It’s a weekend filled with events and activities in northern Rhode Island, most of them focused on celebrating the season.
From Friday through Sunday, there’s entertainment available for every taste in just a three town radius.
And so, in place of our usual “five things,” in Burrillville, check out these ten events, all taking place within – or just outside – the community’s borders.
Witches Night Out
The fun begins tonight at Brown & Hopkins Country Store in Chepachet with Witch’s Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m.
The ladies only, 21 plus, shopping event will feature special buys, drinks served by Vine to Wine Classes & Tours, and lots of samples of the shop’s gourmet specialties
Wear your best witch hat or costume for a free gift and to be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Brown & Hopkins gift certificate. The store has a “Sanderson Sisters” spooky scene outside under the porch and will have the Charis-Anne Jette Photography on hand snapping professional photos of guests.
The Reynolds murders
At 6 p.m. tonight, First Universalist Church in Burrillville when the Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society presents the Reynolds Murders of 1897, a true story of the most horrific murders in town.
Folks from the past will come alive to give their testimony, according to a release on the event from BH&PS. The evening will conclude with a funeral for the deceased. Period dress is encouraged and the event is free.
Free will offering will be accepted. Call 568-8449 or 500-0433 for more information.
In progress screening
Also on Friday, Oct. 25, join director Christian de Rezendes for the first of his in progress screening events for his film Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village. de Rezendes has been working on the film for the past eight years and is now offering a sneak peek at his work starting at 7 p.m. tonight with a screening at Slatersville Congregational Church in North Smithfield. The preview titled “No Man’s Land” will explore how religion and Sunday school paved the way through Slatersville’s rocky beginnings.
Read more about the tour here.
Trick or Treat on Main Street
On Saturday, join the Glocester Business Association for the 4th Annual Trick or Treat on Main Street in historic Chepachet Village from noon to 3 p.m.
Dress in your Halloween best and donate an unexpired canned good or other non-perishable item – or make a monetary donation – for each child participating. Kids up to 12 years of age, accompanied by an adult, are invited to participate.
Last year, the group donated over 1,000 pounds of food to the Glocester and Foster food pantries.
There will be two starting locations to drop off your donations and pick up your Trick or Treat maps and goodies – the Purple Cat or The Pavilion at Kent Field. Kids and parents will follow the treasure map to visit the many participating businesses.
Free parking is along Main Street, throughout town and at The Purple Cat Winery & Brewery.
Monster Mash Dance Party
Also on Saturday, the Assembly Theatre will host a “Monster Mash” from 2 to 5 p.m., with a costume parade, DJ dance party , food trucks, trick-or-treat stations, and a Scooby Doo Film Marathon a in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Scooby Doo.
Admission to this family event is free.
Spooky Spirits Night
In North Smithfield on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m., Goodwin Brothers farm will host Spooky Spirits Night, an evening of family-friendly Halloween-themed fun with hayrides, scary stories by a bonfire, vendors and much more.
Read more about the first-time event here.
The Downtown Pascoag Neighborhood Association’s annual Pumpkinfest includes a pumpkin decorating contest for all ages with prizes awarded in five categories plus best in show. There will also be a scarecrow contest, live music, food and a chance to trick-or-treat with local businesses and vendors. And it’s all free.
The event will take place on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Pascoag.
Read more about last year’s event and DPNH’s efforts here.
Halloween Party at Uncle Ronnie’s
Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern will host a Halloween party on Saturday night, with music by The DeLoreans from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Enjoy live music, costumes and libations.
Visit the Episcopal Conference Center of RI on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. for their annual Halloween Village. Everyone is welcome to this all-ages, free event. The day will include a costume parade, crafts, and activities and trick-or-treating at the cabins, decorated by churches around the Diocese.
There will be a 5 p.m. church service following the festivities.
And finally, end your weekend at Burrillville’s Assembly Theater with a performance by concert pianist Philip Martorella on the Grand Piano Sunday. Tickets cost $10 for the show, which begins at 4 p.m.