The storytime children at the Dearborn branch went "trick-or-treating" to several prearranged nearby locations Tuesday. This is a tradition of several years here. The parents enjoy the event and have a great opportunity to get pictures. The local businesses they visit enjoy seeing the children, and it is a social occasion for kids and parents alike.
When I was a kid, I both loved and dreaded Halloween. I loved dressing up and going out to "trick or treat" our neighbors. They always gave great candy bars... the big ones, not the little, overpriced, reduced fat miniature things kids get today.
I would walk around the neighborhood gathering up all the candy I could get, have fun with my friends, and scare our little brothers and sisters with spooky tales about the run down house on our block. What great times.
While the skeletons dance And the full moon floats; While the black cats prance And the old troll gloats; While the wind goes "Whooo!" And the ghosts shout "Boo!" While the werewolves play And the black crows preen, Your librarians say "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!"
Witches Sabbath, the Devil, and hints of rebellion make Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story Young Goodman Brown a Halloween must-read. The story takes place in Salem with a community of god-fearing Puritans during the time of the infamous Salem witch trials.
So, it is that time again. It's time to get out the carving knives and make pumpkins become art. It is amazing what a little time, patience, and a good pattern can do for a pumpkin. We recently held a pumpkin carving program here at the Lee's Summit Branch and look what we made. We had great fun carving and talking. New friends were made, and pumpkins were turned into masterpieces.
Now, I know Halloween is over, but every year around this time I start thinking about how Halloween became Halloween. I feel like there is more to the date than costumes, candy, and trick-or-treating. I began my research on our MCPL list of history databases. Searching individual databases was not providing me with a ton of general information, so I decided to do a cross search on multiple databases (top of the page). This search brought plenty of results, including a rather interesting tale from Ireland.