Well, Boo to You, Too!
Let’s hear it for Halloween falling on a Friday!! This year the calendar gets it right for trick-or-treaters. But the era of the one-night-only Halloween is clearly behind us. The season kicks off on Saturday, October 25 and continues through Saturday, November 1, with Halloween-related events in our region for chill-seekers of every age and persuasion.
Friday, October 24
This coming weekend and next are the last opportunities this season to visit Frankenstein’s Fortress, a unique and fiendishly clever October-only Stanford NY theme park, now in its 10th season. The creation of Washington, CT-native Pete Wing, Frankenstein’s Fortress is a spooky ghost town with a haunted mansion, a crypt, a rickety bridge, and an asylum (would that every town still had one), all brilliantly fashioned by Wing from castoffs he personally gleaned from the town dump. Actors wearing scarey costumes and lots of bizarre make-up will thrill some kids and scare the bejeezes out of others. There are no refunds, so try to anticipate how much your tyke can take.
86 Creamery Road, Stanfordville; 845.868.7782
Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25; 6:30 - 9:30
Sunday, October 26, 6:30 - 8:30
Friday, October 31 & Saturday, November 1; 6:30 - 9:30
Admission: $14; $5/children under 10
Closes if it rains; if questionable, call first.
Legends by Candlelight Spook Tours
Sunny, breezy Clermont, the ancestral Livingston mansion so many of us know and love by day is transformed into a shadowy historic haunt on these October nights, when the skeletons come out of the closet. Staff members dress up as the ghosts of Livingstons past, each from a different generation. Visitors tour the house by candlelight and get a solid history lesson cloaked in rustling satin. There are even a couple of historically accurate death scenes, including one in which a Livingston hostess of yore raises a glass to toast her guests and abruptly cools. Talk about awkward.
Clermont State Historic Site
1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown; 518.537.4240
October 24 & 25; 6 - 7:30
Admission: $10/adults; $5/children.
Saturday, October 25
Spooky Tour of Mass MoCA
The littlest members of Mass MoCA are invited to gather this Saturday at noon, in full regalia, if they like, for a Halloween-themed tour of the galleries and an opportunity to make some Halloween crafts. Afterward, there will be cider and donuts. The only glitch: it’s for members only, so why not take this opportunity to join.
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams
The DeVito Family of the Hudson-Chatham Winery have a special regard for Halloween. Saturday grown-ups can enjoy a glass of “witch’s brew,” and anyone, regardless of age, who shows up in costume qualifies for a special treat.
Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent; 518.392.2598
Saturday, October 25, 11 – 5
Monday, October 27
See what we mean about the DeVitos? To get us into the “spirit” of the season, they’ve invited Stephen Wagner, a.k.a. the “Ghost Man” of New York, to give a talk at the winery about the world of ghosts, anomalies, strange creatures, ESP, EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena!?) and other unexplained weirdness. Wagner, a writer, editor, and tireless delver into matters paranormal, is a member of the Central New York Ghost Hunters.
Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent; 518.392.2598
Monday, October 27, 6 - 8
Admission/$20, includes two glasses of wine, cheese and crackers, and the lecture
Friday, October 31
Darrell Pucciarellos’ Ballet Metropolis Production of Dracula
The Gothic allure of a Transylvanian castle starts in the lobby of the Colonial Theatre, where Berkshire County native Carl Sprague, a renowned stage and film set-designer (Martin Scorcese’s The Age of Innocence, Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tanenbaums), sets a fearful-yet-fascinating scene that continues right through to the stage. Dracula, a ballet in two acts created by director-choreographer Darrell Pucciarello, with a haunting score by David Edwards, promises to be a fascinating family Halloween experience.
The Colonial Theatre
111 South Street; 413.997.4444
Regular performances Friday, October 31 at 8; Saturday, November 1 at 2
Tickets $15 - $25
Gala benefit performance November 1 at 8
Tickets: $50 & $125
Ticket purchase by phone, on-line or in person at the theater office, open Monday - Friday 10 - 5; Saturday 10 - 2
Are you a Good Witch, like Glenda? Or a Bad Bitch, like that Wicked One from the North? On Halloween at their stylish tapas and wine bar, P.M.‘s co-owners Mario Pollan and Kevin Moran will host their first annual Witch/Bitch Party. Costumes (expect a lot of Tina Fey impersonators) are encouraged and, from 5 to 9, for a cover charge, there will be snacks, beer, and select wines. After 9, it’s business as usual.
P.M. Wine Bar
119 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.2833
Friday, October 31, 5 – 9
Cover charge $25
An Enchanted Evening
Cafe Latino at Mass MoCA is hosting a dance party with DJ Joel Fever. The Enchanted Evening theme (think: eerie forest) will be carried out by the costumed staff, a full-size taxidermy bear, and a special drink called Bear’s Brew.
1111 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams; 413.662.2004
Friday, October 31; doors open at 9 PM
Cover charge $4
21 and over only
Saturday, November 1
Chatham’s 2nd Annual (Day After) Halloween Celebration
The only drawback to Halloween falling on a Friday is that, apart from the assiduous pursuit of high blood sugar and tooth decay, the rest of the weekend can be kind of a let-down. So the spooky-yet-charming town of Chatham has come to the rescue with its second annual all-day celebration, which this year falls on Saturday, November 1. For little ones, there will be games, crafts, entertainment, balloons, and lots more fodder for those goody bags. For grown-ups, there’s a wine-tasting at Chatham Liquors and, of course, lots of places to browse and eat. Best part, all of the activities below are free.
Scavenger Hunt for Kids - Pick up your checklist at Warm Ewe and Cow Jones Industrials. Top ten scores win a prize!
10 - 5
Warm Ewe -Guess the number of candy corns. Prize awarded for the best guess.
12 - 3
American Pie -Face Painting
Chatham Makes Sense - Supernatural Animal Flags. Kids choose and color a decorative flag featuring their favorite supernatural hero: Garuda, Dragon, Tiger or Snow Lion.
12 - 4
Cow Jones Industrials - Kids, slide your hand inside our big box filled with assorted materials. The first treasure you find you keep!
12 - 4
Clocktower Toys - Body Tattoos
12 - 6
Chatham Wine & Liquor - Wine and cheese tasting (just for adults)
2 - 4
R.H. Van Alstyne Fine Jewelry - Fortune teller (Please bring a donation for the food pantry)
4 - 6
Chocolate Moose - Holiday crafts
Psst: Here’s who’s giving out free treats: Banner Clothing, Main Street Grainery, groovi, Chatham Book Store, Warm Ewe, Native Clay, Chatham Kids/Welcome Home, and Hudson-Chatham Winery will be giving out free balloons in front of Clocktower Toys.