Haunting Halloween events planned for those of all ages at EBR libraries

Haunting Halloween events planned for those of all ages at EBR libraries

Information provided by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library

*Registration is required for some events, as noted by the asterisk, so register early.

*MIKE ANDERSON PRESENTS! (Multiple locations)

Mike Anderson, also known as the Dulcimer Guy, will present Halloween- and fall-themed stories for children of all ages at Library branches across the parish in October! Stories about Halloween will be a mixture of a little scary and not scary at all. To register, call the Library location directly. Check out the list below for Anderson's presentation descriptions and schedule.

  • Thursday, October 20
    • 10:30 a.m. at the Delmont Gardens Branch, Halloween stories
    • 2:30 p.m. at the Eden Park Branch, Halloween stories
    • 6:30 p.m. at the Fairwood Branch, Halloween stories
  • Friday, October 21
    • 3 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Halloween stories
  • Saturday, October 22
    • 10:30 a.m. at the Jones Creek Regional Branch, Halloween stories
    • 2:30 p.m. at the Central Branch, Halloween stories
  • Monday, October 24
    • 10:30 a.m. at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch, fall-themed stories
    • 2:30 p.m. at the Zachary Branch, fall-themed stories
    • 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood, haunted house stories
  • Tuesday, October 25
    • 10:30 a.m. at the Carver Branch, fall-themed stories

BAKER BRANCH LIBRARY, 3501 Groom Road, 225-778-5950

  • Jack-O’-Lantern Story/Craft: Are you ready for something spooky? Kids ages 8-11 will gather at the Baker Branch at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 15, to hear a reading of Twelve Haunted Rooms of Halloween by Macky Pamintuan. After the story, they will get creative with craft tissue paper and make an artsy jack-o’-lantern!

Hanging Ghost Make & Take Craft

Children ages 5-8 will meet in the Children's Room at the Baker Branch at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 20, to make a spooky paper plate ghost craft.

CARVER BRANCH LIBRARY, 720 Terrace St., 225-389-7450

  • *Halloween Paper Plate Face Story/Craft: Staff will read the bilingual children's book Dia De Los Muertos by Dwayne Douglas Kohn at the Carver Branch at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 11. After the story, children ages 7-11 will make a sparkly, paper plate face craft to celebrate Halloween! This story time and craft program is limited to 10 participants.
  • *Oliver the Ghost Story/Craft: On Halloween, Oliver the ghost has a lot of work to do before the trick-or-treaters come knocking at his door. Children ages 4-7 are welcome at the Carver Branch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 15, to hear a reading of Trick or Treat by Leo Landry. Afterwards, the children will make a paper plate ghost craft to decorate their homes. This story time and craft program is limited to eight participants.
  • *Halloween Fun at Carver: Children can enjoy spooky but not scary fun at the Carver Branch for a Halloween-themed story time and craft program! Together, they will read Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27. Later, children ages 6-8 will paint the outline of a witch's hat in a craft using pencil erasers as stamps. This storytime and craft program is limited to 10 participants.

CENTRAL BRANCH LIBRARY, 11260 Joor Road, 225-262-2650

  • Spooky Kitty Make & Take Craft: Meow! While supplies last, kids of all ages can make a spooky black kitty cat craft out of paper towel rolls at the Central Branch all day Wednesday, October 19, through Saturday, October 22.
  • *Bookworms Book Club: Children can join our staff for some spooky fun at the Central Branch at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27! They’ll listen to an excerpt from Scary Tales: Good Night, Zombie by James Preller. Afterwards, kids will compete in a Halloween-themed version of Minute to Win It and then make a spooky zombie hand craft. This event is for children ages 8-11.

DELMONT GARDENS BRANCH LIBRARY, 3351 Lorraine St., 225-354-7050

  • Halloween Movie Day: Adults and 20-somethings (ages 19-30ish) are invited to the Delmont Gardens Branch at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, to watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In this 2016 horror-romance film, five sisters in 19th Century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies.
  • *Q-Tips Skeleton Story/Craft: Little ones ages 5-8 are invited to enjoy a reading of Halloween Forest by Marion Dane Bauer with other children at the Delmont Gardens Branch at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 25. Afterwards, they will make a skeleton craft using Q-Tips as its bones. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult or adolescent 12 years or older. This story time and craft program is limited to 10 participants.

JONES CREEK REGIONAL BRANCH LIBRARY, 6222 Jones Creek Road, 225-756-1150

  • *Mummy Madness: After a reading of Where is My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi and dancing the Monster Mash Mummy Dance, children ages 4-7 will make a mummy art and craft project at the Jones Creek Regional Branch at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 29.
  • Spooky Skull Necklace Craft: Teens can create their own Calaveras skull necklace at the Jones Creek Regional Branch at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 29! They will use white air-dry clay and decorate it with colorful markers to create a spooky, unique accessory just in time for Halloween!

MAIN LIBRARY AT GOODWOOD, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., 225-231-3750

  • Halloween Mummies & a Movie: Teens can come hang out with other teens at the Main Library at Goodwood at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22, and enjoy an afternoon of making a mummy craft while watching a Halloween-themed movie.
  • Halloween Murder Mystery Party & Costume Contest: Teens are invited to bring their friends to the Main Library at Goodwood at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 29, for a competitive murder mystery game and Halloween costume contest. Participants also are encouraged to dress in their favorite costume. The best ghoulish getup will win a prize!

RIVER CENTER BRANCH LIBRARY, 447 Third St., 225-389-4967

  • Jack-O-Lantern Ornament Make & Take Craft: Children ages 4 and up can celebrate Halloween every Saturday in October with this fun make and take craft! They are invited to come to the River Center Branch at 10:30 a.m. to hear a reading of Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean. Later, children will create an easy-to-make jack-o’-lantern ornament using foam and other craft materials. This craft is available while supplies last.
  • *‘Boo-tiful’ Bookmarks Make & Take Craft: Children are invited to create their own Halloween-themed bookmark using stencils of ghosts, monsters, witches and more! The crafting happens at the River Center Branch all day Monday, October 17, through Friday, October 21. Children ages 6-11 are welcome to participate while supplies last. Registration is required for all.

ZACHARY BRANCH LIBRARY, 1900 Church St., 225-658-1850

  • *Zachary Zealous Bookworms (ZZB) Book Club Scary Stories Campout: October is a great month to tell scary stories around the campfire! Children ages 8-11 can join staff at the Zachary Branch at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, to enjoy spooky tales by campfire (flashlight). Staff will read from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alan Schwartz and Scary Story Reader collected by Richard and Judy Dockrey Young. Then the kids also will create a leaf mask craft from real and paper leaves while snacking on delicious cookies and lemonade.

For more information about programs in general or about the Library and its services, call 225-231-3750 or go online to www.ebrpl.com. For more information about children's programs, call Children's Services at 225-231-3760.