Halloween Stories at the Library

It’s the time of year when we welcome scary stories to creep up on us. From movies to books to good old word-of-mouth, the Los Angeles Public Library has you covered this Halloween for your fearful story fix. Download some of your favorite horror movies or e-books here. Or come visit your local branch for one of these spooky special events listed below. And for an extra special treat, check out these archival photos from the Library’s photo collection.


Bobbing for apples by Lee Webber. Having a drippingly good time over a barrel of apples is pretty Diane Smith, practicing on October 29, 1949, for the traditional Halloween game at the Cock and Bull, a popular Hollywood night spot.

Branch Halloween Highlights:

Tuesday, October 29, 2:30 pm
Halloween Fun Fair – sponsored by the Teen Council
, Harbor City – Harbor Gateway

Tuesday, October 29, 3:30 pm
Halloween Storytime and Craft
, Atwater Village

Tuesday, October 29 4:00 pm
Sugar Skulls for Dia de Los Muertos
, Mark Twain

Tuesday, October 29, 4:00 pm
Teen Tarot Halloween Program
, Los Feliz

Wednesday, October 30, 11:30 am
Toddler Storytime — Halloween Fun!
, Venice – Abbot Kinney Memorial

Wednesday, October 30, 3:00 pm
Halloween Craft
, Westwood

Wednesday, October 30, 4:00-5:00 pm
Halloween Parade,
Vernon – Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial

Wednesday, October 30, 4:00 pm
Special Halloween Family Movie Screening
, Wilmington

Thursday, October 31, 3:00 pm
Halloween Stories (w/ Party)
, Arroyo Seco Regional

Thursday, October 31, 3:30 pm
Halloween Stories and Crafts,
Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, October 31, 4:00 pm
Halloween Crafts
, Chinatown

Check LAPL’s calendar for a full listing of events.


Halloween in Panorama City, 1957. Part of Shades of LA, Linda and Mary Buckley, far left and far right, dressed as nuns and ready to trick-or-treat for Halloween in Panorama City.



Gala fete to aid tots, Photograph article dated October 27, 1949 reads, “Getting in the mood for their annual Jack o’ Lantern Ball are Mrs. John L. Glass, Mrs. Marge Futch and Mrs. Edward Shuey, left to right. The Orthopaedic Hospital benefit is set for tomorrow night in the Coconut Grove, with cocktail party preceding [sic] in Embassy Room of Ambassador Hotel. There will be many surprises in store for the guests.”

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