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Halloween celebration  starts early in Northfield

1st event set for Friday

NORTHFIELD — All Hallow’s Eve may still be a week away, but Northfield’s not waiting to start the spooky shenanigans.

It starts with a haunted walk through the woods at Pioneer Valley Regional School. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, the cross-country trails will be full of ghosts, ghouls and other surprises. Those who survive will be rewarded with concessions and refreshments at the end. A fundraiser for the PVRS Chorus, haunted walk tickets are $5 each.

The walk will serve as a good warmup for those running in the Monster Dash 5k Saturday.

The race will start at 9 a.m., in the Town Hall parking lot, and end with breakfast at First Parish of Northfield. The cost is $15 per person or $30 per family. Organizers are also looking for volunteers. To register or sign up to help, call Robin or Terry McKeon at (413) 498-5431 or email them at pttriguy@comcast.net.

While the haunted walk and monster race are a fine workout for the legs, the library is offering some exercise for the mind.

Tuesday’s lecture isn’t your average class; it’s an introduction to the science of the supernatural.

Members of Agawam Paranormal will teach Ghostology 101 at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Dickinson Memorial Library. Part entertainment and part education, the program will introduce the audience to the basics of paranormal investigations and share a few stories of their own. They’ll also teach about spirit photography and give several ghost hunting suggestions.

Of course, it’s all leading up to the big night.

On Thursday, Main Street will go to the ghosts, ghouls, superheroes, monsters, madmen and others that haunt Halloween, during the town’s annual Rag Shag Parade.

At 6 p.m., costumed kids will leave Town Hall, parading up Main Street to Northfield Elementary School.

If none of these fit your schedule, you can always stop by Fairview Gardens at 8 Main St., and visit the “pumpkin people,” the shop’s annual Halloween display.

They’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

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