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Friday, October 18, 2019

Mill City Haunts

Salem, MA may seem to have cornered the market on Halloween with its rich history of witches, but Pawtucket, RI has its fair share of ghouls from its industrial past. And Mill City Haunts – a series of Halloween events located in America’s original mill city – gets started October 18.


Up for free family-friendly haunted activities? Check out the spooky illuminations at City Hall & Sylvanus Brown House or the creature feature pathway on the bike path along the Blackstone River. Both events can be seen nightly starting at 6:30 pm through to Halloween. Additional family-friendly free events include a pumpkin patch party and Jack-O-Lantern talk on October 22 and a wildlife talk on bats with a National Park ranger on October 29.


For paranormal aficionados, Old Slater Mill has your choice of two different ghost hunts October 18 and 19, starting at 7:45 both nights.  A Slater Mill interpreter will lead an after-dark tour of the 1793 Slater Mill Factory and Wilkinson Mill waterwheel bay, both of which are said to be haunted. (Recommended for 15+. Tickets are $18. The tour also takes place Saturday, October 26.) Those who see themselves as real ghostbusters can join renowned author and paranormalist Thomas D’Agastino for a two-hour EVP and portal investigation with all the equipment. (Recommended for 15+ Tickets $20.) In addition, Arlene Nicholson, also an author and paranormalist, will lead tarot readings in the colonial Sylvanus Brown House for groups of 6 at 7:45 pm and 9:30. (Ages 15+.Tickets $25.)


For those who like a good scare, check out the Haunted Tunnel at Slater Memorial Park’s Daggett Farm running Friday and Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. through the month of October. Cost: $10. It’s popular, so be prepared to stand in line.


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