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HALLOWEEN IS HERE!

Here's the bummer about Halloween this year: it's on a school night. It's the start of the school week, yet with homework, practices, and so much more just hours away.

 

The kids want to forget about homework, stay up late and eat candy with abandon. After all, it's Halloween! Parents, not so much. So, how do you make a school night celebration fun and memorable without turning your kids into sugar-hungover zombies at school the next day?

 

Start with dinner. Get responsibilities out of the way before you even set the table. Then, serve up a ghoulish feast!

  • Make spiderweb pizzas using string cheese to create webs and black olives for spiders.
  • Make creepy witch fingers out of baby carrots. Attach an almond sliver to the end of the carrot with a dab of cream cheese. Serve with a ranch dip "witches brew."
  • Or, shape ready-to-bake breadsticks into finger shapes. Roll them out, cut them to half their length, and shape them. Then, attach an almond for a fingernail and bake. Serve them with pizza sauce for dipping.
  • Breadsticks can also be easily shaped into spooky bones. Simply cut them to half-length, then cut a horizontal slit into each end. Shape the ends into the two knobby ends of the bone, pressing the middle to create the bone shape.
  • Or, shape ready-to-bake breadsticks into these adorable snakes with the addition of pepperoni and poppy seeds.
  • Clementines, tangerines, and oranges make adorable mini-jack-o'-lanterns. Simply draw faces on them with a black marker.
  • Or, make this skeleton sheet pan nachos with tortillas, cheese, and corn.



Now for dessert; that coveted mountain of candy produced by an evening's worth of trick-or-treating. We parents want to get the kids out early and home to bed at a reasonable hour, but there are challenges (like everyone getting home at different hours). Luckily, many local cities host fun Halloween events with trick-or-treating, costume contests, and photo ops galore. And best of all, the festivities begin early-most of them around 5:00 PM.

Grab a group of friends and take a trek down to Old Pasadena for store-to-store trick-or-treating, a Halloween-themed family portrait, and a free movie in the One Colorado Courtyard.

 

Sierra Madre celebrates Halloween with small-town flair. There's a Halloween parade led by the Sierra Madre fire department, store-to-store trick-or-treating, and a costume contest.

 

Old Town Monrovia hosts a Halloween bash with a costume contest for kids and dogs, games, crafts, trick-or-treating, and more!

 

Head home as it's getting dark, stop by a few houses in the neighborhood for a little more trick-or-treating, and then let the annual candy count begin!

 

Happy Halloween!

 

Julie Ward

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PICKS OF THE LITTER

Take & Make: Haunted House Luminaries

Your family can join the Hill Avenue Branch librarians in making a spooky silhouette to light up the night sky! Registration for craft kits opens on October 1 through 15 or while supplies last.

 


 

Drawtober Series: Inks and Tools

Your family can join the Santa Catalina Branch librarians for a two-part series on drawing using age-old skills like berries for ink and quills. The creativity happens on October 8 and 15, from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Learn more here.

 


 

Take & Make: "Dark" Dreamcatcher

Your family can join the Hastings Branch librarians in catching your spooky dreams with a "dark" dreamcatcher. Craft kits' reservations are open from October 16 through October 30 or while supplies last. More information is here.

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MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

 

Boo At The Zoo

The LA Zoo's annual Halloween celebration is back for another year. It runs from October 1 through 31, with activities throughout the zoo. There are even trick-or-treat stations on the last two weekends of the month. Learn more here.
 



 

Muddy Boot Farm

Kidspace welcomes you and your kids to their new outdoor exhibit, Muddy Boot Farm, where everyone can play growing, harvesting, and selling their crops while learning how farms work and plants grow. The exhibit is free with your paid Kidspace admission or membership. Keep in mind events at the Rose Bowl impact Kidspace, so please check the hours of operation and reserve your arrival tickets in advance.
 




 

Halloween At Kidspace

What's billed as the "most adorable" Halloween celebration happens at Kidspace Children's Museum from October 1 through 31. Everyone is welcome to participate in costume parades, mask making, and for a modest fee, pumpkin carving. You'll even visit with some not-too-scary Halloween animal friends. Learn more here.

STUFF TO DO

National Coming Out Day Celebration

Your family can join the City of Pasadena in its celebration and fostering of an inclusive community by marking National Coming Out Day's anniversary on October 11, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Pasadena City Hall. There will be music, food, crafts, speakers, and more. No reservations are required.

 


 

Jackbox Games for Teens

Your teen (ages 13-19) can join the Hastings Branch librarians for an afternoon of gaming fun playing Quiplash, Fibbage, Trivia Murder Party, and more on October 12, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. More information is here.

 


 

Board Game Night

Your family can join others and the Altadena librarians in an evening of board game fun on Mondays through December 19, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. No registration is required.

 


 

Chess Night

Your family can join other chess lovers and the Altadena librarians in an evening of chess-inspired fun on Tuesdays through November 22, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. No registration is required.

 


 

Fiesta La Pintoresca

Your family can join the La Pintoresca Branch librarians in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with cultural stories, music, crafts, and more on October 12, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Learn more.

 


 

Patchwork Pumpkins

Your family can join the Santa Catalina Branch librarians in making patchwork pumpkins on October 13 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

 


 

STEAM Team

Your tween (ages 9-12) can join the Hastings Branch librarians every third Monday to learn different STEAM activities. Up next is magnets on October 17 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Registration is required.

 


 

Art with Jeanette: Halloween Collages

You tween (ages 7-12) can join the Hastings Branch librarians in being inspired by Halloween tales and then making a collage from their ideas on October 19 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Registration is required.

 


 

Halloween Stories & Costume Parade

Your preschoolers (ages 3-5) can join the Santa Catalina Branch librarians for some Halloween stories and a parade to show off their costumes on October 20 from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM. 

 


 

Design a Foam Pumpkin

Your preschooler (ages 3-5) can join the Villa Parke Community Center Branch librarians in designing a foam pumpkin on October 21 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

 


 

Fab Lab Foundations: 3D Printing - Making Library-Themed Tokens

Your family (ages 8 and up) can join the Altadena librarians in the Fab Lab to learn how to print a model of the library's decorative wall tiles on October 8 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Afterward, they can book time in the Fab Lab to make more models for printing. Registration is required.

 


 

Sew Fun: Animal Finger Puppets

Your kids (ages 7-12) can join the Altadena librarians in learning how to sew finger puppets on October 13 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. No experience is necessary. Registration is required.


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MORE STUFF TO DO

In-N-Out Cover to Cover Club

Your kids (ages 4-12) can earn a free hamburger or cheeseburger for every five books they read! The program runs from October 1 through November 12. You can register at the Altadena Main Library or Bob Lucas Branch Library. See the event listing for more details.

 


 

3x3 Art Workshop: Origami

Teens and adults can join the Altadena librarians for an origami-making workshop on October 15 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This is the first session of the 3x3 art workshop series. Registration is required, and spots are limited.

 


Pumpkin STEM Challenge

Your kids (ages Infants-12) can stop by the Children's Area at the Altadena Main Library to guess the weight, height, circumference, and the number of seeds inside a pumpkin grown in the library's garden. Winners will be chosen for each category for the closest estimate. Limit one entry per child.



The Blue Submarine: Adventures in Marine Biology!

Everyone can join the Bob Lucas librarians for a visit from the Blue Submarine when it docks on October 29 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. You'll learn about marine life, check out tidepool animals, and more!

 


 

Queer Sanctuary: ArtPunk (for Teens)

Your teens (grades 8-12) can join Side Street Projects and the Altadena Main Library for an afternoon of deconstructing and customizing their clothes with sewing machines to make them into wearable art on October 20, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
 

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NINE LIVES EVENTS

 

These events are regularly scheduled, and many do not require registrations. That said, please check with the event host in case of holidays, weather, COVID, or other reasons to cancel or reschedule.
 



 

Afternoon Games

The whole family is invited to the Villa Parke Community Center Branch Library to play games, from board games to giant dominos. The fun happens on Tuesdays, from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM.

 


 

Infant & Toddler Storytimes

Your little ones (ages 0-2) and their caregiver can join the Pasadena librarians weekly at 10:30 AM for 20 minutes of reading, rhyming, and singing fun! 

Lamanda Park Branch - Tuesdays

Allendale Branch - Wednesdays

 


 

Preschool Storytime - Pasadena Public Libraries

Your kids (ages 3-5) can join the Pasadena librarians weekly for a selection of stories, songs, crafts, or a short movie. Activities vary by branch.

Villa Parke Community Center Branch - Tuesdays, 10:30 AM till 11:30 AM

Santa Catalina Branch - Wednesday, 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM

San Rafael Branch - Wednesdays, 11:00 AM till 11:30 AM

Lamanda Park Branch - Thursdays, 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM

Linda Vista Branch - Thursday, 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM

Hill Avenue Branch - Saturdays, 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM

 


 

Family Films

Villa Parke Community Center Branch hosts a family movie for you on Thursdays, from 3:30 PM till 5:30 PM. Please contact the branch at 626-744-6510 for the movie title. And this is a BYOS (bring your own snacks) event.

 


 

Video Game Club

Your Teen (age 14-19) can stop into the Hastings Branch Library Meeting Room on Thursdays, from 4:00 PM till 6:00 PM, for some gaming fun on the Nintendo Switch. They can make new friends and learn fair play every week. No registration is required. Must play well with others.

 


 

Crafting with Tish & Tosh

Join the Pasadena Library online for some all-ages crafting fun. You'll learn new crafts all year round. The crafting fun happens on every-other Monday on Instagram Live from 3:00 PM till 3:30 PM.

 



Teen Switch Hour

Your Tweens (ages 8-12) can join the Altadena librarians for some Nintendo Switch fun playing Mario Kart, Mario Party, and Smash Brothers every Thursday from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM in the Main Library's Community Room. The library has a limited number of systems available. You are welcome to bring your own Switch. .

 



Innovation Lab

Your kids (ages 6-11) can join the Monrovia librarians every month as they explore different STEM-related activities. No registration is required. Supplies are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each event runs from 3:00 PM till 4:30 PM on the following dates:

September 7

October 12

November 9

December 14

 

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