I hope everyone is staying safe as we get closer to celebrating Halloween. Here are some of the events going on in the Berkshires. All listed events here are free! If you have a free safe Halloween event email me at  cheryl@wupe.com

Berkshire Athenaeum
Starting today, October 19 and 24 the Berkshire Athenaeum will be giving out pumpkins! Pick one up and bring it home to decorate for Halloween.

 Take a picture of your creation and tag us! You’ll be entered to win a cauldron full of candy!

Drop by the library to pick out your pumpkin or call (413) 499-9495 for same-day curbside pick-up. One pumpkin per child or teen.

Berkshires Macaroni Kid
Halloween is probably going to look a lot different this year, but that doesn't mean the Berkshire Halloween Fun has to stop.

Berkshires Macaroni Kid has once again teamed up with Realty Street to host a “Socially-Distanced Ghost Hunt” throughout Berkshire County on the weekend of Oct. 23-25. The activity is easy to participate in and promises to be a ghostly good time for the entire family.

How it works:
1. Head to berkshires.macaronikid.com and print out their Ghost Coloring Pages or create your own Halloween ghosts!
2. Submit your address to the GHOST HUNT MAP FORM on the website at https://berkshires.macaronikid.com/.../were-going-on-a...
3. On Thursday, Oct. 22 Berkshires Macaroni Kid will post a virtual “Ghost Hunt” map so you know which neighborhoods to explore.
4. Display your Creations in the front of your house, in your windows, on your doors, etc. for your neighbors to see the morning of Friday, Oct 23, at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m.
5. Drive or walk around the neighborhoods (please observe social-distancing guidelines) and see how many ghosts you can find!
All participants who've submitted their location to the map will be entered in a drawing to receive one of three $25 gift certificates to the local business of your choice.

A Trunk or Treat celebration will be held in town from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

The event will start at station 1, the Kittredge School parking lot, for Trunk or Treat and then continue to station 2 at the pavilion, Hinsdale Dayz, for decorations and treats. Other stops include station 3 in front of the fire station for truck or treats; station 4 at Congregational Church for a pumpkin walk; station 5, Lions Club, school basketball court for hot dogs; and station 6, Hinsdale Public Library, for treats.

According to a news release from the town, children must be accompanied by an adult at connecting locations or stations in the center of the town.  Treats will be handed out by an adult from each trunk, and everyone must practice social distancing

The Hinsdale Police Department will provide a safe crossing of Maple Street to the church and Main Street to the library.

Stockbridge
This year they will turn their Haunted Sanctuary into an outdoor, contactless, Haunted Drive-Thru for all to enjoy!
This is a free community event, sponsored by West Stockbridge Parks & Recreation, which takes place at our 45 Main Street location (with access via Hotel Street).
Please note: They ask that you maintain a speed of no more than 5 mph during the drive-thru. As this is an interactive event we ask that you keep your doors locked (you never know if a ghoul may try to hitch a ride home) and remain in your car at all times, but you're welcome to roll your windows down!

CITY OF NORTH ADAMS ANNOUNCES TRICK OR TREAT HOURS, SAFETY GUIDELINES

Halloween Trick or Treat City hours for the City of North Adams will be held Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

These guidelines, which also are posted to https://www.northadams ma.gov/halloween_2020/halloween2020.php, include the following:
G Grab and Go Only Participating residents should hand out treats in goodie bags or other contactless ways.

H  Have Fun This should need no explanation!

O Only Visit Participating Houses, Traditionally people leave on a light or decorate to signal they are participating; trick or treaters should respect those who choose not to participate.

S Stay Close to Home,Participants should remain in a compact, walkable neighborhood as much as possible.

T Take Your Mask, As with any public activity, trick or treaters should wear a cloth face covering to protect themselves and those with whom they come in contact; following CDC guidance trick or treaters should not wear a costume mask over their cloth face covering.

While the city supports Trick or Treat activities during the announced hours, the following activities are not recommended during the Halloween season:

• “Trunk or Treat” events where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats are not recommended.
• Gatherings or parties with non-household members are not recommended even if they are conducted outdoors.
• Carnivals, festivals, live entertainments, and haunted house attractions are not recommended.
In accordance with CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines, the city also asks those participating in Trick or Treat activities to:
• Observe good hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy;
• Stay home and refrain from Halloween activities, including handing out Halloween treats, if they feel unwell, have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have traveled to or from a higher risk state in the two weeks prior to Halloween.

Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet of physical distance from all other participants who are not members of the same household.

The CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/.../daily-life-coping/holidays.htm also offers suggestions for other lower-risk alternatives to participate in Halloween.

Berkshires

Evenings in Quarantine - Zombie Edition
2020 has thrown us some curve balls and in order to stay safe and abide by state COVID rules we have decided to have our "Zombie Crawl" virtually. With that said here is our plan.
Friday, October 23 @ 7pm - Special FX Makeup Tips with Host Casey Albert
Saturday, October 24:
7pm: Beer/Wine/Cider Tasting & Rating
8pm: (Real) Zombie Sightings Talk
9pm: Haunted Local Places
10pm: Party Time! - Request songs & donate to a local animal shelter!

If you have a free event email me and I will add it to the list! cheryl@wupe.com