The Bruce C. Clarke Library reopened earlier this month, bringing with it a renewed Halloween celebration schedule — the Story Walk, trick-or-treat, pumpkin decorating and costume contest
Children and parents alike are encouraged to come in costume and walk around the square outside the library beginning at 12:30 p.m., when they can read panels from this year’s book, “Frankenstein Doesn’t Wear Earmuffs!” by John Loren.
Following the Story Walk, all are invited to come inside the library for trick-or-treating, games and costume and pumpkin decorating contests beginning at 2 p.m.
Patrons can submit their painted and decorated pumpkins (not carved) to the circulation desk at the library from now until Wednesday.
The library will hold costume contests for four age groups: 4 years old and under,
ages 5 to 12, teens and adults.
Becky Andreasen with the Clarke Library said she looks forward to seeing the children in costume.
“This is our first in-person event since COVID started, so we are looking forward to seeing our patrons and getting back to doing at least one thing that we’ve been able to in the past,” she said. “We are still having trick-or-treating with the staff, socially distanced, but we will also bag up some goodies for patrons that aren’t comfortable trick or treating but would still like some goodies.”
The annual combination of events will be different this year to limit the spread of COVID-19, said Tina Chaney, supervisor librarian.
“We want to keep our patrons safe,” she said. “We will want patrons to practice social distancing. We will do the story walk around the (courtyard) so kids and parents can take their time and enjoy the event.”
Library staff also request families wear masks and distance themselves from other groups. Story Walk will be moved inside in the event of inclement weather.
For more information, call 573.563.4113.