As the middle of October approaches in Newport a spooky wind sweeps in and strange things begin to go bump in the night.

Here’s all that’s happening in Newport in October that is spooky, frightful, terror-filled and spooktacular…

1 – Olde Town Ghost Walk

Tours depart nightly at 8 p.m.

Ghost Tours of Newport will take you on a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport, Rhode Island’s shadowy lanes where you can discover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of our haunted city by the sea. Our Professional Guides will light your way.

Tours depart nightly at 8 p.m., rain or shine, from the Newport Marriott, 25 America’s Cup Avenue. Tours last approximately 90 minutes, walking less than one mile. More Info & Purchase Tickets

2 – Carved In Stone Tour

Saturdays in October at 4 p.m. 

Carved in Stone is a 90-minute walking tour of the Common Burying Ground, Newport Rhode Island’s oldest and largest colonial burying ground.

See interesting grave carvings, discover the final resting place of Newport’s famous and infamous souls and journey back to the early days of Newport, where the oldest known graves dates to 1672. The souls of the Common Burying Ground have been waiting to see you, some for 300 years!

Professional Guides lead the tour which departs from Newport’s Visitors Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue. Tours last 90 minutes and walk less than a mile. More Info & Purchase Tickets

3 – Mystery At The Museum…A Shocking Shower

Saturdays in October at 7pm

The next Astor heir will soon be born – will it be a boy or a girl? Manhattan high society awaits with bated breath. Join current heir, Jack Astor, in showering his newlywed wife Ava in her soon-to-be role as “Mommy.” Other family and friends will be there to celebrate the blessing to come!

Don’t miss this electric evening filled with bundles of joy and gifts galore. But take heed: inside the fancy gift wrapping lies raging hormones, unspoken grudges, bitter and bad blood, and more unsavory party favors. Keep your eyes and ears open if you want to leave alive…

Takes place every Saturday in October at 7pm at Newport Art Museum’s Griswold House. More Info & Purchase Tickets

4 – Fortress Of Nightmares

October 21 – 23 and 28 – 30

Fortress Of Nightmares, Newport’s premier haunted attraction, will return to Fort Adams State Park on October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th and 30th. The event is scheduled to take place nightly from 7pm-10pm.

The 2016 event will feature “Tunnels of Terror, Mayhem in Three-D, Paranormal” and “Turned! Zombie Laser Tag.”For those looking for more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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5 – Photographing Stones and Souls in the Common Burial Ground

October 15th at 11am

The stones and sites in cemeteries have captivated people for decades. Newport’s Common Burying Ground provides a wealth of images waiting to be photographed. The material, craftsmanship and aging of the stones resting in this unique setting provide an unlimited opportunities to capture remarkable images. Appropriate for photographers of all skill levels; the ground is uneven, proper footwear is recommended. Don’t forget your camera!

$15 per person, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID. Newport History Tours is a partnership between the Newport Restoration Foundation and Newport Historical Society. More Information & Purchase Tickets

6 – The Haunted Folklore of Rose Island

October 29th from 4 – 6 p.m.

Depart from Bannister’s Wharf aboard Rum Runner II for Rose Island and the lighthouse. There you will told of the Haunted Folklore of Rose Island as well as Newport. Light refreshments will be available. Bring your camera and dress warm! More Information

7- John Carpenter’s Halloween on the big screen at Jane Pickens Theater

October 31st at 8 p.m. 

John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween returns to theaters worldwide this October, What’sUpNewp and Jane Pickens Theater have partnered up to present it on Halloween night!

Halloween Newport RI

See the film that defined a genre and launched an iconic franchise the way is was meant to be seen, on the big screen. Plus, catch an exclusive interview and retrospective with the legendary master of horror, John Carpenter. Introducing the film, this special bonus explores the history of the film and the indelible influence Halloween has had on not only the horror genre, but the entire film industry. Carpenter explains why the film is meant for the big screen, the influences that inspire his filmmaking and how Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time.

There’s no better way to experience the movie that brought Michael Myers into nightmares everywhere and launched the career of the original “scream queen” Jamie Lee Curtis, than in cinemas, digitally restored and remastered by the original cinematographer.

Get tickets now for the ultimate Halloween cinema experience! More Information and Purchase Tickets

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).