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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 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.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 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.