As the weather cools and fall looms I begin to think about Halloween. At my house Halloween is a BIG DEAL. My highly creative engineer husband (who was obviously a movie set designer in a previous life) loves to decorate the house for Halloween and create a faux cemetery in the front yard (complete with a skeleton clawing its way out of a grave). I, on the other hand, prefer the cozier, gentler side of Halloween. We usually meet in the middle and compromise by having a combination of scary and cozy decorations.  Fortunately, you, as a library patron, do not have to compromise when it comes to Halloween; Kitsap Regional Library System offers a number of Halloween programs for children and teens (some slightly scary and some very gentle).

If you're like me and sketching out your Fall calendar now, consider some of the following spooktacular options:

Wednesday, October 14

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. the Little Boston Library is offering a Movable Mummies workshop. Learn to make a miniature movable mummy. All materials provided. All ages are welcome. Registration is required-please call 360-297-2670 to register.

Friday, October 30

10 - 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. the Sylvan Way Library will feature not-so-spooky stories and songs in lieu of their regularly scheduled family storytime. Afterwards families are invited to go trick-or-treating in the different departments of the library. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary. This program will happen at 10:00 a.m. and again at 11:30 in order to avoid congestion. We ask that you please attend just one time slot during this event so that all interested families may have a chance to participate.

4 - 6 p.m. the Sylvan Way Library will show “The Nightmare Before Christmas” as a family event. Bring the whole family down for a screening of Tim Burton’s 1995 favorite. Rated PG.

6 - 8 p.m. the Poulsbo Library will feature its annual cosplay/Halloween party for teens. Come dressed as your favorite superhero, anime or steampunk character (or just dress up). The library will provide an evening of games and snacks as well as a chance to show off your incredible costume. Costumes are encouraged but not required and must be family friendly. For ages 12-18.

7 - 9:30 p.m. the Bainbridge Island Library's Island Film Group will offer a Halloween double feature film event: ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’ and ‘The Body Snatchers.’

Saturday, October 31

6 - 8 p.m. the Port Orchard Library will offer a family friendly Haunted Library. Then, after the children go home, the library will feature Teen Screams: Library of the Macabre from 8 - 10 p.m. Prepare for a terrifying look at the library after dark. Ghoulish frights will be taking over the night. Step into the haunted stacks at your own risk (ages 12-18). Cue the maniacal laughter!

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