Frights and Sights: Local Halloween displays
Attention boys and ghouls! Who’s ready for some frightfully fun Halloween houses?! These Southern New Englanders have boo-tiful displays for you! Visit them if you dare!
Bates Haunted Farm, 258 Pettaconsett Ave., Warwick, RI
For the second Halloween in a row, David Bates and his family have tricked out their yard with lots of treats.
This year, they decided to welcome guests to their haunted farm after more than 1,000 people showed up to their frightfully fun display on Halloween 2016, with many others visiting each night leading up to the harrowing holiday.
“We had a blast and people loved it. I was neat to see everyone’s reactions,” Bates told NBC 10 News. “We were actually blown away with the response. It was so overwhelming. It was crazy hearing everyone’s stories and how far they travel.”
During the spring and summer, Bates built a barn, complete with a windmill and water tower, not to mention creepy skeletons posing as scarecrows and possessed zombies. He said he spent more than 200 hours on the barn alone.
“It’s a monster,” he said, noting that it stands 14 feet high and 15 feet wide. “I was always into decorating -- period -- but I figured I would explore Halloween because I feel like you can do more with it. Plus, I just love the whole fall season. So, little by little I’ve been collecting items and decorating the house.”
He also wanted to remind everyone that they are in for some new tricks and treats this time around.
“For those who came out to see us, you are about to see a totally different set up so please come back again,” Bates said. “For those who missed us last year we invite to check us out! You will not be disappointed!”
Bates said anyone can swing by now to see the display. But if you’re brave enough, come back starting Friday the 13th lit up. The display runs from dusk until 9 p.m. every night from Oct. 13 through 31. The lights will be on, weather permitting.
“As Halloween gets closer we will keep lit up longer,” Bates said. “We would love to have entire family's show up to trick or treat and have something for all ages!”
The First House on Second Road, 8 Second Road, Chepachet, RI
Chris Carlow's artistic abilities have been amazing visitors for at least a few years.
His paper mache creations are incredibly lifelike -- and equally as horrifying.
While he's crafted ghouls, goblins, daemons and devils in the past, the creepy clown from the 2017 re-make of Stephen King's "IT" was his ultimate inspiration this year.
"When I saw pictures of Pennywise, I thought it looked really cool, so I wanted to make one," Carlow said, adding that the head is made of paper clay and smoothed with a Dremel tool. "People seem to appreciate it and I remember as a kid how much I liked it."
He went on to say that his family gets thrills and chills from his terrifying trolls and freaky Frankenstein.
"I have nieces and nephews that call me 'Scary Uncle Chris' and they love it," he said.
Carlow said he hopes to have the display ready by Oct. 21, with his garage-style haunted house open on Halloween night.
The display is weather permitting.
Daniels' Halloween House of Warwick, 69 Darrow Drive, Warwick, RI
Mike and Joanne Daniels aren’t clowning around this Halloween – or maybe they are!
A creepy clown head with a massive mouth and sharp teeth is the centerpiece of their horror show, which also features multi-colored lights that are synchronized to nearly 20 songs.
“We have an hour’s worth of music,” Mike told NBC 10, with visitors tuning in to 89.9 F.M to follow along. “We added another controller, which has another 16 channels of lights, so I have more of an ability to do more things that I wasn’t able to do last year.”
Daniels, who has been designing Halloween props and displays since he was a teenager, said the lights will be on Thursday through Sunday, starting at dusk to 10 p.m., weather permitting.
“We look forward to setting it up and we try to get kids involved a little bit,” Mike said, adding that he loves seeing families gathering outside his home to view the display. “It brings everyone together and we just want everyone to enjoy what we have.”
Mike and Joanne also have a donation bin on hand, with funds going to Spirit Foundations, a program that benefits hospitals in Rhode Island.
“We’ve already doubled what we made last year,” Mike said, noting that they hope to bring in even more leading up to Halloween. “Hopefully, everyone has a fun time and donates.”
Auburn Holiday Displays, 2 Reithel Street, Auburn, MA
Kristy and Josh Manning, along with their sons Nathan and Ryder, have downsized their display this year, but they’re still inviting guests to drive by or park outside their home to enjoy the frights and sights.
They won’t be doing a haunted walk, which they have done the last three years, but they still want everyone to “have a ghoulish and haunted Halloween season!!!!!”
Their display features a spooky cemetery, complete with a family of scary skeletons, ghastly ghosts and freaky zombies.
The display is weather permitting.
Magnanti Family Haunt, 33 Fountain Ave., Warwick, RI
Joey and Becky Magnanti will happily horrify you with their ghoulish graveyard, T.F. Scream Cemetery, which is located off Main Avenue.
“It’s a play on words because T.F. Green Airport is buying all the property around here,” Joey said, adding that the couple has been focusing on a circus theme for the last four years.
With boo-tiful handcrafted props, including a ticket booth with a zombie charging 50 cents for a spooky smooch, creepy crypt hosing a gory ghost, and a trapeze with a sinister skeleton.
And don’t forget about the freak telling fortunes on his crystal ball!
While Joey constructs many of the items, Becky does all of the artwork.
“It’s fun,” Becky said.
There are also at least 8 animatronics, with some of them motion-activated, plus as well as daemons and devils, emerging from gravestones. A wicked witch guards the gate.
“I just love Halloween,” Joey said.
A few visitors shared similar sentiments.
In fact, Christina O’Connor traveled all the way from Salem to see the display.
“I live in Salem and I haven’t seen anything this extravagant. Halloween’s my favorite holiday, so anything Halloween-related I absolutely love,” O’Connor said, whose mother, Debora, added, “She’s a Halloween freak.”
The display, which features lights and monster music that’s amped throughout the entire grounds, runs nightly from 6:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m., is weather permitting.
The Sachs Family Lights Extravaganza, 21 Mann Street, Bellingham, MA
The Sachs Family Lights Extravaganza is at it again with their computer-operated display!
With 10,000 lights and 1,800 individually controlled pixels, the Sachs said their display is a “frightful and delightful Halloween Spectacular” of lights and music, plus monster madness that’s perfect for boys and ghouls of all ages.
“This show is filled with animated/singing faces, a pixel tree to delight the entire family and ghost and skeletons dancing the night away in our living room window,” the family told NBC 10 News.
They added that their show is scaring the neighborhood from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, as well as 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
“This show will run through Halloween night! And, don’t forget to check out our Christmas display from Thanksgiving night through New Year’s Eve!”
North Street Haunting Grounds, 8 North St., Warwick, RI
Four skeletons wearing bow ties and top hats carry a coffin, while ghosts and goblins groan at North Street Haunting Grounds.
Pete and Nancy Souza, along with their daughter, Alexandria, 9, said creating the display is all about “family fun time.”
“It’s just really special because we build it all together,” Alexandria said. “My dad loves Halloween. He’s obsessed with it, so he just brought the family together and said, ‘Maybe we should do something more for Halloween.’”
They started out in 2010 with a Grim Reaper, and later designed a cemetery. Then, added all sorts of spooky sights.
Pete said most of the display, including its massive “stone” wall, is handmade out of backdrop plastic. Other props are created using Styrofoam, wood, fishing wire and PVC piping, while many of the animatronics are powered with windshield wiper motors.
Alexandria loves Sally and Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas, and Pete prefers a more classic character.
“My favorite is Casper,” he said of the ghost hiding out in a mausoleum.
They start setting up during the first week of October. It takes about three days to complete the creepy scene, which is lit from sunset until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Dead End Cemetery, 21 Albro Lane, Coventry, RI
As we told you last year, Dead End Cemetery truly lives up to its name.
For Ken and Gail Lynch, setting up their monstrous display Halloween is one of their favorite pastimes.
“It’s just something my wife and I like doing,” Ken said, adding that they make most of the props. “We look forward to this all year long.”
Nearly 400 homemade tombstones and a at least 125 animatronics have been haunting the ghoulish grounds since 1994.
Watch out for possessed zombies and rats that feast on screaming corpses, not to mention groaning ghosts and growling gargoyles.
A vicious werewolf made his first appearance this year, with its glowing gold eyes and freaky fangs.
You’ll also be creeped out by characters from classic horror films, such as Chucky, Hellraiser, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers.
“I call those the big boys,” Ken said.
The cemetery is open from dusk to 9 p.m. on weekdays, with the Lynches keeping it lit a little later weekends.
“We’ve had people here on Halloween until around midnight,” Ken said, noting that the lights will stay on as long as visitors dare to creep the horrific haunts.
Porreca’s Carved Pumpkin Creations, 787 Pontiac Ave,, Cranston, RI
Cristina and Joseph Porreca, along with their loved ones, carve pumpkins and show off the glowing gourds on Halloween.
This year, they are hoping to craft 90 jack-o-lanterns!
“Our family looks forward to this every year,” Cristina told NBC 10. “We love seeing all the kids enjoy knowing their parents don't have to pay and they even get candy. The kids drive us. We know how much they love it.”
The pretty pumpkins will be aglow starting at dusk until 9 p.m. on Halloween night.
Some lucky trick-or-treaters even get to take a pumpkin home!
“We give the pumpkins away at 9, as well,” Cristina said, noting that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung visited last year.
Kit and Chris Espada’s Halloween House of Horrors, 40 Oak Ave., Riverside, RI
Welcome to Janna “Kit” Espada’s nightmare!
While Freddy Krueger is there -- it’s not Elm Street, as terrifying scenes from classic horror movies have taken over 40 Oak Ave. in Riverside.
“It’s a great creative outlet,” Kit told NBC 10 of crafting each vignette. “And Halloween is a great holiday. There’s no presents or pressure. It’s all about making things and having fun. Everybody smiles and is in awe.”
For the last decade, Kit and her husband, Chris, have been tricking out their house. This is the first year they’ve based the display on horror films.
“Hellraiser.” “Friday the 13th.” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” “The Exorcist” “Poltergeist.” “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.” “Silence of the Lambs.” “Scream.” “Pet Cemetery.”
Kit and Chris pretty much have them all.
“It’s really neat,” Kit said, noting that they often begin working on props as early as the beginning of June. “It is kind of scary and loud, but the kids love it.”
Their two sons love passing out candy on Halloween night and are looking forward to sharing a surprise with trick-or-treaters!
They are also collecting dry goods for the Rhode Island Food Bank, as well as other local charities.
The horror show is best nightly from dusk until 9:30 p.m.
Staci and Paul Auger’s Haunted Abode, 75 Baker’s Creek Road, Warwick, RI
The monster mayhem at 75 Baker’s Creek Road has been terrifying the Warwick neighborhood for at least 10 years.
“Everyone enjoys it,” Staci told NBC 10, with Paul adding, “There’s nothing like a good, quick scare. That’s what Halloween is for.”
The couple sets a few days aside each year, spending about 20 hours together, to set up the bone-chilling cemetery and nearly 20 inflatables.
Watch out for the man-eating plant, as well as the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man and his grotesque friend, Slimer, who spooked children in the popular 80s movie, “Ghostbusters.”
A big black cat guards the yard, while Frankenstein, a wicked witch, and a buzzard feasting on a skeleton haunt the grounds.
Staci is particularly proud of the giant spider web, which Paul made out of wire, which he entangled with colorful lights – and a blood-sucking spider.
“We both work a lot and we don’t get a ton of time to spend together, so the one thing that we look forward to is this,” Staci said, adding that they also have a Thanksgiving and Christmas display in the works.
The lights go on at 6 p.m. and stay on until 11 p.m.
Cashman’s Creepy Cemetery, 87 Reservoir Road, Coventry, RI
Mike Cashman told NBC 10 he’s a “huge Halloween buff” and gets chills and thrills setting up a creepy cemetery at his Coventry home.
Adding new props to his display each year, he said his audience continues to grow.
Despite the “Do Not Enter” sign written in "blood" and freaky fog that hovers over the haunted house, little ghouls and goblins still visit the spook-tacular sights.
“With determination and a lot of decorating, I went from single digits to hundreds of people showing up,” he said.
Tombstones fill the graveyard, with Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, the nun from “The Conjuring,” Samara from "The Ring," as well as zombies and other horrifying beasts, sneering at guests.
Horror movie-themed music is amped throughout the grounds, as skeletons, animatronics and at least six actors in costumes prowl the night.
While the display is lit nightly, the fun starts on Halloween after 7 p.m.
Zombie Outbreak, 11 Lakecrest Circle, Warwick, RI
An electric zombie fence doesn’t keep the grizzly ghouls quiet at Fred and Renee Moussally’s walk-through freak show at11 Lakecrest Circle in Warwick.
Two giant grim reapers with gleaming red eyes greet guests and a menacing clown cooks his disgusting dinner on a rotisserie.
“It seems to get scarier every year,” Renee said. “It’s enjoyable to watch.”
Her daughter, Arianna, 19, agrees, also noting that she loves that it brings the community together.
“I like that a lot of the young kids can come by and watch,” she said. “It’s good for the kids in the neighborhood.”
Fred, along with his son, Anthony, set up the monstrous mayhem, synchronizing flashing lights to more than 20 spooky sounds.
While it takes a lot of effort, they said it’s worth every minute.
“Hard work pays off,” Anthony, 16, said.
As you walk through the petrifying path, watch out for the beasts and boos that stare and snarl at you.
“We have werewolves that light up and blow smoke,” Fred said of the newest addition to the display, adding that there are also smirking skeletons, sneering zombies and a circus of creepy clowns.
Visit Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.
“Sometimes, people come later and we will leave it on for them,” Renee said.
Don’t forget about the donation box for the Warwick Animal Shelter!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 18 years.
This year, Bob is having a frightfully fun time highlighting the City of Warwick, including a popular dentist in Apponaug, T.F. Green Airport, as well as the grueling traffic caused by construction near City Hall.
“I call it ‘Warwickvil,’” Bob said. “There’s also a person panhandling and teachers on strike.”
Adding to the spooky spectacle, the Sadlier family plans to open their ghoulish garage and devilish driveway on Halloween night. Watch out for the three-headed beast, a cackling pumpkin head, a zombie that rips his face off and a rotting cadaver gnawing on a bone!
“It’s a tradition,” Bob said. “The past week, it’s been really busy around here. A lot of people have been coming around. They come back year-to-year and it’s fun to see the kids laugh.”
The display, which runs from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., is weather permitting.
Dianna and Ashley Leiter’s Dragon’s Lair, 310 Bullocks Point Ave. Riverside, RI
A two-headed dragon roars on the roof of 310 Bullocks Point Ave. in Riverside, breathing fire on the cemetery below.
“I love the cemetery, even though it’s really hard to set up. But it’s also really fun,” said 12-year-old Ashley Leiter. “It’s really creepy, too.”
Ghosts fly on the porch and skulls line the walkway, while Frankenstein, a pumpkin head and a big black cat creep the graveyard.
“Every year, something is new,” Dianna said. “And it’s great for the kids.”
Menacing grim reapers wielding scythes and massive spider webs add to the spooky spirit.
“Watch out for the spiders!” Ashley said, noting that Halloween is her favorite holiday. “It’s not because of the candy. Well, the second reason is the candy, but the first reason is because you get to scare people.”
Madison Major, 12, Ashley’s friend, helped with the decorations. The two are going to be characters from “Heathers: The Musical,” a rock musical based on the 1988 black comedy film of the same name.
“I love Halloween because you get to dress up and impress other people,” Madison said.
The display is best after dusk.
Giroux Family Halloween Display, 69 Outlook Avenue, East Providence, RI
With four children, as well as more than 500 trick-or-treaters who visit their family-friendly spook-tacular each year, Brian and Marsha Giroux said they love celebrating the holidays in an “over-the-top-manner.”
Their display features inflatables, blinking homemade jug jack-o-lanterns, and “chasing lights” on the peaks of their house.
On Halloween night, their display came alive with a party in the street that included the entire neighborhood.
They also held a dance party while a DJ played festive music all night – not to mention tons of candy!
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.