Trick or treat will look different in Berkshire County this year with COVID-19 regulations guiding what communities will allow. Some communities are going forward with door to door trick or treat while others are modifying trick or treat to create lower risk interactions.
Some communities have opted out of trick or treat all together.
A full list of Berkshire County scheduled trick or treat times and events can be found here.
Halloween at the Village
Hancock Shaker Village will hold two Halloween events Saturday, Oct. 31.
Starting at 4 p.m., there will be a costume contest for kids as well as ghost stories, a scavenger hunt, and a free goody bag (while supplies last). Buildings will be open for exploration and visitors are welcomed to visit the animals.
Starting at 6 p.m., "grown-up trick or treat" will begin and adults are encouraged to dress in costume and visit various stations throughout the village to try a "trick" or simple contest. Winners can receive beer, wine, and spirit giveaways and other prizes.
There will also be a food truck, fire pit, and music. The night ends at 8:30 p.m.
Paranormal investigator and author David Raby will present "Walking Amongst The Shadows" as part of Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum Friday Morning Diversion series on Friday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m.
Raby will tell some of his favorite experiences from investigating Ventfort Hall and other historic locations. The talk will also feature audio clips he has captured throughout the years. The talk will encompass locations such as haunted mansions, Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields, prisons, asylums, hotels and he will include stories of people and families he has helped over the past two decades.
100 percent of ticket sales for those events go towards Ventfort Hall's restoration and preservation efforts.
To attend the presentation at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. Masks are required and seating will observe social distancing. For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.
Dewey Hall presents Roger the Jester Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.
Roger's family-friendly performance will be Halloween-themed and attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. The performance will be outdoors.
Tickets are free but attendees are asked to make reservations. Groups are limited to four, and each party will have a 5-foot diameter circle to watch the performance in. The circles will all be 6 feet apart
Masks are required.
The space opens at 10:45 a.m.
Barrington Stage Company Performs 'Typhoid Mary'
Barrington stage will stream to virtual readings: one on Friday, Oct. 30, and another on Saturday, Oct. 31. Both readings will be at 7:30 p.m .
The play features actors Judith Ivey, TR Knight, and Kate MacCluggage and is directed by Matthew Penn.
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Pittsfield Schools Subcommittee OKs Policies on Education Stability
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Public School's Policy Subcommittee adopted three policies to make sure that homeless, foster, and connected military students have education stability.
The policies are to ensure that these students are receiving proficient education and that they are immediately enrolled upon entering the district.
Director of Curriculum Judy Rush's examination of the current policy resulted in her offering a revised homeless student policy and two new policies to the subcommittee.
Last week, the subcommittee voted unanimously in favor of each policy's approval on first reading.
The Homeless Students policy is a revised policy that has been driven by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act that ensures homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.
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