Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2020
Halloween this year means extra precautions because of the novel coronavirus and towns are weighing safe ways for trick-or-treaters to celebrate the spooky holiday. This may mean community events, limited trick or treating or cancelations. Check back as the holiday approaches for what your town is doing.
If you are going door to door, remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood. Some special precautions to prevent COVID-19 transmission include wearing a cloth mask instead of a costume mask, reducing physical contact between people as much as possible, handing out candy with minimal or no contact such as in small bags and cleaning hands frequently.
Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. The towns with the asterisks are the same times every year.
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Adams: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Town officials are discouraging door-to-door trick or treating. Prepackaged candies will be handed out from town vehicles during these hours. Donations toward the event can be made to the police station.
Becket: trick or treat canceled; Volunteer Fire Department handing out prepackaged candy at Fire Station 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 for children in Becket and Washington. Costumes and cameras encouraged.
Cheshire: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Clarksburg: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Dalton: No posted hours to discourage trick-or-treat; local organizations are planning a low-risk alternative.
Egremont: No posted hours to discourage trick-or-treat; Halloween event at French Park at 6 with bonfire, stories, costume contest and treats.
*Florida: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Great Barrington: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hancock: 5 to 7 p.m.
Hinsdale: Community trunk or treat walk beginning at Kittredge School from 4 to 6; park at Town Hall.
Lanesborough: Drive-thru trunk or treat from 5:30 o 7 p.m. at Lanesborough Elementary School.
Lee: Trick or treat canceled; residents can register by Wednesday, Oct. 28, for "trunk or treat" event at the school.
Lenox: Trick or treat canceled, no set hours
Monterey: On Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 - 7pm the library, community center and parks dept. will be hosting a socially distanced, outdoor trick or treat with bags of candy for pick-up at the library, town hall and in the center of town near the church (all weather permitting).
*Mount Washington: No designated times
New Ashford: Trick or treat canceled
New Marlborough: 5 to 7; Library hosting a spooky drive-by of its decorated yard from 6:30 to 7:30.
North Adams: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Otis: trunk or treat from 5 to 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Friday, Oct. 30. Town residents can register here.
*Peru: No posted hours
*Pownal, Vt.: No posted hours
Pittsfield: 5:30 to 7 p.m.; the city is discouraging door-to-door activities.
Readsboro, Vt.: 6 to 8 p.m.
Richmond: Trick or treat hours will be from 5 to 7 pm. The Town Hall, the Fire Department, the Library and the PTA will be set up outside Town Hall from 4:00 - 5:00 pm with Halloween treats for Richmond residents and families of school children who attend RCS.
*Sandisfield: No posted hours
Savoy: Drive-thru trunk or treat at Town Park from 1 to 3 p.m.
Sheffield: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Stamford, Vt.: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Stockbridge: Trick-or-treat canceled, no posted hours.
Washington: trick or treat canceled; Becket Volunteer Fire Department handing out prepackaged candy at Fire Station 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 for children in Becket and Washington. Costumes and cameras encouraged.
West Stockbridge: no trick or treat; wave parade at 2, drive-thru haunted church, 7-9 p.m.
*Williamstown: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Firefighters will at Cole Avenue and Southworth Street at 5 p.m. to hand out glowsticks to trick or treaters to improve their visibility.
Windsor: 4 to 7 p.m.
Halloween Safety Tips from the state Department of Fire Services:
* Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners and not to dart out between parked cars. More children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day.
* Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks; costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.
* Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.
* Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails long enough to cause falls.
* If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.
* Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.
* Use a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light in pumpkins instead of a candle.
* Keep decorations like cornstalks and leaves away from heat sources and lit candles.
* Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It’s best to take little ones out early. If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group and with a cell phone and flashlight.
* Fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts. The ban includes firecrackers, cherry bombs and party poppers.
Great Barrington: Berkshire South Regional Community Center will open its Jaffe auditorium doors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for families to celebrate Halloween and stay dry. Come in costume or not, but bring the whole family for two hours of bounce house and dancing fun under the glittering disco ball. Bounce house for those ages 12 and under. Apple cider, donuts and cookies will be provided as snacks. Please note: this not a nut free event. Suggested donation is $5 per family.
Lenox: The annual Lenox Community Center parade HAS BEEN CANCELED; the annual "trunk or treat" will be held in the Community Center ballroom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Creative, Scariest, and Kid’s Choice vehicles decoration. Trick or treat is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7.
Lenox: A special Halloween ghost tour will take place at 8 and 10 p.m. Take a special guided tour of the most haunted parts of the estate to find out who may still call The Mount home. Tickets are $24 for adults; $20 for youths ages 12 to 18. Tickets and information online.
Pittsfield: "Haunted Hancock," an evening of Shaker ghosts and mystery, will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays in October. Walk the dark paths of Hancock Shaker Village, venture into the basement of the Trustees' Office to see a collection of gravestones, hear tales of ghostly sightings, and discover the Shakers’ role in the spiritualist movement. Participants will learn about the legend of the "woman in black" roaming the upper floors of the 1830 Brick Dwelling, where rocking chairs have reportedly been disturbed by forces unknown. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 413-443-0188. Walking tours are approximately 90 minutes and include slightly uneven terrain and stairs. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Pittsfield: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a free screening of "Hocus Pocus" beginning at 5:30.