NORTH ADAMS -- If a mob of zombies limps its way down your street Thursday, there's no need to grab an ax and lock the doors.
The event -- a zombie pub crawl -- is just a part of DownStreet Art's "Fright Night," a night of festivities that blend art and culture with haunted trolley rides and pumpkin carving.
The final installment of this year's DownStreet Art, a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) program, will close out a season that college officials say has had a total attendance record of more than 16,000.
Fright Night activities, which take place on Halloween, will be geared toward kids and adults.
Holden Street will be a sea of bright orange. Hundreds of pumpkins donated by local grocers are free to carve for anyone over the age of 10, in what will be known as the "Great Community Pumpkin Carve."
Carving utensils will be provided, and MCLA's arts and crafts clubs will provide assistance. Event organizers hope to light up the street with hundreds of Jack-O-Lanterns by sundown.
A haunted trolley ride will be available as a horrifying form of transportation between the MCLA campus and the downtown throughout the night. Sorority and fraternity members have pitched in to scare those who dare to take the ride.
"We really want to get students downtown," BCRC Director Jonathan Secor said Friday.
Secor said fostering a good relationship with the community is also good for the college.
"A healthy downtown makes for a healthy college," Secor said.
Face-painting stations will also be set up, after which a haunted photo booth will help immortalize the new look.
Adults that are maybe "a little too old to be trick-or-treating" are invited to relive their Halloween glory days.
Make no mistake about it -- "we're encouraging adult trick-or-treating," Secor said.
Local businesses will be giving out all kinds of candy -- even some fortune cookies.
Firewalkers from Boston will dazzle with demonstrations, and puppets will be roaming the streets.
The zombie pub crawl was put together by the North Adams Prom Committee. It's much like a traditional pub crawl, but lifeless.
As with every DownStreet Art night, galleries will be open to the public. Five new exhibitions will open Thursday night.
"The heart of it all is still the art," Secor said, but added that BCRC is "trapping it all" in a Halloween theme.
Ryder Cooley, Sarah Falkner, and Shannon Taggart will be presenting their timely exhibit titled "Re-Wilderment: Passing Through the Veil between the Worlds."
The show is "mixed-media," and "explores themes of ritual, witchcraft and mediumistic practices," according to a release from the Resource Center.
At the PRESS Gallery, Tara O'Brian will show off a new exhibit called "Datum Chronicle," while Adams Community Bank will display the work of Julia Morgan-Leamon.
The Transcript Gallery will showcase work from photographer Gillian Jones. Dozens of artists' work will also be on display at Gallery 107.
The night will end with "Halloween Concert: Music Macabre" at 8 p.m. at Branch Gallery on 18 Holden St. Musical performances will be by The Dust Bowl Faeries and the band Shana Falana.
For more information, visit www.downstreetart.org.