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Posted on: September 30, 2023

Seek Out Family-Friendly Halloween Activities

Spooky Events

It’s that time of year again. No, not for pumpkin spice everything, even though pumpkins will play a big part in what we’re discussing. It’s October and that means fall is here, pumpkins are all around us, but it’s also that spooky time of year when wearing costumes is the norm and children go on the hunt for fun activities and candy.

Your Abilene Public Library will host a ton of great themed programming for the month to help get you in the mood for all things spooky. From craft sessions to contests, trick-or-treating to gaming, your library wants to be the place to be for your Halloween entertainment for all ages.

Below is a listing of themed programming for the month that you can take advantage of, broken down into age groups. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Contact information for each of the events will be provided. Feel free to check out events calendar online for details at www.abilenetx.gov/apl/Calendar.

Events for All Ages

  • Family Flix Showing of “Hocus Pocus” | Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11:00AM: Attend an annual showing of the hist Disney classic about a trio of sisters seeking revenge on the town that sent them away 300 years prior. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch).
  • Saturday Matinee Showing of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” | Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2:30PM: Watch the Tim Burton classic about a Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, who wants to bring Christmas to his land…to much confusion. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch).
  • Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest | Oct. 23-30, All Day: Visit the library to vote on your favorite pumpkins entered into the contest. Visit your library during the month to learn how you can submit your own pumpkin for this popular event. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch). 
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration | Saturday, Oct. 28, All Day: Attend a full day of festival fun for this Mexican holiday featuring crafts, storytimes, movie showings & more. | PH: 325-437-7323 for details (Mockingbird Branch).
  • Mall-O-Ween | Monday, Oct. 30 @ 6:00PM: Join your library in the mall’s annual celebration featuring a costume contest for kids, trick-or-treating at mall retailers, and more fun to be had at your library. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch).

Youth Events

  • Super Storytime CANDY! | Friday, Oct. 13 @ 11:00AM: Enhanced and interactive storytime all about candy for the spooky season. We’ll even have some to munch on. Enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and more. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch).
  • Sunday Fun Day Making Pumpkin Suncatchers | Sunday, Oct. 15 @ 2:30PM: Join your library crew in the Mall of Abilene, at the Women’s Dillard’s Courtyard, as we host a come & go craft session making an eye catching item. PH: 325-698-7565 for details.
  • Pumpkin Craft Time | Monday, Oct. 16 @ 4:30PM: All materials will be supplied to make two unique pumpkin crafts for the season including woven pumpkin mats and beaded craft stick pumpkins. | PH: 325-677-2474 for details Main Library).
  • Spooky Stories for Kids | Monday, Oct. 23 @ 4:30PM: We’re sharing a great selection of stories with local youth to help them get ready for the Halloween season. Feel free to come dressed in a costume. | PH: 325-677-2474 or details (Main Library).
  • Family Fun: Monster Bash | Friday, Oct. 27 @ 4:00PM | Come dressed in your costume for this enhanced storytime event about some spooky, but not-so-scary, monsters. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch).

Teen Events

  • Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks | Wednesday, Oct. 4 @ 3:00PM: Hands-on craft session for ages 15+ where all materials are supplied to add some spooky decor to your home. | PH: 325-676-6025 for details (Main Library).
  • Crafty U Making Clay Pot Pumpkins | Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6:00PM: Meetup for a pumpkin-themed craft session for teens and adults in this evening event. Come out to design your own candy dishes. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch).
  • Teen Crafternoon: Halloween UV Resin Charms | Tuesday, Oct. 24 @ 4:30PM: Come design your own spooky charms in this hands-on crafting session. | PH: 325-677-2474 for details (Main Library).
  • Mockingbird Movie Showing of “The Haunted Mansion” | Tuesday, Oct. 24 @ 6:00PM: Come out to see the most recent live-action adaptation of a Disney ride. | PH: 325-437-7323 for details (Mockingbird Branch).
  • Trivia Night: Fright Night | Thursday, Oct. 26 @ 6:00PM | If you’re the master of trivia, come battle it out as a team or individual to see who will reign as the Trivia Master for the month. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch).

Adult Events

  • Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks | Wednesday, Oct. 4 @ 3:00PM: Hands-on craft session for ages 15+ where all materials are supplied to add some spooky decor to your home. | PH: 325-676-6025 for details (Main Library).
  • Crafty U Making Clay Pot Pumpkins | Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6:00PM: Meetup for a pumpkin-themed craft session for teens and adults in this evening event. Come out to design your own candy dishes. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch).
  • Mockingbird Movie Showing of “The Haunted Mansion” | Tuesday, Oct. 24 @ 6:00PM: Come out to see the most recent live-action adaptation of a Disney ride. | PH: 325-437-7323 for details (Mockingbird Branch).
  • Trivia Night: Fright Night | Thursday, Oct. 26 @ 6:00PM | If you’re the master of trivia, come battle it out as a team or individual to see who will reign as the Trivia Master for the month. | PH: 325-698-7565 for details (South Branch).

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