Halloween Season Creeping In at the Library

October is officially the most festive month at the Los Angeles Public Library with a whirlwind of Halloween-themed activities for the whole family. Beyond getting your fill of books, movies, and music to inspire a ghoulish month, here are a few fun programs popping up before the trick-or-treaters hit the streets–from ghostly story times to monster puppet shows, spooky face painting, candy apple making, and more.


Halloween Movie

Friday, October 09, 2:30 PM
Pico Union Branch Library
Join us for a free movie, candy and snacks to celebrate Halloween! The film is rated PG! Everyone is welcome. Please call for the title 213.368.7545.


Halloween is for Making Friends-Puppet Show

Wednesday, October 14, 3:30-4:30 PM

Join us for a fun and interactive Halloween puppet show for the entire family! “Monster Mash Up” tells the story of a lonely mad scientist who has no friends to go trick-or-treating with.  He decides to go on a wacky adventure to collect parts to create a friend in his lab!  For kids and pre-school ages.


Halloween Puppet Show

Thursday, October 15, 4:00 PM
West Valley Regional Branch Library
Join us for “Halloween is for Making Friends” puppet show by Swazzle Company! This is a high-energy, interactive show that kids and parents will love for the Halloween season. Funded by the Library Foundation.


Theatre 40 Halloween Show

Saturday, October 17, 2:00 PM
Get ready for Halloween when Theatre 40 presents some spooky tales!


Halloween Origami

Wednesday, October 21, 4:00-5:00 PM
Angeles Mesa Branch Library

As part of our 12 days of Halloween, learn how to make origami, the art of Japanese paperfolding – bats, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns! For teens.


Halloween Craft – Candy Bouquets
Thursday, October 22, 4:00-5:00 PM
John Muir Branch Library
Create a candy bouquet using foam, a cup, sticks, tape, and candies! You can give this as a gift for Halloween or even take it home for yourself to enjoy. Join us at the Meeting Room at 4 p.m. October 22 for our Halloween Craft. If you have any questions, please call 323.789.4800. For teens.

Halloween: Fact or Fiction?
Thursday, October 22, 4:00-5:00 PM
Central Library: Teen’Scape
Saturday, October 31, is Halloween. Are you prepared? What is Halloween? How did it start and why? These questions and more will be explored in this program which will include an interview with a vampire. For teens.


Teen Halloween Caramel Apple Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2:00-4:00 PM
Make caramel apples and enjoy a spooky teen movie to celebrate Halloween.


Halloween Face Painting with Carmen
Tuesday, October 27, 4:00-5:15 PM
Cahuenga Branch Library
Come for a fabulous Halloween face painting from Carmen!  For 0 years to 11 years.


Tony Daniels Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show!

Wednesday, October 28, 4:00-4:45 PM
Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library

Have a spooky good time with the magic of Tony Daniels! For all ages.


Halloween Candy House and Puppet Show

Thursday, October 29, 4:00 PM
John C. Fremont Branch Library
Swazzle Puppet Company will present their new, exciting, interactive (and NOT scary) puppet show “Musical Monster Mash-Up” at 4:00 pm. Before and after the show, enter our Halloween Candy House of fun, and be prepared for lots of sweet treats! The candy house will open in the children’s department before the show (at 3:30 pm) and immediately after the show. All treats will be kosher. Come celebrate a fun and nonscary Halloween at the library! Children of all ages welcome.


Halloween Bingo
Friday, October 30, 3:00-4:00 PM
Angeles Mesa Branch Library
Join us for Halloween Bingo event as part of our 12 days of Halloween. For kids.


Halloween Facepaint

Saturday, October 31, 3:00-5:00 PM
Venice – Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library
Get ready for Halloween with wild, beautiful or ghoulish face paint. Choose a favorite design! FREE. For kids.


Check the Library’s full calendar of events for all upcoming Halloween programs across the city.

Top Photo Credit: From the Library’s Photo Collection–Valley Times Collection. Dated October 26, 1959, “Youngsters at Victory-Vanowen Playground, 12240 Archwood St., North Hollywood, have costumes ready for big Halloween festivities.”

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