As a parent I’ve discovered that any holiday that involves candy and costumes is my son’s favorite time of the year. So fall is eagerly anticipated in my house, from the last day of school to big night for trick-or-treating. Thankfully, there are many opportunities to attend fun fall events. So while the State Fair might be your cup of tea, or visiting the pumpkin patch, or going to a church fall carnival, remember that we have library events that are wildly entertaining, close to home and free.
--FAMILY/EVENTS FOR KIDS--
Family Movie Matinee: The Haunted Mansion
October 6, 2 p.m., Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail
Join us at this spook-tacular movie screening! Married realtors Jim and Sara with their children go to Gracey Manor and Mr. Gracey is enamored with Sara and they discover that Sara looks like Mr. Gracey's old girlfriend, Elizabeth, who died young and they think it was a suicide but discover something more sinister.
Craftworks Junior: Pumpkin Decorating
October 10, 4 p.m., West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road
Express your creativity in this pumpkin decorating event! A family event. No registration required.
Valley Ranch Wednesday Night Live *New Event Series*
October 10, 7 p.m., Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail
Take the family out to our monthly variety event featuring fun activities, movies and live performers! This October, families can come watch It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and enjoy fun Halloween themed stations full of crafts, tricks and treats.
October 15, 4:30 p.m., East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road
Create seasonal crafts to celebrate fall.
Halloween Cartoon Classic and Crafts
October 18, 4:30 p.m., East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road
Join us for a showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and create Peanuts themed crafts.
Friday Night Library Grimm Carnival and Haunted Fairytale Forest
October 26, 7 to 10 p.m., South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive
On this spook-tacular night, Grimm fairytales come alive at the library! Begin with a Trunk-or-Treat from 7 to 8 p.m., craft and game stations from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and tours through the Haunted Fairytale Forest* from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Browse the library's collection and check out haunting reads until 10 p.m. *The Haunted Fairytale Forest is not recommended for babies or children who scare easily. Limited to one tour per person. All activities subject to availability.
Frankenreads: Movie and Crafts
October 31, 4:30 p.m., East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road
Celebrate the 200th birthday of Mary Shelley’s classic book Frankenstein. Watch Hotel Transylvania 3 (rated PG) and make Frankenstein themed crafts and snacks.
--EVENTS FOR TEENS--
Harry Potter Potions Class
October 4, 4:30 p.m., Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail
Yer a wizard! Grab your Nimbus 2000 and fly on over to join us for a Harry Potter-themed arts and crafts program. Get creative and test your potions skills in this fun, magical event. Supplies provided. For teens ages 13 and up.
Teen Halloween Bash
October 6, 2 p.m., West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road
Vampires, Werewolves and Ghosts, oh my! Come kick off the Halloween season early. Face your fears with our Fear Factor challenges, carve a pumpkin and enjoy watching Hocus Pocus (rated PG)! There will be plenty of candy to go around. Costumes are encouraged! For Teens in grades 6-12.
Science & More: Ice Scream
October 15, 4:15 p.m., South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Learn about freezing points as we mix together ingredients to discover the science behind making ice cream. You can eat your experiment when you are done! Open to grades 6-8. For more information, call (972) 721-2606.
High Voltage Book Club discusses There’s Someone Inside Your House
October 20, 2 p.m., South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive
October's selection is There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. This book club is for students in grades 9-12 who are interested in the best of new Young Adult novels.
Crafty Cabs & More: Zombie Candy Jars
October 29, 4:15 p.m., South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive
Zombify mason jars with bandages, brains, and more to create a creepy craft. Then trick or treat around the library to fill your zombie jars with candy. Open to grades 6-8. For more information, call (972) 721-2606.