggest indoor haunted houses in Rhode Island, fear starts even before you’ve entered the building. A roaring waterfall feeds Snake River where skeletons of past visitors rest on its banks. 3 Bridal Ave, West Warwick. factoryofterror.com/west-warwick

Field of Screams: Everything Halloween enthusiasts are looking for: a haunted insane asylum, a haunted hayride by the river, and New England’s only 4D haunted maze! Looking for something a bit different? Check out their military-inspired Zombie Paintball, where participants have to eradicate every last zombie. Sept 25 – Oct 31. 6:30 – 10pm. Big John Leyden’s Tree Farm, 179 Plain Meeting House Rd, West Greenwich. hauntedhayride.net

Haunted Hill: The hill has three terrifying attractions for those who dare to visit! Steadman & Han’s Bio Corp, SAWMILL and Buddy’s Funhouse all aim to scare you silly. Oct 2 – 31. 4092 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. hauntedhill.net

Haunted Labyrinth Presents Camp of No Return: One night, a camp director lost his mind and started doing experiments on campers, then poisoned the river. Can you survive the terrible monsters that now run rampant through the grounds? Weekends Sept 25 – Oct 31, 7 – 10pm. 804 Dyer Ave, Cranston. hauntedlabyrinth.com

Haunted Tunnel: A tunnel filled with spooks and scares, not for the faint of heart. Ghastly ghouls will be waiting inside to scare you half to death, along with a few other surprises along the way. Oct 2 – 30, 6:30 – 9pm. Slater Park, RR 1A, Pawtucket. fb.com/hauntedtunnelri

Scary Acres RI: Part wagon ride, part corn maze, this haunted farm is 100% terrifying, with vampires, zombies and other frights … and they might just be waiting for you to turn around. Fear lives here. Weekends Nov 25 – Oct 30, 7 – 10pm. Confreda Greenhouses & Farms, 2150 Scituate Ave, Hope. scaryacresri.com

Seven Cedars Farm Haunted Hayride: A chilling hayride full of spooks and scares for anyone who dares climb on board. Fri – Sun, 7 – 10pm. 7 John Mowry Rd, Smithfield. sevencedarsfarm.us

Trails to Terror: A haunted hayride, sure to deliver eye-popping, scream-inducing scares that will have you jumping out of your seat, and a 15-acre forest of fear. Better make sure you don’t get lost, or you may never be seen again. Weekends Oct 2 – 30, 7pm. Highland Farm, 4235 Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. trailstoterror.com

HAUNTINGS & TOURS

The Biltmore Hotel: When a building is cited as the inspiration for Stephen King’s Outlook Hotel and Robert Bloch’s Bates Motel, two of the most notable haunted buildings in fiction, you know the real-life thing must be just as terrifying. Built in 1918, guests and staff alike have experienced hauntings such as grand ghostly parties, as well as apparitions and doors opening and slamming shut without explanation. 11 Dorrance St, PVD. goo.gl/toaydu

Lanterns and Legends Tours: Did you know that South Kingstown has witnessed its fair share of brazen murders, gruesome executions and supposed vampires? Do you know about its connection to the Salem witch craze of 1695? Do you want to? This minimal-light tour of the Old Washington County Jail will tell you all about it. Thu & Sat, Oct 15 – 29, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm, Old Washington County Jail, 2636 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. pettaquamscutt.org

Lizzie Borden House: Lizzie Borden took an axe, and, as the folk rhyme goes, gave both of her mother and father 40 (maybe 41?) whacks. But what really happened, and what restless spirits might still be attached to the house after those two gruesome murders? You can find out for yourself by taking a tour of the very house where it all happened. 230 2nd St, Fall River, Mass. Tours 7 days a week at the start of every hour, 11am – 3pm. lizzie-borden.com

Mercy Lena Brown Grave: The 19-year-old RI vampire now haunts the cemetery where her body was kept … and later exhumed, desecrated and (finally) buried. After she died of tuberculosis, locals became suspicious that Mercy was rising from the dead to drain the life from the remaining living Brown family members. Unfortunately for Mercy, the process of de-vampiring someone included cutting the heart out of the suspected vampire and burning it. Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, 2 Bethlehem Pike, Exeter. goo.gl/ANey6I

Mills & Mysteries Paranormal Investigation: Considered one of the most haunted sites in New England, during its years of operation it was not uncommon for workers, many of whom were children as young as 4, to be maimed or killed by the powerful textile machines. The mill is now offering a chance to investigate its historically haunted structures after dark with paranormal investigators Carl L. Johnson and Keith E. Johnson. Thru Oct 30, 7:30 – 9pm. Slater Mill Museum, 67 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket. slatermill.org

Newport Ghost Tours: Take a tour through the streets of Newport and discover ships, graveyard crypts, shadowy lanes and historic ghosts in Rhode Island’s famous city by the sea. You can even sign up for tours through the city’s oldest and largest graveyard, the Common Burial Grounds, and learn about the famous and infamous souls of Newport. Thru Oct 31, 8pm.  Newport Marriott, 25 America’s Cup Ave, Newport. ghostsofnewport.com

Providence Ghost Tours: Do you want to see a ghost? This tour’s guides will take you through some of the most haunted parts of Providence. You can rest assured that all the stories of murders, suicides and mysterious deaths are factual … so you might just get your wish. Thru Oct 31, Prospect Terrace, PVD. providenceghosttour.com

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