Frightfully fun Halloween displays in Southern New England

69 Darrow Dr. Warwick, RI (Photo courtesy Mike Daniels)

Ghouls and goblins across Southern New England entice trick-or-treaters with more than just candy on Halloween.

During the frightfully fun festivities, their homes become haunted houses, gruesome graveyards, and zombie zones.

NBC 10 News has a list of some of your favorite creepy caverns and pumpkin patches. Visit them if you dare!

Daniels' Halloween House of Warwick, 69 Darrow Drive, Warwick, RI

Mike Daniels said his all-new Halloween horror show at 69 Darrow Drive in Warwick features multi-colored lights synchronized to more than 14 songs.

"It's a totally different set up," Daniels told NBC 10. "This is way over the top. I've really stepped it up and made it more extreme."

Daniels, who has been designing Halloween props and displays since he was a teenager, said the lights will be on from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night, including Halloween. Tune into 89.9 to follow along.

"It's a Light-O-Rama system," Daniels said. "It runs through my computer."

With multiple stages that have their own terrifying themes, guests will be able to interact with the display.

"People can push buttons and see the characters come to life," Daniels said, noting that he also has a donation bin on hand, with funds going to Spirit of Children, a program that benefits Hasbro Children's Hospital.

The MacDonald’s Family Halloween Display, 54 Ellery Road, Newport, RI

Trish MacDonald told NBC 10 that her husband Kevin has been decorating their Newport home at the corner of Ellery and Aborn Streets during Halloween for at least 20 years.

Each year, Kevin chooses a theme for the display. This year, it’s Star Wars.

“My husband loves doing it for the kids,” Trish said. “He just loves Halloween. It’s his favorite holiday. And people enjoy it.”

While Darth Vader is perched on the porch, the Death Star and Millennium Falcon are parked on the lawn.

“There’s a little of everything,” Trish said, adding that Kevin handcrafts most of the display.

There's also a pumpkin patch featuring Charlie Brown characters, as well as a creepy cemetery.

The First House on Second Road, 8 Second Road Chepachet, RI

For the last few years, Chris Carlow has shared his passion for Halloween and artistic abilities with visitors from all over Rhode Island, as he makes paper mache ghouls, goblins, daemons, and devils.

“Growing up here, you can't help but love Halloween,” Carlow said.

Kaitlyn Brien, Carlow’s niece, said her uncle’s display is a work of art.

“What started out as a few figures in his yard as decorations has now turned into a garage-sized haunted house that is fun and friendly with lots of creepiness and some scare,” she said. “Some of his figures even move, as he programs them to resemble zombie movements. He has added a technology component with projections of creepy scenes to make you feel like you aren't even in a garage. I highly recommend you all check it out.”

Carlow said it’s best to visit his display the week before the haunted holiday through Halloween night.

“It's almost exclusively paper mache, so I'm hesitant to leave it set up in bad weather,” he said. “The garage will be set up Halloween and probably the night before.”

The Wolfe's Gruesome Greenhouse, 49 Power Avenue, Warwick, RI

Richard and Renee Wolfe have a howling good time transforming their greenhouse into a graveyard filled with haunting animated holograms.

A three-headed werewolf snarls at guests, warning them not to travel up a wicked walkway that leads to a creepy cemetery. Ghosts float around the yard, as a devious daemon creeps above the garage.

“Everybody gets a kick out of it,” Renee said, noting that her husband works for an audio visual company and designs many of the props.

The couple has been decking out their yard for three years, adding more and more as the years go by.

“We love seeing the kid’s faces,” Renee said.

Visit this display from 6 p.m. to around 10 p.m.

Giroux Family Halloween Display, 69 Outlook Avenue, East Providence, RI

With four children under the age of 8, not to mention more than 500 trick-or-treaters who visit their family-friendly spooktacular each year, Brian and Marsha Giroux said they love celebrating the holidays in an “over-the-top-manner.”

“We set up elaborate displays so that they can have fun and make memories to last a lifetime,” Marsha said, with Brian adding that “it’s all about the smiles on the kid's faces.”

Their display features inflatables, blinking homemade jug jack-o-lanterns, and “chasing lights” on the peaks of the house. It is set aglow every night from sundown to about 9 p.m.

“On Halloween, our display comes alive with a party in the street that includes our entire neighborhood,” Marsha said. “We invite everyone to join our dance party while a DJ plays festive music all night, and of course, there's lots of candy handed out.” (Display times are weather permitting.)

Auburn Holiday Displays, 2 Reithel Street, Auburn, MA

Kristy and Josh Manning, along with their sons Nathan and Ryder, have been hosting a “charity spook walk” at their Auburn home for three years. Admission per person is a non-perishable food donation to benefit Auburn Youth and Family's food pantry.

“Our walk consists of a separate kid-friendly section with inflatables, friendly monsters and a pumpkin patch, and in the back we have a 'spook walk' that is much, much scarier,” Kristy told NBC 10, noting that this year’s display is sponsored by Escape Games in Worcester.

The display is open Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with no “jump scares.” But on Friday and Saturday, they go into “full scare” mode with live actors, animatronics, and fog machines from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (All nights are weather permitting.)

Natale’s Nightmare, 526 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mass.

Al Natale hands out more than 2,000 pieces of candy at his Victorian-style home every Halloween.

NBC 10 viewer Erica Medeiros said it’s “a must see.”

With a balcony and captain’s walk, the fantastical frights feature lights, animatronics, and monster music.

There's also a gory graveyard crawling with skeletons and corpses.

This display is best after dusk.

Señor Turgle’s Halloween Spectacular, 344 Lydia Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

Wendy Falciano and Tony Sferrazza love decorating during the holidays. Halloween is no exception.

“My husband started this four years ago when we moved to this house and decided to put his computer and technical skills in motion,” Wendy said.

Sferrazza combines songs like "Monster Mash" and "Thriller" with animated singing 3D pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, spooky tricker-treaters, and werewolves. Tune in to 89.1 FM to hear the terrifying tunes.

"There is something for everyone," Falciano said.

The display, which is a nickname for Sferrazza’s son, can be viewed Thursday and Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting.

The Wicked House of Warren, 750 Main Street, Warren, RI

Amanda Tavares and her three children welcome Warren residents to view their collection of glowing ghosts, scary skeletons, and a terrifying tree with a menacing grin.

It’s nothing new for Tavares, as her parents always decorated their home when she was growing up.

“We do it every year,” she said. “It’s always something I did as a kid and I just kept on doing it.”

Multiple inflatables, along with orange and white lights strung around the yard and porch, come alive each night around 6 and stay on until 11:30 p.m.

The Sadlier Family's Haunted House, 63 Pettigrew Drive, Warwick, RI

Bob Sadlier and his family have been decorating their home on Pettigrew Drive for 17 years.

This year, visitors will find a new spooky addition -- a haunted playground crawling with creepy children.

“Everything is set up completely different than before,” Bob said.

While Bob has already props like skeletons scuba diving and riding bikes, as well as vampires, ghosts and goblins on his lawn, he’ll open his ghoulish garage and devilish driveway on Halloween night.

His collection of animatronics will greet at least 200 trick-or-treaters. Beware of the motion-activated spiders and rotting cadavers!

“I like making the kids happy,” Bob said. “We have a lot of the same children coming back. When they were younger, they wouldn’t go in the driveway. Now, they aren’t scared anymore.”

This display is weather permitting.

Porreca’s Carved Pumpkin Creations, 787 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI

Joseph and Cristina Porreca didn’t have any trick-or-treaters the first year they moved into their home about 10 years ago. So, a few years later, they decided to create a jack-o-lantern display to attract attention.

It worked, as boys and ghouls of all ages from throughout the state visit the garden of glowing gourds.

“Last year, we had about 65, maybe 70 pumpkins,” Cristina said. “This year, we’re going to try for 100.”

Cristina credited Joseph, as well as her in-laws, as the crafty carvers.

“We work together to get it done and then people come from everywhere to see,” she said. “We love to see how excited the kids get over the lit pumpkins.”

The pumpkins will be aglow on Halloween night starting at dusk.

“We keep them lit until about 9 and if people want to take them after, they can,” Cristina said.

Bad to the Bone Yard, 303 Long Street, Warwick, RI

Joseph and Lori Messier’s display has been chilling spines in Warwick for years.

A skeleton riding a motorcycle is bad to the bone, while another skeleton digs its way from a grave.

“The kids like coming here and seeing everything,” Joseph said. “We’ve been getting more and more trick-or-treaters since we’ve been doing it.”

The lights go on at sunset.

Dead End Cemetery, 21 Albro Lane, Coventry, RI

With 360 tombstones and about 125 animatronics set at the edge of the woods, Dead End Cemetery lives up to its name.

Take a terrifying tour on nearly 2.5 acres of monster mayhem, where zombies and rats feast on screaming corpses, and groaning ghosts and growling gargoyles haunt the ghoulish grounds.

For the last 22 years, Ken and Gail Lynch have used a majority of their property to create their unique frights and sights.

“My wife and I love doing this,” Ken said, noting that they make a lot of the props. “We love having people come through our yard to check it out.”

The cemetery is open from dusk to 9 p.m. on weekdays, with the Lynches keeping it lit a little later on weekends.

“As long as people are here, I’ll keep it on,” Ken said.

Zombie Outbreak, 11 Lakecrest Circle, Warwick, RI

Two massive grim reapers with glowing red eyes stand tall at the entrance of the Moussally house as zombies and a circus of creepy clowns create havoc on the front lawn.

Fred and Renee, along with their 15-year-old son Anthony, have been decorating during Halloween for about five years, making several of the props themselves.

“It started off with inflatables, and then Anthony wanted to do more scary scenes and incorporate scary theme music,” Fred said, with Anthony adding, “It’s just really fun to do.”

They unrelieved a new prop this year: a motion activated rotisserie.

“People like it,” Fred said. “That’s the biggest satisfaction that we get.”

Visit the display from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekends.

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Halloween Happenings, 6 Joshua Court, Warwick, RI

Heather Coughlin’s Halloween creation is perfect for young trick-or-treaters.

Two scarecrows with jack-o-lantern smiles snuggle on a bench as glowing pumpkins and ghosts made out of recycled milk jugs surround them.

There are also spiders crawling on bushes and painted pumpkins atop stacks of hay.

“It’s kid-friendly,” Heather said, adding that she crafted the wide-eyed ghosts on her lawn out of material from her wedding chair covers.

“She loves Halloween and she’s great with kids,” her husband Michael added.

The display is lit from dusk until 10 p.m.

Christy and the Captain’s Spookway of Terror, 5 Kenson Drive, East Greenwich, RI

Capt. Joe Del Regno and his wife Christy have been decorating for Halloween for more than 20 years, with their latest creepy creation in East Greenwich.

“The thing we enjoy most about it is the joy it brings others,” Joe told NBC 10. “People start coming by in August to say how much they look forward to it. During the recession, we had families tell us that they had to cancel their trip to Disney World, but their kids were excited because they had the display to look forward to.”

The wicked walkway is surrounded by a spooky cemetery that's filled with groaning ghosts and growling ghouls. Beware of zombies crawling out of their graves and skeletons hanging from burning trees.

Joe said this year's production is best for nighttime viewing, as he set up at least 100 strobe lights, several spooky holographic projectors, plus eight industrial strength fog machines.

“The technology gets better every year,” he said, noting that it took him at least 50 hours to complete. “Every single feature in the display is individually lit. There are tons of sound effects, too. I had to have multiple power units installed to power it all. This year is hands down the best ever -- many new features and attractions."

Joey’s Psycho Circus, 33 Fountain Avenue, Warwick, RI

Step right up to Joey Magnanti’s Psycho Circus!

This freak show is a one-minute drive from Sadlier’s Haunted House.

With hand-carved props, Magnanti has been decorating his home on Fountain Avenue for three years, giving it a new theme each year.

“There’s clowns and a skeleton on a tight rope, and a ‘Do Not Feed’ beast in a cage,” said Joey, who started working on the display in July to have it ready for October.

While a demented doll offers visitors a scary smooch at a kissing booth, a skeleton and its pet monkey want to read your fortune. Another skeleton hangs from a tree in a spooky graveyard, while ghosts, gremlins and ghouls haunt the grounds.

The lights are on from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Sachs Family Lights Extravaganza, 21 Mann Street, Bellingham, MA

The Sachs Family's home glows orange, green, red and purple starting during the first week of October.

“Every year, our family displays our love of Halloween by sharing spooky and silly Halloweeniness,” Justin Sachs told NBC 10.

The monster madness is computer-animated and includes 42 individually controlled elements like a tombstones and jack-o-lanterns that flash in time to spooky music, as well as scary spider webs and zombies clawing at the windows.

This display is best from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday ,and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

When you arrive at the house of horrors, tune your car radio to 101.7 FM to follow along.

North Street Haunting Grounds, 8 North Street, Warwick, RI

A Halloween bride and a clan of skeletons wearing tops hats and bow ties are hosting a frightful funeral at North Street Haunting Grounds in Warwick.

Pete Souza told NBC 10 that he and his family have been decorating since 2010. He also said most of the props in their creepy cemetery are homemade, with several making an appearance for the first time this year.

Ghosts float above the procession and wicked witches hover on brooms as lighting flashes and thunder booms!

Beware of the casket, as a creepy cadaver is trying to escape.

The display is lit Sunday through Thursday from dusk until 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from sunset until 9:30 p.m.

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Spooky Hollows, 175 Fry Pond Road, West Greenwich, RI

Diana Rotelli has been decorating her home during Halloween for 24 years.

“I love the joy it brings the children,” she told NBC 10. “I taught elementary school here in Exeter/West Greenwich for 32 years and retired two years ago. All of my students and former students car pool to Mrs. Rotelli's house on Halloween!”

But Rotelli said her neighbors also get in on the action, as there are about 20 houses decorated in the area.

“Our street is decorated all the way to Sharpe Street,” Rotelli said. “There are 100 ghouls lining the street, as well as a haunted house and creepy carnival!”

Rotelli said she enjoys crafting the monsters and dressing them up.

“I had an ‘Adopt a Ghoul’ Day and neighbors came to pick out their ghouls and decorations," she said.

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