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Halloween at the Library

Sep 29, 2022
Celebrate Halloween at Madison Public Library with scary movies, toddler dance parties and more!

Celebrate Halloween at Madison Public Library this month with creepy crafts, costumed dance parties and scary movies!

Programs for Kids + Adults: 

Let's Blow Off Some STEAM

Thursday, Oct. 20, 4:30-6:30PM | Goodman South Madison Library

Halloween is around the corner and we're craving BRAINS! Okay, maybe not...but you can touch and hold a real human brain and learn more about neuroscience thanks to our friends at the UW Neuroscience Training Program. They'll be visiting Goodman South Madison Library for our Blow Off Some STEAM program, where teens and tweens can take the mirror-box challenge and learn about procedural memories. 

Paranormal Wisconsin: Tales of Ghosts, UFOs, and Mysterious Creatures

Saturday, Oct. 22, 11AM-1PM | Pinney Library

Join us for an eerie combination of the most bizarre paranormal topics. Researcher and author Chad Lewis will discuss his strangest cases of alien abductions, haunted places, mysterious creatures, crop circles, and everything else weird and unusual. This program covers the entire spectrum of WI's supernatural activity. No registration required. 

Mysterious Creatures of Wisconsin - From Bigfoot to Vampires

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2-3PM | Alicia Ashman Library

Come and hang-out with researcher Chad Lewis as he showcases on-site investigations of the Bigfoot of the north woods and the lake monster of Lake Pepin to phantom chickens and Hellhounds roaming rural WI. The stories are filled with witness drawings, eye-witness testimony, weird photos, and bizarre sound clips. This eerie presentation breaths life into these unusual historic investigations. Come join us for some scary fun!

Bilingual Storytime/Hora de cuentos bilingües - Día de Muertos

October 26, 10:30-11:30AM | Hawthorne Library

¡LEE y JUEGA junto con otros niños menores de 5 años, en inglés y español! Participar con libros, canciones y experiencias divertidas ayuda a los niños a desarrollar la comunicación, paciencia, empatía y habilidades de la alfabetización temprana y ayuda a desarrollar un amor eternal por la lectura! Los programas de la biblioteca son siempre gratuitos. Los hermanos y los grupos de cuidado infantil son bienvenidos.

READ and PLAY together with children 5 & under in English & Spanish! Engaging with books, songs and playful experiences all help children develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and pre-reading skills​ - and helps to build a lifelong love of reading. Library programs are always free. Siblings and childcare groups are welcome.

Con una invitada especial Araceli Esparza = With special guest Araceli Esparza

Downtown Halloween Craft + Storytime

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 3-6PM | Central Library

Swing by Madison Public Library while you are enjoying downtown Halloween to grab a trick or a treat, do a spooky craft, and join in for a MONSTEROUS storytime for all ages at 5PM in the Children's programming room. 

Trick or Treat on Monroe Street

Saturday, Oct. 29, 9AM-4:45PM | Monroe Street Library

Monroe Street Library is participating in Trick or Treat on Monroe Street this year. Kiddos who stop by the library wearing a costume will receive a free treat while supplies last. 

Meadowridge Makes: Make Your Own Costume

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2:30-4PM | Meadowridge Library

Calling all kids, tweens, and teens!! Join us to use your creativity to craft your own costume! Fabric, sewing machines, assorted crafting materials, and assistance will be supplied. 

Meadowridge Spooktacular Extravaganza

Saturday, Oct. 29, 5:30-7:30PM | Meadowridge Library

Join us for this teen and tween after hours spooky party! All teens and tweens ages 10-18 are welcome to attend. You must register ahead of time either here or in person at Meadowridge Library! Food, games, and crafts will be provided! Make sure to wear a costume for the costume contest. REGISTER

Costume Toddler Dance Party

Monday, Oct. 31, 10AM | Sequoya Library

Shake Rattle and Roll, it's time to dance!  Wear your favorite costume for some extra fun while you enjoy some dance-ably (not too) spooky tunes in a cool, toddler friendly environment.  For ages 14 months to 3 years.  No registration required.

Halloween Costume Toddler Dance Party

Monday, Oct. 31, 10:30AM | Central Library

Shake Rattle and Roll in your favorite costume!  It's time to dance.  Enjoy some fun tunes in a cool, toddler friendly environment. For ages 14 months to 3 years.  No registration required. (No costume? No problem! Snag a fireman or construction hat or a cool pair of dealy bobbers from your librarian when you get there and join in the fun!) 

Exploring the Stranger Side of Nature: Halloween Hike at Owen Conservation Park

Monday, Oct. 31, 5:30PM | Owen Conservation Park

Join Library Naturalist John in a Halloween hike through Owen Conservation Park! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for the creepy crawlies of the forest floor as we learn about the fascinating, strange, and lesser known corners of nature. All ages welcome and we promise to keep things not too scary! REGISTER

We Make: Calaveras (Sugar Skulls)

Tuesday, November 1, 4:30PM | Hawthorne Library

Drop-in anytime between 4:30PM-5:30PM and make a Calavera. All materials are provided and take your Sugar Skull with you when you leave. This is a special workshop in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Workshop attendees are also invited to add photographs of loved ones who passed to the Hawthorne Community OfrendaYouth 5 and under will require extra assistance from a caregiver.

Halloween Spider-Web Macrame Drop-in

Mondays in October, 4-5PM | Meadowridge Library

Stop by Meadowridge Library Mondays in October to make a small macramé spider-web decoration! Hoop, orange string, white string, and spider provided- or bring your own*! All-ages. Children under 10 must have adult supervision. *Only bring fake spiders!

Scary Movies: 

Friday Flicks: Beetlejuice (1988)

October 14, 6PM | Pinney Library

"After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose "help" quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia." - Rotten Tomatoes

Directed by Tim Burton, written by Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren, and starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton. Snacks provided!

The Black Phone

October 27, 2PM | Hawthorne Library

Finney Shaw is a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who's being held in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer. When a disconnected phone on the wall starts to ring, he soon discovers that he can hear the voices of the murderer's previous victims -- and they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn't happen to Finney.

Directed by Scott Derrickson. Performances by Ethan Hawke, James Ransone, Jeremy Davies.  Rated R.  102 min.  Horror, Thriller.

Friday Flicks: Dracula (1931)

October 28, 6PM | Pinney Library

"The dashing, mysterious Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), after hypnotizing a British soldier, Renfield (Dwight Frye), into his mindless slave, travels to London and takes up residence in an old castle. Soon Dracula begins to wreak havoc, sucking the blood of young women and turning them into vampires. When he sets his sights on Mina (Helen Chandler), the daughter of a prominent doctor, vampire-hunter Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) is enlisted to put a stop to the count's never-ending bloodlust." - Rotten Tomatoes

Directed and co-produced by Tod Browning from a screenplay written by Garrett Fort and starring Bela Lugosi. It is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, which in turn is adapted from the 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Snacks provided!

Friday Family Films: The Haunted Mansion

October 28, 5:30PM | Goodman South Madison Library

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected. Snacks provided!