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Things to get spooky at McHenry library

McHENRY – The McHenry Public Library District plans a number of October Halloween-themed events.

Registration is required unless otherwise noted. Programs are free and open to all patrons, not just library cardholders.

• Pumpkin Painting with High School Art Honor Society Students: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Learn tips and tricks on how to paint pumpkins. Supplies and pumpkins provided. For grades one to six.

• Halloween Fun: 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Gentle skits will be performed by the “McHenry Library Actors.” Participants will sing songs and do finger plays. Register in person to pay $1 fee per child. Parent-caregiver must accompany child. Register every person attending. Geared to ages 3 to 6.

• Ghost Theater: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. “City of Ghosts.” Experience the secret world of Chicago’s ghosts. This show is an assortment of spine-tingling horror stories, eerie history and inexplicable supernatural feats. Nonstop audience participation makes this a unique experience. Ages 13 and older.

• Write On! Ghost Stories: 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Interested in creative writing? Explore your “ghostly” talents in this workshop with story starters and imaginative activities. For grades four to eight.

• Make a Mexican Sugar Skull Drawing: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26. Learn about the Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead). Participants will explore the whimsically spooky artwork associated with this holiday and make Sugar Skull drawings. For ages 8 and older.

• Haunted History: 7 to 7:45 p.m. Oct. 30. Hear the chilling tales of the historical hauntings of the Midwest. Presented by Histories for Kids. This family program is recommended for those in grade three and above. Register all attendees.

Registration can be done in person at 809 N. Front St., online at or by phone at 815-385-0036.


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