Rhode Island is a summery place for sure, but traveling to and around here is pretty action packed as well.
One of the most colorful is the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, with more than 5,000 artistically carved and illuminated pumpkins on display from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5. You can also see the display by air on the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, for a ghoulishly delicious aerial view of the zoo and glowing gourds below. For schedule and ticket info, visit www.rwpzoo.org/plan-your-visit/events/jack-o-lantern-spectacular
The new Rail Explorers excursion in Middletown is hosting “Terror on the Tracks” Halloween special tours, a haunted rail trek that takes guests along Narragansett Bay after dark, serving s’mores and hot chocolate, Oct. 7-31.
Take a walking tour of sites associated with H.P. Lovecraft, Providence’s best-known horror author and father of weird fiction. On Oct. 21 and 22, see sites featured in Lovecraft’s “Providence Stories,” which provides the basis for the tour along with places from his past. After the tour, a screening of Lovecraft-inspired short films will be held.
Other fall events include Bowen’s Wharf 27th Annual Seafood Festival in Newport Oct. 14 and 15 with fresh, local seafood and live music, and the 50th Annual Scituate Art Festival, featuring more than 200 artists from around the world, Oct. 7-9.
For listings of all sorts of stuff across the state, visit www.visitrhodeisland.com