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 …

A red ornament glows with starry light in the candycane forest in Winterlights at Naumkeag.
Dec 1 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 1 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.
Ventfort Hall houses the Museum of the Gilded Age in Lenox.
Dec 1 2022 @ 5:30 pm
The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work.
Lights sparkle around a reclining figure in the window of Savvy Hive, the vintage shop in North Adams.
Dec 2 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 2 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 2 2022 @ 10:00 am
Williamstown downtown shops and businesses will collect necessary items in December to help Berkshire communities in need.
North Adams holds a holiday downtown celebration with galleries and shops open late on first Fridays.
Dec 2 2022 @ 4:00 pm
North Adams holds a holiday downtown celebration with shops open late, a free carriage ride by McKay Farm, live music, s’mores and more.
A red ornament glows with starry light in the candycane forest in Winterlights at Naumkeag.
Dec 2 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.
Torches light the pathway through the trees in NightWood at the Mount.
Dec 2 2022 @ 5:00 pm
NightWood returns to Edith Wharton's gardens in an innovative and immersive sound and light experience among the trees after dark.
Park Square at the winter holidays. Photo by Shaun Muldowney, courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield Inc.
Dec 2 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Pittsfield will host a holiday celebration on Friday and Saturday, with the Park Square Tree Lighting, Holiday First Fridays Artswalk, an Elf Invasion Pub Crawl and more.

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