Halloween Student Pole Showcase — Saturday
Seeing Barre & Pole owner Tekla Kostek and her students perform sweet pole tricks and burlesque routines means you won’t have to choose between Trick or Treat. In addition to Halloween-themed numbers, the event also boasts a live DJ, a costume contest, and psychic and tarot readings. Attendees are not required to wear costumes, but donning the winning costume could you earn you a private pole lesson with Kostek or a healing session with co-owner Mark Summa. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $20 tickets are first-come-first-serve. At 6 Trumbull Road in Northampton.
— Amanda Drane
Monsters Ball — Saturday
When I was a college kid studying in Paris, an Austrian friend invited me to a ball in Vienna. On top of barely knowing two words of German, I found myself and my two left feet attempting to waltz for the first time in the birthplace of the waltz. Awkward American! But maybe there’s a second chance for me at the Monsters Ball, thrown Saturday by the Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra. Costumed revelers can dance without fear of public identification to waltzes, polkas and music from Star Trek and Psycho. 8-9:30 p.m. in McCulloch Auditorium. Free.
— Jeffrey Good
DementedFX Haunted House — October 29 – 31
In its second year running, the DementedFX western Massachusetts indoor Haunted House only has a few days left for terrorizing. Although it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk through the entire attraction — with signs warning “enter at your own risk” — this event is not for anyone with a weak heart. However, if you are all for the thrills, screams and terrors of anything horrifying, you will not be disappointed. Production at this attraction is unbelievably realistic and well put together. Don’t miss out. $20 per person, 123 Union St., Easthampton.
— Jennifer Levesque
The Sun Parade with Dreadwitch — Saturday
Push the dinner tables aside and plug in those amps — the newly-renovated Ashfield Lake House has dialed up its live entertainment in recent weeks, and the venue is ringing in Halloween with a doozie of a double-bill: grunge-pop rockers The Sun Parade and reggae group Dreadwitch. The bands, both from Northampton, play the restaurant’s small stage at 9pm. $5 cover at the door.
— Hunter Styles