It’s Halloween and one of my first big programs. Our community is very into having a kind of trick-or-treat at the library, so even though it requires special forms we get a ton of candy. This year we also planned to have all hands on deck and have a truly spooktacular halloween. We spread various activities throughout the library and kids could earn a candy by doing the activity.
I painted the windows in the children’s area to create some halloween atmosphere.
A gap in between the non-fiction and large print sections is separated into two little aisles by a smaller paperback book shelf which creates what I imagined as two perfect bowling lanes. I painted several 2-litre pop bottles to look like ghosts and some kickballs to look like jack-o-lanterns. This was probably the most popular activity and there was a line several kids deep for most of the night.
We happened to have a tub of different beads in the craft room and I thought putting the neon pony beads on black pipe cleaners would make cool spiders for a crafty component to our celebration. I did count out 4 pipe cleaners and twist the bodies together so that kids could easily grab them and start working on them.
Pumpkin Ring Toss
The boss-lady brought in three pumpkins and we lined them up so that kids could try to get a hoop around each one.
Bean Bag Toss
We set up a few stations of bean bag toss as we have 2 cornhole sets, and a mascot bean bag set. We gently taped a costume to the mascot so she would look a little more in the spirit of halloween.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
I printed out some iconic halloween images and mounted them onto purple construction paper and find them throughout the library. Patrons got a copy of the scavenger hunt list at the circulation desk as well as a paper listing all of the activities as they came in.
It is probably no secret that I am a bit of a fantasy lover. I am especially fond of unicorns and dragons so I wanted to do a program where I could highlight some of my favorite animals. I decided to do a theme of fairy tales and I displayed all of our fairytale books along with a huge fake “storybook” with the beanstalk from Jack and the Beanstalk growing out of it and pointing to the signup sheet.
Once again I opened the program with a few stories. I honestly think there may have been a few more, one with snow white and 99 dwarves sounds familiar, but I can’t remember.
The Somethingosaurby Tony Mitton is good for dragon or dinosaur programs.
An adorable little creature hatches from an egg and goes searching for his mother among the dinosaurs in this energetic, fun-filled picture book by award-winning picture book creators Tony Mitton and Russell Ayto. A unique take on the ‘Where’s My Mummy’ scenario in which an egg crackles open and out steps a little creature – the Somethingosaur. He searches for his mum among the dinosaurs but she’s nowhere to be found. But is the Somethingosaur really a dinosaur…or something even more exciting? And will he ever find his family and home? A warm, funny and jaunty rhyming text ,full of adventure, that’s great to read aloud.
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood I really appreciated for the space setting so it could be used in a fairy tale theme or a space theme. Once upon a planetoid,
amid her tools and sprockets,
a girl named Cinderella dreamed
of fixing fancy rockets.
With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince’s ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.
After the stories the bulk of our time was spent on crafting these cool dragon airplanes. I printed the templates on cardstock and instructed the kids to use several colors so it took a while to cut and color these. At the end of the program I had all the kids line up to throw the dragons in a “dragon race” to see which one would fly the farthest.
Activity: Dragon Paper Airplanes
Oh! I can’t forget to mention – I did not have the time or the audience attention to read Hansel and Gretel, but I did pass around a copy of Sybille Schenker’s illustrated edition. Some of the paper is translucent and the book is gorgeous. Here is a picture I found online that shows some of the pages.