Fortress Of Nightmares

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 and around Newport in October that is spooky, frightful, terror-filled and spooktacular…

1 – Olde Town Ghost Walk

Tours depart nightly thru Halloween at 8 p.m

Ghost Ships, Graveyard Crypts, and much much more! Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport’s shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of our haunted city by the sea. Professional Guides will light your way. Tours depart nightly, rain or shine, next to the Mainsail Restaurant and Skiff Bar on the 2nd floor of the Newport Marriott. Tours last approximately 90 minutes, walking less than one mile.

Tickets and more information here.

2 – Carved In Stone

Saturdays in October at 4 pm

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. Tours last 90 minutes and walk less than a mile. 

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3 – Fortress of Nightmares

Fridays and Saturdays from October 11th – October 26th. 7 pm to 10 pm each night

Fortress of Nightmares returns to Fort Adams this month for its fifteenth season with new adventures and attractions. 

Fortress of Nightmares is the largest and last of the season fundraiser for the year that benefits the Fort Adams Trust. The haunted attraction features: “Tunnels of Terror, Mayhem in 3D, Paranormal 360 and ‘Spirits Rising,” that premiered in 2018.

“Tunnels of Terror” are an intricate maze of ghoulish horror built inside the Fort Adams underground tunnel system. The attraction features a number of scare-actors who will jump-out of their hiding places and provide guests with a high-startle experience. “Mayhem 3D” is another maze, utilizing black light to provide visitors with a unique haunt experience. Scare-actors will be hiding in plain sight, but with the use of makeup and 3D elements, they won’t be easily spotted until it’s too late. “Paranormal 360” is a 360 degree Virtual Reality experience with VR (Virtual Reality) headsets, synchronized video and live special effects of scents and smells.

The new “Spirits Rising” is a haunted maze built by volunteers from “Haunts for the Homeless”, a non-profit group based out of Westerly, RI, whose mission is to bring awareness to homelessness.  A portion of ticket of revenue from Fortress of Nightmares will go to the non-profit charity.

Prior or upon conclusion of the event, guests can purchase food & beverage, right outside the main gate. There will also be event themed merchandise for purchase at the ticket office.

Fortress of Nightmares’ dates are: Fridays and Saturdays October 11th – October 26th from 7-10 P.M. each night. Tickets are $15 per person with participation in “Paranormal 360” an additional $7.  It is recommended that attendees be at least 12 years old and up. 

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4 – Mystery At The Museum  –Who Ghost There


Saturday, October12th, 19th, and November 2nd, 9th at 7 pm

When Mrs. Griswold hosts a seance to contact her deceased husband, she gets more than she bargained for! This 90 minute family friendly evening of sleuthing is set in 1909 and centers around a cast of crazy characters clamoring for a clue to find the Griswold fortune.

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5 – Escape The Haunted House

Saturday, October 19th from 2 pm to 6 pm

Escape the Haunted Warehouse Fall Festival will take place at Naval Station Newport on Saturday, October 19th from 2 pm – 6 pm. Arts & crafts, Halloween themed food, and lots of fun! …If you can, take a walk through the Haunted Warehouse…and TRY to escape! For more information, call, MWR Special Events at (401) 841-3142. 

6 – Spirits with the Spirits Halloween Investigation

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Thursday, October 31st at 10 pm

Who wants to have Spirits with the Spirits of Newport this Halloween? Join us for an intimate evening at Newport’s cozy (and haunted) taverns. Join Holly Buffinton (seen on Travel channel’s Haunted Hospitals and Paranormal Survivor) and learn about the amazing history of these locations and spirits that still haunt them! Limited Tickets avail call today! 401-548-8884. More Info

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