Sheridan County Library

Some might say it’s early, but I’m officially declaring it “Spooky Season." As fall begins and Halloween approaches, many of us are searching for some creepy comfort. Whether you enjoy scaring your loved ones with top notch Halloween decorations, carving the perfect pumpkin or simply curling up with a good mystery and hot cider, the Sheridan Fulmer Library is here to help you experience the season in all its glory.

Is curating the perfect haunted house your chilling obsession? We have just the thing for you! On Oct. 14 we will be making Halloween wreaths at our all ages craft program from 4-6 p.m. Not looking to mingle with other goblins and ghouls just yet? That’s fine! Each week in October, patrons can pick up a spooky take-and-make craft to construct from the comfort of their own home. Crafts include: The Miniature Haunting of Hill House, Frankenstein’s Monstrous Garland, The Canterville Ghost in a Jar and the “Nevermore Shall I be Underdressed” Raven. These are great kits for teens and adults looking to add a literary nod to their eerie décor.

Do you have your own mischievous project in mind? The library can help you there too. We have a number of nonfiction books on hosting Halloween parties, creating realistic props, pumpkin carving techniques and even creating costumes. Our nonfiction collection also boasts a number of books about the histories of our modern day Halloween traditions and how other cultures celebrate the holiday today.

Spooks and scares aren’t for everyone though, and that’s why we have a variety of books that showcase the lighter side of the season. "The Wyrd Sisters" by Terry Pratchett, "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman and "Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch" by Nancy Atherton are all proof that you don’t have to love a gory story to enjoy the spirit of Halloween. The children’s library is also full of silly spooky books to tickle even the most sullen skeleton’s funny bone.

I personally prefer to read a book about other people putting themselves in positions I would never find myself in and then making increasingly poor decisions. The thriller/horror genre is where I always head first. Dark suspense like "Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, "Lock Every Door" by Riley Sager and "Ninth House" by Leigh Bardugo are all delightfully different takes on the genre and are available to check out at the library as well as audiobooks online through Overdrive.

My final suggestion for anyone looking to utilize the library to its fullest extent would be to check out Kanopy. Kanopy is a video streaming service provided by the library that allows you to check out up to six titles per month.

While Kanopy is known for their catalog of award winning documentaries and masterclass, they also have an extensive horror collection. If you’re looking for a classic you can check out the "House on Haunted Hill," "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" or "M." If you’re looking to lift your spirits, I would suggest watching the hilarious "What We do in the Shadows" or "Life After Beth."

Enjoy the season, embrace the mysterious and stay spooky!

Zola Shockley is programming coordinator for the Sheridan County Public Library System.

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