Halloween in Western Massachusetts: 2016

Halloween in Western Massachusetts: 2016

Find out about all the Halloween happenings throughout Western MA with Hilltown Families comprehensive list of Halloween activities happening for families.

As with all of our suggested events, families are asked to take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before heading out.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

5pm-7:30pm ♦ Fall and Halloween celebrations don’t have to be scary. You and your family can enjoy a guided walk of the Pumpkin Trail at Naumkeag, and learn about various woodland creatures who reside there. Costumes are encouraged and reservations are recommended. Guided walks will take place every 15 minutes and the event will occur rain or shine.
413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; child under 3 FREE)

5:30pm-8pm ♦ Halloween is a unique holiday in our culture, in the sense that it is highly focused on children. Although you can celebrate Halloween throughout your life, trick-or-treating and the consumption of sugary treats are primarily children’s activities. Families are invited to a not-so-spooky Halloween Party for young kids at Red Gate Farm. All are welcome, though the target age group is about 2-12. Enjoy haunted hay rides, pumpkin carving, cider pressing, and costumes.
413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Ashfield, MA. (<$)

5:30pm-8:30pmLook Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October 21, 22, and 23, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent. For more information, call 413-584-5457 or check the Look Park website.
300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

12noon – 4pm Halloween Craft Day III at the Monson House of Art. Monson.

5pm-6:30pm ♦ Halloween can be a fun way to explore your neighborhood and meet neighbors. Sometimes, though, you may live in a neighborhood which is not ideal for trick or treating. Agawam Congregational Church invited families to a Trunk or Treat event! Show off your costume and celebrate Halloween early.
745 Main Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

5:30pm-8:30pmLook Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October 21, 22, and 23, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent. For more information, call 413-584-5457 or check the Look Park website.
300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

6:30pm-8pm ♦ No need to wait until Halloween to show off your costume and get together to explore your community! The City of Chicopee will be hosting a Halloween Spooktacular downtown. Local Businesses will be handing out candy for their annual costume walk.
Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2pm-2:45pm ♦ Not all children enjoy scary stories. This Halloween themed story time at the Erving Public Library, “Silliest kind of spooky,” will feature three humorous stories. This show is great for children preschool age through third grade. Costumes are encouraged. A snack and book will be provided for each child.
413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm ♦  Halloween is not just about dressing in a fun costume and getting candy. The holiday gives kids a chance to safely explore their neighborhoods and downtown, with parents, and meet neighbors. Halloween parades similarly get people out into town. The Rag Shag Parade, hosted by Easthampton Parks and Recreation, invites families to dress in costume for a walk beginning at the Maple Street School and ending at Easthampton Savings Bank.
Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

2:30pm  ♦ Teen Halloween Movie at Southwick Public Library.

6pm ♦ Halloween is a time for spooky costumes, scary stories….and magic! Ed Popielarczk’s performances encourage audience participation and celebrate individual powers of imagination. All ages are welcome to this Halloween themed magical performance at the Adams Free Library. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age. Library events are free and open to the public.
413-743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm-9:30pm ♦ Supernatural stories of ghosts or witches sometimes stem from real historical events, and can add to our understanding of our communities. New England is popular fall destination, the perfect time and place to explore cemeteries and other historic spaces. Naumkeag will be offering a haunted house adventure in their carriage house, meant to thrill visitors through spooky, scary sights. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Members $; Non members $$)

7pm ♦ Celebrate Halloween with a supernaturally themed evening of art education at the Clark Art Institute. This event will include live music, ghost stories, and gallery talks. Topics include “The Phantom Image,” “The Real Game of Thrones,” and “Apocalypse and Vision.” This Clark After Hours event is designed for young professionals.
413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

Friday, October 28, 2016

11am-12noon  ♦ Preschool Halloween Parade at Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield.

5:30pm-8:30pmLook Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October 28, 29, and 30, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent. For more information, call 413-584-5457 or check the Look Park website.
300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

5:45pm and 7pm ♦ Besides dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins and eating sweets, there are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween. Some celebrations may even be educational, as well as entertaining. “Ghost tours” can be combined with real historic learning. The Mount, once a home to writers such as Edith Whatron, as well as actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls, will be providing ghost tours on Fridays in October, as well as Saturdays October 22 and 29, and on the night of Halloween (Monday October 31). The 90-minute ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

6pm ♦ Pumpkin carving is an all ages activity which allows for the whole family to flex their creativity and learn about the seasons. Younger kids can decorate their pumpkins with markers rather than by carving. If you want to show off your pumpkin carving skills, you can participate in the 6th annual Pumpkin Walk-About. Drop off your Jack O’ Lantern at the Stockbridge Library between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. You can celebrate Halloween with a parade and party, including spooky stories. Check out the pumpkins carved by your neighbors and local business members.
413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

7pm ♦ Halloween is not just about dressing in a fun costume and getting candy. The holiday gives kids a chance to safely explore their neighborhoods and downtown, with parents, and meet neighbors. Halloween parades similarly get people out into town. Pittsfield Parks and Recreation will be hosting this costumed parade on Tyler Street. Watch the procession of spooky, silly, and creative costumes and dress as your favorite character.
Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

7-9pm  ♦ Kick off the spookiest weekend of the year at the Emily Dickinson Museum with “Toad and Snake, Mushrooms and Bats,” our Halloween walk and tarot readings from the Emily Dickinson tarot deck in Amherst.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

10am-12pm ♦ The Annual Halloween Party at East Longmeadow Public Library invites children and their parents to enjoy games, face painting, and a spooky art project. Costumes are encouraged. This program is best suited for children ages ten and under, and their caregivers. All proceeds go to the Children’s Department Program Fund. No registration required.413-525-5432. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (<$)

10am-12pm ♦ For dog loving families, “Howl-O-Ween” provides the chance to flex your creativity by making a costume for your dog! This dog park fundraiser will feature a dog costume contest, obstacle course, and parade, in addition to food, music, and more. All dogs and families are welcome. Donations are encouraged. This event is sponsored by the West Springfield Parks and Recreation department.
Mittengue Park. 1695 Westfield Street. West Springfield, MA. (DONATION)

10am-3pm ♦  This year, combine your Halloween celebration with community engagement and possibly even some historical education! Visit Hancock Shaker Village for trick-or-treating, fortune-telling, and ghost stories. Costumes are welcome but no masks, please. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly celebration. All activities are included in general admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. (Adults $; 13 through 17 <$; 12 and under FREE)

10am-5pm ♦ Wear your favorite costume to the Springfield Museums! The museum’s full day of Halloween-themed programming will include art projects, science demonstrations, a presentation by Agawam Paranormal, and a costume parade. Activities are designed for a variety of age groups. Programs are free with museum admission.
413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

10am-9pm ♦ Celebrate autumn weather, the harvest of pumpkins, and local music at Pumpkinfest! This all ages event will feature live local music and dance all day long, as well as a pumpkin judging contest. There will also be a pumpkin decorating contest. Live music will include local artists such as Jimmy Just Quit and Curly Fingers Dupree. Visit the Franklin County Pumpkinfest Facebook Page for more information.
Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

11am-12pm ♦ Cemetery walks are a spooky and educational activity for fall. This tour of the Forestdale Cemetery, lead by city historian Penni Martorell, will educate you through examples of monuments, markers, crypts, crosses and more. Learn about the history of Holyoke’s founding families, as well as some of the facts of death and dying in the 19th century. The tour meets at the Wistariahurst visitor center. Reservations are required.
413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

11am-1pm ♦  If you’ve put a lot of effort into your Halloween costume, you may want to wear it more than once. Costumes are not just for trick-or-treating, there are lots of community events to celebrate Halloween. “Spooky Safari” at Zoo in Forest Park invited you to come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume for trick-or-treating, costume contests, games, prizes, a raffle and more.
413-733-2251. 293 Summer Avenue. Springfield, MA. (<$)

12pm-4pm ♦ Wear your Halloween costume to the Holyoke Merry Go Round and ride half price! There will be fun activities for the entire family. Children 12 and under will enjoy a DJ Dance Party from 1 to 3 p.m. at Heritage State Park. The Merry Go Round is a great place for sensory-seeking children who enjoy the feeling of involuntary motion.
413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

2pm-4pm ♦ Children of all ages are invited to wear their Halloween costumed and walk through the haunted house at Heritage Woods Senior Living. This is the 3rd annual haunted house. All are welcome.
413-786-9704. 462 Main Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

2pm-9pm ♦ Pumpkin carving is a way of celebrating the agricultural bounty of fall, while expressing yourself through your creativity. The seventh annual Franklin County Pumpkinfest will include pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving, and costumes. Celebrate the fall harvest and local culture with your Franklin County neighbors.
413- 522-0712. Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

5:30pm-8:30pmLook Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October28, 29, and 30, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent.
413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

6:30-8:30pm  ♦ Halloween Dance at Whole Children in Hadley.

7pm-8:30pm ♦ You may not think of magic tricks as being tied to the paranormal, spooky activities of fall. But spirit seances were a common theatrical practice for magicians in the 16th and 17th century. You are invited to a magic show with ties to Halloween, and to history, at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Acclaimed magician Melies will astonish through magic, mind reading, and comedy. This program is appropriate for children ages 12 and up, and adults.
413-628-4485 x3 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (<$)

7pm-12am ♦ Do you believe in ghosts? Come learn about them from an expert paranormal researcher. Josh Mantello is the founder of Berkshire Paranormal, and the Paranormal Events Coordinator to the Haunted Houghton Mansion. He will be giving a presentation and conducting a ghost hunt at Ventfort Hall. Reservations are limited.
413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

2pm ♦In celebration of Halloween, you can support local musicians at Northampton Community Music Center’s Spooky Suzuki Play-In. You will hear students perform on violin, guitar, and cello. Families (both performers and audience members) are encouraged to come in costume! Come support this community resource for music education. 413-585-0001. 139 South Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

3:45pm ♦The Adams Lions Club’s annual Halloween Parade for Children has been going on since 1945! Come be a part of a local fall tradition. Children, in costume, are asked to gather at 3:45 pm at the Adams Community Bank Center Street parking lot (across from Big Y). There will be cider for all, and prizes for the best costumes! For more information, visit the Adams Lions Club Facebook page. Adams, MA. (FREE)

5pm-7:30pm ♦ Trick or treat after hours at the Old Sturbridge Village! This event is perfect for families who don’t live in the best neighborhood for trick or treating, or those who want to celebrate the holiday twice! The event will feature a costume parade, spooky stories, a bonfire, and a hayride. This is an evening event and is not included in daytime admission.
800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (<$ Members; Non members $)

5:30pm-8:30pmLook Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October28, 29, and 30, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent.
413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

Monday, October 31, 2016

2pm ♦ Believe it or not, Halloween can be the perfect time to learn about local history. Even spooky cemeteries can be resources for learning about past residents of your town. You can start your Halloween celebrations with guided tours from representatives of Historic Deerfield. Participants will tour the Old Burying Ground and discover the history of the families that lived in Deerfield.
413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

4-5pm ♦ Celebrate Halloween with laughter and stories! Howlarious Halloween Stories at the Huntington Public Library will feature lots of Halloween themed tales told by Mary Jo Maichak. Anyone ages five and up is welcome to attend. 7 East Main Street. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

4-6pm ♦ Trick or treating downtown can be a safe and exciting option which connects families to local businesses. You can join this tradition by visiting participating shops in downtown Northampton. For more information, visit the Thornes Marketplace Facebook page. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

4-6:30pm ♦ Greenfield will be holding a downtown trick or treat at local businesses, followed by a rag shag parade and costume contest! The Rag Shag Parade will begin at 5:30pm in the Mohawk Mall Parking Lot and lead to the Energy Park for costume judging. At 6:30pm, the Garden Cinema will feature a free showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”. Stop by the common for a free reflective trick or treat bag stuffed with dental products. Visit the Greenfield Recreation Facebook page for more information. Downtown. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

5-8pm ♦ Florence’s annual Halloween celebration for kids includes a costume contest and a parade. This is a fun way for families to get together and show off their costumes! The Rag Shag Parade will start from Trinity Row Park on the corner of Main & South Main Street. Route 9 will be closed at this time for the parade to March to the Florence Civic and Business Center where kids can pick up a goody bag. Participants should begin gathering at Trinity Row around 5pm for costume judging at 5:30. The parade will begin at 6pm. The parade will be held rain or shine, postponed only in the event of snow. Florence, MA. (FREE)

6-8pm ♦ The Halloween celebration will at the Huntington Public Library will include an all ages party from 6pm to 8pm. For older kids, ages thirteen and up, there will be a creepy and mystical storytelling session starting at 7pm. 7 East Main Street. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

7-8pm Halloween Stories with Rona Leventhal at Huntington Library.

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  1. October 27, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Town of West Stockbridge 2016 Halloween Festivities

    Monday, October 31, 2016

    Trick-or-Treating
    When: 4 PM to 6 PM

    Halloween Party
    Where: West Stockbridge Congregational Church
    When: 4 PM to 6 PM

    Costume Contest
    Where: West Stockbridge Congregational Church
    Registration: 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    Contest Time: 4:45 PM
    Judges: Officer-in-Charge Frank Murphy and Fire Chief Peter Skorput

    Halloween Costume Parade
    Where: Begins across the street from the West Stockbridge Congregational Church
    When: 6:10 PM
    Escorted by the West Stockbridge Fire Department
    and the West Stockbridge Police Department

    Halloweeen Obstacle Course
    Where: Harris Street Municipal Lot
    When: Following the Costume Parade
    Conducted by the West Stockbridge Police Association

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