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Hoppin' Halloween

This blog post advertises Halloween related events at the Jacksonville Public Library that happened in 2017.  

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Costumes are ready and the candy bowl is full, Halloween is almost here! If you're up for a spooky time we have activities and events at lots of library branches in Jacksonville. Find a program below that will impress children and teen Halloween superstars! All of the events are free and open to the public, we hope you have a safe and happy Halloween! We'd love to see your costumes, too!! Share them with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

South Jacksonville

Argyle Branch Library After School Spooktacular! Oct 31, 2017  3 - 4 p.m. Celebrate Halloween after school at the library with spooky stories, trivia and games. For kids 5 to 12 years old. Find this event in the Multipurpose Public Meeting Room! Trick or Treat at the Library! Oct 31, 2017 6 - 7 p.m. Happy Halloween! Break out your costume, head to the Children's area and hear some stories and trick-or-treat in the library. For children up to age 12. South Mandarin Halloween Story and Pumpkin Decorating Oct 31, 2017 5 - 6 p.m.

Show off your costume at the library! We will be sharing Halloween themed stories in the Children's Dept. and then you'll be able to decorate a pumpkin to take home! This program is for school-age children and teens. Southeast Regional Library  Teen Movie Matinee Oct 28, 2017 2:30 - 5 p.m. Join us each month for a Saturday afternoon movie in Room A! Our Teen Advisory Board votes on PG-13 rated movies based on availability. In honor of the spookiest time of the year, we'll be showing Insidious! Oh, and if you want to have a say in which movies we screen, join the Teen Advisory Board! Snacks are provided. Spooky Soiree Oct 31, 2017 3 - 5 p.m. Strut your stuff with a fun Costume Parade! Open to ages 0 -12, this Spooky Soiree will feature lots of fun Halloween and fall activities! Light refreshments will be provided!


Beaches Branch Library Preschool Halloween Party Oct 28, 2017 11 a.m. - noon Parents and children, ages 3-6, are all welcome to Preschool Halloween Party! Wear your costume and join us for a craft, games, and trick or treating in the Children's Room of the Beaches Branch Library. Family Movie Oct 31, 2017 3:30 - 5 p.m. Set the mood for a spooky Halloween by joining us in the Community Room for the monstrous movie Monster House (PG). All ages are welcome. Pablo Creek Library Horror Movie Night Oct 30, 2017 6 - 8 p.m. Join us for a night of horror in the Puppet Theatre with Lights Out, presented by the Teen Advisory Board. Light refreshments will be provided.

North Side

Brentwood Fall Back Into Brentwood Oct 30, 2017 3 - 7 p.m. Celebrate fall with library staff and the Friends of the Brentwood Library. The Grand Reopening Ceremony at 3 p.m., followed by activities for the fall festival such as a Costume Contest, Trunk or Treat, Photo Booth, Decorating Treat Bags, Candy Corn Race and more!

West Side

Willowbranch Library  Music & Movement Session 1 (Holloween Spectacular) Oct 31, 2017 10:30 - 10:55 a.m. We're having a special holiday story time with games and treats! Put on your costume and join us for holiday-themed stories and fun times at the Willowbranch library! This program is for children 0 to 5 years with an adult caregiver. This program includes songs, stories, and instruments that promote basic musical concepts and terminology while incorporating pre-literacy skills for reading and writing.


Harry Potter and the Halloween Crafts Oct 28, 2017 1 - 2:30 p.m. Apparate to the Teen Room to celebrate Harry Potter and the spirit of Halloween by making Harry Potter themed crafts! We have supplies to make bookmarks, ornaments, and quill pens so you can feel just like Professor McGonagall!   ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE Breakout Challenge for Teens Oct 31,  2017 4:30 - 5:30 p.m Dr. Johnson has plans to unleash a deadly airborne virus that would turn anyone who came into contact with it into a zombie. However, you also learn that the doctor has created an antidote that can reverse the symptoms. Work together to solve the puzzles and save the library! Teen Halloween Party Oct 31, 2017 4 - 6 p.m. Who says tricks (and treats) are just for kids? Join us for this Spooktacular Halloween Party just for tweens & teens (12 -18 yrs) in the Teen Lounge. Enjoy crafts, movies, and a candy apple bar! Halloween Fun Day Oct 31, 2017 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Join us in the Children’s Library as we spend the day celebrating Halloween and all things spooky! There will be crafts, games, hourly themed readings, some tricks, and some treats for ages 0 - 12. Come dressed in your favorite costume and join in on the fun!

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