Westwood Library hosts Halloween morning fun

Children parade through the library in costume for Halloween morning fun at the Westwood Library. Photos by Laura Drinan

By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last week, the Westwood Public Library invited children of all ages to join them for a Halloween morning celebration. With sing-alongs, a story time, a parade, and party, the youngest trick-or-treaters and their caregivers flocked to the library to join in on the fun.

Dressed as Supergirl, Westwood librarian, Karen Cagan, lets out a big roar while telling a Halloween-themed story. Photos by Laura Drinan

Dressed as Supergirl, Westwood librarian, Karen Cagan, lets out a big roar while telling a Halloween-themed story. Photos by Laura Drinan

Dressed as superheroes, the Westwood children’s librarians took turns leading the children in Halloween-themed songs and rhymes. One of the librarians even performed a “magic trick,” when she folded a paper and cut pieces out of it to transform it into a paper house with a door capable of fitting a witch’s hat through it. The librarians also acted out stories, including one about a giant pumpkin.

Head of Children’s Services Lizzy McGovern threw on a witch’s hat to enact a scene in which she finds a massive pumpkin. Unable to pull it off the vine, she enlists her fellow librarians, Karen Cagan, Suzie Canale, and Hannah Gavalis, dressed as a ghost, vampire, and bat, respectively, to work as a team to pull the pumpkin off of the vine for a Halloween celebration.

Three-year-old Lara begins her day of Halloween fun at the Westwood Library’s Halloween sing-along, parade, and party. Photos by Laura Drinan

Three-year-old Lara begins her day of Halloween fun at the Westwood Library’s Halloween sing-along, parade, and party. Photos by Laura Drinan

In their costumes, the children sang along with their favorite librarians and listened to the stories. But soon, they were up on their feet and ready to parade around the library. Following Hannah as she played music and marched through the lobby and upper floor, the children showed off their costumes to the library goers as paraded through the shelves of books.

With some of the children dressed as princesses, others dressed as animals, a few fairies, and several simply going as themselves, the librarians ensured that all would have a good time with a party in the Children’s Library after they finished parading and choosing treats from the circulation desk staff.

Children at the Westwood Library’s Halloween party enjoy sugar cookies, juice, and fun in their costumes.  Photos by Laura Drinan

Children at the Westwood Library’s Halloween party enjoy sugar cookies, juice, and fun in their costumes. Photos by Laura Drinan

Children gathered and admired each other’s costumes at the Children’s Library’s Halloween party, where they also enjoyed spooky sugar cookies and juice. A special take-home activity package assembled by the library staff promised parents that the children would stay busy until trick-or-treating time.

For many of the attendees, it was their first Halloween where they could choose their own costumes and trick-or-treat.

While the night promised more fun and candy, the Westwood Library certainly gave children the perfect start to the day’s festivities.

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