One of the young ones enjoying the Trunk or Treat Event at Fort Adams on Sunday, October 28th. Photo Credit David Hansen Photography

Newport, RI – The Audrain Automobile Museum located on Bellevue Avenue and the Fort Adams Trust hosted the first “Trunk or Treat Event” at Fort Adams State Park on Sunday, October 28th.

The community event benefited the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center with food and monetary donations to the Center to help those in need.  Over 500 people of all ages attended the event with hopes by the Museum and Trust of making this an annual event to round out the end of Fort Adams’ Fortress of Nightmares Halloween extravaganza.  Car enthusiasts enjoyed seeing classic cars while costumed young ones enjoyed seeing what goblins and ghouls were hiding in the car trunks along with special Halloween treats.

“The Trunk or Treat event was a record setting event for donations from the Trust to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, “ stated Jen Chapin, Director of Special Events for the Fort Adams Trust.  “While other fund raisers have been very successful, this one topped them all and appealed to all age groups which made it that much more popular and successful.  We look forward to continuing it next year,” Chapin added.

“As we expand the Audrain Automobile Museum’s community involvement and special family events, we are thrilled to be working with the Fort Adams Trust staff as they are so accommodating and helpful,” said Samantha Fowler, Membership and Events Manager for the Audrain Automobile Museum.  “By partnering together, the Museum and Trust can create noteworthy events that are well attended and generate donations to important and helpful community organizations such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.  It makes the gatherings have that much greater impact for all,” Fowler further offered.

For more information on Audrain Automobile Museum, visit http://audrainautomuseum.orgFor more information on Fort Adams Trust, visit

One of the young ones enjoying the Trunk or Treat Event at Fort Adams on Sunday, October 28th. Photo Credit David Hansen Photography

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He 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.

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

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

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.