You don't have to wait until the big night — Wednesday, Oct. 31 — because many attractions open at the end of September.

Finding fearsome frights and demonically devious dangers won’t be hard this year in the Ocean State.

Halloween is just around the corner and those looking to fill their hearts with fear won’t have to travel far. Rhode Island is home to a variety of spine-chilling ways to get your heart beating faster. But you don't have to wait until the big night — Wednesday, Oct. 31 — because many attractions open at the end of September.

Scary Acres at Confreda Farms

Scary Acres has been making visitors jump with fright for 16 years.

You'll find both a haunted corn maze and a hayride. Both open at 7 p.m. and the last visitors are admitted at 10. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. Scary Acres is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 22 to Oct. 29.

"We work hard to make the attraction a little different every year," said general manager Jon Confreda. "We have about 60 actors this time around and I think it is going to be a great one. They do some great work every year."

— 2150 Scituate Ave., Cranston; scaryacresri.com.

 

13th World

Last year’s winner for top Halloween attraction from rihauntedhouses.com is ready for another season of bone-chilling frights.

"I think most important to know is that the attractions are longer this year," said Richard Vaillant, one of 13th World’s owners. "We're outdoors, which provides more freedom. We actually send people into the woods and surround them with the natural element of the trees."

Visitors this year can expect to be scared by some familiar faces, including Michael Myers from the "Halloween" film series, Pinhead from the "Hellraiser" series and, for the first time, Pennywise from Stephen King's "It."

13th World opens on Sept. 29 and runs Friday through Sunday in October. Tickets are $18 Friday and Sunday and $20 on Saturday, and the ticket booth is open from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

— 4097 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland; 13thworld.com.

 

Field of Screams

Entering its 21st year, Field of Screams began as a way to subsidize the cost of Big John Leyden's Tree Farm. Since then, it has grown into a large Halloween attraction.

"We have two main attractions," said owner Tim Leyden. "The first is the Field of Screams, which gives you three attractions for the price of one. The second is our Zombie Paintball." The former starts by taking visitors through the Dungeon of Doom. It's a maze-like "extremely interactive experience," said Leyden. After that, it's time for a haunted hayride, a creepy ride through the dark to the 3D Haunted Circus. Luminescent paint and 3D glasses are designed to create a disorienting and terrifying experience.

For Zombie Paintball, "we purchased a 5-ton military truck," Leyden said. "It can carry about 20 people and they sit along benches behind mounted paint guns. Everyone gets their own hopper full of paint and the trucks ride out into a zombie-safari type of setup where you shoot your way through a mass of zombies as you pass through a shantytown."

Field of Screams opens Oct. 6, and then is open every Thursday through Sunday in October, as well as on Halloween night. Tickets are $20 for Field of Screams or Zombie Paintball separately, or a dual pass for $35. The venue is open from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sunday and Halloween, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

— 179 Plain Meeting House Rd., West Greenwich; hauntedhayride.net.

 

Haunted Labyrinth

In business for more than three decades, Haunted Labyrinth is Rhode Island's longest-running indoor haunt.

Staffed completely by volunteers, the Labyrinth began in the 1980s when a group of teenagers got together to raise money for their local church. Since then, the attraction, run by the Rejoice in Hope Youth Center, a Catholic, youth-focused nonprofit, continues its fundraising while providing quality scares.

"We are a walk-through haunted event," said Michelle Ficocelli, promotions coordinator. "It is a maze of twists and turns and long, dark corridors. We use the element of surprise instead of blood and gore. Our all-volunteer staff puts months of work into planning and detailing each of the rooms in our house."

This year’s theme for the Labyrinth is "Escape from Wonderland," and promises a new set of thrilling scares.

The venue opens its doors on Sept. 28 and is open 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, as well as Friday, Oct. 26, through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Admission is $12 cash and $13 if paying by credit card.

— 804 Dyer Ave., Cranston; hauntedlabyrinth.com.

 

Fortress of Nightmares

Staffed by volunteers, the nonprofit that runs this event has four different hair-raising attractions that not only induce terror but also help to maintain and restore Newport's historic Fort Adams.

General admission grants guests a ghoulish visit to three haunted houses. Each house acts as its own maze, with a different twist.

At Mayhem 3D, visitors don 3D glasses and attempt to escape a twisted version of reality where what they see cannot be trusted. Tunnels of Terror packs a claustrophobic punch as visitors navigate the fort's underground tunnels. After escaping the eerie tunnels, hapless victims will find themselves in the world of Spirits Rising. This high-tech haunt has teamed up with the charity Haunts for the Homeless, and guarantees that while you screech in terror a portion of your ticket will help homeless Rhode Islanders.

"I think that the most unique part of our attraction is the Paranormal360," said director David Prata. “We use a combination of 360-degree video and VR [virtual reality] headsets to provide a uniquely immersive experience." For an extra fee, visitors can enjoy this eight-minute video experience that combines virtual reality with special effects that are sure to leave you quaking in fear.

Fortress of Nightmares is open on Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. beginning Oct. 12 and running through the end of the month. Tickets are $15, or $22 if you add the Paranormal360 attraction, which requires making a reservation time online.

— 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport; fortressofnightmares.com

— Edward Kdonian is a freelance writer in Rhode Island.