Last year's Halloween fell on a dark and snow-stormy night. This year, it seems, the season of celebrating all that is mysterious and ghoulish is off to a head start.
So grab your flashlights and curl up with this column closely, because this year, Halloween time in Berkshire County is going to be a howl.
Williams College will continue its "Halloween Screamings" series of film events with Images Cinema in Williamstown. Two more horror film screenings on tap this month, each followed by a faculty-led discussion. The best part: It's free and open to the public.
On Monday, Oct. 15, Takashi Shimizu's 2005 film "Rinne (Reincarnation)" will be shown at 7 p.m., with professors Jason Josephson, Christopher Bolton and Lawrence Raab.
On Oct. 29, also at 7 p.m., Tomas Alfredson's "Let the Right One In" (2008) will be shown with professors Jim Shepard, Denise Buell, Lawrence Raab and Christian Thorne. There will be free popcorn and candy corn at this event. Visit www.imagescinema.org/events for details.
The Williams College libraries will also participate with exhibitions in their display cases. "What Scares You?" a collection of scary books and movies selected by faculty, students, and staff will be on view at Sawyer Library from Oct. 25-31 in the first-floor display case. Up stairs, from Oct. 22 to Nov. 4, three paintings from Pauline Baynes' unpublished "Mythical Creatures" series will be on view. Books from the scary world of science will be on view at Schow Science Library through Oct. 31.
As Eagle reporter Dick Lindsay reported on Tuesday, Pittsfield's own Zombie Action Com mittee and Bespoke Costuming present their bigger, badder and more blood-thirsty festival of events this week, as follows:
Thursday: Check out the "Visual Dead" art show opening at 6:30 p.m. at what was formerly known as Shawn's Barber Shop.
Friday: The third annual "Zombie Pub Crawl" throughout downtown Pittsfield is 5 p.m. on, ages 21 and up. At 7:30 p.m., zombies are welcome to a screening of "Shaun of the Dead" at the Beacon Cinema. Admission is $5, and get free popcorn with a non-perishable food donation to benefit local food pantries. Also in tandem, Chameleons nightclub in Pittsfield will welcome all zombies for a karaoke/dance party at 9 p.m. with Bob Heck Entertainment and DJ Billy. No cover charge.
Saturday: A 3 p.m. screening of "Corpse Bridge" at the Beacon Cinema. Same admission policy. A Zombie Prom at Spice Dragon restaurant with deejays BFG and VJ B-17 Bomber follows from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $8 or $5 with two or more non-perishable food donations. More info on Facebook or SurviveBerkshires.wordpress.com.
"13 Nights at Jiminy"
Jiminy Peak Mountain Re sort in Hancock is taking local history to a freak show level, turning its grounds into "The Plantation of Jericho." A "haunted" giant swing ride and Soaring Eagle zipline ride will also be open. Ages 10 and up are welcome. Hours are 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., with tours running every 15 minutes, and last tour leaving at 10:30. Remaining dates include this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31. Tickets are $25 for "13 Nights" and $37 for a tour and rides package.
Volunteers will be descending into the deep, dark night to present this haunted hay ride known as Purgatory Road, a.k.a. 190 Cleveland Road in Dalton. Dates are Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale at the Dalton CRA or at check-in for this age-12-and-up event. Family-friendly hayrides will be of fered on Oct. 21 and 28 from 1 to 4 p.m., for $5 per person.
The Mount: Haunted
Friday Night Fright Tours will continue on Fridays through Oct. 26, departing at 5:45 and at 7 p.m. at The Mount, Edith Wharton's estate and gardens in Lenox. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for ages 13 to 18. On Saturday, Oct. 27, The Mount will host "Chilling Tales," a reading of spooky tales and a house tour, from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 551-5100. Admission is $15 per person, $10 for members. A special Halloween Ghost Tour will be held at 10:30 p.m. on Wed nesday, Oct. 31. Costumes are encouraged. Reservations are required. Call (413) 551-5100. Admis sion is $25 per person.
Saturday, Oct. 13
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox will host its Dancin' at the Mansion event with a Hallo ween twist. The dance goes from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., with the Greg Caputo Quartet playing standards. Costumes are encouraged with prizes for the best. Light snacks will be offered and a cash bar. Admission is $16 per person or $30 per couple by reservation; $20 and $35 respectively at the door.
Friday, Oct. 19
Rebel Sound Records will present a steampunk/darkwave Halloween Costume Party with bands French & the Punk, Illusion of Joy, V.I., Forever Autumn and Era Nocturna beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Chameleons night club in Pittsfield. Admission is $10 for this age 18 and up event. There will be prizes for best costume.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Rebel Sound Records re turns at 8 p.m. to Chameleons night club in Pittsfield with a metal rock Halloween Spook tacular! event featuring bands Malicious Tendencies, Declar ations, Protocol Seven and Here Lies Hope. Admission is $5 for ages 21 and up, $8 for those under.
Chicopee Paranormal Inves ti gators will host an investigation from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Ventfort Hall in Lenox. CPI will train participants to help conduct a probe of paranormal activity there.
Reservations should be made by calling Tom Laughlin at (413) 536-1811. Tickets are $50 per person.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Deb Brothers, costume di rector and lecturer in theater, will demonstrate how spirits, monsters, and gore are created onstage. This event will take place at 4:15 p.m. in the Directing Studio at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College, Williams town.
Thursday, Oct. 25
At 4:30 p.m., Berkshire County native Deena Bak, Class of 2013, will usher visitors through the Williams College Museum of Art, unearthing monsters in the museum's collection. Bak will ask visitors to consider the nature of fear in a variety of cultural contexts.
Friday, Oct. 26
The fourth annual Small Town Helloween will commence at 7 p.m. at The PNA in Adams. This punk rock lineup includes Sadplant, Amerikan Citizens, Fool Every one, Dead Radio Re bels, The Damaged (celebrating 13 ghoulish years), and Rebel Beat Sound System deejaying in between sets with comedian/Damaged drummer Mark Jagiello. This is a free, 21 and up event, where costumes are highly encouraged.
Rev Tor's 19th annual Hallo weekend kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday and continues at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Bousquet Ski Area in Pitts field. There will be three stages of music featuring the Rev Tor Band, Domino Theory, Longview Gunslin gers, The Citizens, Chris Merenda & The Wheel. You'll find pranks, gags, "the famous haunted bathrooms" and a costume each night with prizes. Admission for this 21 and up event is $20 per night or $30 for two nights, available at the gate.
Gypsy Joynt will host a "Boo Y'all Candyland Halloween Party" beginning at 9 p.m. in Great Barrington. The Fea thers, featuring Jordan Wel ler, Rob Sanzone, Miles Lally and Steve Adam are the entertainment.
Saturday, Oct. 27
"Noche de Los Muertos" a Halloween bash with costume contests presented by Berk shire Shenanigans and Berk shire Young Professionals features DJ BFG. Starts at 8 p.m. in upstairs ballroom at Spice Dragon in Pittsfield. $20 per person or $15 for BYP card members for this age 21 and up event.
Berkshire Stonewall Com mun ity Coalition will host its annual LGBTQ-friendly Hall oween Dance at the Elks Lodge in Pittsfield from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., featuring a live deejay, costume contest, pri zes, munchies and a cash bar. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members, free if you join BSCC or renew a membership at the door.
Whiskey City will host its first Halloween Bash from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Eastover Hotel and Resort in Lenox. There will be a deejay in between sets, food, and a $500 cash prize for best costume, along with second and third place prizes.
Mike Mac's 10th annual Halloween Costume Extrava ganza will begin haunting at 8:30 p.m. at Chameleons nightclub in Pittsfield, featuring DJ Young Champ. Cash prizes for best costumes. Advance tickets only can be purchased by contacting Mike at (413) 841-9244.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Following an Oct. 20 investigation, Ventfort Hall in Lenox will present a tea and talk with the Chicopee Paranormal Investigators, from 4 to 6 p.m. They will present a majority of the evidence, from video to audio clips, they have captured in more than 18 investigations at the historic 1893 mansion. The program will conclude with a Victorian tea. Admission is $16.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
The Dream Away Lodge in Becket will host its annual Halloween Bash, beginning at 8 p.m. Music to haunt by will be provided by Chris Merenda and the Wheel with special guests The Fallen Starlets.
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