With not just one but three costume opportunities planned, kids and teens can get into the spirit of the season by attending any one of these wickedly fun programs planned at Worthington Libraries locations.
Ages 6-8 can kick off the scary season at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Dr., on Oct. 23. Stories, crafts and more are planned during Monster Mash, which starts at 7 p.m.
On Oct. 25, Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., will host a Pumpkin Parade. Starting at 10 a.m., 2-5-year-olds will enjoy a slightly scary storytime, spook-tacular craft and parade around the Village Green (weather permitting).
Get the most out of your child's adorable outfit by letting him or her wear it one last time to the Nov. 1 Drop-In & Discover program at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. Halloween-themed early literacy activities are planned for ages 5 and under from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Teens are in for some frightful fun during Worthington Park Library's "Nightmare on Park Road." During the costumes-encouraged event, which starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 29, those attending will play monster trivia, make zombie felties and show off their mummy-wrapping skills.
Books are a great way to increase seasonal enthusiasm. Check out these new-to-the-library selections:
* In the Haunted House, Eve Bunting, 2013. In this lift-the-flap book, a little girl and her father tour a dark, mysterious house, eventually revealed to be a "Halloween House."
* Death of a Neighborhood Witch, Laura Levine, 2013. This mystery, for adults, features amateur sleuth Jaine and her cat, Prozac. Jaine must clear her name when a cantankerous Hollywood has-been is murdered on Halloween night and she's the prime suspect.
* Home Sweet Haunt, P.J. Night, 2013 Part of the "You're Invited to a Creepover" series, this juvenile fiction book finds Nora a little on edge. Her parents have been acting strangely ever since the apartment fire and her new friend Caitlin seems to know a lot about the ghosts rumored to haunt their apartment building.
* Wicked Cruel, Rich Wallace, 2013. This juvenile fiction book is actually three separate short stories, all set in the same New Hampshire town, that explore the truth behind local urban legends.
* Where's Boo?, Salina Yoon, Salina, 2013. Young readers will love searching for Boo the cat among colorful Halloween objects in this picture book.
Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.