Spooky Spirits Night brings Halloween fun

Spooky Spirits Night brings Halloween fun

North Smithfield Heritage Association members and representatives from the town and Goodwin Brothers Farm Stand meet to discuss the upcoming “Spooky Spirits Night.” Pictured are, from left, NSHA member Charles Dubois, NSHA President Richard Keene, North Smithfield Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Kate Pasquariello, Goodwin Brothers employee Louise Moulico and owner Bob Goodwin, and NSHA member Denis Chamberland. (Breeze photo by Lauren Clem)

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Planning has begun for the town’s first Spooky Spirits Night, a Halloween-themed event on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 8 p.m.

Haunted hay rides, spooky stories and hot apple cider will all make an appearance at the night of scaring and socializing at Goodwin Brothers Farm Stand. The town of North Smithfield is sponsoring the event, with the North Smithfield Heritage Association coordinating many of the details.

“I give credit to the Heritage Association. They really did all the legwork for this event,” said town Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Kate Pasquariello.

According to NSHA President Richard Keene, the idea came about as a way to showcase the town’s history and their work cleaning up local historic cemeteries during a season when many people’s minds turn to the spookier side of cemetery work. When they realized the potential to bring out many families, they decided to expand the event, partnering with the town and moving it to Goodwin Brothers for a night of Halloween fun.

“The whole idea for us was to generate awareness of our organization and what we do in a fun way,” he said.

The main draw, he said, will be the hay rides, with the use of multiple tractors and wagons donated by Goodwin Brothers and Wright’s Dairy Farm to keep the activity moving along. The trail will meander through the farm and surrounding property, with volunteer “scarers” posted along the route to keep participants on their toes.

Back at the farm stand, families can join in for spooky stories by the bonfire with NSHA volunteer Freya Hainley and hear their fortune from a tarot card reader. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in costume and can bring their own spooky stories to share. Hot apple cider and hot chocolate will be available to keep away the chill on an October night.

Along with hot dogs and other concessions sold by the NSHA, Bag A Bones BBQ will be on hand to offer heartier options. The local catering group is co-owned by chef Ryan Sherlock, a name that will be familiar to many in town. In addition to making appearances at Goodwin Brothers, Sherlock recently catered the town’s first Dinner Under the Stars as part of North Smithfield Days in July.

Local vendors will be participating, and the NSHA will be selling calendars and other fundraising items. Creeps Car Club is also expected to participate with a showcase of antique vehicles. Parking for the event will be across the street at North Smithfield Middle School, with town police officers providing a crossing detail.

Keene said he’s looking forward to seeing some new faces and introducing some new people to the NSHA. The event is seeking volunteers to help with the hay ride and run activities.

If all goes well, he said, it might become a new Halloween tradition in the town.

“If we can pick up some new members and sell some calendars, we’ll be happy,” he said.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Richard Keene at 401-447-6394 or Kate Pasquariello at 401-767-2200, ext. 345.