What does trick-or-treating look like in the mountains? In the early dark, people come out into the streets. They swing through drifts of leaves on the sidewalk. The night smells and tastes of fall — pumpkins and hot beeswax, apples and chocolate.

What does Halloween look like in small towns, in the early dark? As the leaf season wanes, the ghost season comes in. Family events celebrate the fall. We have pumpkin patches, music and classic films, Haunted houses with a touch of theater.

Children can walk in costumes and feel that shared excitement. Halloween parties invite adults to dress up and dance, and conversations at night ask them to face their ghosts and fears. And on the hill at Naumkeag, hundreds of jack-o-lanterns are lit.

For Halloween happenings this week, take a look below …

The Bear and Bee Bookshop gleams at dusk on a cool night.
Dec 7 2022 @ 10:00 am
North Adams plans to go full Clark Griswold downtown this year, as local shops and businesses hang lights and create a window displays.
Ventfort Hall hangs stockings by the chimney. Photo by Susan Geller
Dec 7 2022 @ 10:00 am
Ventfort Hall is decorated for the holiday season in Victorian finery through the end of the year, decked in evergreen and lights for festive self-guided tours.
A Reindog makes friends at the annual Reindog Parade at the annual Williamstown Holiday Walk. Photo courtesy of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce
Dec 7 2022 @ 10:00 am
Williamstown downtown shops and businesses will collect necessary items in December to help Berkshire communities in need.
Ornaments glow after dark at Winterlights at Naumkeag.
Dec 7 2022 @ 4:30 pm
Winterlights is back with a magical outdoor experience as the gardens sparkle with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights.
Harpist Teresa Mango performs at the Red Lion Inn in the winter holiday season.
Dec 7 2022 @ 5:30 pm
Throughout December, the Red Lion Inn partners with Norman Rockwell Museum to bring a month-long celebration of holiday cheer. You can sip a hot drink by the fire and take in live music on cold nights. The inn offers activities for all to enjoy, including Christmas Caroling in the Winter […]
The Bear and Bee Bookshop gleams at dusk on a cool night.
Dec 8 2022 @ 10:00 am
North Adams plans to go full Clark Griswold downtown this year, as local shops and businesses hang lights and create a window displays.
Ventfort Hall hangs stockings by the chimney. Photo by Susan Geller
Dec 8 2022 @ 10:00 am
Ventfort Hall is decorated for the holiday season in Victorian finery through the end of the year, decked in evergreen and lights for festive self-guided tours.
A Reindog makes friends at the annual Reindog Parade at the annual Williamstown Holiday Walk. Photo courtesy of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce
Dec 8 2022 @ 10:00 am
Williamstown downtown shops and businesses will collect necessary items in December to help Berkshire communities in need.
Ornaments glow after dark at Winterlights at Naumkeag.
Dec 8 2022 @ 4:30 pm
Winterlights is back with a magical outdoor experience as the gardens sparkle with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights.
Light plays across the machine shop at Hancock Shaker Village at night.
Dec 8 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Hancock Shaker village lights up at dusk, for a winter stroll past buildings lit by candlelight with Berkshire artist Joe Wheaton’s light projections and more.

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