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It won’t be long until the cold weather is upon us, so it’s time to get out with the family to enjoy some fun family events. Here are 6 events that are sure to stir up some fun and maybe a few goblins.

Shanty Night at Coggeshall Farm

On October 21st, come to Coggeshall Farm for Shanty Night. This all age singalong runs from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm around a campfire. If you don’t know what a shanty is and you’ve never sang one – no problem! Bring a meal and join in with others and learn new sea songs and shanties. If you play an instrument, bring it along too. The more the merrier.

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Boat Tour

Every Saturday and Sunday until the end of October you can explore the Blackstone River on the Explorer riverboat. If you just want to see the newly restored boat, it’s also open for public tours at Coldstream Park on Sunday afternoons.

The river tours offer a unique way to explore the history, wildlife and picturesque landscape of the area. If you’re particularly interested in the river’s unique habitat, you can also partake in a Saturday environmental tour. They run until the end of October and explore the river’s plants, animals, and wetlands.

Providence Ghost Tour

Are jack o’ lanterns a little tame for your children? Do they want something thrilling and adventurous? Consider taking them on walking tour in search of real ghosts.

The tour operators encourage you to bring a digital camera to capture any apparitions you encounter along the route, but they’re not responsible for any haunting, soul-possession or poltergeist activity endured before, during or after tours.

Wear comfortable shoes and take in the facts and folklore of the haunted buildings in the area. The tour does discuss death so it may not be suitable for young children or squeamish adults. Tours start at 7pm.

A-Mazing Halloween Party at Escobar’s Farm

Escobar’s Farm is well-known for its corn maze so if you want to see it, arrive early. The world’s top corn maze designer partnered with the owners to create an 8 acre masterpiece celebrating Rhode Island’s Comic Con. This challenging maze includes more than two miles of twists and turns, 2 bridges and 85 decision points.

Wear a costume and you’ll receive a small discount off your admission to the old-fashioned family Halloween costume party, too. The party runs on the 29th from 11am to 4pm, weather permitting. If it’s stormy, the party will run on the 30th.

Rocky Point Farm Pumpkin Walk

Bring the kids and stroll through an enchanting pumpkin walk complete with lit hand-carved pumpkins. The trail winds through the woods and since the sun sets so early now it creates a very eerie effect.

Afterwards, roast a marshmallow over an open fire and listen to the rhythmic sounds of drummer Sidy Maiga. This event is suitable for young children and you buy tickets on-site. The event runs October 29th and 30th between 6:00 and 8:30pm.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo

If you want to see this pumpkin extravaganza on the weekend, you’ll need to buy tickets online. However, prices are lower Monday through Thursday and since Halloween falls on a Monday, you may want to take advantage of the discount.

This year’s theme is American Treasurers and it explores our nation’s history through postage stamp images. Since stamps reflect people, places, and major events, they offer a snapshot of our lands through the ages.

You’ll see over 5,000 intricate carvings of heroes, animals, notable landmarks, and of course the spectacular’s favorite, the Laughing Tree. Gates open at 5:30 on weekends and 6:00pm weekdays.

Since nightfall comes sooner now, ensure everyone wears light-colored clothing or reflectors. Stay safe and have fun during the fall. It’s a great season.


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