This Halloween season, there is no shortage of thrilling festivities and chilling adventures for grown-ups in the Berkshires to partake in, if you dare. Here's a bewitching list of parties, haunted tours and other things going bump in the night within our hallowed hills:
Williams College hosts the David G. Hartwell ‘63 Science Fiction Symposium, Oct. 22-24. Features Samuel R. Delany ("Babel-17"), Kim Stanley Robinson ("Mars" trilogy), prominent science fiction editor and Williams alumnus David Hartwell ("The New York Review of Science Fiction"), for whom the event is named. The following are free, public events:
Readings Tuesday at 4 p.m. by Terry Bisson, Samuel R. Delany, Paul Park and Kit Reed, Griffin Hall, room 3.
A panel discussion at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday with Delany and critical theory faculty, Griffin Hall, room 6. At 7:30 in the Paresky Center, Hartwell will moderate "The Wave of the Future," a climate change and science fiction panel with Robinson, Paolo Bacigalupi, Terry Bisson, and Elizabeth Kolbert.
At 4 p.m., Oct. 24, Robinson, Bacigalupi, John Crowley and Kelly Link will read from their work in Griffin Hall, room 3. Details: http://english.williams.edu or (413) 597-4277.
Thursdays in October at 1:30 p.m., and Nov. 7, Dalton Library will host a free series of Alfred Hitchcock films with popcorn and talk. The tentative lineup includes: "The Trouble with Harry" (Oct. 24), "The Birds" (Oct. 31) and "Marnie," (Nov. 7.) Info: www.daltonlibrary.com.
'13 Nights at Jiminy'
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock turns its grounds into "The Plantation of Jericho," with a "haunted" giant swing ride and Soaring Eagle zipline.www.13nightsatjiminy.com. Eagle staffer Laura Lofgren recounts her own harrowing tale on the mountain here: http://bit.ly/162TVnf.
Purgatory Road goes through the woods, across a farm and through a terrifying corn maze at Grey Goose Farm, 190 Cleveland Road, in Dalton. Tours for ages 12 and up run 7 to 10 p.m., this Friday, Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26. Tickets are $10 and on sale at the Dalton CRA. Proceeds benefit the Youth Suicide Prevention Project of Berkshire Area Health Education Center. Contact Bear McHugh at email@example.com to make a donation. Sneak preview: Facebook.com/purgatory.rd.haunted.
'Halloween at The Mount'
Saturday Night Spirit Ghost Tours continue at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday and Oct. 26, at The Mount, Edith Wharton's Lenox estate. Walking shoes and warm clothing are recommended. Not wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for ages 12 to 18. Reservations required: (413) 551-5100, www.edithwharton.org.
At 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, attend a ghostly reading, "Chilling Tales: Kerfol," $15, $10 for members. Halloween Ghost Tours follow at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $25 for adults, $20 for ages 12 to 18.
'SpiritFest' at Sheffield Historical Society
"Spirits and More: Berkshire Haunts Flower Show Preview Party," takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Dan Raymond House Museum, Main Street. Tickets are $30.
SHS and the Lenox Garden Club from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday host the "Berkshire Haunts Flower Show" at the Old Stone Store, Main Street.
At 7 p.m., Oct. 25, SHS and Mt. Everett Regional High School's chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will show a surprise scary movie on the Dan Raymond House lawn.
A "Spirit Walk" through Central Cemetery runs Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m. Rain date Sunday.
From 3:30 to 5 p.m., Oct. 29, carve pumpkins at the Dan Raymond House. The pumpkins will be lit the next night at 6 for "Walk on the Dark Side: Trick-or-Treating."
For a good mystery, take on the monthly challenge presented by the Sheffield History Sleuth: sheffieldhistorysleuth.weebly.com.
VOICES Theatre Company and Berkshire Historical Society present the Pittsfield historical play, "Melville, Haunted," Oct. 24-27 at Arrowhead, Herman Melville's homestead and museum, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. The production includes a candlelight tour of Arrowhead, followed by a harvest dessert buffet, presided over by the ghost of Maria Melville.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-27, and also at 2 on Oct. 27. Tickets are $25. The Oct. 24 performance is a free preview. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended: (413) 442-1928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Ghost Stories'
The city's best-known haunts, like the Hoosac Tunnel, and a few lesser known tales, like the Fish Pond Christmas Eve legend, are the subject of a temporary exhibit on display through October at the North Adams Museum of History and Science, located in Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Building 5A, State Street. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Info: northadamshistory.org, (413) 664-4700.
Pittsfield High School's Proteus theater troupe will present "Haunted Halls" at Pittsfield High School. Tours run 7 to 10 p.m., Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children, $10 for families, at the door. Proceeds benefit Proteus.
"Monster Mash" from 5 to 8, during October's Third Thursdays celebration, downtown Pittsfield. Includes the annual Kids Costume Contest and Parade at 6, The Eagle's free photo booth, live music, trick-or-treating, dance performances and more. Details: discoverpittsfield.com, (413) 499-9348.
At 7, the Beacon Cinema will screen the classic dark comedy "Beetlejuice" (PG) for $5, as part of its Throwback Thursdays series. Michael Keaton haunts a younger Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Winona Ryder.
"Macbeth," airs live from London's National Theatre at 2 p.m. at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Shakespeare tells the story of a Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will become king. Murder, tyranny and civil war ensues. Due to the construction activity and limited parking at the Clark, visitors should plan to arrive 20 minutes early. Tickets are $18, $15 for museum members. Info: clarkart.edu or (413) 458-0524.
Dr. Gasp's Halloween Spectacular, 8 p.m., Dream Away Lodge, Becket.
"Berkshire Shorts Film Festival: Halloween Edition," a celebration of local films, 8 p.m., Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., Lee. Preview: berkshireshorts.weebly.com
A moderate, 3-mile ghost town storytelling hike takes place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tamarack Hollow and Windsor Jambs, Windsor. Explore early-19th century cellar holes, apple orchards and hear stories about the "bigfoot" of the hilltowns and Babbit Ax factory. Look for "Witches Butter" and "Dead Man's Fingers." Details: tamarackhollow.com.
The annual Haunted Hayride in Clarksburg runs 6:30 to 10 p.m., at Clarksburg State Park. Rain date is Oct. 26. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. The Clarksburg Elementary School eighth-grade class and ski club will also sell baked goods and glow necklaces. Information: (413) 663-8735.
Thursday, Oct. 24
The Tiger Lillies perform "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," a collaboration with visual artist Mark Holthusen, at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Main Street, Williamstown. Formed in 1989, the three-piece British band earned a cult following with its dark humor and surreal musical style, "something of a mix between opera, gypsy punk, and old Paris."
At 6:30 p.m., Williams College Theatre Department Chair David Eppel hosts "Cocktails and Context: Macabre Musicals, Subversive Singing" in the lobby. Show starts at 8, and Holthusen will stick around for a post-show Q&A moderated by art professor, Liza Johnson. Tickets are $3 for students, $10 general public. Details: 62center.williams.edu.
At 7 p.m., the Taconic High School Theatre Department in Pittsfield hosts "Voices of Terror," a Halloween program of skits and performances.
Friday, Oct. 25
The Stockbridge Halloween Parade & Party starts at 6 p.m., on Main Street. The annual Pumpkin Walk-About at Stockbridge Library follows. Details: (413) 298-5501, www.stockbridgelibrary.org.
Pittsfield's 69th annual Halloween Parade steps off at 7 p.m., corner of Tyler and Smith streets, and concludes at Woodlawn Avenue.
Party promoters The #Shutdown Team presents its first Halloween Costume Party at at 9 p.m. at Chameleons nightclub, Pittsfield. Cover is $15, ages 18-20; $10 for ages 21 and up. ID required.
Filmed last year in various Berkshire County locations Director Swamy Kandan returns to premiere, "The Secret Village," at Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema in Pittsfield. Inspired by true events, Greg (Jonathan Bennett), an unsuccessful screenwriter and Rachel (Ali Faulkner), a spunky journalist, are researching an outbreak of ergot poisoning and hysteria in a small village. Another secret is discovered, and Rachel's world unravels. Details and trailer: Facebook.com/TheSecretVillage.
Screening times: Oct. 25-28 at 7 p.m.; Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. A talkback with the director will be held on Oct. 25. Tickets are $7.50 general admission, $5 for museum members. Little Cinema info: berkshiremuseum.org.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Berkshire Shenanigans' "Forest Grimm Halloween," starts at 8 p.m. at Bousquet Ski Area, Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield. DJ BFG will cast a spell over the age 21 and up event. Tickets are $15 at the door. Includes food, cash bar, costume contest.
Mike Mac's Halloween Bash XI with DJ Keo Beatz launches at 8 p.m. at Chameleons nightclub, Pittsfield. This is a costume-mandatory, age 21 and up event. Details and tickets: (413) 841-9244.
The Fifth Annual Small Town Helloween party puts the punk in punkin'. Starting at 7 p.m., rock out with The Damaged, Order of the Circle, Dead Radio Rebels, and The Remones at The PNA, 13 Victory St., Adams. Comedian Mark Jagiello will emcee the event, Rebel Beat Sound System spins in between sets. Costumes encouraged for this age 21 and up event.
The Halloween Bash with Whiskey City kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, West Street, Pittsfield. Costume contest includes a $500 first prize, a flat screen television, and a lottery tree. Tickets are $10.
The wild rockers WYKYD host a Halloween Bash at 9:30 p.m., at Bogie's Steak & Ale, Great Barrington. Costumes encouraged.
DJ Young Champ spins a "Freaky/Naughty Halloween Bash" at 9 p.m., ages 21 and up, at the Underground Pub, West Street, Pittsfield. Prizes for sexiest costume, best couple and best overall.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Rev Tor performs his 20th Annual Halloween Jam at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Tickets are $10 to $23. All proceeds benefit Moments House, which supports people impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Berkshire Theatre Group box office: (413) 911-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org.
The Rev Tor Band will perform classic Halloween-themed songs with guests: Charles Neville, Aaron Maxwell, Mark Mercier, Bobby Sweet, Randy Cormier, Pat Muraca, Tony Lee Thomas, Gina Coleman, Steve Bilodeau, Puggy Demory, Tyler Fairbank, Penny Lowell, Todd Mack, Mike Sacco, Dave Vittone, Ward Woolverton, and John Zarvis. Pre-show party at 6 p.m. in The Garage at The Colonial, with Chris Merenda & The Wheel. This family-friendly event features pranks, surprises, "the famous haunted bathrooms," a costume contest, prizes and more.
Halloween Eve items will be in next week's 413. We had so many responses to our request we had to split it up.