Article by Melissa Kelley, WCPL Cataloging Supervisor
As Halloween approaches, scary themed items will be everywhere. If you’re thinking about entertaining guests with a good old spookfest, I suggest you come into the Warsaw Community Public Library and check out our Halloween material.
To set the mood, we have CDs with scary sounds and music, “Halloween Howls” or “Scary Sound effects,” are some of the titles the library has available.
Want to bake up some scary treats? We can assist you with a few books on baking, Halloween Sweets and Treats by Ruth Owen or The Halloween Cookbook by Sarah Schuette just might be what you need. How can a party be complete without the decorations? Well WCPL has you covered on that as well. We have Horrorgami by Chris Marks, if you are interested in making Halloween themed origami.
In need of a costume idea? We have Stick or Treat by Patti Wallenfang. If you prefer one book to meet all your needs then “Gooseberry Ghastly- good Halloween” is a great one to check out. Goodies baked, decorations and costumes complete, all that’s left is choosing some great Halloween movies to scare your guests.
If you are looking for a movie that’s not so scary and can be enjoyed by all then “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” is just the movie to get your party started. If you’re a Zombie fanatic then “Night of the Living Dead,” which was released in 1968, is a perfect choice. These flesh eating ghouls are just as terrifying as their modern-day counterparts. If you’re just not into all the scare and instead prefer comedy, we have that too. “Shaun of the Dead,” “Zombieland,” “Beetlejuice” all mix horror with comedy and are great films to watch on Halloween.
Not into the whole Halloween party scene? Prefer to spend the holiday night home alone? Why not curl up with a scary novel? Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley are horror classics. If you prefer modern literature why not try Stephen King’s The Shining, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire or the Newbery award-winning The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
Warsaw Community Public Library has all your Spooky needs for the Halloween season. We are even participating in the Spooktacular on Nov. 1. So bring out the kids for some fun and treats. We are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday to Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and closed Sunday.