The best haunted Halloween displays in RI, Mass.

Photo courtesy Daniel's Halloween House of Warwick.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – As the October sun sets in Southern New England, these spooktacular Halloween displays come alive.

From downright creepy to fun and festive, we’ve tracked down the best local Halloween displays across the region for boos and ghouls of all ages.


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GREATER PROVIDENCE

Photo courtesy the Costa family.

1. Costa Family Haunted Yard, 52 North Olney St., Johnston, RI

This Johnston display is visible 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Nov. 1. For a decade, the Costa family has been transforming their abode into a haunted house, adding new tricks and treats each year. This year’s display features inflatable characters, animatronics, fog, lights and spooky sounds. But on Halloween the display truly comes alive — quite literally — with the addition of actors to scare brave souls who dare to visit! Those courageous enough to ring the bell will be rewarded handsomely with plenty of sweets.

Photo courtesy Marisa Murillo.

2. Birris’ Spooky Skeletons, 10 Emelia St., Johnston, RI

This year the Birri family says their skeletons are up to no good – and they’re gardening, too! This is the third year the Birri family has set up their spooky skeletons. If you swing by their display you’ll find one skeleton who has gone mad and sawed his buddy in half! The display also includes large spiders and webs, and a local witch who got too caught up in her spell and fell into her cauldron. This family-friendly display is visible during the day but gets even better after dark.

3Giroux Family Halloween Display, 69 Outlook Ave., East Providence, RI

Photo courtesy Giroux family.

The Giroux family’s East Providence home glows purple, green and orange all October long. The display features large inflatables, “dancing” jack-o’-lanterns and lights that blink in time to Halloween music. This kid-friendly display runs each night from dusk until 9:30 p.m., but it’s on All Hallows’ Eve that the true magic happens. The Giroux family, along with their neighbors, throw a huge block party for trick-or-treaters of all ages — they even hire a DJ! Visit their Facebook page here.

NORTHWEST

4. Jimmis Family Halloween Display, 1922 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI

Laurie and Jack Jimmis.

Husband-and-wife team Jack and Laurie Jimmis love Halloween, and that’s no secret (can’t you tell by their photo?) They’ve been decorating their Chepachet home for the past 12 years, and it’s affectionately become known as “the crazy house on Route 44.” The Jimmis display is up the entire month of October and runs daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Photo courtesy Linda and Ron Saran

5.The Saran Haunted House, 1246 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI

Roll your hearse down the road from the Jimmis family display and you’ll find the Sarans’ haunted house. This display is kid-friendly, with a pumpkin patch, handmade Peanuts characters and a cemetery. The display is lit nightly from dusk for 6 to 8 hours, weather permitting. This year visitors will find a new spectacle: lighted pumpkins floating in the family’s maple tree.

6. The First House on Second Road, 8 Second Rd., Chepachet, RI

Photo courtesy The First House on Second Road.

Christopher Carlow doesn’t mess around when it comes to Halloween. It’s his fifth year decorating his Chepachet home and most of the display is handcrafted. The display at First House on Second Road is filled with creepy sculptures, including Pennywise from Stephen King’s “IT,” zombies, demons, a scarecrow, a pumpkin man, a grim reaper and Frankenstein. You can visit the haunt starting Oct. 21. Lights come on from dusk until 10 p.m. nightly, weather permitting. On Halloween night, Carlow hosts a special haunted walk-through. Visit their Facebook page here.

 

7. The Magical Land of Oz, 14 Red Wing Trail, Smithfield, RI

Photo courtesy Stephen Keene.

Head to 14 Red Wing Trail and you’ll find yourself saying, “Toto, we’re not in Smithfield anymore!” Every year since 1997, Dave Keene has been transforming his front yard into “Oz,” complete with characters from the beloved L. Frank Baum story. Keene makes all of the elements by hand with help from his friend Mark Smith. The display runs nightly from dusk until 9 p.m. and is perfect for munchkins! On Halloween, Keene adds music and a fog machine.

Photo courtesy Tom Vanner.

8. Vanner’s Halloween Night Haunt, 30 Weeks St., Cumberland, RI 

Tom Vanner has been decorating his house for Halloween for more than 20 years. This year’s Halloween night display features some animatronics, homemade props, lightning, fog machines and music. Vanner says his house has been called “the goriest in the neighborhood,” for his propensity to use large amounts of fake blood! The haunting display is visible in full operation only on Halloween night.

WEST BAY

Photo courtesy Joe Porreca.

8. Porreca Family Pumpkin Display, 787 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, RI

The Porreca Pumpkin Spectacular has been an annual tradition for the past nine years, and this upcoming Halloween is no exception. On All Hallows’ Eve the Porreca family unveils their glowing creations from dusk until 9 p.m. The display is family-friendly and this year the Porrecas hope to have 90 hand-carved pumpkins and some other spooky surprises. After 9 p.m., the Porreca’s give away their jack-o’-lanterns! Another sweet treat: the first 300 trick-or-treaters get full-size candy bars!

 

Photo courtesy David Bates.

9. Bates Haunted Farm, 258 Pettaconsett Ave., Warwick, RI

This creepy display features quite the macabre collection: a haunted windmill and barn complete with all the ghouls you’d expect to find there. This is David Bates’ second year decorating his lawn, and last year he says hundreds of people came to check it out. Knowing this year had to be bigger and better, he spent the spring and summer handcrafting much of his display. The haunted farm is visible during the day, but the lights go on nightly at dusk through 9 p.m. (weather permitting). On Halloween night, Bates hosts a walk-through complete with live actors, music, fog and candy! For little goblins who frighten easily, Bates will set up a section of kid-friendly decorations, too.

Photo courtesy Everett Lewis.

10Lewis Halloween Light Show, 12 Shenandoah Rd., Warwick, RI 

You can tell when the holidays have arrived by the glow coming from the Lewis family’s Warwick home. The Lewises have been doing a Halloween light show for about 20 years, and they added music back in 2010; visitors can watch the lights dance to Halloween tunes broadcast on 106.9 FM. The display includes tombstones, pumpkins, flashing lights and even a lightning storm. Watch the show nightly through Halloween: Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m, weather permitting. Visit their website here.  

Photo courtesy Pete Souza.

11. North Street Haunting Grounds, 8 North St., Warwick, RI

Pete Souza has been transforming his Warwick home into a haunting ground since 2010, using mostly homemade props. This year, his otherworldly display features a haunted graveyard with a spooky grave digger, skeletons, an animated casket, a haunted castle, flying ghosts, a witch on the roof and thunder and lighting. The display comes alive each night at dusk and runs until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Check out a video of the display from 2015 here. 

 

Photo courtesy Daniel’s Halloween House of Warwick

12. Daniel’s Halloween House of Warwick, 69 Darrow Drive, Warwick, RI

If you’re creeped out by the circus, it may be best to stay away from this Warwick home. The theme for this year’s haunt at Daniel’s Halloween House of Warwick is “nightmare clowns,” and the family’s Facebook page says the display has “plenty of fear and lots of haunted cheer!” This year they’ve added more lights and music as well as a few new props. The display runs Thursday through Sunday from dusk until 10 p.m. There’s also a donation box for Spirit Foundation to benefit children in the hospital. Visitors can get out or stay in their cars and tune their radios to 89.9 FM to hear the macabre melodies. Visit their Facebook page here. 

Photo courtesy Magnanti Family Haunt.

13. Magnanti Family Haunt, 33 Fountain Ave., Warwick, RI

The Magnanti family says they started with “humble beginnings” in Coventry and have grown to their current haunt in Warwick. Their frighteningly festive display includes animations, store-bought and handmade props, lights, music and a dash of magic. The Magnanti family begins designing and planning in the spring, but they think about Halloween 365 days a year! The display runs nightly from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit their Facebook page here. 

Photo courtesy Donna Humphries.

14. The Humphries Halloween Haunt, 12 Locust Drive, West Warwick, RI 

The Humphries Halloween Haunt is sure to get your spine tingling come Halloween weekend. The haunt features a cemetery scene, 30 gravestones, skeletons, witches, ghosts and more than 20 animatronics. The Humphries serve apple cider and hot chocolate, and they pass out copious amounts of candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. This year they’ll be collecting supplies like treats, training pads, toys and food for Friends of Homeless Animals of RI. The display runs Friday the 27th, Saturday the 28th and Tuesday the 31st from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

MASSACHUSETTS

Photo courtesy Jason Grant.

15. Gianninis’ Halloween Spooktacular, 4 Rand Ave., South Attleboro, MA

The Gianninis’ South Attleboro home has been transforming into a haunted house every October for the past seven years.The display features moaning ghosts, strobes, inflatables, animatronics, scary clowns, eerie lights, and other spooky sights. The display lights up each night at 7 p.m. and stays lit until 10. On Halloween the Gianninis don their costumes and spend the night outside interacting with trick-or-treaters. Even though their display is “semi-scary,” they love when the youngsters come by!

Photo courtesy Auburn Holiday Displays.

16. Auburn Halloween Display, 12 Reithel St., Auburn, MA

This Auburn house gets decked for Christmas, but things get a lot creepier during the month of October. This year the display is a drive-by yard haunt with ghastly ghouls, glowing ghosts, spooky skeletons and other ghoulish delights. The display runs nightly, weather permitting, from dusk until 9 p.m. Visit their Facebook page here.
Photo courtesy Sachs Family Lights Extravaganza.

17. Sachs Family Lights Extravaganza, 21 Mann Street, Bellingham, MA

 The Sachs Family Lights Extravaganza is currently displaying a frightful and delightful display of lights, music and sights! This show is filled with animated faces, a pixel tree to delight the entire family and skeletons dancing the night away. The Sachs’ display boasts 10,000 lights and 1,800 individually controlled pixels. The display runs nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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