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Halloween Notebook

Trick-or-treat event in downtown Greenfield

GREENFIELD — The town’s ghosts, goblins and superheroes, young and old, will once again haunt downtown during the annual Halloween event on Thursday.

Greenfield Recreation Department and Greenfield Business Association will present the annual Downtown Trick or Treat Event on Oct. 31.

The Rag Shag Parade, led by the Greenfield High School Marching Band, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Mohawk Mall parking lot and proceed down Main Street to Miles Street, where costume judging will begin in the Energy Park.

Andrew Easton will once again display his pumpkin carving skills on the Town Common and a free trick-or-treat reflective bag filled with dental hygiene products donated by local dentists will be handed out on the common to all children.

Children will be able to trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

WHAI, Bear Country radio, disc jockey Bobby C and Greenfield Community Television will be broadcasting the event.

Anyone who wants to participate in the costume judging portion of the event should pick up a number tag on the Town Common before the parade begins, said Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director.

Participants will march according to their costume category and will be judged immediately following the parade. The categories will include best homemade, most original, scariest, cutest, best cartoon character, adult open, and group or family.

Prizes will be awarded.

The Garden Cinemas will show, for free, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” following the costume judging at 6:30 p.m. and will show it again at 7:30 p.m.

The Rotary Club and other groups will be on hand to help assist with the event and to hand out candy.

Moore said the event draws about 2,000 children, parents and family members each year. “It’s amazing to see downtown Greenfield filled with festive trick-or-treaters and a community coming together in celebration,” she said.

For more information, call 413-772-1553.

Turners Rag Shag Parade, trick-or-treat on Avenue A

TURNERS FALLS — It’s time to stitch the tutus and togas and cut out cardboard swords. Montague once again celebrates Halloween with a Rag Shag Parade and trick-or-treating on Avenue A.

Costumed parade participants are asked to gather in the parking lot in front of Aubuchon Hardware by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday for costume judging, with the procession leaving along Avenue A around 5 p.m. The parade concludes at the Great Falls Discovery Center at the opposite end of the avenue with candy bags from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Parks and Recreation Department. The event is organized by the VFW and Soldiers Memorial Committee.

The parade is preceded by trick-or-treating at local businesses along the avenue, from 3 to 5 p.m. Participating businesses will be marked by a pumpkin in the door or window.

Businesses interested in participating in the trick-or-treating, a Montague Business Association event, may contact Linda Ackerman at the Greenfield Savings Bank at 413-863-4316.

New Salem sets its
Halloween events for Wednesday, Thursday

NEW SALEM — The town Recreation Committee will sponsor a Pumpkin Decorating Party on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the basement of the Town Hall. Those attending should bring their own pumpkin. Carving equipment, paint, votive candles, cider and doughnuts will be provided. The pumpkins will be displayed at the Town Common on Halloween night.

Trick-or-treating will be held in New Salem from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

In addition to the traditional trick-or-treating, the town will continue to have trick-or-treating on the common. Residents who do not live along the traditional trick-or-treat route are invited to bring their candy to distribute from tables that they will set up on the common along the Old Main Street side. In addition to their candy, the town asks that people setting up on the common bring some form of lantern or light to help trick-or-treaters find their table and the treats.

The Recreation Committee will hold a Halloween Party and Costume Contest from 7 to 9 p.m. on Halloween in the basement of the Town Hall for everyone. Come and enjoy games, cider, doughnuts and surprises. The costume contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the scariest costume and for the most original costume in the categories of 6 year old and younger, 7 to 11 years old, 12 to 17 years old. There will also be a prize for the best adult costume.

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