Even though Wednesday, October 31st is the official 2012 trick or treat day in the Pittsburgh area, there are still a lot of pre-holiday festivities planned for those of you who want to squeeze in as much spookylicious funtime as possible before surrendering to Christmas creep. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is pleased to offer an entire slate of pre-Halloween fun for all ages, so check out the following list of holiday programs, click the event links that interest you, and plan the next few days accordingly!
Friday, October 26th
Kids Create. Stop by after school to make a fun Halloween craft!
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Dance of the Undead is a teen-themed program of amazing proportions, in conjucntion with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. It does require permission slips and pre-registration, so if zombie makeup, dance, and social media sound good to you, click the link and read carefully!
Saturday, October 27th
Halloween Storytime, for children ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult. Spooky stories and trick-or-treating, costumes encouraged!
The Haunted Library, three rooms of unmitigated, family-friendly TERROR for ages 6 and up. Created and presented by Teen Think: Searching and Destroying Boredom at the Library since 2012.
The Halloween Fire and Ice Show. Did somebody say EXPLOSIONS? Mad Science of Pittsburgh presents fun, informative science demonstrations for all ages.
Celebrate Halloween. Pumpkins, candy, stories, and MagicMan T.J. Hill. For all ages, costumes encouraged!
Where to begin?
- Check out the Halloween Movie Matinees, if you’re feeling cinematic.
- If you were at Dance of the Undead, check out the follow-up program! [registration required – see link for details].
- Not so much into digital? Teens can also attend the Night of the Living Dead party.
- For a little grown-up scary, we’ve got Prime Stage Theatre presenting excerpts from Fahrenheit 451.
- And, of course, Hogwarts Halloween, for ages 6 and up! [repeats on 10/28 at Squirrel Hill]
Kids Create. Make a spoooooky Halloween craft!
The Not-So-Scary Halloween Party features games treats, and the magic of Tom Jay.
Word on the street is, the Drop-In Craft is Halloween-themed. Check it out!
School Age Fun: Book Adventures tackles Witches, Wizards, & other Things that Go Bump in the Night. Costumes encouraged!
Sunday, October 28th
Didn’t get enough Hogwarts Halloween? Do it all over again at Squirrel Hill!
Monday, October 29th
Celebrate: Halloween Party! Enjoy stories, games, prizes, and trick-or-treating. Pre-registration is required, and today (10/26/12) is the last day to register! Click the link for details.
Halloween Storytime, for children aged 6 and under, features stories, songs, and rhymes that are more fun than scary.
Tuesday, October 30th
Teen Halloween Tricks and Treats. Monster makeup, snacks, and a Halloween movie, all for teens.
Teen Fright Night Costume Party. The Teen Lounge transforms into a haunted extravaganza, complete with food and games. Costumes encouraged!
Aiieeee! It’s the return of The Haunted Library!
PreK Program: Halloween Storytime and Craft. A little silly, a little spooky, a lot of puppets! For children aged 2-6, with an accompanying adult. [Repeats at 11 a.m.]
Teen Zone: Hook Up My Pumpkin! Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to the Teen Zone for games, crafts, movies, trivia, snacks, and other fun.
Halloween Costume Party / Decorated Pumpkin Contest. Stories, songs, and a Halloween parade! If you like, bring a pumpkin you’ve decorated for the pumpkin contest. Costumes encouraged, but please, no masks. Pre-registration required–click link for details!
Don’t miss the Annual Halloween Bash, a costume-friendly haven for treats and fun activities. Also features the stylings of Mad Science of Pittsburgh.
And, as if all that weren’t enough, here’s what’s happening at the library on Halloween itself:
Monster Movie Mania. Enjoy classic monster movies of the 1930s on our big-screen TV. Popcorn provided!
It’s Pumpkin Time! Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and a special treat.
Teen Art Club: Wigs, Beards, and Mustaches. Still stumped for a costume? No worries – come make some appearance altering stuff out of paper and yarn.
All-Ages Costume Contest. Dressing up for Halloween? Stop by West End branch, enjoy some candy, and enter to win a pumpkin prize.
Family Fun Halloween. Families, stop by before trick-or-treating for storytime and your first treat. Dress for the costume contest!
Horror Show Teen Lounge. Afterschool fun, with snacks, for middle, high, and homeschoolers.
Whew. That’s enough good times to make a wicked witch wander in search of warm wassail to wet her whistle. Hope we’ll see you at the library this Halloween season!