Hauntings, monsters, parties and rituals: Things to do in Burrillville this Halloween


BURRILLVILLE – It’s officially October and for the Halloween fanatics, it is time to start planning how to make the most of the month at monster balls, pumpkin parties and other ghostly happenings throughout New England.

And there’s some good news for Burrillville residents who love the season : there’s plenty to do right here in town.

Below is a list of events in Burrillville that any goblin, witch or ghoul would love.

BHS Halloween concert

Join the American Band and students from Burrillville’s Elementary, Middle, and High School for an evening of spooky music. The concert will feature music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Eric Whitacre, Danny Elfman, and more, and costumes are encouraged.

The suggested donation for the event, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17 starting at 7 pm., is $5 for adults, or $2 for students and seniors.

A scene from last year’s Horror in the Stacks.

Horror in the Stacks

Visit Jesse Smith Memorial Library on Friday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. for the 3rd annual Horror in the Stacks, a haunted tour of the facility with librarians serving as your guide. The event is best for ages 10 plus.

See a video from last year’s Horror in the Stacks here.

Roland Comtois

Signs of the Spirit

Also on October 18, see medium Roland Comtois featuring his signature purple papers holding messages from the other side at the Assembly Theatre.  Comtois shares how the audience can access their own intuitive abilities and be open to communications with those who crossed over.

The 18 plus event, starting at 7 p.m., will serve as a fundraiser for For Pete’s Sake and Rosies Two. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased here.

Francisco Castilloveitia, left and Keith Chamberland, right, stand on the porch of their decked-out home at 85 Laurel Hill Ave.

A spooky display

If you haven’t seen it already, take a trip down Laurel Hill Avenue to check out a Halloween display to top them all. The house belongs to Francisco Castilloveitia and Keith Chamberland and 2019 will be their second year going full-force with the Halloween fun.

Read about last year’s display and see pictures here.

DPNA Pumpkinfest

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.

This year, the event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Pascoag.

Read more about last year’s event here, and stop back later this month for more details about this year’s celebration.

Comedy magic show

Magician Matt Roberts brings his New York hit comedy magic show 42nd Street Magic to the Assembly Theater in Burrillville on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. In this 90-minute magic show for all ages, the award-winning magician Matt Roberts will have the audience alternating between laughter and awe as he presents his one-man brand of sleight of hand, levitation, ‘mindreading’ and even a jaw-dropping twist on one of Houdini’s famous feats.

Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased here.

Oakland Grove Halloween Party

Oakland Grove Healthcare Center will host its 13th annual Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature an apple pie contest with surprise judges; a kids parade of costumes with prizes for the top three winners; best costume prizes for three adults; entertainment by Jeff Gamache, food for purchase and more.

Samhain Ritual and Celebration

Rituals with Tracy Calapai will host a Samhain Ritual and Celebration on Friday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. It is an Eclectic Ritual and you do not need to follow a particular tradition or belief system to attend, described as “an easy going educational environment.”

Guests are invited to arrive as early as 6 p.m. and to stay for a while after ritual to celebrate. Arrive at least 5 minutes early as doors will lock at 7 p.m. for privacy. Many bring food and beverage items related to the holiday and gifts to share but it is not mandatory.

No experience is necessary and all levels and neophytes are welcome, but no minors are allowed. All attendees will participate. There is no dress code, but attire should be special occasion wear, and ritual wear is encouraged. Light refreshments including wine will be provided.

Space is limited,  Tickets cost $44 and must be purchased in advance here.
All attendees will leave with a ritual related gifted item.

Monster Mash Dance Party

The Assembly Theatre will host a Monster Mash on Saturday, Oct. 26 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.

Halloween Party at Uncle Ronnie’s

Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern will host a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 26 with music by The DeLoreans from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Enjoy live music, costumes and libations.

Halloween Village

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.

Churches interested in participating should email eccrioffice@gmail.com.

There will be a 5 p.m. church service following the festivities.

Farmhouse featured on Ghost Adventures

The farmhouse that inspired the 2013 hit horror movie The Conjuring will be featured on a special Halloween night episode of Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel.

In June, the property was purchased by Cory Heinzen, a paranormal investigator from Maine, who has said he plans to open the building to the public.

Zak Bagans, the star of the show, visited Burrillville in August, later posting on Twitter, “Many new details uncovered, INCREDIBLE occurrences have been documented and the best part has been working alongside actual persons involved from that 1973 case.”

The Ghost Adventures Halloween special premieres on the Travel Channel on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. ET.

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