Holy heck it's that time of year again, when we unleash our inner demons and let our skeletons out of the closet. No, I'm not talking about the presidential election, just that frightfully festive time of year we know as Halloween.
If you're looking for a place to be spooked or don a costume and shake your bones, there's a plethora of parties and happenings in store, starting this weekend and extending through the end of the month.
That list starts here, and will continue next week.
As always, if you're heading out and about, have fun, keep safe, and look out for one another!
• "13 Nights," a live haunted thriller experience, returns to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, 37 Corey Road, Hancock. Tours start at 6:30 p.m.; last tour leaves at 10:30. The Soaring Eagle and Giant Swing rides will be open during these times. The attraction will continue to be held during same hours, every Friday and Saturday night through October, with additional dates of Thursday, Oct. 27; and Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30 and 31. Tours last approximately 40 minutes, and are recommended for ages 10 and up. Tour and ride packages range from $25 to $37. Info: 13nightsatjiminy.com
• A Haunted House at Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday, Oct. 27-31, with tours beginning at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 each night through the Carriage House. A fire pit and cash bar will be available for those waiting for their time. Tickets must be purchased online, and can be done so by searching for Naumkeag at thetrustees.org, or using this link: goo.gl/oqCpPy. The cost is $25 general admission, or $15 for members of the Trustees of Reservations. Info: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or email@example.com
• The haunted hayride, "Purgatory Road," returns to 190 Cleveland Road, just off Route 9, in Dalton. The annual event benefits teen suicide prevention programming of NAMI Berkshire County. Recommended for ages 12 and up, it includes a little bit of walking. Hours are 7-10 p.m., this Friday and Saturday, The cost is $13 in advance if tickets are purchased at the Dalton CRA, or $15 at the gate, payable by cash or check, payable to NAMI Berkshire County. Concessions will also be available. Tickets are limited. Info: www.facebook.com/purgatory.rd.haunted.
• The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., in Lenox, is Edith Wharton's estate and gardens, and are as mysterious as their owner, making it an intriguing venue to visit this time of year.
Ghost Tours of the mansion, stables and grounds, which have had documented hauntings, will take place at the following times on the following dates: 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. this Friday; 10 p.m. this Saturday; 5:45 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 28; 5:45 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 29; and 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes; Oct. 31 participants are invited to wear costumes for a chance to win a prize. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online at edithwharton.org or by calling 413-551-5100, and range from $20-$24, plus service fees.
Also happening at The Mount: From 7 to 9 p.m., this Saturday, join in "Trick or Treat? An Evening of Stories with Speak Up." Admission to this storytelling event is $18 general admission, $15 for Mount members.
Then, at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30, All are welcome for Ariel Bock's annual reading of "All Souls," Wharton's last ghost story, written the year she died. The cost is $5 general admission, free for members, and tickets must also be purchased in advance.
• The Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., Lee, will host a "Macabre Mansion," best for ages 10 and up. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28, and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. There will be a monster maze and haunted cemetery and more. Tickets are $5 per person, at the door.
• The Dream Away Lodge, 1342 County Road, Becket, will host its annual pre-Halloween show with Dr. Gasp in the Music Room. The show starts around 8 p.m. Bring cash to support the musician's tip jar.
• The Berkshire Family YMCA is celebrating 130 years in the Berkshires, with a "MasquerAID" fundraising concert at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. Entertainment will be provided by Rev Tor Band and Friends with opening act by T-Bone Daddy. Tickets are $35 for the concert only, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., or $75 VIP, which includes appetizers by Mazzeo's starting at 5:30 p.m., and VIP seating for the show. Tickets can be purchased at berkshiretheatregroup.org/on-our-stages/special-events or by calling 413-997-4444.
• The Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., Lee, at 7 p.m., will continue its Broadway Cabaret series with a theme of "The Villains," featuring husband and wife duo Matt and Jessica Passetto. It will feature songs and duets by those bad guys (and girls) that you love to hate! Tickets are $10, and can be reserved by calling 413-394-5023 or emailing KDemler@cipberkshire.org. Refreshments will be available.
• Uncle Larry's Tavern, 71 Chester Road, Becket, will at 8 p.m., host a costume party with DJ Sancho and the Rolling Thunder. There's a $5 cover.
• The inaugural "Harvest Fest 2016: The Rising of the Corn" will be held from noon to 4 p.m., at Bowe Field in Adams. There will be vendors, live music and entertainment, food and more.
Friday, Oct. 28
• License to Groove presents the "Grease Fever Mash-Up Halloween Extravaganza," starting at 8 p.m., at The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield. Dress like a greaser or a "Saturday Night Fever" character for a chance to win costume contest prizes, as you dance to the sounds of '70s disco, '80s new wave, and songs from the movies, "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever." French fries, hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold and served by the lunch lady, just like at Rydell High. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Saturday, Oct. 29
• The eighth annual "Small Town Hell-o-ween" is ready to rock The PNA, 13, Victory St., Adams. This year's lineup includes: The Damaged, sadplant, Shredder, Wasted Time, emcee and comedian Mark Jagiello, and Rebel Beat Sound System. A potluck buffet is included, so bring a dish to share. There's no cover for this age 21 and up costume bash, but donations will be accepted to the Noah William Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund.
• "Illusions & Tricks: Magic in the Parlor," will be held at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join acclaimed Boston magician and mentalist Méliès for a special evening of astonishing magical effects, comedic fun, mind-bending mind-reading, and a mysterious spirit séance — a common theatrical practice from Bryant's era. Tickets are $20 general admission, $12 for members. Info: 413-628-4485, ext. 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield, will host "OZ," a Wizard of Oz-themed Halloween gala to benefit IS183 Art School of the Berkshires in its 25th anniversary year. The festivities are being coordinated with Berkshire Shenanigans, and there will be a 6 p.m. pre-party banquet at Hotel on North, presented by friends of IS183. At 8 p.m., an age 21-and-up dance party will follow at Shire City Sanctuary, with DJ Hush, live dance performance by Heart-Shaped Box, and projections by Drew Suto and Joe Wheaton. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets must be purchased online through is183.org/events, and dinner, dance and donation packages range from $25 to $175.
• Shepards Crossing will host a costume party starting at 10 p.m., at Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield. There's a $5 cover, and cash prizes of $100 each will be awarded to best male, female and couples costumes.
• BA Dario presents its '80s Halloween Takeover at 8 p.m. at Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield. There's no cover for this age 21 and up event.
• "Spirit Fest 2016: Haunted Grounds" will be presented from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Dan Raymond House, 159 Main St., Sheffield. The cost is $10 to enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres with eerie historical apparitions. Info: sheffieldhistory.org or 413-229-2694
• The Adams Ale House will present its annual Halloween Monster Bash featuring DJ BK and DJ SL8, starting at 9 p.m. There will be cash prizes for this age 21 and up costume party.
Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween
• The Dream Away Lodge presents, "Monday Night Freak Ball" a costume and dance party with the band Home Body, that starts around 8 p.m., and goes until who knows. The $20 general admission includes munchies too. The weirder and wilder the costumes, the better!