Celebrate Halloween 2018 at the Birmingham Public Library

Teens build a haunted house
The Birmingham Public Library is helping our patrons get in the Halloween spirit. Besides candy give-aways for young patrons at most of our 19 locations across Birmingham on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, there are plenty of free activities for patrons of all ages taking place all week.

Programs include a Harry Potter Party at Smithfield Branch Library, Mardi Gras murdery mystery program for adults at Five Points West Regional Branch Library, Spooky Science Family Night program for kids at Avondale Regional Branch Library, Halloween crafts for kids at North Avondale Branch Library, and edible Halloween treat-making activities at Wylam Branch Library and Inglenook Branch Library.

Ensley Branch Library and Southside Branch Library are also hosting “count the candy in a jar” contests in which the person guessing the closest will win prizes.

Halloween programs through October 31 at BPL:

Avondale Library
Family Night: Spooky Science, Tuesday, October 30, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Join Avondale Library for a night of spooky science as Ms. Jan (The Science Lady) presents an evening of "bubbling, oozing, gooey good fun" you won't soon forget. Halloween costumes are welcome, but please leave scary masks at home. Free but advance registration required.

Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Trick or Treat! Monday, October 29, 9:30–10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Wear your non-scary Halloween costume for a non-scary Tot Time filled with stories, songs, and lots of trick-or-treat fun for everyone. Storytime is designed for 2- to 4-year-olds with a parent or caregiver; no groups, please. Free but registration required.

Central Library
Earlier this week, Central Library Youth Department hosted Mayhem in the Mad Scientist Lab activity, in which patrons solved the mystery of Dr. Frankenstein’s missing potions and true identity of the thief. If you missed it, make plans to be at these activities below:

Engineers: Build a Haunted House, ongoing through Tuesday, October 30
Build and design a haunted house with flashing lights and moving doors.

Monster Mash, Wednesday, October 31, 3:30 p.m.
Join the Central Library Youth Department for fun activities including humorous Halloween-themed movies, crafts, and face-painting.

Ensley Library
“Guess How Many Pieces Are in the Candy Jar” contest, October 2531, 2018
Visit Ensley Branch Library and guess how many pieces are in the candy jar. The person closest to the real number will win a prize.

Five Points West Library
Harry Potter Movie Marathon (three dates)
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.,
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2:006:00 p.m.
Monday, October 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Get ready for the Triwizard Tournament with a Harry Potter movie marathon! Drop in whenever you can to witness the magic!

Harry Potter Triwizard Tournament, Monday, October 29, 2018, 5:007:00 p.m.
Join Five Points West Library to kick off Halloween week with a Harry Potter treat! This program is designed for families with children of all ages. Families in attendance are asked to come dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character. Free but pre-registration is required.

Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder Mystery, Wednesday, October 31, 10:3011:30 a.m.
Join us for this fun Halloween activity for adults. Patrons will work together to solve a “Murder Mystery.”

Inglenook Branch Library
“Make It, Eat It” Halloween crafts, Friday, October 26, 3:30 p.m.
Young patrons will make tasty, edible witch hats. Also join us on Halloween for free candy and Halloween coloring sheets.

North Avondale Branch Library
Halloween Crafts & Candy Treat Bags, Wednesday, October 31, 3:30 p.m.
Join North Avondale Library on Halloween for fun afterschool crafts, candy treat bags, and refreshments, all while being entertained by “spooky music” all ages can enjoy.

Smithfield Branch Library
Harry Potter Party, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 3:30 p.m.
Join Smithfield Library for Harry Potter-themed games, snacks and a free showing of the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Costumes are welcome, especially Muggle costumes! Smithfield Library will be transformed into Hogwarts for an afternoon of fun for little witches and wizards!

Southside Branch Library
Count the Candy Corn, ongoing through Saturday, October 27, 2018
Drop by the Southside Library during operating hours and guess the number of candies in the jar. Make one guess per day. The winner will receive books and a gift card from a local restaurant.

Titusville Branch Library
Let's Get Crafty, Wednesday, October 31, 3:304:30 p.m.
This weekly afterschool craft program for kids will focus on fun Halloween activities.

Wylam Branch Library
Edible Halloween Craft, Wednesday, October 31, 3:30 p.m.
Join us as we make tasty, Halloween treats.