Halloween Fun at the Library

Happy Halloween

It’s October––time to get ready for Halloween and all things fall with book recommendations and events for all ages!

Do you like to be scared, but just a little bit? These semi-scary stories for younger children are mostly in picture book format. A bit older? Here are some favorites for school-age children. Have a teen who likes to be spooked? Try these YA tales guaranteed to keep you up at night! Finally, these scary stories for adults contain all kinds of horror––ghosts, monsters, murderers, and even psychological horror. Turn down the lights, pull up the covers, and get your scare on! You can also find something a little more personalized with this tailored BuzzFeed quiz

Children’s and Tween Events

Gross and Creepy Slime
Create creepy glow-in-the-dark ecto slime or wonderfully disgusting pumpkin slime (made with real pumpkin guts)! Please register. Ages 7–12. Saturday, October 5, 2–3 PM, Children’s Program Room, Downtown Library

Paper Circuit Spookies
Create a spooky light-up jack-o-lantern or spider paper circuit decoration in this introductory circuitry program. No experience necessary. Please register. Ages 7–12. Monday, October 7, 7–8 PM, Children’s Program Room, Downtown Library

Storytime Extravaganza: Halloween Fun
A lively themed storytime filled with music, stories, films, and more for young children and their families. Preschool classes and other groups welcome. Please register. Ages 2–6 (younger siblings welcome). Wednesday, October 23, 10–10:45 AM, Auditorium, Downtown Library

Green Screen Screams
Take your Halloween costume on a test drive as you explore the fun of green screen backgrounds! Costumes strongly encouraged, but not required. Ages 7–12. Thursday, October 24, 6–7 PM, Children’s Program Room, Downtown Library

Teen Events

Drop-In DIY: Spooky Fake Stained Glass
Try your hand at this fun DIY project. Impress your friends and family with your amazing craft skills! Ages 12–19. Wednesday, October 9, 3:30–5 PM, The Ground Floor, Downtown Library, or Tuesday, October 15, 3:30–5 PM, Ellettsville Teen Space

Spooky String Art
Just in time for Halloween, create one-of-a-kind, spooky, glow-in-the-dark string art. Ages 12–19. Wednesday, October 23, 3:30–5 PM, Ellettsville Teen Space      

Trash to Treasure: Frankentoys
Drop in to make unique crafts from old junk in this upcycling series! Ages 12–19. Monday, October 28, 4–5 PM, Ellettsville Teen Space

Comics and Cookies: BYO Scary Graphic Novel
Come for the cookies, stay to share your feels. This month, it’s bring your own scary graphic novel! Ages 12–19. Tuesday, October 29, 4–5 PM, The Ground Floor, Downtown Library

Tuesday Crafternoon: Pumpkins
Decorate pumpkins and make cool things! Ages 12–19. Tuesday, October 29, 5:30–7:30 PM, The Ground Floor, Downtown Library

Spooky Movies and Crazy Costumes: Halloween in The Ground Floor
Scary movies and a costume makeup station lead up to a costume contest at 8 PM! Ages 12–19. Thursday, October 31, 5–8:30 PM, The Ground Floor, Downtown Library

Adult Events

Audiobook Book Club: Where the Crawdads Sing
This book club is open to anyone who prefers the listening form of reading, and especially to those who are blind or have limited vision. This month’s title, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. If you need help obtaining the audiobook, please contact Chris Jackson at cjackson [at] mcpl.info, or 812-349-3103. Please register. Age 18 and up. Friday, October 25, 2–3:30 PM, Program Room 2A, Downtown Library. Learn more about audiobooks at the Library.

Festival of Ghost Stories
Jack-o-lanterns and fresh cider set the stage for an evening of live storytelling beneath the stars. A Halloween-time tradition for over 30 years, the Festival of Ghost Stories features haunting tales of ghosts and horror that tingle the spine. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as seasoned storytellers spin their tales in the dark hollow of Bryan Park. Presented by members of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild. Recommended for adults and those age 10 & up. Friday, October 25, 7–8:30 PM, Bryan Park, 1001 S. Henderson Street (Rain Location: Auditorium, Downtown Library)

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is a tradition that celebrates life and death. Stop by to make Mexican decorative crafts, or to draw or print photos of loved ones who have passed. Crafts include colorful papel picado banners, marigold flowers, matchbox shrines, and painted skulls. All ages. Thursday, October 31, Noon–3 PM, Program Room 2B, Downtown Library