The Bruce C. Clarke Library will host its annual Halloween Story Walk 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, beginning in the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza.
Children and parents alike are encouraged to come in costume and walk around the square, reading panels from two books, “How to Scare a Ghost,” by Jean Reagan, and “Give Me Back My Bones,” by Kim Norman.
“This year we’re doing two (books), which is unusual, but they’re short and more colorful books,” said Tyffany Hollenbeck, children’s library technician. “We break them up on boards and we put them out on the MSCoE (plaza) and the kids walk all the way around reading the story, because we’re trying to promote physical activity and reading at the same time.”
Following the story walk, all are invited to come inside the library for trick-or-treating and games.
The library will hold separate costume contests: one for children and one for adults. All community members are invited.
Joyce Waybright, the library’s chief of community services, encouraged those interested in dressing up to consider costumes representing any type of fan base, such as superheroes, as it fits within the library’s ongoing theme of the month, “Fantober.”
There will also be a pumpkin decorating contest.
“Everybody can bring in a pumpkin as long as it’s not carved, it’s just got to be decorated in some way,” she said. “The kids and the parents can vote on which pumpkin is their favorite.”
Submissions for the contest are open through Wednesday, and the library will award prizes to the winners.
The 399th Army Band will perform inside the library.
“I always really like the band, and they always try to bring really fun, kid-friendly, spooky music,” Hollenbeck said.
Waybright said the library tries to account for Story Walk patrons who may be running late.
“The little ones are usually done by 1:30 p.m. but we leave it up a little while in case people wander in,” she said.
Some library workers will be in costume for the festivities too, and they encourage people of all ages to come to the event.
“In this library, you’re not too old to trick-or-treat, or play games, or dress up,” Hollenbeck said.
The event is free and open to the community.