Originally, I was just putting this list together (sans reviews and pricing information) so that Joseph and I could “run” a couple of Scare-a-thons before he heads out for some training and we can get to as many haunted places as efficiently as possible.* Then I was asked to share the list, and poof! A blog post was born. Cue creepy, broken-eyed baby dolls crawling around everywhere. Eep.
If you’re reading this, I hope that it will help you simplify and maximize your scares this year!
(Everything after the cut is outside Rhode Island’s borders, so pack a bag!)
Haunted Labyrinth: 804 Dyer Ave., Cranston, RI 02920
- My personal favorite, and it’s a bargain at $10, and all goes to the youth center it’s hosted at! Also, they have indoor waiting area, in case it’s cold or rainy, so that’s a plus! This year, their theme is “Once Upon a Nightmare.”
- Open Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays from 7pm – 10pm starting September 27th, plus they’ll be open on October 30th and 31st, too!
Field of Screams: 179 Plain Meeting House Rd., West Greenwich, RI 02817
- It’s three-in-one attraction (“Haunted Insane Asylum,” “Dead River Haunted Hayride,” and “4-D Cirque de Souls” which is a dizzying clown extravaganza), and they have all kinds of special rates and deals, like early-bird specials, $1 off coupons, general group and birthday group rates, too. I really enjoyed it last year; Michael Myers stalked us for way longer than I thought he would and scared the poop out of me.
- Their schedule is too hectic to succinctly explain, but their opening weekend is September 27th and the last night is October 30th. Their hours are Fridays/Saturdays from 6:30pm – 10pm, Thursdays/Sundays from 6:30pm – 9:00pm.
Trails to Terror: 4235 Tower Hill Rd., (US Route 1), Wakefield, RI 02879
- I’ve attempted but never actually successfully reached this one, somehow, but it receives great reviews every year so I’ll definitely be going this year! It’s a two-in-one attraction with a Haunted Hayride and the “Forest of Fear Walk-Thru.” As a side note, holler if you want to join me and let me hold your hand/claw your skin.
- They’ll be open starting at 7pm on September 27th and 28th, then on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays in October, and their last night is October 27th. Tickets go on sale starting at 6:30pm and you can get them up until 10pm!
- $13 for each attraction separately, or $20 as a bundle, and they have VIP options and coupons! So you can get $3 off for Opening Weekend or $5 off for special “Family Day” Sundays.
Scary Acres: 2150 Scituate Ave., Hope, RI 02831
- This one boasts a hayride and (more importantly) a haunted corn maze that is the size of over four (!!) football fields and takes 30-45 minutes to get through, which has deterred me in years past of even attempting it because the idea freaks me out so much but I’m determined this year.
- They’ll be open starting at 7pm on September 27th and 28th, then on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays in October, and their last night is October 27th.
- $20 admission, with group discounts and VIP options available if you order online ahead of time (although there is a sucky “convenience” fee).
Spooky World New England: 1000 New London Ave., Cranston, RI 02920 (Mulligan’s Island Golf & Entertainment)
- I don’t know many details yet since there isn’t a formal site for the Rhode island branch of Spooky World New England as far as I know of, but this is the first time Spooky World New England will be in Rhode Island and it’s supposed to be amazing, so I’m super excited! It looks like they’ll be opening on September 27th to November 2nd, so you can extend the scary season even past Halloween!
- You can keep up to date with it via the Mulligan’s Facebook page, or Terror in Rhode Island:
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI (Roger Williams Park Zoo)
- No, this isn’t haunted or scary (unless you’re on drugs when you pass by the absolutely giant pumpkins that are sometimes eating other pumpkins, and then it’s terrifying. I hear.), but it’s gorgeous and fun! I’m always blown away by their attention to detail and different themes, complete with mood music and fabulous lighting. It makes for a wonderful date night or family night.
- Opening night is October 3rd and runs through November 3rd, from 6pm – 11pm (last admission is at 10pm).
- $12-$15 admission for adults, depending on the day, but they also have special rates for children and seniors, and I’m pretty sure that AAA discounts can be used to purchase tickets as well. Don’t quote me on that, but I think that’s worked for me in the past.
Fortress of Nightmares: 90 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, RI 02840
- Somehow, this has never even been on my radar before but it sounds kind of amazing, and this year has a “Larger Shooting Range for Apocalypse Airsoft.” What! Yusss.
- October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26-27, from 6pm – 10pm, with Ghost Hunts starting at 10:30pm!
Haunted Hill: 4300 Diamond Hill Park Trail, Cumberland, RI
- I’ve never been, and I can’t say that I’ve heard the best reviews of it, but it deserves to be mentioned here because great or not, it keeps on keeping on. Also, it has a 5K challenge, so props for that!
- Open weekends starting September 27th through October 27th, from 7pm – 10pm.
- Admission is $15, which is pretty reasonable. Could be paired well with a trip to the Factory of Terror, just over the border in MA!
Factory of Terror: 33 Pearl St., Fall River, MA 02720
- Recommended by Lydia, and also it’s a pretty popular one that’s always on my radar but I somehow never go to even though it’s only 20 minutes outside of Providence! I’m such a Rhode Islander sometimes.
Barrett’s Haunted Mansion: 1235 Bedford St., (Rte 18), Abington, MA 02351
- Recommended by Georgia: “This one is in MA, but I used to include it in my Halloween/Salem visits. Every year they do a different theme in the mansion–some years have been better than others, but it’s usually really cool. (Like “ghost” children playing in a room with floating toys, girl wearing a cage on her head filled with 5-6 live rats cool). The black out dates sound really interesting, those might be new!”
- It’s about a 50 miles/1 hour from Providence, but based on the strength of Georgia’s recommendation, sounds like it could be very worth it! Particularly if you combine it with other destinations, like she did.
- (Pst. You can also buy Halloween prints (and lots of other gorgeous artwork as well) through Georgia’s Etsy shop. Just saying.)
Witch’s Woods: 79 Power Rd., Westford, MA 01886
- About 70 miles/1 hour and 15 minutes from Providence, but recommended by Ellen and based on the picture she shared with me on Facebook, I feel like she knows what she’s talking about.
Dark Manor: 25 Main St., Versailles, CT 06383
- This was actually my first haunted house experience; I went two years ago, and loved it. It’s a bit of a haul for some Rhode Islanders, but I thought it was worth it. Props to the girl who spider-walked towards us in her nightgown down a strobe-lit hallway; I still think about her and shudder.
- It’s about 45 miles/1 hour outside of Providence, which really isn’t that bad, guys!
- Their opening night is October 4th, and they’ll actually be open past Halloween this year, til November 2nd, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your freak-out on! Their hours are wickedly wonky, so just check out their page for those details!
- $18 bundle rate, but they also have matinee specials, discount rates, coupons, and free-ticket contests!
Trail of Terror: 60 North Plains Hwy., Wallingford, CT 06492
- Recommended by Danielle, although it is absolutely the furthest away (100 miles from Providence, or about 2 hours) on this list, I felt I had to include it based on Danielle’s enthusiasm and because some people are insane like that and may really want to make a pilgrimage of it. So if you go, try not to pee yourself cause it’ll make for a really uncomfortable drive back!
* Also! If you’re interested in actually running, be sure to check out the Providence Monster Dash!
- It’s a 5K Run/Walk, Zombie Walk, Youth Run
- October 27th, at 11am
- 1 Sabin St. Providence RI 02905
- It isn’t a charity race in and of itself, but it is partnered with the Undercover Project, so 100% of any donations during the race go to help the 45,000+ kids in Rhode Island who don’t have access to clean or new underwear, socks and diapers.