Halloween Fun for Kids & Teens Oct. 19-Oct. 31

October 16, 2019 | Things To Do

There’s a ton of Halloween fun to be had at Albany Public Library this month. From “Spooky Taxidermy” to “Halloween Hauntings” and “Witches, Goblins, and Ghosts, Oh My,” kids and teens have a number of activities to enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public.


Halloween Costume Swap | Oct. 19 (Sat) | 2:30-4:45 pm | Howe Branch

People can visit the Howe Branch to donate and/or acquire a gently used Halloween costume. The selection will include sizes for infants, children, teens, and adults, with one costume per person. The costume selection is first come, first served, and free for everyone.


Spooky Taxidermy | Oct. 23 (Wed) | 3:30-4:30 pm | Washington Ave. Branch

Teens create spooky Halloween decorations using faux taxidermy, which involves painting fake insects and mounting them to plaques. Space is limited, so register online.


Witches, Goblins & Ghosts, Oh My! | Oct. 26 (Sat) | 2-3 pm | Washington Ave. Branch

Kids ages 5-10 will delight in storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi’s tales of wacky witches, rattling bones, goofy ghosts, and spooky moans. Parents and siblings are invited to join in on this special Halloween storytelling program. No registration required.


Halloween Hauntings | Oct. 30 (Wed) | 4-5 pm | Bach Branch

Kids ages 4-10 are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join their friends for creepy stories and haunted activities. This is a drop-in program.


Halloween Crafts | Oct. 30 (Wed) | 5:30-7:00 pm | Washington Ave. Branch

This craft program features Halloween-themed quilling (paper filigree) for ages 10 and older. Participants will learn how to roll, shape, and glue strips of paper together to create a unique piece of art. Space is limited, so register online.


Scary Storytelling | Oct. 30 (Wed) | 6-6:45 pm | North Albany Branch

Teens and adults are encouraged to bring in their favorite scary stories, or write some of their own, to read aloud. There will be Halloween treats, too. This is a drop-in program.


Halloween Party | Oct. 31 (Thurs) | 3:30-5:00 pm | Delaware Branch

The Delaware Branch’s annual Halloween party features games, activities, candy, and prizes for ages 5-14. Attendees are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to this drop-in party.


Halloween Treat | Oct. 31 (Thurs) | 3:30-4:30 pm | Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

Kids ages 6-10 can drop into the branch to make spooky crispy rice treats and enjoy Halloween activities.


Ghosts & Goblins Face Painting | Oct. 31 (Thurs) | 4-7 pm | Pine Hills Branch

Kids and teens can stop by Pine Hills for face painting, trick-or-treating, and other Halloween activities. This drop-in program is provided in partnership with the University at Albany.


HOWE-loween Party & Costume Contest | Oct. 31 (Thurs) | 4-6 pm | Howe Branch

Partygoers ages 0-17 are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, play games, and trick-or-treat in the library. Prizes will be awarded for the funniest and most realistic costumes. This is a drop-in event.

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is manager of APL's Communication and Creative Services Department, which provides content and information for the library's website, social media, publications, videos, podcasts, and other outlets. Stephanie also manages APL's public relations and marketing efforts.