A Spooky Perspective: How To Spend October in Newport

BOO! We are the witches of the Admiral Fitzroy here to take over the blog and share our Halloween/fall traditions. A Newport Autumn is not complete without thrilling mazes, a ghost tour throughout the town, and spooky marvels inside a historic fort. Want all the best bucket list items for the ultimate fall lover? Park your brooms and read on to hear about our favorite things to do this October.


I am something out of your nightmares so I recommend the Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams. After dark you can go through tunnels and haunted mazes and see things like me. This Fortress includes Tunnels of Terror, Mayhem 3D, Paranormal 360 Virtual Reality, and a Kids Fun House for children who might scare easily. You can also explore officers quarters and learn all about paranormal history. Get your scare on! Tickets now available online. Dates: October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7-10PM!


I am here to serve you your “Dinner With a Side of Ghost Package!” With your two tickets to Ghost Tours of Newport, you take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport’s shadowy paths and discover the legendary ghost and ghouls of our haunted city. If you’re not entirely spooked out when you’re done, use your $50 dinner gift certificate! These ghost tours are Nightly through October, 8:00 PM; Saturdays in November, 5:00 PM and departs from Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott.

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We think Newport Vineyard is the place to be this fall! There are so many reasons, so we narrowed them down to two:

Check out the biggest and best costume party in Newport. The Halloween CarnEvil on Friday, October 27; 7:00 – 11:00 PM contains circus performers, Creepy Cocktail Hour, a fortune teller machine, and appearances from Ami Bruni and Adam Berry of TLC’s Kindred Spirits! It’s $55 per person.

Two days after that is the 2nd Annual Harvest Festival! A fall lover’s dream: grape stomping, wine tasting, and pie eating. Sip and savor to your heart’s content. $25 per person, includes wine tasting. Are you competitive? Try the grape stomping and pie eating contests!


Mazes are my favorite thing about fall. The harder the better! You too? Take advantage of our “Maze and Apple Picking Package.” The maze at Escobar’s Highland Farm is a Halloween must! There are, fall photo booths, places to decorate pumpkins, hayrides and more! We dare you to dress up in a better costume than us, you get a prize! Admission is free and it’s open Friday – Sunday through November 5, 2017. Don’t forget to stop at Sweetberry Farm for some Apple picking. Look at all the other things you can do and pick!


Want less scream your face off and more “stuff your face?” Have no fear Bowen’s Wharf’s 25th annual Seafood Festival is here! The dates are Saturday, October 14th & Sunday October 15th, 2017. As a cat, I have begged for and stolen enough fish tacos, lobster rolls, fried calamari, in my other lives to know that the this local seafood and drinks live up to the hype. Underneath the colorful tents at the wharf, there is live music, family fun, and cafe style seating for you to munch. It’s all free!


We are practicing for the iconic 4 mile Pell Bridge Run. This is on a lot of people’s bucket lists.  Do you know if you can use your broom?! Once a year pedestrians are allowed to run or walk across the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport, R.I.  At 7:15am the race starts in Jamestown and ends in Downtown Newport.  All proceeds from this event are donated to local charities. You have until October 25 to get in shape… join us!

What is your favorite thing to do at the start of fall in Newport? What are your Halloween traditions you can’t wait to continue this year?


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