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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fall and Halloween

You know, Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I just love the excitement in the air when it approaches.  There are so many things to do with your family during the fall season.  One of my favorites is going to the pumpkin farm.  People of all ages love going to the pumpkin farm. Going into the pumpkin field to actually pick out the perfect pumpkin to take home and then carve into a jack-o-lantern is just so much fun.  Plus there is always wonderful pumpkin baked goods at those farms - pumpkin pie, pumpkin donuts, roasted pumpkin seeds!  I'd better stop or I'm going to gain ten pounds just talking about it!  Then there are the hayrides that jostle you around or the corn mazes.  No wonder people love going to farms!

The library has some great books about the pumpkin life cycle for little ones.  It's always interesting
how these big pumpkins come from such a small seed.  Stuck on how to carve your pumpkin?  We have several books with different designs or decorating ideas to help creating the perfect pumpkin.  It's always fun to design a pumpkin based on your favorite book character!

Along with pumpkins come parties.  Halloween parties are always so enjoyable to plan.  Thinking about having a Halloween party?   We have lots of books on crafts for Halloween parties and for making fun Halloween inspired foods.  We've all had grape "eyeballs" before, right?  Love the brain jello!  Don't forget about the perfect costume.  We have some books that will give you ideas on that as well.  I'm still trying to figure my costume out for this year.  Plus the library is having a Halloween Fun event for children ages 18-months to 5 years.  Families get to wear costumes, hear stories, dance to music and have a good time celebrating Halloween.

I almost forgot "Boo at the Zoo."  Every October, the Brookfield Zoo helps celebrate fall and the Halloween season by hosting this event.  The zoo is decorated and you see animals enjoying the delectable taste of pumpkin.  Plus lots of visitors wear their costumes to the zoo.  It's such a good time.  I went last year with some friends and had a blast.  Don't forget that the library offers Museum Passes which help get two people into the zoo for free.  These get checked out fast during this event, so call or stop by to see if there are any available.  The passes cannot be reserved and there is a limit of one per family.  The passes are good for seven days, so you can plan ahead. 

Finally, the Halloween season brings out the desire to hear ghost stories or visit haunted houses.  While I can't help with haunted houses (I really don't like these), I can help point you in the direction of some spooky tales you can check out.  Also, if you enjoy Halloween movies (remember I work in the children's department), I can offer you some great Halloween movies that are appropriate for families.  One of my favorite movies is Hocus Pocus.  I laugh every time I see that movie. 

So enjoy the beauty and family time that Fall brings.  I've given you a few ideas of ways to celebrate fall, but I'm sure I've missed a some.  I'd love to hear your fun ideas on how your family celebrates fall and the Halloween season!

Halloween DVDs
Halloween Easy Readers 
Halloween NonFiction
Boo at the Zoo
Halloween Fun Program


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