Hilltowns to host plethora of Halloween events 

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Staff Writer
Published: 10/27/2021 5:13:14 PM

WILLIAMSBURG — Hilltown residents will have a number of options to enjoy themselves this Halloween weekend, including two parades in Williamsburg, a Trunk or Treat at New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield and a pumpkin lighting ceremony in Plainfield.

Williamsburg will be holding not one but two Rag Shag parades over Halloween weekend.

The first will take place in Haydenville on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. It will begin at 4 South Main St. and end at the American Legion, where both the Legion and the Fire Department will hand out candy.

“They’ve been doing that since I was a kid,” said Jim Hall, vice commander of Haydenville American Legion Post 236.

Hall said he remembers parading across the Legion’s stage for its costume contest as a child and receiving candy from the Legion. There will be no costume contest this year.

Ned Jalbert, commander of the post, said that per the Board of Health, there will be no indoor events this year.

“We’re just going to have an outside table,” he said.

The second Rag Shag parade in town will take place Halloween night, and will start at 6 p.m. as well. The parade will run from Mill Street to the fire station on 5 North Main St. Trick-or-treating will take place in town on Halloween.

The Meekins Library in Williamsburg will be providing candy, as well as take-away crafts. As with the first parade, there will be no indoor events.

Chesterfield and Plainfield

At New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield, there will be a Trunk or Treat in the school’s parking lot that will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween. Chesterfield Town Administrator Brenda Lessard said there will be an award for best costume, as well as for the best-decorated car.

Plainfield has celebrated Halloween with cider and donuts and a Rag Shag parade in previous years, but Sandy Morann, who chairs the town’s Recreation Committee, said COVID-19 put that to an end.

This year, the town is trying something different. Last Saturday, Morann said, about 30 pumpkins were handed out for free to kids in town by the Recreation Committee. This Halloween, kids will be invited to bring their carved pumpkins to the library, where they will be lit.

“We’ll display them on the Plainfield Library lawn,” Morann said.

She said treat bags will be handed out as well, and that kids in Plainfield can trick or treat in town from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

In the past, Halloween also was celebrated with a bonfire in town, and Morann expressed a desire to revive that tradition in the future, which she said adults had enjoyed as well.

Worthington and Cummington

Worthington will be holding a Rag Shag parade on Saturday at 4 p.m. that will go from the fire station to the school.

Additionally, trick-or-treating will be held from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday in Worthington.

“A lit porch light means come trick or treat,” said Select Board Chairman Charley Rose.

Cummington will be having a car parade to celebrate Halloween, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m.

“That is what we did last year,” Select Board Chairwoman Eliza Dragon said.

The parade will take place on Main Street, starting on the street’s west end and ending at the bus circle, where the Recreation Committee will be handing out bags of candy. The Old Creamery Co-op will also be providing cider at their building.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the town is not recommending that people trick or treat.

Dragon said that continuing to advise against trick-or-treating is being done to protect the town’s youngest residents who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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