Halloween fun isn't just for kids ...

This current weekend's Halloween parties and happenings were only a taste of what's to come as we get closer to Oct. 31. This guide includes events that will go bump in the night and provide partygoers a frightfully good time.


13 Nights

The monster attraction "13 Nights" returns to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock. Recommended for ages 10 and up, the haunted Kettle Mansion is open for tours, if you dare, from 6:30-10:30 p.m., every Friday and Saturday through the month, as well as Sunday, Oct. 29, through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Groups of six to eight people leave every couple of minutes on a 40-minute adventure. The Soaring Eagle and Giant Swing rides will also be open these nights until 10. Tickets are $25 for the haunt, $37 with rides. Info: 13nightsatjiminy.com or 413-738-5500.

Halloween at The Mount

Iconic author Edith Wharton's home and gardens in Lenox 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: Friday, Oct. 27, at 5:45 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 28, also at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Registration is required and can be done online at edithwharton.org, and range from $20-$24, plus service fees. Email info@edithwharton.org to be put on a waitlist.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, storyteller Tom Lee will present "Put in the Mood for Ghosts." There's a $10 general admission fee. Call 413-551-5100 for details.

On Halloween proper, Oct. 31, hear Shakespeare & Company's Ariel Bock present at 5 p.m. a dramatic reading of Edith Wharton's supernatural 1926 tale, "A Bottle of Perrier," originally published in the Saturday Evening Post under the title "A Bottle of Evian." Tickets are $10 general admission. Learn more by calling 413-551-5111. Halloween Ghost Tours will be held at 8 and 10 p.m., during which costumes are encouraged. These tours, ranging from $22 to $28, include prizes for best costume, cider and doughnuts, and a few surprises. Reservations are also required for these events.


On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, the Naumkeag Haunted House returns to Stockbridge (5 Prospect Hill Road), from 6 to 9:30 each evening. Recommended for ages 12 and up, the Haunted House starts in the garden then goes into the mansion where guests will be treated to three floors of new frights and scares. The evening begins and ends with a cash bar and refreshments in the newly constructed Naumkeag greenhouse. Tickets are $25 general admission, available at www.thetrustees.org/naumkeag.

North Adams Movieplex 8

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, at 11:59 p.m., check out the annual screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a cult classic. Props are encouraged, but please leave the fire and water at home and the theater clean and intact.

Tonight and each Sunday through the season, the cinema will present free screenings at 9 p.m. of the latest episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead" on the big screen. The North Adams Movieplex is located at 86 Main St., North Adams. Info: northadamsmovieplex.com

Images Cinema

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, at 11:30 p.m., the cinema will present a digitally-restored 40th anniversary screening of the horror film, "Suspiria," which takes place at a baroque European ballet academy with terrifying secrets within its walls. Tickets are $10 general admission. Info: imagescinema.org

Tavern at The A

License to Groove promises a ghoulishly good time on Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 9 p.m., with its "Grease Fever" party. Guests are encouraged to dress up as characters from the movies "Grease" or "Saturday Night Fever," or anything else for a chance to take home a cash prize. There's a $5 cover.

The Hotshot Hillbillies will raise hell on Saturday, Oct. 28, with its Monster Bash and costume contest, starting at 9:30, also a cover.

Whiskey City

The country rockers will present a South County Halloween Bash on Friday, Oct. 27, at 9 p.m., at the Great Barrington VFW, 800 South Main St. There will be a costume contest, music, dancing and a $10 cover includes a gift at the door.

Then, at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, the band moves to the Italian American Lodge, 22 Waubeek Road, Pittsfield. There will also be a $10 cover and costume contest open to all.

Town Players of Pittsfield

Let's do the warp againnnnn! The Town Players of Pittsfield will present the classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 6 p.m., today, Friday, Oct. 27, Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at Berkshire Community College's Boland Theater. Leave your props at home, as prop bags will be sold for $3 for those who really want the full Rocky Horror experience. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 seniors and students, $13 for Town Players members. Reserve your tickets at 413-443-9279, townplayers.org.

Friday, Oct. 27

Haunted Harvest Festival

In celebration of its one-year anniversary, ROOTS Teen Center in North Adams is hosting a benefit "Haunted Harvest Festival" from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring food, music, raffles, prizes, games, costume contests, dance parties and more for all ages. Check in first at the ROOTS Teen Center, 43 Eagle St., to purchase tickets for various activities, and a list of activities and locations in the downtown area, from Eagle Street to Main Street.

There will also be a costume contest for all ages with a cash prize. Entry fees for the contest by age categories are as follows: $3 entry for ages 1 to 13; $5 for ages 14-22; $10 for ages 23 and up. Info: facebook.com/rootsteencenter

Eastover Estate and Retreat

Starting at 8 p.m., this ages 18-and-up Halloween Party will feature entertainment by DJ Dondada, Joon Le Grand, and DJ Gusano Rojo. There's a $10 cover at 430 East St., in Lenox.

Parkside Restaurant

Starting at 9 p.m., Oli Real cranks up the volume on this ages 21-and-up Halloween Party, 220 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. No cover.

Skyline Country Club

Be prepared to be scared at the CircoLoco Halloween Bash, with DJ B, DJ Marc The Don, and scary clowns in full effect. This scary-carnival-themed party will also give away cash prizes at 405 South Main St., in Lanesborough. Tickets are $10 in advance via Facebook or Eventbrite, $15 at the door, $20 if you show up without a costume, for this 21-and-up event.

Hancock Shaker Village

What happens in the village after the last bell rings? Find out on this 90-minute after-hours tour that begins at 6 p.m. Your guide will lead you through the darkening village where you will hear tales of ghostly sightings, learn about the Shakers' role in the spiritualist movement, and perhaps catch a few spirit sightings of your own. The adventure concludes in the 1830 Brick Dwelling where hundreds of Shakers once made their home. Tickets are $30 per person; $27 for HSV members. hancockshakervillage.org

Saturday, Oct. 28

Creatures of the Deep

Berkshire Shenanigans are lurking back onto the scene with "Creatures of The Deep," as this year's Halloween bash theme, featuring dance music by DJ BFG, and performances by Heart-Shaped Box and Berkshire Acro-yogis. Adding to this age 21-and-up event will be tarot card readings by Darlene Baisley and digital projections by Drew Suto. The party starts at 8 p.m. at Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. Tickets are available by searching the event on Facebook or Eventbrite; $30 in advance plus fees or $35 cash at the door. A cash bar will be offered, with ID.

Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill

Jack Waldheim plays this Halloween Party, starting at 9 p.m., at 41 Roberts Drive, North Adams. There will be a costume contest, raffles and giveaways, and maybe just a few tricks.

Mission Bar + Tapas

Get spooky with the band White Liger and don your best superhero or super villain costume for a chance to take home top prizes. No cover for this age 21-and-up event, which goes from 8 to 11 p.m., at 438 North St.

Berkshire Salsa

Berkshire Salsa dance collective will host a "Salsoween Fiesta & Costume Contest," beginning at 9 p.m., at The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Admission is $15 and there will be a cash bar, costume contest, dance lessons and dancing with DJ Redscare.

Bogies Steak and Ale

Bogies annual Halloween Bash takes on an '80s dance party theme led by local band Hair Ballz, starting at 9:30 p.m., 935 Main St., Great Barrington. You bring the costumes, they'll give out the cash prizes.

Dalton American Legion

SHYNE will play a Halloween Costume Celebration starting at 9 p.m. to benefit local veterans. The $6 cover includes a costume contest, games, ghouls and more. Concessions will be available along with the cash bar, at 258 North St.

Sunday, Oct. 29


Following the last train ride for the season, the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum Lenox Station, 10 Willow Creek Road, Lenox, will host a two-hour Halloween seance and message circle for adults with Medium Julie MacDonald leading the conversation between guests and "spirits." The seance starts at 6:30 p.m., and reservations are $40 per person. Call 413-637-2210 to reserve your spot.

Truly Independent Wrestling

From 1 to 6 p.m., the TIW Arena at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough will offer free admission to a party with games, prizes and more.

Scary movies

Go back in time for a scare at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. At 4 p.m., see the classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," and at 7 p.m. watch "Vertigo." The double feature is in partnership with the Great Barrington Historical Society and its "Growing Up in the '50s" exhibit. $7 for one movie or $10 for the double feature. www.mahaiwe.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 31 (Happy Halloween)

The Dream Away Lodge

Treat yourself to the tunes of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow at The Lodge's annual Halloween Bash, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Becket, 1342 County Road. There's a $20 cover, which includes party food and fun. Costumes encouraged.

Freight Yard Pub

DJ Mark Denning spins the annual Halloween Party, which starts at 8 p.m., at 1 Furnace St., North Adams. Best costumes will take home prizes, including best group costume.

Friday, Nov. 3

The clever planners at The P.N.A., 13 Victory St., in Adams, are hosting a Halloween Leftovers Bash at 8 p.m., featuring Half Past My Sin, a costume contest and more. There's a $10 cover for this ages 21 and up event.

Did we miss you event? Let us know at by contacting Jenn Smith at 413-496-6239 or jsmith@berkshireeagle.com.


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