This is Halloween at the Free Library!

By Emily S. RSS Mon, October 24, 2022

It’s the spookiest time of the year again, and the Free Library is getting in on the action! Read on for ways to celebrate the Halloween season with us at every age.

This year, trick-or-treating in Philly will fall on Monday, October 31st, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Not sure where to go to show off your creepy costumes and collect your sweet treats? Explore this list of some popular local spots for trick-or-treating.

If at-home haunting is more your style, you could check out some of the spine-tingling reads or scary movies from our collection. Try the 2021 Shirley Jackson Award winners, Ghastly Graphic Novels, teen titles to Read With the Lights On, or some Chilling Children’s Books. Pick a not-so-spooky story complete with its own read aloud guide. Invent your own frightening tale, or try your hand at gothic poetry with these haunted Halloween words. Get crafty with this Halloween pop-up cards tutorial from the LEAP Imaginarium, just to say, Boo!

Be sure to get relief from spooky student loan debt this year! Learn how to apply for the brand new debt relief program so that your whole family can sleep better at night.

Events at your Neighborhood Library

Halloween Family Fun Night

Mon, October 24, 2022 6:00 p.m.

Holmesburg Library

The Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion is having a traveling show at the Holmesburg Library, highlighting cool and creepy creatures. This family-friendly program is geared towards children. 

Storytelling for Families

Wed, October 26, 2022 6:00 p.m.

Chestnut Hill Library

Enjoy an evening of spooky Halloween tales for families from the professional storytellers of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild. For families with school-aged children, and younger siblings welcome. Space may be limited. 

Outdoor Halloween Costume Parade!

Thu, October 27, 2022 3:30 p.m.

Children's Department at Parkway Central Library

Get dressed up in your spookiest costume and join us for an outdoor costume parade around Central Parkway Library. Start at the front entrance on Vine St to begin with your friends from Central Children's, and collect goody bags along the way! This event is intended for patrons 12 and under. 

Frankenstein E-textiles

Thu, October 27, 2022 3:30 p.m.

Falls of Schuylkill Library

Come learn about the life of Mary Shelley and sew your own electrified monster just in time for Halloween. We will learn the fundamentals of hand sewing to construct a stuffed monster, then use LEDs, conductive thread, and batteries to bring it to life! For school-aged kids and teens.

Spooky Foods: Classic Horror and Fresh Offal with Dave Feola of Ember & Ash

Thu, October 27, 2022 6:00 p.m.

Culinary Literacy Center at Parkway Central Library

For this special Halloween program, Dave Feola, Executive Chef of the "snout-to-root" restaurant Ember & Ash, will prepare a delectable menu featuring organ meat, blood, and other surprisingly delicious ingredients. We will also revisit beloved tales of terror from the library's collection. This ticketed event is for adults.


Find even more events to enjoy at your neighborhood library, and more fun for kids and teens on The Hub! Happy Halloween from Youth Services!

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