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Halloween Happenings at the Library

Trick or Treat yo’ self this spooky season by joining in the fun! We’ll give you pumpkin’ to talk about with all of these Halloween-themed programs for families, kids, teens, and adults. There’s something for everyone so join us virtually or in-person to celebrate and have a wicked good time!


Not So Haunted Open House | In-Person
Saturday, October 30, 2-4 p.m. | More Information
All Ages
Trick or treat throughout the Library while learning about the great benefits of having a Niles-Maine library card. Costumes encouraged.


Spooky Stories | Virtual
Monday, October 25, 7-7:45 p.m. | Register
Grades 3-6
Turn off the lights and listen to spooky stories in the dark!

Boo Time | Virtual
Thursday, October 28, 10 a.m. OR 6:30 p.m. | Register a.m. | Register p.m.
Ages 2-7 with Caregiver
Pick up Pumpkin Kits at the Library ahead of time. More information provided after registration. Pumpkins provided courtesy of Fresh Farm Niles. Please choose one-time slot.


Yay YA! Book Boxes: Horror
Grades 7-12
Boxes include two surprise YA books and an assortment of fun goodies. Keep the goodies and the box; please return the books. Books will be checked out to the library card included in your registration. Email rcolias@nileslibrary.org with the subject line “Yay YA! Book Box” to register.

Scary Story Campfire in Miami Woods | In-Person
Friday, October 22, 6-7:30 p.m. | Register
Grades 7-12
Gather around the campfire to hear some spooky stories, written and read by our Teen Scary Story Contest winners! Meet Miss Rachel at Grove 1 in Miami Woods and get ready to be scared. S’more supplies will be provided.

Story Crafting: Spooky Luminaries | Virtual
Tuesday, October 26, 4-5 p.m. | Register
Grades 7-12
Listen to stories while crafting together. Pick up materials at the Library ahead of time. More information provided after registration.


Film Noir: Hollywood’s Darkest Timeline with Kelli Marshall | Virtual
Tuesday, October 19, 7-8 p.m. | Register
Join Kelli Marshall of Chicago Movie Tours as she examines the dark and creepy world of this post-WWII movie genre.

Adult Halloween Storytime | Virtual
Saturday, October 23, 6:30-7:15 p.m. | Register
Hold your covers tight as Librarian Stacy reads spooky stories ahead of Halloween Night.

Jack the Ripper with John Gowing | Virtual
Monday, October 25, 7-8 p.m. | Register
Learn about the poverty and squalor that existed in the East End of Victorian London where Jack did his grisly work in this ghastly presentation.

Laser Cut Halloween Wine Charms | In-Person
Wednesday, October 27, 6-7:30 p.m. | Register
Create a custom set of spooky wine charms with wire, beads, and laser-cut pendants.

Mary Shelley with Debra Miller | Virtual
Thursday, October 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Register
Historical reenactor Debra Miller brings to life Mary Shelley, wife of romantic poet Percy Shelley and mother of Frankenstein and his monster.

Film Discussion on Film Noir: Scarlet Street | In-Person
Thursday, October 28, 7-8 p.m. | Register
Watch Scarlet Street at home via Kanopy, hoopla, or borrowed from the Library, then join librarian film buffs Cecilia and Wynn for this lively discussion.

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