Spooktacular October at the Library!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Spooky season is upon us! If you're looking for a ghoulishly good time, mark your calendars for our Halloween events and activities happening at various library branches all around Jacksonville. All events are free and open to the public, and be sure to share your costumes with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Library Events

Fall Festival at San Marco Branch: Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Come celebrate fall with fun activities! We will have pumpkin painting, trick or treat stations, crafts, and a costume parade.

Thrills & Chills at the Main Library: Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Get your magnifying glasses and your EMF meters! Mysteries both mundane and paranormal await you in the haunted halls of the library. Keep you eyes and ears peeled for spine-tingling sights and sounds, and turn the page at your own risk.

Trunk or Treat at Brentwood Branch: Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. The Friends of the Brentwood Library are hosting their annual spooktacular Fall Festival Trunk or Treat! Join us for spooky storytelling, a costume contest, a Monster Mash dance workshop, bingo, a photo booth, pumpkin golf, face painting, the Northside Jazz Ensemble, and so much more!

Murray Hill-O-Ween at Bill Brinton Murray Hill Branch: Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Stop by the Bill Brinton Murray Hill Library for some BOOOKS & fun during Murray Hill-O-Ween on Saturday, October 26 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Make your own ghost Tootsie Pop, listen to Halloween stories, play games, meet the Friends of Murray Hill Library, enjoy refreshments, and sign up for a library card!

Fall Festival at South Mandarin Branch: Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Fall Festival Party will celebrate all things fall through games, books, scavenger hunt, crafts and costume parade.

3rd Annual Trick or Treat in the Library at Argyle Branch: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Hey parents! Are you looking for a little family excitement ? Come on into the library. Dress yourselves, as well as your boys and ghouls, in your favorite Halloween costume (or come as you are) and join us at the Argyle Branch library for an evening of family fun!

Preschool Halloween Party at Beaches Branch: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Parents and young children are invited to our preschool Halloween Party! Wear your costume and join us for crafts, games, and trick or treating in the library.

Main Teen Halloween Pary at the Main Library: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Teens aged 12-18 are invited to wear their costume and join us at this spooktacular event for a ghoulishly good time! We will be playing fangtastic games, making boo-tiful crafts, and there will be treats for all!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt at University Park Branch: Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Celebrate Halloween as you go on a Scavenger hunt! Find clues throughout the children's department & trick-or-treat for a fun surprise. We'll have some Halloween games as extra treats.

Halloween Spooktacular at Pablo Creek Regional: Thursday, October 31, 209 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Bring your boys and ghouls to celebrate Halloween at the Pablo Creek library! We'll have treats and a parade to show off our costumes. Bring your treat bag, because candy and other fun things may appear! Join us for some spooktacular family fun!



Arts, Crafts, and Activities

Teen Halloween Mask Making at Regency Square Branch: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Teens are invited to come in and make a Halloween mask! Materials will be provided, but if you have something started we can help!

Artrageous: Halloween Slime at Southeast Regional: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Learn about the origin of Halloween and make your own Halloween themed Slime!

Scary Stories & Podcasting at Bill Brinton Murray Hill Branch: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Teens and tweens can get ready for Halloween with some spooky stories while creating, recording and editing original content through the medium of podcasting. This program will provide an outlet for youth to display their writing, acting, and technical skills promoting teamwork and collaboration.

Pumpkin Decorating at Pablo Creek Regional: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Boo! How Scary is your pumpkin? Come decorate a pumpkin for this Halloween season. Pumpkins are limited, so bring your own if you can.

Halloween Escape Room at Highlands Regional: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Come one... Come all and try to escape the Halloween escape room! There will be puzzles to solve in order to get to the next clue to escape before time runs out! This event is for all ages.

Halloween Mystery Game at Dallas Graham Branch: Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. There's been a terrible act of vandalization against the most famous piece of art in the world- the Mona Lisa! Worse yet, someone here did it! You are a character in this mysterious little adventure. Can you follow the clues, win the games, and figure out who committed this dastardly act in this fun (and yes, even a little spooky) mystery game?

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - and other spooky favorites at Brentwood Branch: Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.



Spooky movie screenings

Hocus Pocus at the Main Library: Friday, October 18 | 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Celebrate Halloween at the Jacksonville Public Library by watching a film in the Children’s Theater, Hocus Pocus (PG)!

Teen Horror Movie Night - Escape Room at Pablo Creek Regional: Monday, October 21 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Come for a night of horror with the movie "Escape Room" (PG-13) brought to you by the Teen Advisory Board. Light refreshments provided.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls: Interactive Movie at University Park Branch: Wednesday, October 23 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Join us to celebrate Halloween with an interactive movie & fun treat! We will be watching The House With A Clock In Its Walls (PG)! All ages are welcome to this interactive movie fun.

Highlands Halloween Horror Night Movie at Highlands Regional: Wednesday, October 30 | 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Before you see Stephen King's "It: Chapter II" at the theater, see how it all began with the showing of Stephen King's "It" in the Highlands Library Auditorium. Light refreshments provided. Opened to the public. Halloween costumes are welcome.




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Interested in what goes bump in the night? Join PFC Paranormal for a presentation on evidence of the paranormal and demonstrations of essential investigation equipment. A question and answer forum with the presenters will immediately follow the presentation. This program is free and open to the public. Paranormal Investigations will be held at the following branches:

Regency Square Branch - Tuesday, October 08, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

University Park Branch - Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

West Branch - Monday, October 21, 2019 | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Pablo Creek Regional - Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 7 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

Main Library - Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Highlands Regional - Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


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