Glowing pumpkins, running with zombies, autumn festivities and trick-or-treating are just some of the many Halloween activities offered in Providence this time of year for your family. Before this “spooky season” comes to an end, be sure to check out these wicked events!
Recurring daily Oct. 3 through Nov. 3, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular features an impressive exhibit of more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. The whole family will enjoy scenes of wizards, fairy tales, superheroes and historical figures as they walk the darkened pathways of Roger Williams Park Zoo. At the end of the exhibit, enjoy fresh kettle corn, caramel apples and other seasonal offerings.
Leave playing with fire to the professionals! The Halloween Iron Pour returns to The Steel Yard on Saturday, Oct. 19 for a family-friendly industrial art performance. This annual event attracts close to 2,000 spectators from around the region, who watch artists harness the power of The Steel Yard’s custom-built tilt furnace as they pour more than 2,500 pounds of molten iron. The evening also features a variety of delicious food, as well as theatrical and musical displays.
Last year's biggest pumpkin weighed 1,914 lbs. Find out how big this year's winning pumpkin will be at this family-oriented event on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Frerichs Farm in Warren, RI. Admission is free (parking costs $5) and includes a free corn maze, pirate ship and western town for the kids to play in. For a small fee, you can paint pumpkins, build your own scarecrow or hop on board a pumpkin or dragon ride.
On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, grab a broomstick and fly over to Roger Williams Park Zoo for daytime, outdoor autumn activities for the whole family. Come trick or treat, experience animal encounters, and stay for the annual elephant Pumpkin Stomp, a meet and greet with costumed characters and hands-on crafts.
Watch out as zombies take over the RIPTA bus tunnels on Sunday, Oct. 27! The Monster Dash is a fun and unique race where most people run (or walk) dressed in Halloween costumes. The youth Monster Dash race will run up and down a portion of South Water Street, which will be approximately a half-mile.