Rhode Island

Best things to do in R.I. this week: Oct. 27-Nov. 4


If mansions, theatre, unlimited champagne and open bars are your thing, treat yourself here: Newports Vanderbilt is hosting “The Cabinet of Curiosities” on October 28th. Billed as “an evening of mystery and intrigue,” guests take part in a No Ring Circus dinner theater experience. (According to their website, they specialize in “the fusion of circus sideshow, performance art, and theater.”) Dinner, according to the bill, is “an indulgent multi-course meal and unlimited champagne,” plus “tarot and palm readings and absinthe fairies.” ( Fascinating.) $275 per person including open bar. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Potter League. 401-846-6200. details here.


You can stream at home anytime. It’s time to scream with strangers.

  • Greenwich Odeum is showing The Exorcist on October 28, doors 7pm, show 8pm (can’t watch, just tell me what’s happening.) $10. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. details here.
  • Catch a double film in Newport featuring an old classic – Boris Karloff in the 1931 version of Frankenstein at 4:30pm – and a modern classic – the original Hocus Pocus on October 29 at 7:30pm at the Jane Pickens Film and Events Center. Normal admission $12 per film. 49 Touro St., Newport. 401-846-5474. details here and here.
  • The rustic tri-view drive-in ends its season with a hoot, showing Beetlejuice, Halloween Ends, Nightmare on Elm Street and Smile, among other spooky classics. 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield. details here and here.


Stoneacre Garden Restaurant in Newport is hosting a Halloween party for 21+, ‘Midnight in the Garden’ on October 29th at 9pm. Don your costume to dance the night away with wine, beer and themed cocktails. $10 advance; $15 door. 151 Swinburne series. 401-619-8400 details here.

Haunted Theater BASH

Do The Monster Mash at the Haunted Theater Bash – it’s going to be a Cranston hit. Yes, the Historic Park Theater in Cranston is having a Halloween party on October 29th. Expect a DJ, bars, “several rooms of fun” and “surprises all night,” according to the billing, and a costume contest with cash and prizes. From $25. 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. 848 Park Ave. details here and here.


Indie sweetheart Kurt Vile is playing Columbus from Providence on October 29th. There is so much to love about Vile, but my favorite is the tremendous job he did to honor Newport Folk favorite, the late great John Prine. Prine was a hero of Vile, and if you haven’t seen it yet, check out his Prine tribute cover of Crazy as a Loon, starring Jim James and John Paul White. heart = full. $35 advance. Doors 7pm, show 8pm 270 Broadway, Providence. 401-621-9660. details here.


45 tables. 150 beers. A location. Yes, the WaterFire Arts Center is hosting Beervana Fest 2022 on October 29th, featuring craft beers from Allagash to Zero Gravity. There are two sessions: 1.30pm-4.30pm or 6pm-9pm. Ticket includes a tasting glass for 2-ounce pours. Greetings, Rhody. $65. 475 Valley St., Providence. details here.


It’s two days of wine, beer, food, live music and grape stomping à la Lucy at Newport Vineyard’s 5th Annual Harvest Festival on October 29th and 30th. You can try a cake eating or grape stomping competition. #GetYourStompOn. Two sessions per day: Session 1: 11:30am – 2:00pm and 2:30pm – 5:00pm both days. The $33 ticket includes a souvenir glass and five tastings from wine and beer bars. 909 East Main Street, Middletown. 401-848-5161. details here.


Poe fans — and Rhode Island history buffs — might want to head to Edgar Allan Poe: a Rhode Island Walking Tour of Poe’s Providence. A 1.2-mile guided walk showcases Poe, Providence poet Sarah Helen Whitman and her legacy in Providence. While in Providence, Poe once procured “two ounces of laudanum” for a “poor suicide attempt,” according to the description of the event. He also sat for daguerreotypes, one of which “became his most notorious portrait.” Free. 29 Oct, 4-6pm. Starts at the Sarah Helen Whitman Residence, 88 Benefit St. Details here.


(Is that just me, or do you have to say that out loud?) As you might have guessed from this subtitle, on October 29th from 10am to 5pm, the Athenæum of Providence is hosting its Halloween party entitled “Athenæum Hallow[æ]n.” Think vintage vibes—tintypes, tarot readings, vintage crafts and goodies; Vintage costumes desired. $10 non-members. 251 Benefit St. Details here.


Later that evening, bring your bikes to East Providence for a moonlight ride: the Trek East Providence Halloween Ride on October 29 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Cycle a leisurely 10 miles down the East Bay Bike Path, beginning at India Point Park to the Narragansett Brewery. Each driver gets a free drink in the brewery. According to the statement, there is also a Halloween party after the trip. Free. details here.


Halloween is Monday and it’s the last chance to check out these Halloween events.

  • Scary Acres RI features a “Dark Harvest Hayride” through Haunted Town, “Defying the Haunted Burial Grounds Corn Field” and “Trying to Survive the Curse of the Bayou…Will You Survive?” 2150 Scituate Avenue, Cranston. Prices and opening times vary. details here.
  • 13th World is a “world of nightmares” that opens at sunset in Cumberland on select days leading up to Halloween. Tickets start at $25. 4097 Diamond Hill Rd. details here.
  • Dubbed “Rhode Island’s newest terror experience,” Haunted Gallows in Burrillville features terrifying attractions like “Bathsheba’s Forest” and “The Dark Fair… a journey through an abandoned fairground that will leave you wondering what is really being played with , the games… or you?” (Here under the bed.) Tickets from $22. 505 E Eisensteinstrasse. details here.
  • The Providence River Boat Company offers a Haunted Boat Ride. Get on board… if you dare. Adults $30, children 10-17 $27. 27th and 28th October at the time of this writing, with different departure times each day. 28 Oct – 1 Nov 101 Dyer St. Details here.
  • Discover the dark side of the East Side on Providence Ghost Tours. The haunted history walking tours are led by a “costumed guide with lanterns who will enchant you with the history and mystery of PVD,” according to the website. Wear comfortable shoes for about 1.7 miles of spooky walks. Prices vary. details here.


Roger Williams Park Zoo offers daytime trick-or-treating two days earlier with Spooky Zoo October 29 from 10am to 3pm Ages 13+ $19.95; Age 2-12 $13.95; under 2 free. details here.

Plus: Last call to see the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Thousands of pumpkins will light up under this year’s motto: “Celebrating 75 years of Television” runs until Halloween. Open every night from 6pm to 10:30pm Mon-Thu: $18 adult, $15 child. Fri-Sun: $21 adult, $18 child. 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. 401-785-3510. details here.


Ray LaMontagne is an act best seen live. The Grammy-winning Massachusetts native has a voice that will move you. The first time I saw him perform was on Elvis Costello’s old show Spectacle. He played Henry Nearly Killed Me and I loved it. If you don’t know him, this clip is the baptism of fire. At PPAC November 1, 7:30 p.m Starting at $39.50. 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-421-2787. details here.


If you didn’t have enough costume time this Halloween, you still have a chance. Rhode Island Comic Con is turning 10 and fans will want to be at the Amica Mutual Pavilion November 4-6. We’re getting into next week’s column territory here, but I just want to mention that you’ll find a cosplay competition, panel discussions, and photo ops with dozens of stars, including Alicia Silverstone, Danny Trejo, Jason Lee, John Cleese, Rachael Leigh Cook and more, along with Team up Photo Ops featuring A Goofy Movie, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Clueless, Cool Runnings, My Cousin Vinny and more. All details, information, dates and more here.


Restaurant week in Newport starts on November 4th and the menus are lit. Through November 13, area restaurants are offering discounts, deals, fixed price specials and more. New this season: the Foodie Film Festival in partnership with the Jane Pickens Theater Film + Event Center. The November 4 Feature: “The Art of Eating: The Life of MFK Fisher” at 7:30 p.m. I’ll have more on that next week when it airs. #FoodiesParadise. details here.


Nothing says fall like hay rides, pumpkin picking, apple picking, and cider donuts. A few suggestions:

  • Cucumber Hill is a true fall treat: corn maze, ax throwing, night-time flashlight maze, lantern-lit hay carts, hand-picked pumpkins, pony rides, food trucks and more. 39 Cucumber Hill Road, Foster. 401-397-7500. Details, prices and opening hours here.
  • Escobar’s Farm in Portsmouth features an 8-acre corn maze, hay wagon rides, pumpkin picking, concessions and more. GPS: 255 Middle Road, Portsmouth. 401-683-1444. Details, prices and opening hours here.
  • Clark Farms in Matunuck features a corn maze, petting zoo, hay wagon, pumpkin patch and more. 2984 Commodore Perry Highway. 401-783-8844. Details, prices and opening hours here.
  • Adams Farm in Cumberland features a weekend weekend corn maze, farm food truck and hay wagon, as well as a pumpkin patch, farm animals, cornhole, ‘tire playground’ and ‘hay hill’ for kids and more. 495 Sumner Brown Rd. 401-714-4425. Details, prices and opening hours here.
  • At Johnston’s Salisbury Farms you’ll find pumpkins, popcorn, candy apples, a giant corn maze and more. 11 Peck Hill Road. 401-942-9741. Details, prices and opening times here.
  • It’s apple picking – and candy apple eating – time. Check out our list of where to bag Braeburns and get sweet treats here.
  • For pumpkin picking, fall mocktails and more candy, see here.

See you next week, Rhody: Keep rockin’.’

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