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Halloween is almost upon us, and plenty of creepy, icky and terrifying events are being planned by volunteers in libraries across the country. Here are some of our favourites...
Sutton Central Library, Sunday 28th October, 1 - 4.30pm
Join ghoulies, ghosties, long-legged beasties and things that go bump for an afternoon of Halloween fun at Sutton Central Library.
Brave visitors can expect a phantastical experience of fun, food, face painting and much, much more.
Follow a creepy treasure trail, tuck into a Hallwoween-themed cupcake, browse a selection of stalls and activities and try your hand at pumpkin carving after watching expert Robert Taylor demonstrate how it's done.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council's Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: "Our libraries are vibrant hubs for our communities and there is usually something fun going on. So do come along to this.... if you dare."
St Helens Central Library, Tuesday 30th October, 5 - 7pm
Make a spooky Halloween date with YouTube cult superstar Grandpa Joe who will be hosting a special story time at Halton Lea Library on Friday 26th October, 2 - 3pm
Carl Loughlin (aka Grandpa Joe) has built up a cult following with his children's book review podcasts; character videos on YouTube and his website. Carl ties in his knowledge of children's books with his fantastic talent for art and presenting to create this hilarious character that makes reading and stories fun!
He is back in Halton by popular demand. It is aimed at children aged 5-15.
Kevin McCann will be telling spooky stories for children of all ages in Runcorn Library.
A full-time writer for almost two decades Kevin McCann has had five collections published to date. He has completed more than twenty residencies, run workshops and given readings in Britain, Ireland and the USA. His stories and poems have been published in anthologies and broadcast on both TV and Radio.
There will be a spooky book quiz, games, pizza, scary decorations, a short play written and performed by the group and a fancy dress competition for Beddow Library's Fright Night.
Pollards Hill Library, Merton, Tuesday 30th October, 2 - 5pm
Pollards Hill Library are holding a Halloween party including mask making, face painting, apple bobbing and a fancy dress competition.
Thornton Heath Library, Croydon are holding two spooky events
Monday 29th, 2.30 - 4pm: Teen Scream - creepy crawlie cupcakes, deadly drinks and 'tricks or treats'.
Wednesday 31st, 4-5pm: Terrifying Tales by Torchlight.
Dalston C.L.R. James Library, Hackney, Wednesday 31st October, 5-7pm
A Halloween Film Screening of Arachnophobia (PG). Runtime: 103 minutes. Free. Ages 12 years plus.
A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidentally transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California town disappear as the result of spider bites from the deadly spider offspring. It's up to a couple of doctors with the help of an insect exterminator to annihilate these eight legged freaks before they take over the entire town.
Church Street Library, Westminster
Not strictly an event, but pretty special and mega-scary nonetheless - here's a short Halloween film made by the volunteers at Church Street Library, Westminster.
The video was made by Aly, Komol, Asma, Isra, Kiatipat and Hajar, the film's star.
Interested in building your CV through volunteering or like the idea of meeting new friends whilst helping out at your local library? Find out more about our young people's programmes and what you can do for yourself and for your local community.
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