Library staff judge who among the lot of children has the best costume in the library’s 2020 Halloween Costume Contest, which followed Story Walk and trick-or-treating Oct. 28 at the Bruce C. Clarke Library.
During a pause from reading story book panels, children accept candy from Kathe Dirkman, library technician, who decided to dress up for the occasion, as well. Library staff said there was a lower turnout this year than in the past, but attributed it to the community’s proficiency in social distancing. The library recorded 66 guests in total for its four elements of Halloween celebration: Story Walk, trick-or-treating and the two contests.
Children point and vote for their favorite pumpkin during the final moments of the pumpkin decorating contest.
Some pumpkins were decorated as characters from well-known media, such as TV shows, movies and books, but one included a reflection on the current year: a pumpkin dressed with an improvised surgical mask — coupled with the library’s normally bustling, now-socially distanced atrium — served as a reminder of the new normal.