Halloween

Each year the library puts together a ghoulish good time for children and adults with creepy crafts, spooky stories and ghostly games.

By Grady Hendrix

Haunted Florida

Upcoming Events

Friday
October
22
4:00​pm
(Online Fiber Arts Classroom)
Event Categories: Maker/DIY; Arts & Crafting
Practice your chain, satin, and back stitches while crafting a spooky spiderweb design with two hoops. This project was curated as part of our October "Fall" theme.
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Friday
October
22
9:00​pm
Event Category: Authors, Books, Writing
Author Grady Hendrix gives you a guided tour of the history of murder books and movies and discusses what it means that so much of our entertainment is about selling murder for fun.  Ages 18+
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No Registration Required
Saturday
October
23
6:00​pm
Event Category: Storytime
StoryWalk is a way to enjoy the benefits of reading and the outdoors at the same time. Be sure to bring your flashlights and courage for this spooky StoryWalk edition!
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Registration Required
Monday
October
25
10:00​am
(Virtual Room - Southeast)
Event Category: Storytime
Monsters are magical and are filled with the free spirit of creativity. Therefore, they can look like anything! Build your very own monster. Recommended for ages 3-5.
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Registration Required
Monday
October
25
4:30​pm
(Virtual Room - Southeast)
Event Category: Arts & Crafting
Create special FX makeup! A little bit of everything from scars to bruises and blood. Learn how to apply prosthetics and design your own, from items around the home. Recommended for ages 13+.
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Tuesday
October
26
10:00​am
(Virtual Room - Alafaya)
Event Category: Storytime
Travel to Transylvania for spooky tales and songs inspired by Disney Junior's Mickey Mouse, Vampirina, Puppy Dog Pals, and more! Recommended for ages 3-5.
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Registration Required
Tuesday
October
26
4:00​pm
(Virtual Room - Fairview Shores)
Event Category: Games & Activities
Can your family escape? Join us for a Halloween themed escape room full of ghosts, ghouls, and maybe even monsters! Registration required. Recommended for ages 6-12.
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Wednesday
October
27
10:30​am
(Virtual Room - Windermere)
Event Category: Arts & Crafting
Don't get spooked by our Halloween friends, get wrapped up in fun with them instead! Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.
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Registration Required
Wednesday
October
27
10:30​am
(Virtual Room - Winter Garden)
Event Categories: Storytime; Games & Activities
Owl is absolutely, positively not scared of the dark, and you shouldn't be either! A fun time filled with fearless stories, activities and crafts. Recommended for ages 3-5.
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Registration Required
Wednesday
October
27
11:00​am
(Virtual Room - South Creek)
Event Category: Arts & Crafting
Did you know that monsters love to read? Get a little spooky with not-so-scary stories and crafts featuring our favorite monsters. Recommended for ages 3 to 5.
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Covers of scary books mixed with gourds and an illustrated ghost

Spooktober Reading Challenge for Adults

October 1- October 31

Celebrate frightful fun this October with the library by participating in the SPOOKTOBER Reading Challenge for Adults! OCLS Cardholders, 18 and older, can participate in spooky virtual challenges for the chance to win a prize. 

Hallow-Read Challenge

Hallow-Read Challenge (Ages 0-17)

Celebrate Halloween all month long with Beanstack and our Hallow-Read challenge! Make a spooky treat, attend ghostly events and discover not-so-scary books. Log your reading and complete activities to earn badges along the way.

Staff Picks Logo

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix cover

Horrorstör

"A book about a haunted IKEA store sounds like a joke and it is kind of funny for a while. Until it's not. Then it gets really, really scary. After reading it, good luck wandering around IKEA again."
- Brian H.

"Horrorstör is a horror comedy novel that turns the trope of "old, haunted house" on its head. A fun read despite its creepier tones while also providing a tongue and cheek commentary on consumerism."
- Erika, Southwest

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix cover

My Best Friend's Exorcism

"A haunting thriller that takes place in South Carolina in the late ’80s, that's main focus is really the power and strength of female friendship."
- Erika, Southwest