As with so many things this year, Halloween will be a little different. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control have published safety guidelines, suggestions for alternative activities and warnings about what not to do this year. Haunted houses are not allowed in Illinois right now, for example.
Bolingbrook has also published a page of Halloween information for 2020, but definitely look at the state guidelines, too, because they have more pandemic safety information. If you plan to skip some of your annual traditions this year or adapt activities for increased safety, we want to help!
One of the top recommendations for celebrating Halloween by staying in is having a movie night. When you walk into our library, you will see our displays of books and movies for Halloween (shown below). You can also download or stream books, TV and movies from hoopla. They even set up a special curation of spooky stuff for kids! Kanopy doesn’t have as much, but it does have the picture book favorite Creepy Carrots.
Here are a few favorite movies that aren’t (currently) in our Halloween displays.
SPOOKY FOOD BOOKS
One activity that my family enjoys is watching shows like Halloween Wars and Halloween Baking Championship. You can find plenty of advanced pumpkin carving books for adults in our displays. If you like the idea of making some spooky food (either competitively or cooperatively), read on!
CRAFTING, COSTUMES AND MORE!
If you want to make crafts, costumes or decorations, the Halloween displays have lots of books to choose from. Some titles are available as eBooks from hoopla. The library also has some DVDs.
You might want to plan a party for the people who live in your house or just find some activities to do by yourself. Anyone who has lived in the Midwest knows Halloween weather can range from pleasant with a nip in the air to pouring rain with a chance of snow. Here are some party planning and activity books with both indoor and outdoor activities.