Haunted Halloween: Providence, Rhode Island

In honor of Halloween, TripAdvisor.com established a list of the 10 best haunted tours in the United States. For the next 6 days I’ll be showing you the tours and giving you some advice on what to do in the area. Yesterday we looked into the hauntings in Bisbee, Arizona.

Today’s journey takes us to New England, to a town that has been around since the 1630s. If you’re a trivia buff or you just read ahead on the list then you know I am talking about the

Providence Ghost Tour in Providence, Rhode Island


The Providence Ghost Tour leads visitors through the historic streets of Providence, Rhode Island and onto the campus of Brown University. The tour guides have all spent their time in libraries researching the history of this city and its hauntings. “We actually performed the tedious task of going through reel after reel of the Providence death records looking for “abnormal deaths”. By doing so, we found murders, we found suicides, we found accidents and we found fire victims…and we found where they died.” The team also carries K-II EMF detectors to track any spirits that might appear during the tour. The dedication this team has put into their work paid off in a big way with the high praise they get from tour guests.

One such guest suggests taking the Providence Ghost Tour early in your visit to the town so you can learn all the history of the city and its buildings and so you can make note of which places you should return to in the daylight hours. Since this is a nighttime tour, please remember to bring appropriate supplies including good walking shoes. The roads are not level and the 90-minute tour includes hills so it may not be appropriate for wheelchairs and/or strollers. The tour’s website allows for guests to buy tickets in advance of their trip and gives you a $3 discount on the advanced purchase.

Enjoy the Town Around the Tour


When determining the right time to visit Providence, make sure to check the schedule of WaterFire. WaterFire is a permanent installation of artist Barnaby Evans located on the rivers of downtown Providence. Firetenders light torches and head down river to set ablaze to 100 separate bonfires, lighting up the city from below. Music accompanies the program and people sit and watch as the city glows. While the event is free, guests are asked to make donations to sustain the project and guests that do are given their own way to light the night. Crowds form for the lighting and start to fade off over time. However, the music plays on till 1 AM so if you drop by again after dinner you should find the area far quieter and with more romance in the air. This is the trip to take with your special someone.

Pork: Three Preparations

If you want a romantic dining location in downtown Providence, look no further than Gracie’s. The restaurant buys local goods and even grows its own on its rooftop garden. The bartenders customize your cocktails for you based on your preferences and the service doesn’t stop there. If you’re celebrating a special occaision, they sprinkle your table with stars and offer you a champagne toast. Guests rave about the 3 course prix-fixe menu that starts at just $30. You can also try one of the tasting menu options that change weekly. Whatever way the gnocchi is prepared, guests rave about it as their favorite of the evening. Make sure to get a reservation via OpenTable.

Image Credit: Hotel Providence

After dinner, head back to your hotel room at the Hotel Providence. It’s a 4-diamond hotel right in the heart of downtown Providence. The hotel ties itself to the arts so you’ll find paintings and books scattered around the hotel rooms and floors. It might be the perfect place to curl up with one of Providence-native H.P. Lovecraft’s famous horror novels. Sleep through the night on Egyptian cotton but if you’re a light sleeper you might wake up in the morning as the local church’s bells toll. If that happens, take advantage of the online booking deal granting you a free drink, free wi-fi and a free breakfast.

Providence can be a romantic getaway for you this Halloween. For other types of getaway ideas, check back tomorrow for #5 on the Best Haunted Ghost Tour in the United States.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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