It’s that time of year when all the Halloween-infused happenings pop up. If you’re into getting scared and are going to hit up a haunted house this season, this is the one to go to. In it’s third year, and a whole new location, DementedFX is sure to make your heart race and terrify you enough to make you feel like you’re in a scene from a horror movie. For more information, ticket sales, and other dates, go to facebook.com/dementedfxinc. 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 530 Main St., Holyoke.
— Jennifer Levesque
When I’m stressed, the best way for me to chill is to hit a Dead show (typically a cover these days), get to where the music is loudest, and dance. This Saturday, Fennario — a Grateful Dead tribute band — is playing the Thirteenth Floor at 8:00 p.m. at JJ’s Tavern, 99 Main St., in Florence. I hope they play “It Must Have Been the Roses.”
— Kristin Palpini
This year, the Northampton Film Festival is pushing the boundaries by fully embracing virtual reality. Experience the award-winning immersive journalism project “Inheritance” by Frontline, make VR art using Google Tilt Brush… And let’s not forget the cinema. There will be screenings all over the city throughout the week, including an outdoor screening of Star Wars, a crowdsourced version of The Princess Bride, and other amazing films too numerous to mention. Come experience it for yourself. Sept. 28 – Oct. 2. $10 day, $25 full pass. northamptonfilmfestival.com
— Hunter Styles
Fans of first-person storytelling rejoice! The Best of Valley Voices Story Slam is coming to the Academy of Music. The event brings together 12 local winners from the past four Story Slams for a shot at being crowned this year’s best storyteller. The audience chooses the winner and Wishbone Zoe will be on hand to provide music. Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, 274 Main St, Northampton. $18.
– Peter Vancini