Our local Rockford area libraries have some treats and tricks up their sleeves for Halloween this year! Many libraries in the Stateline area are hosting fun events for kids of all ages including parades, special storytimes, parties, and movie showings. Head to the library for a spooky good time!

All events are FREE and open to the public unless noted!

Families / All Ages

Scary Tales / Historias de Miedo

Where: Rockford Public Library Hart Interim
214 N. Church St., Rockford, IL

When: October 12, 2019
2 – 3 pm

Listen to an hour of funny and scary stories for Halloween. A scary snack will be provided.

Magic Matt’s Spooky Family Fun Show

Where: North Suburban Library Roscoe and Loves Park
5562 Clayton Cir., Roscoe, IL and 6340 N. 2nd St., Loves Park, IL

When: October 14, 2019
10 – 11 am (Roscoe) and 2 – 3 pm (Loves Park)

Magician/balloon artist Matt Scherer will delight you with magical illustrated stories featuring goofy ghosts, silly skeletons and more.

Jug-O-Lanterns

Where: Rockford Public Library Rock River
3128 11th St., Rockford, IL

When: October 19, 2019
10:30 – 11:30 am 

Draw a creature face on a clean, recycled milk jug using permanent markers then add a glow stick or battery powered tea light for an instant Jack-O-Lantern.

Halloween J-I-N-G-O

Where: Rockford Public Library East
6685 E. State St., Rockford, IL

When: October 30, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Halloween Jingo is a Bingo style game. Have fun playing with your family!

Trick or Treat

Where: Rockford Public Library Rock River
3128 11th Ave., Rockford, IL

When: October 31, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Make Rock River library a safe trick or treat stop on your Halloween night. Costumed children will receive a small treat bag.


Preschoolers

Glow in the Dark Storytime

Where: Rockford Public Library Rockton Centre
3112 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL

When: October 14, 2019
6 – 7 pm

Kids ages 2-7 can enjoy a not-so-spooky storytime as they turn off the lights and watch them glow. There will be stories, singing, dancing and a craft.

Halloween Stories at Preschool Story Hour

Where: North Suburban Library Roscoe and Loves Park
5562 Clayton Cir., Roscoe, IL and 6340 N. 2nd St., Loves Park, IL

When: October 28 – 31
Monday at 6:30 pm
Wednesday at 10 am
Thursday at 10 am (Roscoe only)

Listen to Halloween stories during Story Hour.

Preschool StoryTime: Halloween Party

Where: Beloit Public Library
605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI

When: October 30, 2019
10 am – 11 am 

Kids ages 6 and under can enjoy a parade, songs, and a snack. Costumes are encouraged!

Annual Preschool Halloween Parade

Where: Talcott Free Library
101 E Main St, Rockton, IL

When: October 31, 2019
10 am – 11 am

Join the fun as we trick or treat down Main Street or in the library. Costumes are encouraged!


Gradeschoolers

Horror-gami

Where: Rockford Public Library Rockton Centre
3112 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL

When: October 5, 2019
1 – 2 pm

Kids ages 8 – 18 can create monstrous origami.

Spooky Craft Wars

Where: North Suburban Library Roscoe
5562 Clayton Cir., Roscoe, IL

When: October 9, 2019
6 – 7 pm

Kids in grades 6-12 can create Halloween crafts from a variety of materials. Prizes are awarded to the winning team. Register at Reference Services.

The Dark Doesn’t Scare Me

Where: Beloit Public Library
605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI

When: October 12, 2019
2 – 3 pm

Kids ages 8- 13 can have “in the dark” fun. Bring your flashlight and your bravest friend, and be prepared for surprises as you test your courage. There will be lots of mystery, games, and glow-in-the-dark fun.

Not-So-Spooky Ghost Stories

Where: Rockford Public Library Rockton Centre
3112 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL

When: October 21, 2019
5:30 – 6:15 pm

Kids ages 5-9 are invited to listen to ghost stories and share their favorites. There will be a craft and s’More treat.

Spooky Craft Wars

Where: North Suburban Library Loves Park
6340 N. 2nd St., Loves Park, IL

When: October 23, 2019
6 – 7 pm

Kids in grades 6-12 can create Halloween crafts from a variety of materials. Prizes are awarded to the winning team. Register at Reference Services.

Arts & Crafts: Spooky Smorgasbord

Where: Beloit Public Library
605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI

When: October 30, 2019
4:15 – 5:15 pm

Kids ages 6-12 can do a spooky craft while supplies last.


Teens

Tween Book Character Pumpkins

Where: Cherry Valley Public Library
755 E. State St., Cherry Valley, IL

When: October 8, 2019
6 – 7 pm

Kids ages 10-18 can use paint, construction paper, and felt to transform an artificial pumpkin into a character to be displayed in the library. Register here.

Sugar Skull Workshop

Where: North Suburban Library Roscoe
5562 Clayton Cir., Roscoe, IL

When: October 11, 2019
2 – 3 pm

Kids ages 10-14 can create three different sugar skulls that they can take home. Register at Children’s Services.

Sugar Skull Workshop

Where: North Suburban Library Loves Park
6340 N. 2nd St., Loves Park, IL

When: October 15, 2019
2 – 3 pm

Kids ages 10-14 can create three different sugar skulls that they can take home. Register at Children’s Services.

Ghost Stories

Where: Rockford Public Library Rock River
3128 11th St., Rockford, IL

When: October 23, 2019
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Kids ages 9-12 can listen to Ms. Abby read a strange spooky story. Meet in the Children’s area.

Teen Pumpkin Painting Party

Where: Talcott Free Library
101 E Main St, Rockton, IL

When: October 25, 2019
3:30 – 5 pm

Kids in grades 6-12 can paint a pumpkin. Sign up by October 22nd. Cost is $2 per person.

Ghost Stories

Where: Rockford Public Library Rock River
3128 11th St., Rockford, IL

When: October 30, 2019
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Kids ages 9-12 can listen to Ms. Abby read a strange spooky story. Meet in the Children’s area.

What library events are you attending this year?

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