Wow! October is shaping up to be a busy month! If your kids are like mine, they are getting really pumped for Halloween! One of the great things about living in in the Pioneer Valley is that there are so many great Halloween events in Western MA for kids! For quick reference, this is a working guide that will be updated as more information about events are available! Got an event to list? Email me at acookiebeforedinner@gmail.com . Also, this guide does not cover events in Berkshire County because our friends at Berkshire Family Focus do a great job with coverage there!

Halloween Events In Western MA For Kids 2016

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Every weekend in October

Trick or Treat at Six Flags, Agawam, MA We’ve got the best trick-or-treating experience in town! Kids under age 12 can wear their Halloween costumes to the park and skip down our Trick or Treat Trail for a $1 donation to Six Flags Friends. On this unique path, young goblins get to collect candy from some fun characters, stop for fun photo opportunities, and find sweet surprises along the way. Weekends, 9/24-10/30

  • Location: Six Flags New England, 1623 Main Street, Agawam, MA
  • Time: All day
  • Cost: Park Admission Fee + $1 donation

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Pumpkin Glow/Calabaza Brillo, Holyoke, MA  Join us at Wistariahurst for an exhibition of over 100 pumpkins, hand carved by the community on view for this outdoor event as part of Next Stop Holyoke. Games and crafts will be made available and refreshments will be served!

  • Location: Wistariahurst, 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA
  • Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Pumpkin Festival At Look Park, Northampton MA This event is great for little ones of all ages, it will take place in the field next to the train station parking lot. We will have many fun activities at the event including Bounce Houses, Carnival Games, Pumpkin Painting, and much more. We will also have balloon animals from 11am-2pm and Tom Knight’s puppet show at 1:30pm! The pumpkin festival is free to the public to enter, just pay vehicle entry and come see what all the fun is about. Tickets to the carnival games will be sold at the event (1) Ticket is only .50 cents and wristbands will be sold to do ALL the carnival games and unlimited train rides will be sold at $10. This is a day at the park you won’t want to miss!

  • Location: Look Park
  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: Vehicle entry + activities (vary, depending on what you want to do).

Saturday, October 15, 2016

BooFest, Greenfield, MA Come experience the 2nd Annual BooFest Halloween event for local children and families. All ages welcome! Enjoy face painting, halloween crafts, trick or treating, costume parade with prizes, a special treat bag, event program and special offers from local vendors. Don’t forget to bring your camera – Daniel Tiger will be stopping by to meet the children. Each child will be able to meet Daniel Tiger and pose for a Halloween themed photo.

Boo Fest is just one of the few great Halloween Events for kids in Western MA 2016!

  • Location: Roundhouse Barn, Franklin County Fairgrounds, Greenfield, MA
  • Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Cost: $12/child, siblings under 1 and parents free

6th Annual Harvest Festival at Nonotuck Park, Easthampton, MA Dan Kane and Friends concert, pumpkin carving station and contest, pie eating contest, horse drawn wagon rides, food, drink, a bonfire and more.

The Harvest Festival is just one of the few great Halloween Events for kids in Western MA 2016!

  • Location: Nonotuck Park, Easthampton, MA
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Enchanted Forest: A Non-Scary Halloween Event, Amherst, MA The Hitchcock Center’s annual magical treat along pumpkin lit trails. We’ve just built a new living building and we’ve invited our animal friends to join us and share how they build along the theme, Creatures That Build. From a bird’s nest to a Caddis Fly’s case to the engineering of a Beaver dam, colorful characters will share details about their lives and how they build through short skits. Inside we’ll have crafts and activities. Open to all ages – this is a non-scary event.

  • Location: Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst, MA
  • Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
  • Cost: $10/$12 for adults, $5/$6 for children, Under 3 free. Registration required for walk: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HitchcockCenterfortheEnvironmenthttps://campscui.active.com/orgs/HitchcockCenterfortheEnvironmenthttps://campscui.active.com/orgs/HitchcockCenterfortheEnvironment

 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

3rd Annual Amelia Park Children’s Museum Halloween, Westfield, MA We are hosting our 3rd Annual Halloween Party and you’re invited. Come dressed in your best costume and join us for fun and activities. Seating is limited so buy now.

  • Location: Amelia Park Children’s Museum, 29 S. Broad Street, Westfield, MA
  • Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $5/members, $10/non-members (Pre-registration required)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Spooky Safari at the Zoo at Forest Park, Springfield MA

The Zoo will be hosting spooky safari Saturday night from 6 – 9. Spooky safari is safe trick or treating for children, we have a fun, educational game tent, we have arts & crafts, a costume parade followed with a costume contest! All the kids…and adults love this exciting event! 100% of the profit goes back into the Zoo to assist with animal care.

  • Location: Zoo at Forest Park, Springfield MA
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (10/21-22, 10/28-29)
  • Cost: $10.00 and under (depending on age and if you’re a zoo member)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wilbraham Children’s Museum Trunk Or Treat, Wilbraham, MA. Join us here at the museum for this annual Trunk or Treat Halloween party. Fun for all. A safe trick or treating experience for little children – kids go from one decorated car or van to another trick or treating. Contact the museum to sign up if you’d like to host a trunk!

  • Location: 678 Main Street, Wilbraham MA.
  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Cost: $3.00 per child donation is appreciated.

Wilbraham Shops Trick or Treat, Wilbraham, MA Participating businesses (look for orange signs in the windows) will be handing out candy. Costume parade steps off from Hurleys Children’s Cottage at 1pm.

  • Location: Wilbraham Shops, 2341 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

The Barnyard Scooptacular, Granville, MA Join us & the Granville Parents’ Association for our 4th annual Barnyard Spook-Tacular! There will be games, crafts, a haunted barn, “trunk” or treating, a hay maze & a costume contest!

The Barnyard Spooktacular is just one of the few great Halloween Events for kids in Western MA 2016!

  • Location: 223 Granby Rd, Granville, MA 01034
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Cost: Varies by activity

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Easthampton Rag Shag Parade, Easthampton, MA Join the Parks and Rec Departments annual Rag Shag Parade starting at Maple St School and ending at Easthampton Savings Bank. Dress in your Halloween best and receive a bag of treats at the end of the parade

  • Location: Maple Street Elementary School, Easthampton, MA
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Cost: Free

Chicopee Halloween Spooktactular, Chicopee, MA Join us for a Halloween preview in Chicopee’s Downtown! Local Businesses will be handing out candy for our annual costume walk.

The Chicopee Halloween Spooktacular is just one of the few great Halloween Events for kids in Western MA 2016!

  • Location: Market Square, 16 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA
  • Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Holyoke Fire Department Halloween Party & Touch A Truck – Join the Holyoke Fire Department and friends for a costume party and touch a truck event! Trick or Treat with local organizations! There will be performances  and demonstrations from a karate club and magician plus vehicles from the Holyoke Fire Department, Holyoke Police Department, Holyoke Gas & Electric, the Navy, Red Cross, State Police and more. Call 413-534-2250 for more info.

  • Location: 600 High St, Holyoke MA
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Eastfield Mall-O-Ween, Springfield, MA  Join us for a FREE trick-or-treat among Eastfield Mall merchants and community volunteers! Our annual costume contest begins at 6 pm in Center Court.

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  • Location: Eastfield Mall, 1655 Boston Road, Springfield, MA
  • Time: 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Pizzeria Uno Spook-tacular Kids’ Halloween Party Halloween Craft Coloring sheet, bag of treats and more! Don’t forget to dress up in your Halloween Costume! Plenty of fun for the adults too – try a new drink special or an item off the new menu!

  • Location: At participating stores.
  • Time: 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm
  • Cost: Kids eat free with purchase of adult entree.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Charles Morse Rag Shag Parade, Westfield, MA  Sponsored by the Elks, refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded. Parade starts and ends at the Lodge.

  • Location: Elks Lodge, 56 Franklin Street, Westfield, MA
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys and Girls Club Rag Shag Parade, Trunk Or Treat, and Halloween Carnival, Ludlow MA

  • Location 91 Claudias Way, Ludlow, MA
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Parade starts at 6:00 pm)
  • Cost: Free or bring in a non perishable food item for their food drive.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Trick or Treat at the YMCA, Wilbraham, MA

Trick or Treat At the YMCA is just one of the few great Halloween Events for kids in Western MA 2016!

  • Location: Scantic Valley YMCA, 45 Post Office Park, Wilbraham, MA
  • Time: 10:00 pm -12:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Franklin County Pumpkin Fest, Turners Falls The event will include children’s activities, pumpkin carving, lantern making, live music and entertainment, food vendors and much more. Guests are encouraged to bring carved and painted pumpkins. They can be brought starting at 10am in front of St. Kaz on Avenue A. The other pumpkin station, located on 2nd St, opens at 12pm. Free shuttle from Turners Falls High School and Sheffield School.

  • Location: Avenue A, Turners Falls
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Cost: varies by vendor/activity

Trick or Treating and more at Lupa Zoo, Ludlow MA 

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  • Location: 62 Nash Hill Rd, Ludlow MA
  • Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (10/29-10/31)
  • Cost: $12.00 and under depending on your age

Halloween Party, Mom’s Club of East Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, MA Come in costume and have a spooktacular time! Children ages 1-10 will enjoy games, prizes, face painting, and more!

  • Location: East Longmeadow Public Library
  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Cost: nominal

Trunk or Treat, Springfield, MA Please join us for our Annual Trunk or Treat. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Location: Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen Street, Springfield, mA
  • Time: 4:00 pm 7:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Haunting at The Springfield Museums Join us for a full day of Halloween family fun!

  • Location: 21 Edwards Street Springfield MA 
  • Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: Free w/ museum admission

Full schedule:

  • 11am to 2pm- Animal Demonstrations
  • 11am to 2:45pm- Enjoy performances by TEN31 Productions as they bring art to life
  • 11am to 2:45pm- Trunk or Treat on the Quadrangle
  • 11am to 3pm- Make a scratch-art gravestone
  • 1pm to 1:30pm- Join in the Costume Parade led by Expandable Brass Band
  • 3pm to 4pm- Find out what Agawam Paranormal discovered when they explored the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum after dark (recommended for ages 12 & up)
  • Plus! Family Science Adventures and Ghost Pops in the Art Discovery Center.

Monson Library Boo Bash, Monson, MA  All ages. Costumes welcome. Games, crafts and snacks. 

  • Location: Monson Free Library, 2 High Street, Monson, MA
  • Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mister G’s Halloween Fiesta, Northampton, MA Come in costume and dance and sing along to Mister G’s catchy bilingual music. This concert is fun for kids of all ages and highly engaging. Children (and parents!) are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Mister G is a friend of A Cookie Before Dinner and would love to see you at the show! Please purchase tickets in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274

  • Location: Academy Of Music, Northampton MA
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • Cost: $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for children and children 1 and under are free

Hadley Rag Shag, Hadley, MA  The Rag Shag Parade leaves at 5pm from Hopkins Academy parking lot and ends at the American Legion for a fun­-filled evening!  Rain cancels parade.

  • Location: Hopkins Academy, 131 Russell Street, Hadley, MA
  • Time: 5pm
  • Cost: Free. Donations appreciated.

Monson PTSA Trunk or Treat, Monson, MA To enter the Trunk or Treat Design Contest, visit http://www.monsonschools.com/parents/ptsa/

  • Location: Quarry Hill School Parking Lot, 43 Margaret Street, Monson, MA
  • Time: 4:00 pm -5:30 pm
  • Cost: One bag of candy per child

Monday, October 31, 2016

Stroller Strides Fitness Class and Trick or Treating, Longmeadow, MA This is the perfect Halloween event for moms with small kids (5 and under)! Dressing up in a cute costume is encouraged (mom included!) For the event, we will host a FREE Halloween-Themed Stroller Strides Class (registration at 9:15AM class starts at 9:30AM) + a Fun Stroller-Trick-or-Treating Party (10:30AM) where we will line up all of the moms and walk the kids around to the strollers. After parading in our costumes and trick-or-treating,  we’ll enjoy playtime at the park. Feel free to bring a picnic and stay a while! This is going to be such a fun event! You DON’T want to miss out! Please plan on attending the workout portion as well as the trick or treating as we expect the trick or treating to go quickly and would feel terrible if you missed out!-New member specials will be offered to moms interested in signing up-Bring a towel/mat, water, and treats to participate in the trick-or-treating portion-All fitness levels are welcome.

Florence Rag Shag, Florence, MA The annual Rag Shag Parade will be stepping off from Trinity Row Park on the corner of Main & South Main St. at 6:00. RT 9 (Main St) Will be closed at this time for the parade to march to the Florence Civic & Business Center where kids can pick up a goody bag. Gathering at Trinity Row will start around 5pm, Judging at 5:30, Parade Steps off at 6:00. Rain or shine.

  • Location: Trinity Row Park, Main and South Main Street, Florence, MA
  • Time: 5:00 pm -8:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Forbes Library Halloween Party, Northampton, MA Show off your Halloween costumes at the library! We’ll have treats, games and fun. Maybe even a trick or two!

  • Location: Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA
  • Time: 3:00 pm -4:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Halloween Story Time, Holyoke Mall, Holyoke, MA Children 5 and under are invited to wear their Halloween costume and join us for stories and fun!

  • Location: Holyoke Mall (Upper level near Pottery Barn), 50 Holyoke Street, Holyoke MA
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • Cost: Free

Halloween Mall-o-Ween, Holyoke Mall, Holyoke, MA Bring your little ghosts and goblins under the age of 12 to “Trick or Treat” at Holyoke Mall during our Halloween Mall-O-Ween event on Monday, October 31st!  Children will have the opportunity to “Trick or Treat” at participating stores from 4-6pm.  Parents and children should look for the “Trick or Treat” sign displayed in participating storefronts for special treats during the designated “Trick or Treat” hours.  Promptly at 5:30pm, a Costume Contest will begin in Cafe Square.  Contestants must be registered before 5:30pm.

  • Location: Holyoke Mall, 50 Holyoke Street, Holyoke MA
  • Time: 4:00 pm -6:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

West Brookfield Halloween Spectacular

  • Location: 2 Main St West Brookfield, MA
  • Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Trick Or Treat at Big Y 

  • Location: Various Big Y
  • Time: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Cost: free

Trick Or Treat City Of Holyoke City Hall & City Hall Annex

  • Location: 536 Dwight St Holyoke MA
  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Downtown Trick or Treat, Rag Shag Parade, and Costume Contest, Greenfield, MA Be sure to stop by the common and pick up your free reflective trick or treat bag stuffed with dental products and goodies donated by area dentists! Trick or treating at local businesses  begins at 4pm. Parade steps off from Mohawk Mall  parking lot at 5:30 and ends with costume judging at Energy Park. At 6:30pm, the Garden Cinema will feature a free showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”.

  • Location: Downtown Greenfield
  • Time: 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

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