Suggested Events for October 25th-31st, 2014

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Open House Oct 25

Smith College Campus School, a coeducational day school enrolling children kindergarten through sixth grade, will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 25th from 9:30-11am. All prospective kindergarten through second grade students and their families are welcome! Come explore classrooms, see what their students are learning, and meet teachers, administrators and current parents. For more information about Smith College Campus School or to preregister for the Open House visit online at www.smith.edu/sccs or call the admission office at 413-585-3270. Smith College Campus School is located at 33 Prospect St. in Northampton, MA. There will be another kindergarten through sixth grade open house in January.

Open House Oct 25

Open House at The Hartsbrook School, Saturday, October 25, 10am to 12noon. Tour their classrooms, meet with teachers, stroll around their beautiful campus. Student work will be on display and current families will be available to answer questions. All ages welcome! The Hartsbrook School is a Waldorf school in the Pioneer Valley. Their program from early childhood through high school integrates academic, artistic, and practical work to awaken clarity of thought, warmth of heart, and strength of purpose. Join them at 193 Bay Road in Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

Oct 25

Halloween Chills & Thrills at the Springfield Museums (21 Edwards St.) on Saturday, October 25th, from 10am-5pm. Bring the family and come enjoy a full day of spooky art and science activities plus live animal demonstrations, special planetarium shows, and more! Two great performances are free with museum admission – there’s The Garbage Monster and Other Songs by Tom Knight Puppets (11am, Wood Museum – designed for ages 2-5, but all are welcome) and Strings on Stage by The Wayne Martin Puppets (2pm, Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum). For information, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Oct 25

Pumpkin Decorating with Author Sandra Horning at Odyssey Bookshop (9 College Street ) in South Hadley on Saturday, October 25th, at 11am. A storytime with author Sandra Horning, pumpkin decorating and a costume competition is some of the Halloween activities they have in store at Odyssey Bookshop this Saturday. Dress your best, put on your creative cap and come down to the Odyssey for a Pumpkin Party- Pumpkin treats, decorating and a storytime await… This event is free and for ages 2+ www.odysseybks.com

Oct 25

The first-ever OnTrend Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, October 25 at the brand new Hadley Farms Meeting House in lovely Hadley, MA. The fair will showcase talented indie crafters and makers of all kinds from throughout New England and New York. Shoppers with find high-quality handmade jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, home goods, and much more. Bring your holiday shopping lists and support our talented local artisans! Free to attend. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at Jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Open House Oct 26

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Open House for interested families on Sunday, October 26, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers and current parents and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm, ethical community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, competitive athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Their students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Oct 31

Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield (25 Greenfield Road) is hosting their annual Witches Ball on Halloween Night! Come dressed in your Halloween costumes and enjoy a buffet including oozing zombie zits, lumberjack fingers, shredded mummy guts, vampire eyeballs and more. The fun doesn’t end with the food- Cloud 9 Productions will be at the Witches Ball for kid’s karaoke, there will be pumpkin decorating, and Teaching Creatures will be bringing some creepy crawly creatures to learn about, some of them you can even touch! Seatings for this event are at 4pm and 5:30pm, be sure to make your reservations soon! 413-665-1277. ($)

Nov 1

Celebrate creativity through the arts! Everyone is welcome to the Smith College Museum of Art’s free Family Fun @ My Museum: Once Upon a Painting event on Saturday, November 1 from 1–4pm in Northampton. Kids can create your own fairy tale book with story elements drawn from works on view. Come dressed as your favorite storybook character. Listen to fairy tales—familiar and fractured—read aloud by students from the Smith College Campus School and pick up a little something bound for your library, at their Pop-Up Book Fair. Free admission and snacks; open to all; no registration required. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Questions: museduc@smith.edu.

Open House Nov 3

The Williston Northampton Middle School in Easthampton, MA, is a close community of 80 seventh- and eighth-graders that offers an educational experience characterized by active engagement. Students develop their individual interests and talents with the guidance of our exceptional faculty. The Williston Northampton Middle School will hold its open house on Monday, November 3 from 6:30-8pm in the Whitaker-Bement building on the Williston Northampton campus. Interested families and students are welcome. Find more information online at www.williston.com/admission, call 413-529-3241, or email admission@williston.com.

Red Fire Farm Fall Shares begin Thursday, November 6. Enjoy organic, local and affordable produce through the holidays with Red Fire Farm’s Nov-Dec CSA Shares, available for pick-up in Northampton, Montague, Granby and Springfield. Four hearty distributions of tasty fall vegetables like sweet potatoes, onions, winter squash, Brussels sprouts and greens! $135-140 for the fall season. The share pickups are every other week, on the weeks of Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4 and Dec. 18. Nov-Dec Shares are the farm’s most popular winter share! Get your Fall CSA Share now online at www.redfirefarm.com. Contact Red Fire Farm with any questions, thefarmers@redfirefarm.com or 413-467-7645.

Begins Oct 28

Kids ages 7+ Beginner Wheel Throwing Classes with Kathryn Roszko of CyclePottery in Hatfield begins October 28th: Tuesdays 4-5:30pm has two spots left. Adults ongoing, Tuesdays 9-11am and Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm with studio time on Sundays. Veteran’s Day Pottery Camp for ages 9+: 9-12, with the option of staying until 2pm for a long lunch break with a walk along the CT River. $60 for 9-12; $80 for extended day until 2pm. Only four students in all classes, so Kathryn can give lots of individual attention. A great time of year to make pottery for holiday gifts too! kathryn@cyclepottery.com. www.CyclePottery.com. 413-219-9594.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Ongoing Saturday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Join Guest DJs from The Dream Jam Band as they play a melting pot of songs that have influenced the band’s music. Dance around to different rhythms, clap your hands and stomp your feet to movement songs. Feel the power of music that will make you smile, laugh, feel love and appreciate the beauty of our world in this hour of classic and current music.  Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 7 years!

Saturday, October 25, 8am-10am – HIKING/BIRD STUDIES: Explore Constitution Hill with Berkshire Natural Resources Council and search for birds in the reserve’s hay fields, shrub fields, wetlands, and mature hardwood forest. 413-499-0596. Bridge Street. Lanesboro, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 8:30am – 5K RUN/WALK: The Center School’s 11th Annual Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk and Krazy Kids Races takes place October 25. Come in costume to run or walk the 5K (8:30am) or for the fun kids’ races (10am). Please register in advance – registration info can be found on the event’s Facebook page. 413-565-4290. 837 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 9am-12:30pm – TRAIL WORK: Do trail work at Notchview with The Trustees of Reservations on October 25. Help prep the trails for winter skiing. Best for teens and adults. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, October 25, 9:30-11am – OPEN HOUSE: Smith College Campus School, a coeducational day school enrolling children kindergarten through sixth grade, will be hosting an Open House. 413-585-3270. 33 Prospect St. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 9:30am-11:30am – HIKING: Join the Hilltown Land Trust for a one-mile hike at the Breckenridge Sanctuary. Explore the Sanctuary and search for signs of wildlife and human land use. Students can learn about local history and animals through this short hike. Call to RSVP. 413-628-4485 x4. Old Goshen Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 9am-3pm – CRAFT FAIR: The first-ever OnTrend Craft Fair will be held at Hadley Farms Meeting House.  The fair will showcase talented indie crafters and makers of all kinds from throughout New England and New York. 41 Russell St. Hadley, MA (SALE)

Saturday, October 25, 10am – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Bernardston’s annual Scarecrow in the Park celebration takes place 10/25 and 10/26 in Cushman Park. Local artists and crafters will be present and there will be tons of fun activities for all ages, including pumpkin decorating, food, kids’ games, an antique tractor parade, hay rides, live music, a parade, and more. Route 5. Bernardston, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: It’s never too early to get your child interested in nature and the outdoors – parents/caregivers of children toddler-aged and younger can join Mass Audubon for their “First Child in the Woods” infant/toddler walk at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Come prepared to have fun outdoors, learn about nature, and meet other kids and caregivers. This is a great way to get your young child introduced to nature! Call to register. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 10am-12noon – OPEN HOUSE: The Hartsbrook School, a Waldorf school in the Pioneer Valley, will host an open house. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 10am-12noon – ARACHNID STUDIES: 4-12 year olds can learn about spiders with Mass Audubon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on October 25. Learn about their survival techniques, patterns, toxins, and more. Do spider activities, look for spiders outside, and make a spider craft. Call to register. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 10am-12:30pm – COSTUME PARTY: Second Chances Kids’ Consignment Shop is hosting a Halloween Costume Party on October 25! Come paint pumpkins, win prizes, and enjoy music, dancing, and snacks. Best for kindergarten-age kids and younger. 413-259-9393. 7 Pomeroy Lane Suite 7. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 10am-3pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: Shop for used, high quality maternity and children’s clothing, toys, books, videos, baby equipment, and more at this year’s Children’s Attic consignment sale, held by Community Health Programs at their main campus. Do some sustainable and affordable shopping at this annual event. 413-528-9311. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, October 25, 10am-5pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Have some Halloween fun at the Springfield Museums’ Chills & Thrills event! There will be performances by Tom Knight Puppets (11am) and The Wayne Martin Puppets (2pm), a live animal demonstration (11am-1pm), art activities (11am-4pm), science activities (11am-2pm), and more. Free with museum admission. 1-800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Saturday, October 25, 10:30am – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Celebrate Halloween at S. White Dickinson Memorial Library on October 25! Wendy the Wacky Witch will tell stories, do a puppet performance, and sing songs, and kids can do a Halloween craft and join a parade around the library! 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 10:30am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids can learn how to make a variation of the classic fall apple pie at Berkshire Co-Op Market’s Kids Can Cook event! Come bake an apple pie inside an apple. This baked good makes a delicious fall snack and kids can learn the basics of baking at this workshop. Call to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 10:30am – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Have some Halloween fun at the Carnegie Library! Come in costume for crafts, spooky games, refreshments, and more. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 10:30am-12noon – READING/STORYTELLING: Storyteller John Procino presents “Family Adventures in Reading” for ages 6-10 and their parents/caregivers at the Huntington Public Library every Saturday through November 8. Come to the library to hear stories, discuss books, and enjoy healthy treats. Stop by the library to register. 413-667-3506. 7 East Main Street. Huntington, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 10:30am-4pm – HISTORIC TRADE: Learn about the historic trade of architectural woodworking with Ted Ingraham at Historic Deerfield. Ingraham will demonstrate architectural woodworking techniques. Free with museum admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 11am – PUMPKIN PARTY: Pumpkin Decorating with Author Sandra Horning at Odyssey Bookshop. A storytime with author Sandra Horning, pumpkin decorating and a costume competition is some of the Halloween activities they will offer. Dress your best, put on your creative cap and come down to the Odyssey for a Pumpkin Party- Pumpkin treats, decorating and a storytime await. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 11am – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 11am – DANCE: The Jones Librarypresents a performance of excerpts from Cinderella by Amherst Ballet. Come see this classic fairy tale come to life! 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 11am – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn do some creative construction with LEGOs and Duplos at the Erving Public Library as part of a series of programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This is a great chance to introduce young kids to STEAM topics! 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 11am-1pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Come to the East Longmeadow Public Library for the Mom’s Club of East Longmeadow’s annual Halloween Festival! There will be games, prizes, temporary tattoos, face painting, treats, and more. Ages 2-7 can come in costume and drop in for a fun time. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, October 25, 11am & 3pm – PERFORMANCE: Explore the gardens of Naumkeag in a whole new way this Halloween season. Meet wacky, magical characters as you tour the gardens with the Royal Frog Ballet. These family-friendly performers blend performance, visual art, music, and movement to create an exciting experience for all ages. Rain date is October 26. 413-532-1631 x10. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 11am-1:30pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: The Monson Free Library is hosting their Boo Bash, a family Halloween celebration! Come by the library for games, crafts, snacks, and face painting. This non-scary event is great for the whole family, so come in costume and prepare to have a great time! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 11am-4:30pm – HISTORY/DOCUMENTARY: The Clark Art Institute is offering a free film series held in conjunction with “Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution,” an exhibition featuring the Magna Carta and other significant historic documents. Each film in the series relates to one of the documents in the exhibition. On October 25, come see Constitution USA (2013), a PBS documentary series starring Peter Sagal. The series follows Sagal as he travels the country by motorcycle exploring the ways the Constitution affects our lives today. Hour-long episodes begin at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm. Older students interested in docuementary film and history will enjoy this free screening. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 11am-5pm – HALLOWEEN/ART: Come to MASS MoCA‘s Kidspace to learn all about human anatomy and do a related art project at the ArtBar! Kids can visit Kidspace’s exhibit, It’s Only Human, which examines the human body from the inside, through works by Nick Veasey and Marilene Oliver. See these works and then create some anatomy-related art at the ArtBar! 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 11am-5:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Are you getting excited for Halloween? Whitney’s Farm Market will be holding Pumpkin Fest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 26th! Stop by for u-pick pumpkins, hay rides, a corn maze, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, and much more. Pumpkin Fest is fun for the whole family and will you get into the Halloween spirit. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Road. Cheshire, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 12noon-3pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY/PET ADOPTION: Purradise is holding a Halloween Adoption Party on October 25! Come meet some wonderful cats and dogs available for adoption, and take part in fun activities like face painting, a costume contest, and more. 413-717-4244. 301 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 12noon-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Celebrate all things fall at the Hampshire College Fall Festival at the Farm! There will be live music, local artisans, food, hayrides, games, crafts, and all sorts of fall fun at the festival. At 4pm, come to the Red Barn for a community contra dance. 413-559-5599. 893 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 25, 12noon-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Explore Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum and and the “cabinet of curiosities” just in time for Halloween! Hear gallery conversations, see performances, and do hands-on art activities at this fun family event. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 12noon-9pm – SKILLSHARE/FAIR: The Haberdashery’s Skillfair features exciting activities and events for all ages! There will be educational booths and demonstrations, country fair-style contests, music, food, prizes, a harvest exchange, candle dipping, a pie baking contest, face painting, knitting, a mixology contest, and much more. This is a fun chance to learn about what The Haberdashery has to offer and a great opportunity to celebrate and discover local modern makers. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 1pm & 3pm – PUPPETS: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents a performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by The PuppeTree. This shadow puppet production of the classic tale will you get excited for Halloween! Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 1pm & 3:30pm – WALKING TOUR: Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield. Based on the longtime local folklore project These Mysterious Hills, this colorful downtown walking tour will explore a lesser known, mysterious, and somewhat darker side of Pittsfield’s historic and cultural center. Beginning in front of the Pittsfield Common, an early city graveyard, this approximately 1.5 hour walk will delve into ghost stories, legends, lore, and strange-but-true tales attached to many Upstreet locations, including several of the city’s premiere cultural venues. Rated PG-13, may not be suitable for children under age 12. 28 Renne Ave. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

Saturday, October 25, 2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/INSECT STUDIES: Make a butterfly-inspired work of art at the Berkshire Museum after visiting their Butterflies exhibit. Learn about these fascinating insects and then create a butterfly mask or butterfly puppet. This family-friendly art project encourages visitors to make connections between the exhibition the art they are creating. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 2pm-4pm – CEMETERY TOUR: The Sheffield Historical Society is holding a “Spiritwalk” through Center Cemetery for kids and adults. Learn about local history through this walk, which features costumed actors playing the roles of Sheffield residents of the past. Rain date is 10/26. 413-229-2694. Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA. >$

Saturday, October 25, 3pm – MONSTER’S BALL/SYMPHONY: The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra presents the “Kids Monsters Ball”, a costumed dance party just for parents and their children. Come costumed and dance to waltzes and polkas by Strauss and Chopin. In between, enjoy music from TV shows like Doctor Who and the Simpsons. In between, meet members of the orchestra who will introduce the children to the instruments that they play. 50 College St. South Hadley, MA (>$)

Saturday, October 25, 3pm – HALLOWEEN: Learn about the history of the Jack-o-Lantern at Western Gateway Heritage State Park on October 25. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 3:30pm-DUSK – STORIES/PUMPKIN CARVING: Join The Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble for Enchanted Cobble. At this event, you can roast marshmallows, hear and tell stories around the campfire, carve pumpkins, and then walk the Ledges trail to see the pumpkins all lit up! This is a fun outdoor activity for the whole family. Cost is $ per pumpkin. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 4pm – BOOKS: Join Odyssey Bookshop for their monthly Young Adult Author Panel on October 25. This Halloween-themed author panel features authors Micol Ostow, Jeff Hart, Hillary Monahan, and Laurie Stolarz, who will read from and discuss their scary stories. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 5pm-8pm – ENCHANTED FOREST: The Hitchcock Center’s Enchanted Forest event takes place October 24 and 25. This exciting event takes you through the Hitchcock Center’s grounds on a non-scary tour with the theme of “Sounds of the Night.” Creatures will emerge to share stories and teach you about themselves while you explore the woods and celebrate Halloween. The event fills up quickly, so please register for a walk time ASAP! 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 5:30pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE: There are spooky hay rides for all ages at McCray’s Farm this Halloween season! Kids 2 and up can go on a Munchkin Mash Kiddie Hayride from 5:30pm-6:45pm every weekend through Halloween. The Monster Mash Adult Haunted Hayride runs every weekend from 7pm on. See the Fear on the Farm website for more information and prices. 413-533-0775. 55 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. $$

Saturday, October 25, 5:30pm-8pm – HAUNTED FARM: Kids ages 2-12 can stop by Red Gate Farm for their “Haunted Farm,” a Halloween celebration featuring a not-so-scary haunted hayride, cider pressing, food, and more. Come in costume and enjoy this fun Halloween celebration! 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. >$

Saturday, October 25, 5:30pm-8:30pm – HAUNTED TRAIN RIDE: Look Park’s train becomes haunted this Halloween season! Kids 5 and up can enjoy this fun and spooky haunted train ride around the park. Cancelled in case of rain. Runs 10/17-10/19 and 10/24-10/26. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. >$

Saturday, October 25, 6pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Bread Euphoria‘s “Saturday Night Rise” concert series continues tonight with a performance by Dolunay, who will perform traditional Balkan music. Families can come have dinner at Bread Euphoria and enjoy this exciting concert. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, October 25, 6pm-8pm – SPOOKY SAFARI: The Zoo in Forest Park hosts an evening of trick or treat for families in a fun and safe environment. Come in costume and stop around the zoo for sweet treats, games, raffles, prizes, and more. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

Saturday, October 25, 6:30pm – HAUNTED HOUSE: Come to the Chesterfield Haunted House at the town hall for a spooky and fun time. Hosted by the Chesterfield Rec. Dept. 401 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA (>$)

Saturday, October 25, 7pm – THEATER: Ja’Duke Productions presents a performance of The Addams Family this October. This musical comedy is based on the comic strip, television shows, and film of the same name. Come enjoy this musical about the typical yet unconventional Addams Family! Tickets available in advance. 413-863-0001. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 7pm-10pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE: Looking for some scary fun this Halloween? The Purgatory Road Haunted Hayride features scary clowns and more. Not recommended for children under 12. All proceeds benefit Teen Suicide Prevention Programming. Tickets available in advance at the Dalton CRA. 190 Cleveland Road. Dalton, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus‘ first concert of the year takes place at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on October 25. Hear pieces by Tchaikovsky, Henri Tomasi, and Brahms at this exciting concert that will appeal to music lovers of all ages. Tickets available in advance. 413-773-3664. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm – THEATER: Celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth at Smith College’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by visiting guest director Portia Krieger. The play, unlike the first performance of Shakespeare’s classic in 1590, features an all-female cast, but the story remains the same. Come see this performance, which has been adapted to appeal to college students. Older students interested in theater will enjoy seeing this new take on a classic! Takes place at the Mendenhall CEnter, Theatre 14. Tickets available in advance. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm – FILM: See a screening and meet the director of Northern Borders (2013; not rated) at Pothole Pictures. The film, which was filmed in Vermont, is about a young boy who goes to live on his eccentric grandparents’ farm. Director Jay Craven will be at the screening to discuss the film and String Theory will perform classical and traditional string quartet music before the film at 7pm. 413-625-2896. 51 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (>$)

Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents their fall theater production, All My Sons. The play is about Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, who ran a machine shop that made airplane parts for military planes during World War II. The shop sent out defective parts, and Deever went to prison, while Keller was exonerated. The play follows these parallel stories and what happens to the men and their families later on. The play is best for older students who are interested in theater and history. Tickets available in advance. 413-529-3000. 19 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. $

Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents a production of The Murders at Argos, based on the ancient Greek drama of The Oresteia. The play focuses on themes of innocence, guilt, crime, and redemption and would be appropriate for teens and adults. Tickets can be reserved in advance. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm-10:30pm – CONCERT: The Johnson Girls will perform a concert of acapella work songs, sea songs, ballads, and more from a variety of different cultures. Older students interested in music, especially traditional music from the United States, Britain, Ireland, Italy, and French-Canada, will enjoy hearing these unique songs performed live. Tickets available in advance. Takes place at Ashfield Community Hall. 413-634-6199. 521 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 25, 8pm – THEATER: The Exit 7 Players present a production of Young Frankenstein, based on the hilarious movie by Mel Brooks, in honor of Halloween. The movie the play is based on is rated PG-13, so this performance may not be appropriate for kids 13 and under. Tickets available in advance. 413-583-4301. 37 Chestnut Street. Ludlow, MA. $$

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Saturday, October 25, 8pm – HALLOWEEN DANCE: Join the Mount Holyoke Orchestra for their Monster’s Ball event. Come in costume and dance to waltzes and polkas, and enjoy hearing theme music from popular television shows like Game of Thrones, The Simpsons, The Addams Family, and others. Celebrate Halloween, hear great music, and have fun dancing the night away at this event! Takes place in Abbey Chapel. 413-538-2306. College Street. South Hadley, MA. >$

Saturday, October 25, 8pm – SCIENCE SOCIAL: Secret Science Club, a New York City-based gathering featuring science lectures and drinks, is coming to MASS MoCA on October 25. Come watch the film Particle Fever and enjoy drinks, a DJ, prizes, a quiz, and learning about physics. Tickets available in advance. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. $$

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Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Ongoing Sunday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 7 years of archived shows.

Sunday, October 26, TBA – SKILLSHARE: Grow Food Amherst is hosting a workshop with Patricia Schmidt. She will discuss fall gardening and how to put your garden to bed. A useful workshop for those interested in gardening! This workshop takes place at All Things Local Cooperative Market. 413-259-3149. 104 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, October 26, TBA – FUN HOUSE: The Dalton Youth Center will host a Little Goblins Fun House for a not-so-spooky fun time for kids ages 6 and younger. Candy and healthy snacks with be distributed. 413-684-0260. 400 Main St. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 26, 10am – HIKING: Climb to the highest point in Williamsburg with Williamsburg Woodland Trails. Begin at Henhawk Trailhead then take a moderately strenuous hike to High Ridge. 413-268-9927. Nash Hill Road. Williamsburg, MA.

Sunday, October 26, 10am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES/HIKING: Explore High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary with Mass Audubon this fall. See and learn about diverse forest habitats, fields, beaver ponds, and ledge outcrops. This moderate hike would be best for older teens and adults interested in discovering this beautiful sanctuary. Call to register. 413-584-3009. Patten Road. Shelburne, MA. $$

Sunday, October 26, 10:30am-4pm – HISTORIC TRADE: Learn about the historic trade of birch bark basketmaking with Jennifer Lee at Historic Deerfield. Lee will show how to make baskets with birch bark. Free with museum admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Sunday, October 26, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: Calling all Ghosts, Goblins and Spooky Valley Kids!  Mister G’s 3rd Annual Halloween Fiesta happens at the Academy of Music Theater, and Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor. A recent recipient of a Latin GRAMMY nomination for ther bilingual album, “ABC Fiesta!,” they will be at the Academy with their newest album, “The Bossy E.” Get your costume ready and prepare for a frightfully good time! 274 Main St. Northampton, MA ($)

Sunday, October 26, 11am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Families with children ages 6 and up can participate in a Family Collage Workshop at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Use your imagination to create collages in the style of Eric Carle and look at works by Carle and Simms Taback. Families can get creative together at this fun hands-on workshop. Registration is required. Cost is for pair or trio, adult must accompany child. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $$

Sunday, October 26, 11am-5:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Are you getting excited for Halloween? Whitney’s Farm Market will be holding Pumpkin Fest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 26th! Stop by for u-pick pumpkins, hay rides, a corn maze, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, and much more. Pumpkin Fest is fun for the whole family and will you get into the Halloween spirit. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Road. Cheshire, MA.

Sunday, October 26, 12noon – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Celebrate Halloween with the Town of Amherst at their Halloween Fest 2014 event. Trick-or-treat downtown (12noon), enjoy the pumpkin roll and parade (1pm), and attend a haunted house and construction carnival. 413-259-3065. Downtown. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Sunday, October 26, 1pm – OPEN HOUSE: The Academy at Charlemont will host an Open House for interested families. 1359 Route 2. Charlemont, MA (FREE)

Sunday, October 26, 2pm – THEATER: Ja’Duke Productions presents a performance of The Addams Family this October. This musical comedy is based on the comic strip, television shows, and film of the same name. Come enjoy this musical about the typical yet unconventional Addams Family! Tickets available in advance. 413-863-0001. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

Sunday, October 26, 2pm – THEATER: The Exit 7 Players present a production of Young Frankenstein, based on the hilarious movie by Mel Brooks, in honor of Halloween. The movie the play is based on is rated PG-13, so this performance may not be appropriate for kids 13 and under. Tickets available in advance. 413-583-4301. 37 Chestnut Street. Ludlow, MA. $$

Sunday, October 26, 2pm-4pm – PUMPKIN CARVING: Ages 10 and up can attend a workshop at Hayloft Studio and learn how to do some extreme pumpkin carving! Bring your own pumpkin and have fun learning how carve amazing designs. Call or email darcytozier@gmail.com to register. 413-219-5682.

Sunday, October 26, 2pm-6pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The Just Roots Fall Festival has fun activities for all ages! There will be live music, a costume contest, pumpkin painting and jack-o-lantern carving, sculpture displays, kids’ art activities, nature and skillshare workshops, a blacksmithing demonstration, farm animals, a potluck meal, food an drink vendors, and more. Celebrate fall while supporting Just Roots at this super fun festival. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Sunday, October 26, 3pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Mt. Holyoke College Music Department presents a concert by The Klemperer Trio. The group will perform works by Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Arensky. Takes place in McCulloch Auditorium. 413-538-2306. Lower Lake Road. South Hadley, MA.

Sunday, October 26, 5pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY/RAG SHAG PARADE: Hadley’s Annual Halloween Party & Rag Shag Parade for families with elementary aged children happens on October 26. The Parade leaves promptly at 5pm from the Hopkins Academy parking lot and ends at the American Legion, where there will be fun Halloween activities! Parade cancelled if it rains. 413-586-6375. 31 Russell Street. Hadley, MA (FREE)

Sunday, October 26, 5:30pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE: There are spooky hay rides for all ages at McCray’s Farm this Halloween season! Kids 2 and up can go on a Munchkin Mash Kiddie Hayride from 5:30pm-6:45pm every weekend through Halloween. The Monster Mash Adult Haunted Hayride runs every weekend from 7pm on. See the Fear on the Farm website for more information and prices. 413-533-0775. 55 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. $$

Sunday, October 26, 5:30pm-8:30pm – HAUNTED TRAIN RIDE: Look Park’s train becomes haunted this Halloween season! Kids 5 and up can enjoy this fun and spooky haunted train ride around the park. Cancelled in case of rain. Runs 10/17-10/19 and 10/24-10/26. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. >$

Sunday, October 26, 6:30pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents a production of The Murders at Argos, based on the ancient Greek drama of The Oresteia. The play focuses on themes of innocence, guilt, crime, and redemption and would be appropriate for teens and adults. Tickets can be reserved in advance. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

Monday, October 27, 10am – FALL FUN: Join the Easthampton Family Center for their annual trip to The Great Pumpkin Patch at Fletcher Farm on October 22. Kids can pick their own pumpkin, visit the animal pens, go on a hayride, and have fun with a coloring book. Call to RSVP. 413-527-5496. Gunn Road. Southampton, MA. >$

Monday, October 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm – FAMILY DINNER/PARENT WORKSHOP: Families with children ages 5 and under can join the UMass Office of Family Resources for “Dinner On Us,” a five-week program (10/27-11/24) that includes a family dinner (5:30pm-6pm), supervised children’s activities (5:45pm-7:30pm), and a roundtable discussion for parents (6:15pm-7:30pm). The five-week program focuses on positive parenting strategies. Takes place in the Student Union. Pre-registration is required. 413-545-0865. 41 Campus Center Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 27, 6pm – SLEEP SCIENCE: Come to Amherst Brewing Company for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “Why Do We Sleep?” Professor Rebecca Spencer will discuss the science of sleep, including what exactly it is, what the brain does in various sleep stages, why we sleep, what sleep does for memory and decision-making, and how to get a better night’s sleep. Those interested in the science of sleep will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 10 University Drive. Amherst, MA.

Monday, October 27, 6pm, LOCAL HISTORY/TEXTILES: Learn about the textile industry and local history at the Wistariahurst Museum’s “Threads that Bind” lecture series. This week, Matt Coletti will present “Japanese Silk Trade and William Skinner and Sons Manufacturing.” He will discuss the silk trade at the turn of the last century and how it was connected to Skinner’s business. Best for older students interested in local history and textiles. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $

Monday, October 27, 6:30pm-8pm – GHOSTOLOGY: Join the Sunderland Public Library for Ghostology 101 with Agawam Paranormal. Teens and tweens in grades 5-12 can learn about the paranormal at this entertaining and educational program. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA.
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group on Mondays. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. Runs most Mondays. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-664-4821. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – AGRICULTURE: Kids ages 4 and under can explore farm life at Red Gate Farm every Monday through November 17. Come learn about and meet the farm’s plants and animals and participate in hands-on activities. Call to sign up no later than noon on the Sunday prior. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. >$
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to Books and Babies at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. Kids ages 2 and under can hear stories, see fingerplays, and have fun together. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can attend Music for Little Ones at the Pelham Library every Monday. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Storrs Library offers a drop-in playgroup for kids ages 3 and under every Monday morning. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: Every Monday at 11am, Moo-Licious Farm will offer an educational show for kids. Call for more info. 413-569-1700. 258 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, MA.
  • 11am-12:30pm – PARENT GROUP: Mothers of infants and young children, as well as expectant moms, can come to the Hilltown Village Mothers’ Group every Monday at St. John’s Corner House. Come talk about motherhood and share your experiences in this supportive group environment. Childcare is available for kids up to age 4; infants in arms are welcome. The group follows the Mohawk Trail school schedule. 413-522-9732. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA.
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm – CHESS: Students in grades 2 and up can come to an afterschool chess club every Monday at the Storrs Library. All levels are welcome to come learn new strategies and have fun playing with peers. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-7pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday evening for a drop-in craft activity! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – SPORTS: Kids and adults 12 and up can come play pickup soccer at Pettingill Park in Cummington. All experience levels welcome. Runs until the snow falls. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – KNITTING: All skill levels can attend a knitting group at the Westhampton Public Library every Monday evening. Come learn and share tips and tricks with knitters of all ages and levels. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s weekly evening storytime. Kids are welcome to come to the storytime in their pajamas. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, TBA – RAG SHAG PARADE: Easthampton Rag Shag Parade is on October 28. Come in costume and march through town celebrating Halloween with community members of all ages! Rain date 10/29. 413-529-1440. Easthampton, MA.

Tuesday, October 28, 9:30am-11am & 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Agawam Public Schools are hosting a parent cafe on the topic of how well you know your child. Childcare is available at the morning session only. Morning session takes place at Agawam Congregational Church (745 Main Street) and evening session takes place at Agawam Senior Center (954 Main Street). 413-821-0552. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 28, 11am – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Preschool-aged children can come to a Halloween celebration at the Lenox Library. Come in costume for story hour, crafts, snacks, and trick-or-treating around the library. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 28, 3:30pm – AUTHOR TALK: Young adult author Dawn Metcalf will be at the Forbes Library for an author talk. Metcalf is the author of Luminous and The Twixt series. Fans of Metcalf’s work will enjoy this talk. 413-587-1010. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 28, 6pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a Puzzles of Parenting workshop called, “Learn to Play, Play to Learn” for parents and caregivers of children birth to kindergarten age. Discover fun ways to interact with your children while building a foundation for success in friendships and school. Learn about the importance of play to healthy relationships, language development, social/emotional skills, motor development, and how children learn. Childcare is available at this workshop, which takes place at the William E. Norris School. Pre-registration is required. 413-586-4998 x102. 34 Pomeroy Meadow Road. Southampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 28, 6pm-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Crafters can come together to share ideas and work on projects together at the Pelham Library‘s Crafty Meet-Up! Any crafts that can be safely done in the library are welcome. This is a great opportunity for crafters of all ages to come together to help one another, bounce ideas off each other, and learn new skills. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 28, 6pm-8pm – TRICK-OR-TREATING/HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Kids ages 14 and under can come in costume to the Eastfield Mall for Mall-O-Ween, sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Springfield. Participate in a costume contest and trick-or-treat around the mall from stores and volunteers. There will also be a family-friendly haunted house. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30pm – LITERACY: Kids ages 5-10 can improve their reading aloud skills by reading to Hachi the Listening Dog at the Jones Library. Dogs are great audiences for young readers because they are a nonjudgmental audience. Call or stop by the children’s desk to sign up for a 20-minute time slot. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Kids ages 6 and up can attend a Halloween celebration at the Lenox Library. There will be snacks, beverages, and a screening of The BFG, based on the book by Roald Dahl. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 28, 8pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Bay Path University presents An Evening of North Indian Music at the Blake Student Commons. Shri Rabindra Narayan Goswami will play the sitar and Shri Ramchandra “Ramu” Pandit will play the tabla. Listen to traditional North Indian music and then hear a discussion by the musicians after. Students can learn about the music and instruments of North India at this exciting concert. 413-565-1066. 588 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for young kids ages birth-preK at theDickinson Memorial Library with Deb Wood features fun toys and more! Every Tuesday. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Tuesday for storytime! Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Parents and babies can come to the Jones Library for “Sing with Your Baby,” every Tuesday through November 18. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a Brain Builder Play and Learn Group at the Mason Library every Tuesday. Kids ages birth to age 5 can come read, sing, play, and talk, with a focus on STEM concepts and early literacy. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library is offering a storytime for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years every Tuesday. This storytime follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library is holding a baby and toddler playtime every Tuesday. Come to the library and meet other kids and parents. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees on Tuesdays especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 5:30pm & 6:30pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School. There are two classes – one for 7-10 year olds (5:30pm-6:15pm) and one for teens and adults (6:30pm-7:30pm). More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday evening at the Greylock Apartments’ Community Room for children walking age to age 5. 413-664-4821. Angeli Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the second Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Tuesday evening for storytime with Jason. This program includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and more. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 10am-3pm – HIKING: Explore the Hoosac Range on foot with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. Come check out the fall colors and enjoy 180 degree views of Mount Greylock and North Adams. This hike is moderate and best for teens and adults. 413-499-0596. Route 2. North Adams, MA.

Wednesday, October 29, 2pm-3pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids in grades K-4 can learn about some amazing animals at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. See a box turtle crawl, hold land snails, meet Thailand walking sticks, and more. Meeting and learning about these animals will foster curiosity. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Wednesday, October 29, 4pm-6pm – HALLOWEEN CRAFT: Kids can make their own Halloween masks with Titus Neijens of Multi-Arts at All Things Local Cooperative Market. Come make a unique mask for Halloween at this fun event. 413-253-2667. 104 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Wednesday, October 29, 5:30pm-7pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Trick-or-treat through the halls of Egremont Elementary School at their Halloween Night event! Kids can make their own trick-or-treat bags, trick-or-treat, visit the haunted house, and parade the halls. Meal Deals will be sold in the cafeteria to benefit the 5th Grade Class Experience. 413-443-9839. 84 Egremont Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Wednesday, October 29, 5:30pm – WALKING TOUR: Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield. Based on the longtime local folklore project These Mysterious Hills, this colorful downtown walking tour will explore a lesser known, mysterious, and somewhat darker side of Pittsfield’s historic and cultural center. Beginning in front of the Pittsfield Common, an early city graveyard, this approximately 1.5 hour walk will delve into ghost stories, legends, lore, and strange-but-true tales attached to many Upstreet locations, including several of the city’s premiere cultural venues. Rated PG-13, may not be suitable for children under age 12. 28 Renne Ave. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

Wednesday, October 29, 6pm-7:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Celebrate Halloween with the Emily Williston Memorial Library. There will be cotton candy, Halloween crafts, games, a haunted house, and more. Call the library to sign up for this spooky fun time! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA.

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School offers a presentation, “Anxiety in Children.” Q&A with Emilie Woodward, HCCPS School Counselor. Open to everyone. 1 Industrial Plwy. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about New England gravestones with the Noble and Cooley Center for Historic Preservation at their “Gravestone CSI: Causes of Death Found on Gravestones” event. Betsy and Al McKee will discuss causes of death recorded on gravestones in the Connecticut River Valley in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Recording cause of death on gravestones was (and still is) an unusual practice, and the McKees delve into the world of gravestone carving and present forensic research. Best for older students interested in local history. 413-357-6321. 42 Water Street. Granville, MA.

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – FARMING/HOMESCHOOL: Homeschool students ages 8 and up can come to Red Gate Farm for Homeschool Half Days most Wednesdays through November 19. Students can learn about farming at these hands-on programs, which revolve around farm activities and explorations. Students ages 12 and up will work separately on more advanced farm projects. Sign up for some or all meetings. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. $
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: It’s storytime at the Monson Free Library for kids ages 2-5! Come by for stories, snacks, crafts, and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – NATURE STUDIES: Young kids and their parents/guardians can go on a Tyke Hike every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. These easy hikes will get young kids interested in nature and exploring the outdoors. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Toddlers can have fun at the Forbes Library every Wednesday at their toddler time program through November 5. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:15pm – STEM: The Carnegie Library is offering a science program for homeschoolers every Wednesday through November 19. Homeschool students of all ages can come learn about science and participate in hands-on activities. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – STORYTIME: All ages can enjoy stories and a craft at the Cushman Library‘s weekly story hour. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – CHESS: The East Longmeadow Public Library holds a chess club for kids ages 6-14 every Wednesday afternoon. Come improve your chess skills by playing with peers of all levels. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – WRITING: Forbes Library holds a writing group for children and young adults the third Wednesday of each month. Come do some free writing, story workshopping, and do exercises to beat writer’s block. All ages welcome. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The North Amherst Library is offering a story and craft time for kids every Wednesday afternoon. Come by for stories, crafts, and fun. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm – KNITTING: The Cushman Library‘s knitting group runs every Wednesday night. Come hang out with knitters of all ages and share knitting advice. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – KNITTING: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Wednesday evening for knitting group. All levels are welcome, making this is a great chance to share knitting tips and tricks with other knitters of all ages. Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. Runs every Wednesday evening. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for teens and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 10am-11am – PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP: The Family Resource Center is offering an Ages and Stages event for families with children ages 3 months to 5 years. Children will play at activity stations with motor skill and movement activities, and parents will fill out a questionnaire to determine where their child are developmentally. Each child will receive a free book and parents will receive a packet on activities to do at home with their children. Takes place at Williamstown Youth Center. Call to register. 413-664-4821. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 30, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running from October 23 through November 13. The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration focused on how nature prepares for winter. This is good way to help your preschooler explore the outdoors and make new friends. A parent or guardian must accompany every two children. You may sign up for one class, or for all. More information can be found on the WRLF website. Pre-registration is required. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($$ for full session)

Thursday, October 30, 5:30pm – WALKING TOUR: Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield. Based on the longtime local folklore project These Mysterious Hills, this colorful downtown walking tour will explore a lesser known, mysterious, and somewhat darker side of Pittsfield’s historic and cultural center. Beginning in front of the Pittsfield Common, an early city graveyard, this approximately 1.5 hour walk will delve into ghost stories, legends, lore, and strange-but-true tales attached to many Upstreet locations, including several of the city’s premiere cultural venues. Rated PG-13, may not be suitable for children under age 12. 28 Renne Ave. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

Thursday, October 30, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see The Cobweb (1955), which is based on the novel by William Gibson, who lived in Stockbridge. This screening may appeal to older teens interested in film and local history. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Thursday, October 30, 7pm-9pm – TRIVIA/FUNDRAISER: The 20th Annual Trivia Bee to support Amherst public schools is on October 30 in the Amherst Middle School Auditorium. There will be an audience trivia game, a raffle, refreshments, costumes, and more. Interested in participating? Email amherstedfound@gmail.com for more information on joining a team or sponsoring one. This is a fun chance to support your public schools while enjoying a trivia contest! 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm – THEATER: Celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth at Smith College’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by visiting guest director Portia Krieger. The play, unlike the first performance of Shakespeare’s classic in 1590, features an all-female cast, but the story remains the same. Come see this performance, which has been adapted to appeal to college students. Older students interested in theater will enjoy seeing this new take on a classic! Takes place at the Mendenhall CEnter, Theatre 14. Tickets available in advance. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. $

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a weekly playgroup at the Richmond Consolidated School. 413-464-5095. 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA.
  • 10am – MOVEMENT: The Millers Falls Library is offering a music and movement group for young children and their caregivers every Thursday through December 18. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a drop-in “Baby Steps” program for infants 0-1 years, as well as their siblings and caregivers. Runs every Thursday. 413-667-2203 x3. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE at the Berkshire Athenaeum for a weekly Play and Learn group. 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: The Jones Library will offer a preschool storytime every Thursday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The Lenox Library is offering Story Craft for kids ages 3-5, with stories and crafts. This program follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 3 ½-5 every Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday at Gaylord Memorial Library‘s game and LEGO night! Stop by for board games, puzzles, LEGOs, and more. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – SKILLSHARE/CRAFT GROUP: The Haberdashery holds a Chat ‘n Do every Thursday at 5:30pm. Bring a project you are working on and chat with others, hash out ideas, ask advice, offer tips, and more. This is a good opportunity for intergenerational skill sharing! 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm & 6:30pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School. There are two classes – one for 7-10 year olds (5:30pm-6:15pm) and one for teens and adults (6:30pm-7:30pm). More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Friday, October 31, TBA – RAG SHAG PARADE: Kids in grades 6 and under can participate in the Turners Falls Rag Shag Parade on October 31! Come in costume and meet in the Food City parking lot to march down Avenue A with friends and family. Kids will love getting a chance to participate in this long-standing tradition! 413-863-3216. Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, October 31, 9am-5pm – TRICK-OR-TREAT: Stop by the Hubbard Memorial Library in costume to trick-or-treat in the Children’s Department. 413-583-3408. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 31, 9:45am – HALLOWEEN PARADE: Join the Easthampton Family Center for a Halloween parade at Easthampton High School. Come in costume and enjoy a storytelling performance in the auditorium, followed by a trick-or-treating parade. 413-527-5496. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, October 31, 10am-11am – HALLOWEEN STORYTIME/PARADE: Children ages 3-5 can attend a special Halloween storytime at the Westfield Athenaeum. Come in costume and go on a trick-or-treat parade around the library! Call to register. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 31, 11am – HALLOWEEN PARADE: The Berkshire Athenaeum will host a preschool and toddler Halloween Parade, stopping at the various departments at the library for treats. Come in costume and tour the library! 413-499-9480. One Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, October 31, 1:30pm-2:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn to stretch your dollar and improve your budgeting skills with the Family Resource Center at a workshop on how to make your budget go further. Come share tips with others, swap coupons, and learn how to save money more effectively. Takes place at Haskins Center. Childcare available. Pre-registration is required. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 31, 3pm-6pm – TRICK-OR-TREAT: Get in costume and come out for Downtown Northampton’s Trick-Or-Treat! Participating stores will have a “Trick-Or-Treat” poster in their windows. 413-582-0723. Downtown. Northampton, MA.

Friday, October 31, 4pm & 5:30pm – HALLOWEEN DINNER: Chandler’s Restaurant is hosting a Witches Ball Halloween dinner! Come in costume and enjoy Halloween-themed foods with your family. There will be a kids’ buffet ($ per child) and adults will be offered the dinner menu (>$-$$$). In addition to delicious food, there will be kids karaoke, pumpkin decorating, a visit from Teaching Creatures, and trick-or-treating around Yankee Candle Village! Reservations are required. 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

Friday, October 31, 5pm-7pm – TRICK-OR-TREAT: The Sheffield Historical Society is holding a trick-or-treating event for kids at the Historic Society Grounds next to Town Hall. Go door-to-door at the historic building collecting candy, doing fun Halloween activities, and watching a classic Halloween movie. 413-229-2694. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 31, 5:30pm-8pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Celebrate Halloween at the Blandford Town Halloween Party! There will be trick-or-treating and a Where the Wild Things Are StoryWalk in the park (5:30pm-6:30pm), followed by games, entertainment, a performance by Ed the Wizard, and refreshments in the auditorium (6pm-8pm). 413-848-4279. Blandford, MA.

Friday, October 31, 5:30pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE: There are spooky hay rides for all ages at McCray’s Farm this Halloween season! Kids 2 and up can go on a Munchkin Mash Kiddie Hayride from 5:30pm-6:45pm every weekend through Halloween. The Monster Mash Adult Haunted Hayride runs every weekend from 7pm on. See the Fear on the Farm website for more information and prices. 413-533-0775. 55 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. $$

Friday, October 31, 5:30pm – RAG SHAG PARADE: The annual Rag Shag Parade will be stepping off from Trinity Row Park on the corner of Main & South Main St. at 6pm, marching to the Florence Civic & Business Center. Goody bags for kids. Costume judging at 5:30pm. Rain or shine. 90 Park Street. Florence, MA (FREE)

Friday, October 31, 5:30pm-6:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: The Hatfield Public Library is hosting a Halloween Party for all ages! Enjoy pizza, Halloween stories, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a costume photo booth. Come in costume for this fun event! Please RSVP for pizza. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.

Friday, October 31, 6pm – PARADE/JACK-O-LANTERNS: The annual Stockbridge Halloween Parade and Party, as well as the Pumpkin Walk-About, are happening tonight! Carve a jack-o-lantern and drop it off in front of the town offices between 5pm and 6pm, enjoy the parade (6pm), listen to spooky stories at the senior center, and then come back and look at all the jack-o-lanterns, including your own! This is a fun way to celebrate Halloween while engaging with your community. 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Friday, October 31, 6pm-9pm – SPOOKY SAFARI: The Zoo in Forest Park hosts an evening of trick or treat for families in a fun and safe environment. Come in costume and stop around the zoo for sweet treats, games, raffles, prizes, and more. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

Friday, October 31, 6:30pm-8pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Stop by the Meekins Library in costume to celebrate Halloween with treats, games, and crafts. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 31, 7pm & 8:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Explore the Wistariahurst Museum and the Skinner Family Estate by candlelight on their Halloween ghost tours (7pm & 8:30pm). This is a rare chance to see the inside of the Skinner Mansion at night while learning about its haunted history! Registration is required. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $$

Friday, October 31, 7:30pm – THEATER: Celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth at Smith College’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by visiting guest director Portia Krieger. The play, unlike the first performance of Shakespeare’s classic in 1590, features an all-female cast, but the story remains the same. Come see this performance, which has been adapted to appeal to college students. Older students interested in theater will enjoy seeing this new take on a classic! Takes place at the Mendenhall CEnter, Theatre 14. Tickets available in advance. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. $

Friday, October 31, 8pm – THEATER: The Exit 7 Players present a production of Young Frankenstein, based on the hilarious movie by Mel Brooks, in honor of Halloween. The movie the play is based on is rated PG-13, so this performance may not be appropriate for kids 13 and under. Tickets available in advance. 413-583-4301. 37 Chestnut Street. Ludlow, MA. $$

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

11:30am-12:30pm – PRENATAL YOGA: Open to all trimesters and all levels of yoga experience. No registration necessary. For info visit HRYMCA website or call Courtney at 413-303-1246. Hampshire Regional YMCA, 286 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA ($10 for non-members, free for HRYMCA members)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents’ Center hosts a weekly playgroup in Hadley every Friday at Whole Children. 413-582-2636. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Friday at Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Young kids can attend a weekly storyhour at the Pelham Library every Friday. Come enjoy stories and crafts. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend storytime every Friday at Griswold Memorial Library. Come for stories, crafts, and a snack. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-1pm – CLOTH DIAPERS: Simple Diaper and Linen is offering a Cloth Diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio. Come learn the ins and outs of cloth diapering and get information on Simple Diaper and Linen’s new diaper service in Southern Berkshire County. 413-749-6232. 50 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Sunderland Public Library for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts every Friday morning. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years. It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer! Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: 2nd and 3rd graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Kid Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens in grades 4-6 can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s B-Tween the Lines Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, write reviews, interview authors, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Friday through December 5. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Plainfield, Shelburne and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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