Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2021
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. The towns with the asterisks are the same times every year.
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Trick-or-Treat hours on Halloween unless otherwise noted
Adams: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lion's Club Halloween parade begins at 4 p.m. from the Adams Community Bank parking lot and marches through a haunted Adams Theater and ends at the Visitors Center.
Becket: 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteer Fire Department handing out prepackaged candy at Fire Station 1 from 5:30 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.; Clarksburg School's annual Haunted Hayride is Saturday, Oct. 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Clarksburg State Forest. Tickets are $8/$5.
Dalton: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Egremont: The town is holding a Halloween event at French Park on Saturday, Oct 30, at 6 p.m. Each child will receive a bag with treats. There will be contests for pumpkin carving and costumes, doughnuts and cider, games and scary stories.
*Florida: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Great Barrington: Trick-or-treat is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants should limit their groups to households or "pods" and keep groups as small as possible and wear a mask or face covering when visiting indoors and/or outdoors when proper social distancing is not possible.
Hancock: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Hinsdale: Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to come in costume and walk around town for treats; park at Town Hall and walk to Kittredge School.
Lanesborough: 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Lee: 5 to 7; Drive-thru trunk-or-treat on Friday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. for children attending Lee schools and child care. Registration required here.
Lenox: 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Trunk or Treat at the Community Center on Friday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 7. Facemasks must be worn.
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: 5 to 7.
New Marlborough: 5 to 7.
North Adams: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants are expected to follow COVID-19 safety precautions
Otis: Trunk-or-treat on Friday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. Open to children who have already registered.
*Peru: No posted hours
*Pownal, Vt.: No posted hours
Pittsfield: 5:30 to 7 p.m.; virtual Halloween Spirit contest runs through Oct. 24.
Readsboro, Vt.: 6 to 8 p.m.
Richmond: 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30; leave an outdoor light on to participate. The town and school are holding a Trunk-or-Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, in the school parking lot.
*Sandisfield: No posted hours
Savoy: Trunk or treat will be held at the Savoy Town Park on Oct. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Sheffield: Trick-or-Treat will be held on Oct. 31 from 5-7 PM.
Stamford, Vt.: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Stockbridge: Oct. 31 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.
West Stockbridge: Halloween Trick or Treat will be held in the Town of West Stockbridge on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 4-6 PM. If you would like to receive trick or treaters, please have your porch light on during those hours. After trick or treating, there will be a free Halloween Haunts Drive-Thru at Town Hall, 21 State Line Road from 7-9 PM.
Williamstown: 6 to 7:30 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.