I love October. I think it’s my favorite month of the year. The weather is cooler – perfect for jeans and sweatshirts. The leaves turn beautiful colors, it’s the perfect time for making smores over a bonfire, I enjoy the flavors of fall including pumpkin spiced anything, children are getting excited about Halloween and the programming at the Library is spooktacular!

I love helping my kids design their costumes and decorating my house and yard. “How to Create Spectacular Halloween Costumes” by Louann Brown,” Paper Crafts for Halloween” by McGee, Randel and “Haunted House Adventure Crafts” by Anna Llimos Plomer are great books to assist with decorating and costumes.

Having Zinio online has made cooking, decorating and making costumes even easier!  Zinio is an online service available through the Library that offers thousands of magazine subscriptions for free. I love “Taste of Home Holiday,” “Family Circle,” “Country Living,” “Parenting” and “Women’s Day” for holiday ideas, recipes and more.

The Library offers great fall/Halloween programs this month – all for free. There is a Haunt Your Library contest taking place at the Covington Branch Library for grades 1-6 until October 10. Winning stories will be featured in The Recorder Newspaper and prizes will be awarded.  The Halloween storytimes are definitely the cutest thing we see all year – babies in costume! The Boo Bash, Octoberfest and Pumpkin Carving Party are sure to be a good time. The Haunted Library at the Durr Branch on Friday, Oct. 26 and Sat., Oct. 27 promises to offer thrills, chills and laughs. This is suggested for those 6 and older.

The Durr Branch has a few Dracula themed events this month as well as a presentation by the Paranormal Investigators of Northern Kentucky.  Teens can create Eerie Earrings at the Erlanger Branch. Learn more about programs and register at the www.kentonlibrary.org.

If you are looking for a good scare, you might want to check out one of Alvin Schwartz books like “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” or “More Scary Stories: Tales to Chill Your Bones.” “Haunted Kentucky: ghosts and strange phenomena of the Bluegrass State” by Alan Brown or “Tragedy at Devil’s Hollow: and other haunting tales from Kentucky”  by Michael Paul Henson might be interesting to the adults looking for a scare this October. You can search the Library catalog for more ghost stories, e-books, music and more.

In honor of my favorite month, we will be giving away a Kenton County Public Library Fall Prize Pack. To enter, you must do at one of the things below. Doing all four gives you more chances to win. The contest ends at noon on Monday, Oct. 8.

  1. Comment here telling us what your favorite fall program is at the Library.
  2. Subscribe to one online magazine through Zinio and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow the blog by clicking “follow” in the upper left hand corner.
  4. Post a photo on the Library Facebook page of you or your child in their Halloween costume or their favorite Halloween/fall themed book and comment here that you did.

Be sure to do each entry separately for more chances to win. Winner must be able to pick prize up at one of the Kenton County Public Library branches. Be sure to include your first name and email. Library employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.

Good luck!

This post was written by Gina Holt, public relations coordinator

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