Where to celebrate Halloween in Franklin County

  • Tuba player Logan Field heads down Main Street with the Greenfield Marching Band during the annual Rag Shag Parade last year. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

Published: 10/22/2019 6:50:30 PM

Below is a sampling of events that are coming to Franklin County to help residents celebrate Halloween.


■“Whispering Bones, an Evening of Ghost Stories” will be held at the First Congregational Church on Oct. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. Dancing will be held upstairs after storytelling. Costumes are encouraged. Appropriate for adults and teens. Tickets are $15 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or at Ashfield Hardware & Supply, or $20 at the door (cash or check). For more information, call 413-268-3850.

■The Ashfield Lion’s Club Rag Shag Parade will be held on Oct. 31 starting at 6:15 p.m. Participants will meet at Nolan’s Neighbors on Main Street at 6.


■Halloween festivities will be held at Hawlemont Elementary School on Oct 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be games, music and prizes before trunk-or-treating. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


■The annual Rag Shag Parade is set to step off from the corner of Shelburne Falls Road and Route 116 at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. The parade will proceed to Town Hall. Three impartial judges will preside over a costume contest at Town Hall. Also, at any time after 4 p.m., children can bring carved pumpkins to be judged in a contest. There are prizes. There will also be cider and doughnuts.


■The town’s 35th annual Halloween Hayride is scheduled for Oct. 31 at Deerfield Elementary School. Deerfield Police Det. Sgt. Adam Sokoloski said wagons will start being loaded at 5:45 p.m. and the ride will begin at 6. He said it lasts about a half-hour so people have time to trick-or-treat after. Eaglebrook School is donating glowsticks that will be handed out, and LTS Tools is donating cider doughnuts.


■Stop at the Erving Public Library on Oct. 31, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. to warm up, show off costumes, take photos and trick-or-treat. The library is at 17 Moore St. (Route 63), at the corner of Park Street.


■A psychic fair and scary story swap at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center will be held on Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Local Dirt Productions, a new storytelling collective based in Greenfield. Featured storytellers include: Katherine Anderson, Richard Ballon, David Bulley, Amie Hyson, Andrea Cohen Kiener, Andrea Krawczyk, Ben Tousley, Orby Wiley and Eli Zvi. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the night of the show, and can be purchased at hawksandreed.com. Proceeds will benefit The Literacy Project.

■Trunk-or-treat at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman St., will be on Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. There will be free games, inflatables and candy as well as door prizes. More information can be found at greenfieldcma.net or by calling 413-773-8798.

■Stop & Shop, 89 French King Highway, will host a Halloween celebration on Oct. 26. Activities will include trick-or-treating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and clementine “pumpkin” decorating, with craft tables filled with markers, stickers, glitter and googly eyes.

■A murder mystery dinner theater at the Moose Lodge, 20 School St., will be held on Oct. 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dinner tickets have sold out, but for the show and drinks only, tickets will sold at the door for $12.

■The Greenfield Recreation Department and Greenfield Business Association will host the annual downtown trick-or-treat on Oct. 31, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and with partners WHAI and GCTV, which will broadcast at the event. Stop at the Greenfield Common to pick up a free trick-or-treat reflective bag filled with dental hygiene products donated by local dentists.

■The Greenfield Recreation Department’s Rag Shag Parade led by the Greenfield High School band will begin on Oct. 31, at 5:30 p.m. in the Mohawk Mall parking lot and end at Energy Park. Costume judging and awards will follow. Anyone who wants to participate in the costume judging should pick up a number tag at the Greenfield Common before the parade begins. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in several categories: best homemade, most original, scariest, cutest, best cartoon character, adult open and group/family.

■The Greenfield Business Association is holding “It’s the Great Pumpkin!” carving contest on Oct 31. Pumpkin drop-off is 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center. Judging will be at 6:30 p.m. Categories include: most creative, spookiest, cutest and best of show.

■The Garden Cinemas will screen “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for free on Oct. 31, at 6:30 p.m. The Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club and other groups will pass out candy and goodies.

■The Greenfield Public Library is holding a Harry Potter-themed Halloween event on Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. As the event will be held outside, there is a rain date of Oct. 27.

■Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center will host a Halloween bash on Oct. 31 with music provided by the New Hampshire electronic, reggae and ska band Roots of Creation. Also on the lineup: reggae rock band Treehouse! from South Carolina and local folk-rockers, No Lens. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.

■Lovelights Media and Goulfriend Productions present “Mozzaleum: Night of 1,000 Clowns” on Oct. 31, starting at 8 p.m. at 10 Forward. This party features Gloria Gardenburger, Nemesister, Minivan, Owl House, and DJ Ephraim Asili. There will be a costume contest.

■The Greenfield Senior Center Halloween Party will be Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enjoy games and contests, and win prizes. Lunch will be lasagna, garden salad and cupcakes. Tickets are $3 per person, due at registration. Purchase tickets at the front desk by Friday. In addition to a costume contest, there will be a mask-decorating contest. Mask included with ticket. Prizes will be awarded for the most unique, spookiest and most Halloween spirit. Registration and membership required.


■A Day of the Dead celebration will be held at the Heath Elementary School on Oct 26, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Trick-or-treating maps for Heath will also be available at the Heath Free Public Library.


■The Halloween party and barbecue sponsored by the Fire Department will be held on Oct. 26, at the Town Hall. The event will include the parade at 4 p.m., followed by the barbecue at 4:30.


■Avenue A businesses will be open for trick-or-treating on Oct. 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. Any business with a bright Halloween display in its window is involved. Montague Police officers will be in the area for safety. Downtown trick-or-treating is sponsored by the Montague Business Association.

■Progressive bluegrass band Mamma’s Marmalade and The Gaslight Tinkers team up for a Halloween party at the Shea Theater Arts Center on Oct. 31, at 7 p.m.

■The Carnegie Library will offer children’s crafts, spooky games and snacks on Oct. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Designed for children of all ages and their caregivers. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.


■Enjoy spooky daytime fun looping through the Northfield Cemetery at the 9th annual Monster Dash Halloween 5K run and walk on Oct. 26. Children are welcome to bike, too, and costumes are encouraged. Meet at the Town Hall, 69 Main St. The race starts at 9 a.m. Entry fees are $20 per person with a $35 maximum per family. High school students are only $10. The first 75 to sign up get a Monster Dash mug (limit two per family), eat breakfast at First Parish Unitarian Church, and are eligible for awards for top runners and costumes. Call Coordinator Terry McKeon at 617-504-2750 with questions. Register online at bit.ly/2N4Sbru or on race day.

■The Veterans of Foreign Wars post will hold this year’s Rag Shag Parade on Oct. 31. The parade will start at Town Hall at 6 p.m.


■Wheeler Memorial Library will screen the film “Killer Legends” on Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. The film is for adults, and is a documentary investigating the real-life crimes that may have spawned urban legends.

■The first-ever Orange Pumpkin Festival will be hosted by White Cloud Diner, located across from Orange Municipal Airport, on Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. A rain date has been set for Oct. 27, same time. This event is inside/outside and features a barbecue cookout, a contest for pumpkins previously decorated by local children, a costume contest, games and a caramel apple bar. Admission is free; meal purchases from the diner are not.

■The Tully City Council Club will host its annual children’s Halloween party on Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Tully Fire Station on Royalston Road. The festivities are for the children of Tully and North Orange, as well as club members’ children and grandchildren. The party begins with a costume parade from the Old Tully Fire Station, which proceeds to the Tully City Council Club, where prizes will be awarded, followed by refreshments and games. Founded in 1948, the Tully CCC has hosted the annual party for more than 55 years and is assisted by the Orange Fire and Police departments.

■On Oct. 31, trick-or-treat hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m. A “Halloween Stroll” for preschoolers will also take place downtown from 10 a.m. to noon. Preschool-age children can trick-or-treat at Town Hall, the library and businesses that have orange pumpkins in their windows. The stroll is made possible by the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

■Trick-or-treating and Halloween games, with prizes, will take place at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School on Oct. 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is for grades kindergarten to 6 only and features approximately 16 stations for children to collect candy. Free. Parental supervision required. Sponsored by the Mahar Key Club, the Mahar National Honor Society and the Mahar Student Council.


■Tailgate trick-or-treating will be offered on Oct. 25, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Rowe Elementary School.


■The Shelburne Grange’s annual Halloween party will be held Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road. Prizes will be given for the best costumes, and there will be games and refreshments.

■Halloween Bingo will be held Oct. 31, at 12:15 p.m. at the Senior Center. Special prizes and refreshments. Bring your dimes and nickels.

Shelburne Falls

■The Shelburne Falls Rag Shag Parade will be Oct. 31, starting at Depot Street (on the Buckland side) at 5:30 p.m. and continuing on to the Shelburne Falls Eagles (upstairs) for doughnuts, cider, candy and a costume contest.


■University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Debbie Felton will present “Ghost Stories from Classical Antiquity” at Sunderland Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. She will present tales of the supernatural from ancient Rome and Greece.

■The Sunderland Public Library will also host a family scavenger hunt, with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Solve the clues to reveal the locations of secret destinations all around town. Prizes will be handed out at each of the destinations and you will receive a stamp on your scavenger hunt card for each destination visited. Return to the library after visiting at least half of the destinations and you will receive a special prize. Pick up your scavenger hunt packet at the library until Oct. 31.

■There will be an “All-Hallows-Read” for those ages 11 to 18 at the Sunderland Public Library on Oct. 26, from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a “camp-out” in the community room featuring pizza, ghost stories, toaster oven s’mores and a faux campfire. Advance registration is required by calling 413-665-2642. Space is limited.


■The annual Halloween party at Whately Elementary School is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26.

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