Halloween activities begin early this year!

Smiling Jack-o-Lanterns

Alachua County Library District provides family fun for Halloween with programs and activities for children and teens at libraries across the county. Teens can compete in costume contests, kids can create seasonal crafts, and families can enjoy the spirit of the season at their neighborhood library.

Halloween programs by branch libraries include:

Alachua Branch Library

SPOOKY STORYTIMES

AGES 5 & UNDER

Come and enjoy a special family friendly Halloween Storytime presented by the Alachua Branch Library and the City of Alachua, located at Theater ParkAlachua Downtown Historic District, 14900 Main Street, Alachua, FL 32616.

Halloween is a fun time to dress up and listen to stories.  At the Spooky Storytime event we will share stories about witches, mummy's, and ghosts.  There will be music and dancing to silly songs like the "Monster Mash."  The park will be decorated in Fall ornaments and maybe a spooky item here or there.  The park is located on Alachua's main street but if you need help locating the event look for our spooky fog to lead you there!

Please bring seating if desired. Costumes are optional.

The event is geared towards families.

THUR OCT 5 6:00 PM

Storytime lineup:

Books to read: “Scary, Scary Halloween,” by Eve Bunting and “Fright Night Flight,” by Laura Krauss Melmed

Featured puppet story: “Five Little Pumpkins” by Jbrary

Featured song: “If you’re a Ghost and you know it”

THUR OCT 12 6:00 PM

Storytime lineup:

Books to read: “Only a Witch Can Fly,” by Alison McGhee and “Halloween Mice,” by Bethany Roberts

Featured puppet story: “Flutter, Flutter Little Bat,” by DLTK

Featured song: “A Haunted House,” by Preschool Education

THUR OCT 19 6:00 PM

Storytime lineup:

Books to read: “Herbert’s First Halloween,” by Cynthia Rylant and “A Dark, Dark Tale,” by Ruth Brown

Featured puppet story: “I’ve got a Black Cat on My Knee,” by Sunflower Storytime

Featured song: “Monster, Monster,” by Storytime Katie

THUR OCT 26 6:00 PM

Storytime lineup:

Books to read: “Where’s my Mummy?” by Carolyn Crimi and “Shake Dem Halloween Bones,” by W. Nickola-Lisa

Featured puppet story: “Five Little Bats,” by Sunflower Storytime

Featured song: “Five Little Ghosts” by Little Kids TV - Car Nursery Rhymes on Youtube

TUES OCT 31 6:00 PM

Storytime lineup:

Books to read: “Monster Mash,” by David Catrow and “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of   Anything” by Linda Williams

Featured puppet story: “Five Batty Bats,” by Sunflower Storytime

Featured song: “Trick, Trick, Trick or Treat”

More information is available at:  https://www.aclib.us/alachua/blog/spooky-storytime

HALLOWEEN MAKE IT/TAKE IT

OCT 24 – 31, ALL DAY

AGES 3 – 11

Join Alachua Branch this week for a new Halloween craft every day.

TEEN HALLOWEEN PARTY

MON OCT 30, 4:00 PM

TEENS

Teens, join Alachua Branch for games, crafts, and fun in celebration of Halloween.

Other libraries -

Archer Branch Library

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

MON OCT 30 4:00 P.M.

AGES 5-11

Join us for a spectacularly spooky good time at the 2nd annual Archer Branch Library Halloween Spooktacular! There will be games, crafts, activities, and a whole lot of spooky fun!

Cone Park Branch Library

CONE PARK FALL FESTIVAL

FRI OCT 20 1:00 PM

ALL AGES

Join us as we celebrate Fall with author Kandra Albury, fun activities, games, crafts, and information from our community partners. This event runs from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

Hawthorne Branch Library

Monster Bookmark

CREATE A MONSTER BOOKMARK

TUE Oct 17, 2:30 PM

AGES 5 – TEENS

Have fun creating your own monster while we watch a creepy cartoon!

SPOOOOOKTACULAR FUN

TUE Oct 31, 2:30 PM

AGES 5 – TEENS

Discover your Spooky name or be a mad scientist and make some slime, or create a creepy craft – just come have some spooky fun at the library!

Headquarters Branch Library

Headquarters Branch Library, Storywoods Room

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HAPPENING

TUE OCT 31, 3:00 PM

AGES 11 & UNDER

Come listen to some not-so-scary Halloween stories and poems, and then stay to make your own Halloween take-home craft. Boo!

Headquarters Branch Library, Teen Space

HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST PARTY

TUE OCT 31, 6:00 PM

AGES 5 & UP, TEENS, ADULTS

Other than the candy, what's the best part of Halloween? Dressing up in awesome costumes of course! And what better way is there to show off your costume on this day? By entering into a costume contest!

How do you enter into the costume contest?

First, you can come to the Teen Space and take a selfie at the selfie station. Then you would follow the library's Instagram page then tag your selfie with @alachualibrary. Or what you can do is just take a selfie from wherever you are then just follow and tag us with @alachualibrary.

Tweens/Teens from ages 10 - 17 will be judged as one group and adults 18+ will be judged as another group.

Winners will be announced at the party in the Teen Space. Meanwhile, there will be refreshments and a movie playing.

High Springs Branch Library

TEENS’ TUESDAY

TUE OCT 17, 4:00 PM

TEENS

Halloween crafts – make and take!

STORYTELLING

TUE OCT 31, NOV 7, 14

6:00 PM

ADULTS, SENIORS

Do you like to listen to stories?  Come hear some spooky stories, campfire chillers, tall tales, folktales, big lies and jokes, and tell a story of your own.

Library Partnership

HAPPY HALLOWEEN PARTY

TUE OCT 31 4:00 PM

ALL AGES

A safe place to show off your costume, show us a trick, or get crafty...

and we'll make sure to give you a sweet treat as you begin your Halloween adventures for the evening. 

Come in costume if you dare or strike a pose with one of our costume hats! (There will be treats for all attendees.)
For all ages.

Millhopper Branch Library

HARRY POTTER SERIES:  NICHOLAS DE MIMSY-PORPINGTON’S DEATHDAY PARTY

TUE OCT 31 4:00 PM

ALL AGES

Newberry Branch Library

COSTUME SHOW AND TELL

FRI OCT 27, 2:30 PM

AGES 5 – 11

Participants in Newberry Elementary School’s costume parade are invited to come to the library and share their costumes with us.

HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA!

TUE OCT 31, 3:00 PM

AGES 3 – TEENS, ALL AGES

Come join us at Newberry Branch for a Halloween spectacular! There will be face painting, stuffed animal taxidermy and a costume contest

Waldo Branch Library

SEASONAL CRAFTS

SUN OCT 29 2:00 PM

ALL AGES

Posted by PatC on October 4, 2017