Your library is the place for spooky Halloween fun

Centre County Library & Historical Museum will host several opportunities for kids to decorate pumpkins this month.
Centre County Library & Historical Museum will host several opportunities for kids to decorate pumpkins this month. Centre Daily Times, file

October elicits mixed feelings for many: while some are mourning the end of flip-flop weather, cookouts and lazy days spent in the pool, others are looking forward to falling leaves, warm apple cider and the chilly fall air. One thing that I think most of us can agree on is that the best part of October is Halloween.

For some people, Halloween is a one-night binge fest of candy and costumes, but in the library world, it’s a monthlong celebration of fun! The staff at Centre County Library & Historical Museum hopes that you and your family will swing by one of our branches to enjoy our festive and spooky celebrations.

If pumpkin decorating or carving is your forte, the library has you covered. Centre Hall Area Branch Library is offering Family Pumpkin Decorating on Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon-2 p.m. The library will provide pumpkins and decorating supplies; families should come with a creative, no-carve decorating idea. If you are feeling a little more competitive, Centre County Library in Bellefonte is holding its annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Those wishing to participate can sign up at the circulation desk beginning Oct. 17. Pumpkins are available (first come, first serve), but you are welcome to use your own and bring it to the library by Oct. 22.

Holt Memorial Library in Philipsburg has several opportunities for children to celebrate Halloween. On Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., Kids in the Kitchen will get a spooky makeover. This program, for children ages 6-12, will feature a menu of hairy hotdogs and scary spaghetti. Maybe you’re looking for spooky surprises, fun hands-on activities and sweet treats for your family? Register to attend Halloween Hootenanny at Holt, also for children ages 6-12, on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Children attending storytime programs during Halloween week are encouraged to wear their costumes for added fun.

If you like stories, join us in the Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden for Spooky Stories in the Garden on Oct. 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bring along a blanket and sip some hot cider while you listen to tales from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The books are recommended for ages 8-12, but all are welcome at the discretion of parents. Costumes are welcome and encouraged.

Finally, if you are a lover of all things paranormal, please join us for a fundraiser with Spring Hill Paranormal Investigators on Oct. 20 from 7-10 p.m. During the investigation of the Miles-Humes House, participants will learn how to use natural and scientific methods to search for paranormal activity in this 204-year-old building. The cost for this adults-only fundraiser is $15, and pre-registration is required. Call 355-1516, ext. 214 or stop by the Historical Museum soon to pick up your tickets — they’re limited!

For more information about the many programs and services at Centre County Library & Historical Museum, visit us any time of day at www.centrecountylibrary.org

Julie Valora is communications coordinator and outreach assistant at Centre County Library & Historical Museum.