Throwing an Adult Halloween Party

Adult Halloween Party

Halloween is usually considered an event for the little ones—trick or treat and most local activities involve the whole family. But sometimes, you just have to throw an adult Halloween party and get in the spirit of the holiday with your friends. Here’s some tips for hosting the best party for festive adults.

Send Invites Early

Even if it’s a chill gathering, you want to send out invitations early so that guests have time to get a costume ready, as well as find someone to watch their kids.

Pick a Theme

Halloween is more fun with a theme. Go for a witch’s cottage with bubbling punch bowls, or a noir murder mystery, or a decrepit haunted house—your imagination is the limit.

Have a Costume Contest

In order to encourage people to come dressed up, you might want to promise some prizes for the best costumes! Have prizes for first, second, and third place, or if the party is big enough, rate by category!

Have Fun Games

Bobbing for apples, a murder mystery game, and even thematic activities like fortune-telling or, if you have trees in your backyard, a haunted trail go a long way.

Halloween-Themed Drinks

Having cocktails? Looking up a few recipes for some drinks that fit the mood can make all the difference.

Throw an adult Halloween party with these tips from us at Haddad Nissan.

2019 Nissan Altima Spy Shots

As one of the most affordable mid-size sedans in the industry, the 2018 Nissan Altima holds a place in the hearts of drivers of all ages. Its technology, efficiency and style are unmatched. The 2019 Nissan Altima, however, could revolutionize the midsize sedan segment as we know it.

2019 Nissan Altima - Vmotion 2.0 Concept

The 2019 Nissan Altima is based off the Vmotion 2.0 concept car from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Recent spy shots show what’s in store for the next-generation Nissan Altima. The recent prototype indicates that the sixth-generation Altima is based on the Vmotion 2.0 concept car we saw at the 2017 Detroit International Auto Show.

Angular headlights, a V-shaped grille, and floating roof are all present on the prototype. The interior boasts a digital screen and ergonomic knobs that make function a top priority, and from the looks of the gear shift, it seems the Continuously Variable Transmission will carry over to the next generation.

The 2019 Nissan Altima will certainly feature several of the brand’s electronic driving aids. These technologies are capable of helping drivers brake, maintain lanes, and keep an eye on their blind spot, among other things.

There’s no indication as to what lies beneath the hood though. Will Nissan drop the V6 engine and offer an available turbocharged four cylinder instead? Only time will tell.

The 2019 Nissan Altima is expected to arrive in dealership showrooms in late 2018.

We here at Haddad Nissan couldn’t be more excited to see the 2019 Nissan Altima in person!

Tailgating Technology Tips

Tailgating Technology Tips

Football season is winding up which means it’s time to get your trucks packed and grills ready. Nothing will help you enjoy the football season more than some helpful tailgating technology tips.

Apps

Almost everyone has a smartphone, which means finding all the pertinent information about game day is just a tap of a finger away. Many teams have apps that provide fans with information required to streamline the experience, usually including weather forecasts, stadium parking, seat locations, and more. Some apps even provide real-time traffic updates to help fans get to the game on time.

For the most diehard of fans, many apps offer coach and player press conferences after the game.

Power Inverters

Power inverters are a fairly cheap way to keep your gadgets charged and ready to roll. Most inverters connect to a vehicle’s battery and convert the output to AC power. From there, users can connect their compatible devices to USB ports so they’ll never be disconnected.

Propane Heaters

Tailgating can get cold midway through the season. Staying warm is as simple as connecting a propane heater to get the job done. The heaters usually sit on top of a propane tank and push out a constant stream of warm air to keep your comfy on game day.

Take this helpful advice from us here at Haddad Nissan and be ready for game day!

Fall Events in the Berkshires You Don’t Want to Miss

Here at Haddad Nissan, we think it’s important for us to stay involved with community here in the Berkshires, whether its sponsoring charitable events or just enjoying all the great activities our area has to offer. With Fall rapidly approaching, the list of things to do in and around our area is nothing short of extraordinary. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, here are a few of the amazing events you can take part in.

Walk A Mile March

Walk A Mile March - Berkshires Events

Our very own Big Bill and our GM Mike Coggins carried the Elizabeth Freeman Center banner at last year’s event. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Freeman Center

The first event we have on our calendar is the 7th annual Walk a Mile March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Join the Elizabeth Freeman Center, our team, and hundreds of your fellow citizens at Third Thursday on September 21st in Pittsfield and take part in this amazing event. The objective is simple- put on a fresh pair of high heels and walk through Downtown Pittsfield to raise money for survivors of abuse. Together, your contributions support women across the country. September 21st is the date, so be sure to mark your calendar and take a stand with us! Check out the Facebook Event page here.

The Apple Squeeze

The Apple Squeeze - Berkshires Events

Photo Credit: Shakespeare & Company

Later in September, Lenox will be holding their 38th annual Apple Squeeze. Main Street in Lenox will be lined with artists and vendors selling everything from local honey to quilts along with food for purchase and a jam-packed lineup of music and performers in addition to all of the local shops and restaurants. The Lenox Apple Squeeze will be happening Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. For more information, check out their Facebook Event.

Fall Foliage Parade: Magic in the Berkshires

Fall Foliage Parade - Berkshires Events

Photo Credit: Visit the Berkshires of Massachusetts

Next up, there is the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade in North Adams. Now in its 62nd year, this wonderful celebration of Fall features countless businesses, organizations, and Berkshire community members marching along Route 8, and features a wide variety of events such as a road race and craft fair. The Fall Foliage Festival is family fun, and a part of history here in The Berkshires. This year’s festival and parade will be happening on Sunday, October 1st, from 1pm to 3pm. For complete event details, visit the events Facebook page.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival - Berkshires Events

Then, on Columbus Day weekend, Berkshire Botanical Garden will be holding it’s 83rd annual Harvest Festival. This is one of the longest running festivals in our area, and for good reason: this festival has something for everyone: delicious food offerings, lots of kid friendly activities, live entertainment all weekend long, as well as a slew of local artists and vendors selling their wares. Oh, and did we mention the Haunted House? What’s even better- all proceeds benefit the Botanical Garden’s education program. So be sure to mark Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th on your calendar. The festival hours are 10am to 5pm: Admission is $7 for adults; Children under 12 are FREE.

There is no shortage of fun to be had in the Berkshires- even after Labor Day! Have some suggestions about fun things to do in and around the Berkshires this fall? Share with us in the comments below or on Social Media! We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Perfect Fall Road Trip: Watching the Colors Change in New England

Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s nearly time for the leaves to change. New England is renowned worldwide for its stunning foliage, making it one of the best places to tour in the autumn months. If you’re looking for a laid-back fall road trip, take a tour of the colors change in New England during the next several weeks for an unforgettable experience.

Colors Change in New England

According to Boston.com, New England has been a prime destination in the fall for many years. The landscape slowly changes throughout autumn, and peak color is usually reached by October. The term “peak color” refers to the moment when the leaves begin to turn and fall off branches. The best time to see foliage is actually before “peak color,” contrary to popular belief. However, the prime time for scenery in New England often varies depending on who you ask.

In the north, between September 30th and the first week in October is usually when the leaves reach their most vibrant hues. If you wait until the final weeks in October in the north—particularly in upper Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine—it may be too late.

In Connecticut, lower Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, you may be able to wait until the second half of October. For those late to the scene, southern Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are often the best bet. Areas around the Worchester Hills and along the Massachusetts Turnpike are the most promising before Halloween.

We at Haddad Nissan simply suggest planning a trip when the weather is nice and heading out into the countryside. Though you may have more luck in early October, just keep in mind that road trips are what you make of them. Don’t set your expectations unreasonably high, and you’re bound to have a fun time on the road.

Nissan BladeGlider Prototype Showcases Electric Performance Tech

Nissan is revolutionizing electric car design with the innovative BladeGlider Prototype. Recently racing as a performance model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Nissan BladeGlider Prototype offers a sleek build, innovative technologies, and impressive performance.

Nissan BladeGlider Prototype

The Nissan BladeGlider Prototype offers sleek style and innovative technology.

The all-electric Nissan BladeGlider Prototype was created after two years of research and testing. It has rear-hinged dihedral doors to create a dramatic entrance, while a low center of gravity improves handling. It also has roll-over protection and an open-top design that makes driving truly thrilling. According to Nissan, the BladeGlider premiered last year; nonetheless, it’s been tweaked to optimize performance.

“The BladeGlider has been developed to bring fun, torque, efficiency and high-performance styling to the fore,” said Ponz Pandikuthira, VP of Product Planning. “Goodwood has been a world-famous showcase for many an iconic sports car over the years, so we could think of no better place to bring the BladeGlider out to play, demonstrating the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision in action.”

The BladeGlider has a top speed of 115 mph and up to 268 horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than five seconds, and it weighs just over a ton. The car also seats two people, and its zero-emission powertrain uses the latest battery storage and charging technologies. While the BladeGlider is just a concept, you can see some of the latest Nissan technologies at Haddad Nissan with the current Nissan model lineup.

Scenic Drives in Western Massachusetts

Massachusetts isn’t the largest state in the nation by a longshot, but it done offer some pretty spectacular landscapes. Here are some scenic drives in Western Massachusetts recommended by us at Haddad Nissan.

Scenic Drives in Western Massachusetts

Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock stands a massive 3,491 feet tall and offers a fantastic view in all directions. Reaching as far as 90 miles away, the breathtaking views include the Mount Greylock State Reservation and farmland in Lanesborough. The scenic byway is most accessible during summer and early fall. Trails are open year round. The 1932 War Memorial Tour stands as the highest point in the park.

Jacob’s Ladder Trail

The Jacob’s Ladder Trail ventures through historic rural landscapes between Laurel Lake and Tekoa Mountain. Despite the area’s population continuing to rise over the past decades, Jacob’s Ladder Trail has remained its natural presence. Many of the sights and attractions remain the same as they were a century ago.

Route 116

Route 116 is one of the hidden gems of Massachusetts. Arguably the definition of “the road less traveled,” the scenic byway is home to historic towns, welcoming communities, and a beautiful agricultural landscape. Deerfield village sits north of the byway and serves as a prime location for history buffs of all ages.

2018 Nissan Leaf Spy Photos Reveal New Look

2018 Nissan Leaf spy photos

The Nissan Leaf has long been one of the top dogs in the electric vehicle segment, but fiercer competition calls for a few upgrades. The second-generation Leaf launches for the 2018 model year and brings a longer range and new styling. The next-generation upgrades will help the 2018 Nissan Leaf get the edge over competitors like the Chevrolet Bolt.

The upcoming Nissan Leaf will feature new battery packs with a driving range that tops 200 miles in higher trims. The all-electric hatchback will shed its skin and drop some of the styling that many drivers found odd. Instead, the car will take on a more streamlined look as electric vehicles become the norm.

According to recent 2018 Nissan Leaf spy photos, the second-generation Leaf will feature V-motion grille and a potential sporty floating-roof design seen in other models in the brand’s lineup. If the spy photos are any indication, the Nissan Leaf will be dropping the vertical taillamps.

As for the powertrain, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will maintain its electric motor that delivers 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque. Two new battery packs, 40 kWh and 60 kWh, will replace the 30 kWh pack in the outgoing model. That will result in a much longer range compared to the first-generation Leaf.

The first-generation Nissan Leaf launched in 2010. Since then, more than 100,000 units have been sold in the United States alone.

We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait to see the 2018 Nissan Leaf in person.

Meet Our Summer Intern, Joe Scibelli Jr.

My first summer internship at Haddad Dealerships of The Berkshires was a richly rewarding experience, so I am ecstatic that I was given the opportunity to come back. The skills that I acquired during my time in the BDC have proven to be very valuable in building a resume, as well as helping me narrow down my career path. I would say that the most crucial part of the internship was the marketing experience I gained from running a few of Haddad’s many social media accounts. Promoting the annual Haddad Sock Game and The Haddad 600 took a great deal of creative thinking, and required me to learn how to effectively and interactively communicate to a large audience of customers. I learned a great deal about search engine optimization through writing blog posts like these, and I was introduced to HTML through creating a brand new set of email templates for the BDC and sales consultants. While the experience was valuable, we also managed to fit in quite a bit of fun. We traveled to the summit of Mount Greylock and other scenic locations around the Pittsfield area to take pictures that were used for the Haddad website’s call- to-action buttons; I even had fun choosing where to order lunch among the many great options here in The Berkshires, Hot Harry’s in Dalton being my first choice.

Summer Intern

Interning is hard work!

This time around, I look forward to learning some management skills, and continuing to learn my way around DealerSocket and all the other tools that help each of the Haddad Dealerships function. Effective communication between the dealerships’ is absolutely essential to maximizing sales, so as my area of study, I hope to take what I learned from communication courses at UMass Amherst and apply them in a way that benefits Haddad. Working in the BDC has been my first real opportunity to connect my studies with an actual job, which has made the actual experience of going to a university feel more valuable than I once thought.

Summer Intern

Meet Mr. Joe Scibelli Jr.

While I’m proud of my accomplishments so far, more than anything I am excited to continue learning through experience and unlock my full potential; I am confident that the BDC at Haddad is conducive to doing exactly that. I am greatly looking forward to spending another summer at Haddad Auto, and I know that I will leave here in September with a more developed skillset, more experience, and a determination to find myself a career where I can utilize all the skills that I have worked so hard to learn. I owe a lot to Shannon and the whole team here at the BDC for getting me this far, but I certainly have a lot more to learn and I have never felt readier!

 

Nissan Is Minimizing Distracted Driving with Cool Technology

Ever hear of a Faraday Cage? It’s an 180-year-old invention that uses conductive materials to block any sort of electromagnetic field from penetrating its borders. If this sounds a little sci-fi to you, you’re not wrong; Faraday Cages have been spotlighted in films and shows from Enemy of the State starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman to the long-running TV show Lost. The Cage’s next big role? The Nissan Juke.

minimizing distracted driving Nissan is minimizing distracted driving by utilizing the Faraday Cage as a Signal Shield. The center console of the Nissan Juke concept is actually just a Faraday Cage. When you place your device inside, it successfully blocks all incoming communications, including messages, calls, Bluetooth, and wi-fi. The device can still be connected to the car’s console through a wired connection system inside the Signal Shield. Once removed, the device will be restored to full functionality with absolutely zero damage.

Minimizing distracted driving is an important initiative that automakers across the globe are undertaking in a variety of ways. While Nissan’s Signal Shield is still just a concept, we at Haddad Nissan are interested to see if it will make its way into the mainstream of future Nissan vehicles.