To capture the magical spirit of Halloween, the Newport Marriott invites locals and guests alike for an afternoon screening of “Hocus Pocus” on Sunday, October 28 from 3:30 to 6 pm in the Grand Ballroom.

Newport Marriott will welcome guests for a screening of the 1993 American horror fantasy comedy film, which marks its 25th anniversary in 2018. There is no admission fee. Optional monetary donations will be accepted for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Product donations will also be collected for the Aquidneck Island-based Confetti Foundation to make birthday boxes for children celebrating their birthdays in the hospital. The Confetti Foundation’s wishlist can be found at

Hocus Pocus was released by Disney and directed by Kenny Ortega. It tells the story of a Halloween-hating teenager named Max Dennison, who inadvertently resurrects three witches from their temporary death and must risk his life to protect his sister, Dani, and defeat them with the help of a classmate crush, a friendly zombie, and an immortal black cat. The film is rated PG and has a run time of one hour and 36 minutes.

Doors will open at 3:30 pm and the film will begin at 4 pm. Attendees can indulge in a complimentary candy bar. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Visit the Newport Marriott’s Facebook page,, for more information.


Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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