Fall is in the air and on calendars with the Halloween countdown running — but some area attractions aren't waiting till October to set their scare tactics in motion.
In Cranston, two spots open this weekend — long-time spooksters at Confreda Garden'sScary Acres on 2150 Scituate Avenue, Hope (West Cranston), and RI newcomers, the scaretacular Spookyworld at Mulligan's Island, 1000 New London Ave., open this weekend, Sept. 27.
Attractions include: Festival of Fear, a 3-D adventure with artwork and freakish creatures; Devils Playground, a walk under the stars turns very dark as you stumble upon a cemetery and its undead inhabitants; Darkness Falls, find your way through a house of darkness with nothing more then a glowstick. General Admission tickets are $29.99. (On opening weekend starting Friday, buy one, get one free).
At Scary Acres, long-time patrons will no doubt recall the chainsaw guy or the butcher, but they'd do well to avoid thinking they've seen it all. "You don’t know what to expect, it will always be different each year — that’s part of what makes it good and scary,” noted a manager on the attraction's website.
Tickets are $20 per person; a speed pass for $30 per person allows you to skip the line.
A bit further north, in Cumberland, Haunted Hillalso opens this weekend, boasting the scariest rated trail in southern New England. The trail features "killer scarecrows to movie killers you have feared since your childhood. They are all loose in the middle of our woods and they’re out for blood," according to the website.
Tickets are $15 per person, with a speed pass for $20 allowing you to skip the line.