The pandemic has changed the way we do just about everything, from work to school to leisure activities. Now, as we’re about to enter the holiday season, it’s changing how we celebrate special occasions. Halloween is upon us, and the CDC made recommendations against sending kids out trick or treating and suggested that parents instead find ways to help kids enjoy the spooky season from home.
Usually during this time of year, our libraries are buzzing with ghosts and ghouls, princesses and pirates, who come to participate in Halloween-themed crafting events, costume contests and family programs. We’ll still be hosting the events and programs, but we’ll be doing things a little differently this year. Families can stop by a library location to pick up a Halloween craft pack, full of activities you can do at home, as well as some candy for the kids – because what’s Halloween if it’s all tricks and no treats?
During October we’ll have lots of virtual events you can participate in from home, and during Halloween week, we’ll host a virtual Trick or Treat Safe Zone. This annual event, which we partner with the Orange County Regional History Center to create, will feature events all day, every day. Think Hocus Pocus Trivia Nights, Halloween-themed storytimes, singalongs and puppet shows, recipe demonstrations for Halloween treats and more. The History Center will also host virtual events, so you’ll have plenty to choose from all week long.
No, it’s not the same as going out into the neighborhood with your family and friends, going door-to-door to show off your costuming creativity. But for this highly unusual year, we think it’s a fantastically fun and safe way to get in the spirit. Visit ocls.info/trickortreat for more information and a listing of events.
We’re also celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month through October 15, with a whole slate of cultural and informative virtual events that highlight the contributions our Latinx citizens have brought to our culture. Learn about Hispanic artists, participate in bilingual storytimes or take a Spanish class. We’ve got plenty for you to choose from, and you can find out more at ocls.info/hispanicheritagemonth.