GPPL column: Spooktober at public library

Grande Prairie Public Library (GPPL) has spooktacular events planned for the month of October for patrons of all ages. Photo courtesy of GPPL

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It’s October! The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting a little chilly and the leaves are turning colours. At the Grande Prairie Public Library, that can only mean one thing—Halloween is coming! GPPL has a ton of spooktacular events planned for the month of October, for patrons of all ages.

Our first spooktacular program is DIY: Haunted House Making, and will put your creative skills to the test. This program takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Teams of two-to-four will compete to make the spookiest haunted gingerbread house and the winning team will receive an awesome prize. Registration is required for this program and is open to anyone ages 12 and up.

Then, on Saturday Oct. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., teens are invited to come make a creepy Halloween wreath. There will be a choice of making either a bat wreath, or a spider wreath. Registration is required and is open to those ages 12 to 18.

It’s just a jump to the left! On Friday, Oct. 25, patrons are invited to come take part in our first ever interactive showing of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” This program runs after-hours, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and participants are encouraged to come dressed in costume. Check our website ( ) for full details, including which props to bring and which ones to leave at home. This program is for adults ages 18 and over.

For our younger patrons, we will be holding a drop in Halloween craft program on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Children can drop in anytime between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to make some fun and spooky Halloween crafts. Participants can leave when their craft is finished. This program is for children ages 3 to 8.

And our last Halloween themed program for the month will be Coffee Club’s annual Halloween Carnival. Participants are encouraged to dress in costumes and come play some fun Halloween themed games, and do some creepy crafts. This program is presented in partnership with Centerpoint Facilitation and is for adults ages 18 and over.

And if those programs don’t get you in the mood for Halloween, be sure to check out our new fall themed binge bags! Our popular binge bags are back but this time with a fall twist! Pick up a bag of magnificent mysteries, fantastic fiction or psychological fiction that will get you in the mood for fall. Looking for a spooky date night idea? Make sure to grab our Spooky Scares DVD binge bag! All binge bags contain between four-to-six books or DVDs and are great to grab if you are in a hurry. Check them out beside the information desk!

—Bailey Randolph, GPPL