There's little question that the extensive talk of Shakers summoning spirits of the dead to the east had some influence not only on the Fox sisters and their "messages from beyond" in the form of knocks and rapping on tables, but also on the large population of believers who flocked to such performances.
The theater space will play host to Halloween-themed pieces created by a dozen artists. Adams Theater is also working with Lions Club's Halloween Parade to allow parade-goers to see the exhibit without leaving the parade route.
More than 50 teachers and families got in costume and decorated their cars to join in on the event. Principal Erin Beaulac said she was happy to see so many people turn out and be excited to participate.
Recreation & Special Events Coordinator Becky Manship told the Parks Commission on Tuesday that unfortunately there will be no parade due to a rise in COVID-19 cases but local children will be able to go door to door for candy on Oct. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
But the town manager acknowledged Sunday that the patches in question could be "easily confused" with the "Blue Lives Matter" symbolism that has been employed nationwide and in town to counter the Black Lives Matter movement.
PCTV will present "Haunted Streets: A Celebration of 25 Years of Halloween Parades" in place of when live coverage of the parade as it stepped off on Tyler St would have begun. The program will look back at some of the best floats and moments of the past 25 years of PCTV's parade coverage.
In a press release released by the city Wednesday morning, Mayor Linda Tyer discouraged residents from trick or treating this Halloween but provided some guidelines for those who wished to partake anyways.
Berkshire communities are determining how they will deal with door-to-door to distribution of candy. North Adams is holding trick-or-treat and issued a list of cautions; some towns are considering a central outdoor location or limiting hours.
Local governments will be taking up the question of Halloween activities in the coming weeks but it looks like traditional trick-or-treating is out this year. And don't think that plastic costume mask is a substitute for the cloth one you're wearing now.