Suggested Events 10/20/07 – 10/26/07

Halloween Costume Cautionary Tale

Monster Mash Dance 2006 (c) Sienna Wildfield

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like living out their fantasies by dressing up (and then being allowed to parade around town in a socially accepted manner) and having free reign over a plastic pumpkin-bucket full of candy?

While much of my adulthood I have chosen to dress up as a cat, I do remember when I was a kid dressing-up as an Alien-From-Mars-On-Roller-Skates. The roller skates were thrown in to the ensemble so I could hit every single door in our rural neighborhood of East Texas. And to make my character authentic, my mother had the great idea of mixing green food color with a container of Vaseline and then sculpting my hair with the entire contents of the container (note to our readers: Vaseline does not wash out of your hair… at least not immediately). Halloween, that year, fell on a Monday, and at the sensitive age of eleven, I was made to go to school for the entire week with a green grease-head. And it’s not like you can get away with wearing a stocking cap on your head in Texas to cover-up your grease-head, the way I do now when I’m dropping my daughter off at school in the wee-a.m. No. I had to sport that look way past the social grace of Halloween dress-up. Fortunately, I went to a different school the following year…

Pumpkin Carving Party 2006 (c) Sienna WildfieldMy passion for Halloween has hit an all-time-high since having a child. There are always a plethora of festive Halloween events for kids and parents to wear their costumes and attend in our area. I’ve highlighted such opportunities this week in green below. And next week’s list of suggested events will include places to take the kids trick-or-treating on Halloween, including the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Cummington, Florence, Northampton, Worthington and more. If you have a Halloween event you would like to let our readers know about, please email me or post it at the end of this post in our comment box.

SUGGESTED EVENTS

If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at swildfield@juno.com. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 10/20

8am – FAMILY RADIO – While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. This week’s episode will have the Pop Rocket’s in studio. [All ages] (Free)

9am-1pm – PARENT WORKSHOP – Kim Payne will be leading the workshop, The Soul of Discipline, at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Call to register: 413.584.3198 [Parents] ($$)

9am-Noon – PARENT WORKSHOP – Halloween costume help at ArtStar in Haydenville, MA. 413.896.3709. [Parents] ($)

9:30am – HISTORIC FOODS – There w ill be an open hearth cooking demonstration at the Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Learn how autumn affected the preparation and preservation on foods in historic menus. 413.775.7214 [Ages 6 & up] ($/Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

10am-3:30pm – NATURE PROGRAM – Berkshire Backyard Celebration with the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Hands-on nature science activities and live animal demos. 413.443.7171 [Families] ($/Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

10am-5pm – CULTURAL EVENT – A Native American Pow Wow will be on the Quadrangle Green in Springfield, MA at the Springfield Museums. There will be crafts, performance, storytelling, drumming, craft making, and more. 413.263.6800 [Families] (>$)

10am-5pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – The Girl Scouts will be hosting a Magic Forest at Shepherd’s Hollow in Leeds, MA, a yearly fundraiser. A 25 minute walk through enchanting and magical scenes. Timed reservations required. 413.584.2602 [Families] ($)

Noon-4pm – HISTORY WORKSHOP – Learn about the kinds of things that people made by hand every day in early New England at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Practice sewing or have fun making a hand-made toy out of clay to take home. Included with general admission. At History Workshop. 413.775.7214 [Families] ($/Check out a museum pass from your local library)

1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – The Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA will be hosting a costume party and book reading. 413.268.7472 [Families] (Free)

5pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Enchanted Forest: A Non-Scary, Family Halloween Event in Amherst, MA, at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, families can participate in a 45 minute walk along a trail lit with pumpkins. Pre-registration is suggested. 413.256.6006 [Families] ($)

5:30pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Haunted Train Rides & Light Display at Look Park in Florence, MA. Click here for details and for a $1.00 off coupon. [Ages 4 & up] (>$)

7pm-10pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Haunted Village in Goshen, MA at Camp Holy Cross, Friday & Saturday. 413.268.3175 [All Ages] (>$)

Sunday – 10/21

11am – KIDS PICK-UP SOCCER – A pick-up game of kids soccer will be at Pettingill Park in Cummington, MA. Parent coordination requested. [Ages 4-6] (Free)

11:30am – SIGNING STORYTIMES – Discover ALS (sign language) with your child at the Toy Box in Amherst, MA. Students from Hampshire College will read a story out-loud and in sign language (ASL) for the audience. 413.256.8697 [All ages] (Free)

Noon-4pm – HISTORY WORKSHOP – Learn about the kinds of things that people made by hand every day in early New England at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA. Practice sewing or have fun making a hand-made toy out of clay to take home. Included with general admission. At History Workshop. 413.775.7214 [Families] ($/Check out a museum pass from your local library)

2pm-4pm – HALLOWEEN PAPIER-MACHE WORKSHOP – Offered to all Hilltown Families listserv members, a two part Halloween Papier-mache workshop on 10/14 & 10/21 in Plainfield, MA. Kids will have an opportunity to make a pinata, masks, pumpkins and other Halloween icons out of papier-mache. [Ages 5 & older] (>$)

2pm-4pm – HISTORICAL MUSEUM – Every Sunday through 10/21 families can take their children to the Blacksmith Shop Museum in Westhampton, MA, to explore their collection and learn a little about the history of our area. (Ages 5 & up) (Free)

2pm-4:40pm – FALL FESTIVAL – Westhampton Fall Festival happens with their famous Great Pumpkin Roll in Westhampton, MA. There will be cidermaking, kids crafts, games, storytelling, music, local food and much more. 413.527.5903 [Families] (Free)

2:30pm-4pm – FAMILY ART WORKSHOP – Make a family tree at ArtStar in Haydenville, MA. 413.896.3709 [Families] ($$)

5pm – COMMUNITY SING – Penny Schultz will be leading a community sing at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Rounds, part songs, chants and spirituals from a wide variety of cultures. All ages and abilities welcomed. 413.634.5678 [Families] (Children Free, Adults $5)

5:30pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Haunted Train Rides and Light Display at Look Park in Florence, MA. Click here for details and for a $1.00 off coupon. [Ages 4 & up] (>$)

Monday – 10/22

11:30am – SIGNING STORYTIMES – Discover ALS (sign language) with your child at the Toy Box in Amherst, MA. Students from Hampshire College will read a story out-loud and in sign language (ASL) for the audience. 413.256.8697 [All ages] (Free)

1pm – STORYTELLING – Parents’ Choice Award Winning storyteller, Davis Bates will be sharing stories and songs at the Chesterfield COA at 400 Main Road (Route 143) in Chesterfield, MA. 413.296.4007. [All ages] (Free)

3:30pm-5pm – AFTER-SCHOOL ART – Artstar in Haydenville, MA, offers drop-in art classes every Monday. 413.896.3709 [All ages] ($)

4pm-5pm – AFTER-SCHOOL SCIENCE – Mad Science Adventure Lab will be offered in Northampton, MA as an eight-week program. 413.584.7243. [Ages 5-7] ($$)

Tuesday – 10/23

1pm & 2pm – PARENT EXERCISE – Community Walking Program in the Hilltowns, organized by the Hilltown Community Health Centers. Every Tuesday (weather permitting) meet at Russell Conway School Parking lot in Worthington, MA. Beginner start at 1pm & experienced walkers start at 2pm. Call to register. 413.667.2204 [Parents] (Free)

4pm & 5:30pm- READING & WRITING – Readers & Writers club at the Lilly Library in Florence, MA. Click here for more info. [Kids must be able to read & write] (Free)

4pm – KIDS’ JAM – Join Hilltown Music Together director Lui Collins in a new music and movement for “big kids” at the Belding Memorial Library in Ashfield, MA. Two different time slots are available. Classes run through 12/11. Scholarship aid is available. Open to home schoolers and other family groups. 413.628.0197 [Ages 5-6+] ($$)

5pm – HILLTOWN FAMILIES PIZZA NIGHT – Treat your kids to pizza at Country Pie in Ashfield, MA, with other Hilltown Families. 413.296.0096 [Families] ($)

7pm – FAMILY RADIO – Tune-in between bath and bedtime to the Hilltown Families very own radio show, the Hilltown Family Variety Show, on WXOJ LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio out of Northampton, MA. www.valleyfreeradio.org. This week’s episode is about the water cycle. [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 10/24

United Nations Day

9pm – PARENT COFFEE BREAK – After dropping the kids off at school or their homeschool program, drop into Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA. Not only do they have great coffee, they have a fantastic breakfast menu too. Connect with other parents. If you’d rather do some work, bring your laptop (they have wireless!) and let them bring you coffee! To find out what’s happen over at Elmer’s, read Notes from Nan, a weekly update posted here on Hilltown Families. [Parents] ($)

3pm – SPANISH FOR KIDS – Spanish classes for kids will be held at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA, going until 11/14. Classes are a combination of music and movement, stories and circle games. Participants from varying language backgrounds are welcomed. 413.625.6826 [Ages 4-7] ($$)

4pm-5pm – AFTER-SCHOOL SCIENCE – Mad Science Adventure Lab will be offered in Northampton, MA as an eight-week program. 413.584.7243. [Ages 8-11] ($$)

6pm-9pm – PARENT WORKSHOP – A Halloween Costume workshop is being offered at ArtStar in Haydenville, MA. 413.896.3709 [Parents] ($$)

Thursday – 10/25

9am – PARENT SOCIAL – Hilltown Families invites parents to gather at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville after dropping off the kids. Get yourself a scone and tea and chat with other area parents before heading off to work or to accomplish your never-ending “to do list.” [Parents] ($)

1:30pm-2:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Creepy Story Hour at the Huntington Library in Huntington, MA. 413.667.3506 [Families] (Free)

11am-1pm – HOMESCHOOL HAPPENINGS – Join other homeschoolers at the Greenfield Library in Greenfield, MA, to learn about Ancient Greece. Runs through 11/15/07. For more information call 413.772.1544 x5. [Ages 7 & up] (Free)

3:30pm-5pm – AFTER-SCHOOL ART – Artstar in Haydenville, MA, offers drop-in art classes every Monday. 413.896.3709 [All ages] ($)

5:30pm – READ TO DOGS – The Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA, will be resuming their special program Reading to Dogs. Animals are ideal nonjudgemental reading companions that are less intimidating than peers. Children sign up for 20minute slots. All dogs are registered therapy pets. 413.268.7472 [Ages 6 & up] (Free)

6:30pm-7:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Creepy Story Hour at the Huntington Library in Huntington, MA. 413.667.3506 [Families] (Free)

Friday – 10/26

11am-12:50pm – HOME SCHOOL ICE SKATING – Mullins Center at the University of MA in Amherst, MA, is starting up a Home School (Ice) Skates. Ice skate rentals are free and accompanying parents are free. The Mullins Cafe will be open serving coffee and assorted foods. [Ages 5 & up] (>$)

4pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Members of the Hilltown Families Listserv are invited to a pumpkin carving party in Windsor, MA.  Click here for more information. [Families] (Free) 

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Click here for menu 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

5:30pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT – Haunted Train Rides & Light Display at Look Park in Florence, MA. Click here for details and for a $1.00 off coupon. [Ages 4 & up] (>$)

7pm-9pm – NIGHT HIKE – Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary will be leading a walk through the woods (without flashlights!) to learn about the nocturnal life in Easthampton, MA. 413.584.3009 [Ages 8 & up] ($)

Anyday – Anytime

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Photos (c) 2007 Sienna Wildfield

2 Comments

  1. October 19, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Not So Spooky HalLoween Party
    OCTOBER 31 10am-12pm
    Easthampton Family Center
    Come in Costume!
    Halloween Parade and “Trick or Treating”
    Pumpkin Roll (weather permitting)
    Special Halloween Story Hour
    Monster Mash Dance Party.

    SIGN UP TO BRING A SPECIAL HALLOWEEN SNACK/TREAT OR HELP ORGANIZE THIS EVENT.THE MORE HELP, THE MORE GHOULISH TIME TO BE HAD BY ALL!!!!!!!

    Don’t Miss EFC’s Annual Rag Shag TailGaiting Party – OCTOBER 29th 5:30pm St.Phillips Church Parking Lot. (more details to Follow)!!!!

    Please call 563-7672 or email me to say that you can help in some way!!!!
    See you all soon
    Mindy Brown
    EFC Coordinator
    563-7672
    http://www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org

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  2. Cultural Pittsfield said,

    October 19, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Next Friday: Downtown Pittsfield Halloween parade!

    Get ready for Pittsfield’s 63rd annual Halloween parade next Friday! Bring yourself, kids and even dogs in costume (they’ll have a special dog contingent in the parade), and the top three dog costumes will be given an award! After the parade at 8:30pm there will be a free performance of the play Feathertop by the Castle Hill Theatre Company in the Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium, about a witch and a ghost who bring a scarecrow to life. Free tickets to the show can be picked up ahead of time at the front desk of the Berkshire Athenaeum’s children department, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Avenue, or at the door on the night of the production.

    Friday, October 26th | 7pm | Downtown Pittsfield | 499-9370 | FREE

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