Halloween Celebrations at Moorestown Library

The library is excited to bring back two favorite Halloween traditions this year, the MooreKids Costume Swap and Library Trick-or-Treat.

Special to The Sun: A family of four celebrates last year’s Moorestown Library’s Trick-or-Treat event.

This October will be full of Halloween thrills and chills at the Moorestown Library! Whether you’re looking to celebrate the season with a not-so-scary story, pick up a gently used costume (for free!), or take a dive into Halloween’s fascinating history, the library offers Halloween fun for all ages.

The spooky season kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. when storyteller Dan Dougherty will tell “A Not-So-Scary Halloween Story” on the library lawn at the corner of West Second and Washington Streets. Registration is not required in order to attend, but you can sign up in advance at MoorestownLibrary.org/Events to hear your child’s name included in the story. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Special to The Sun: A mother and her young child celebrate last year’s Moorestown Library Trick-or-Treat event.

The library is excited to bring back two favorite Halloween traditions this year, the MooreKids Costume Swap and Library Trick-or-Treat. On Saturday, Oct. 23, MooreKids will offer a wide selection of free, gently used costumes in a variety of children’s sizes. This event will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Because the event will be held indoors, we respectfully ask all in attendance to wear a mask and limit browsing time to allow for social distancing. If you’d like to donate a gently used costume, you may drop it off in the library’s Children’s Room any time before Oct. 23.

Once you’ve found your perfect costume, show it off at Library Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 30. Drop in between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for the one treat better than candy – books! Every child in costume is invited to pick out a book to keep. This event will be held outside the library’s front entrance.

Have you ever wondered why we carve pumpkins at Halloween, dress up in costumes, or decorate our homes with skeletons and ghosts? Halloween: A Haunted History is a fascinating online presentation designed to answer all of these questions and more. This colorful new program traces the strange history of Halloween, from Old World harvest festivals to our modern family holiday. 

Along the way author, photographer, and lecturer Kevin Woyce will discuss the origins of the Jack O’Lantern, Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, the first monster movies, famous costume makers, and much more. The hour-long slideshow, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is illustrated with original photographs and antique Halloween cards, advertisements, artwork, and movie posters. 

There will be a Q&A at the end of the program. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Visit MoorestownLibrary.org/Events to register for the Zoom link.

Of course, you can always borrow spooky books and scary movies from the library, or attend a Halloween-themed story time. Visit us in person or online at MoorestownLibrary.org for more details.