Koen Unsworth

Little monsters take over Stettler Public Library during third annual Monster Bash

As Stettler donned its Halloween costume with various Halloween-themed events and spooky characters, the library hosted its third annual...

As Stettler donned its Halloween costume with various Halloween-themed events and spooky characters, the library hosted its third annual Monster Bash on Friday evening, Oct. 28.

With more than 60 people attending the event, including 37 children, the library transformed into a Halloween zone of various hubs.

Kids were dressed as firemen, members of the SWAT team, princes and princesses, and pirates.

“This event is two-fold,” said Elaine Hoekstra, main event organizer and library program coordinator. “It serves as a fundraiser as well as an introduction to families who are visiting the library for the first time to give them a feel about the types of programs and activities we run.”

This year’s bash showcased activities that are a part of the library’s programs for toddlers to tweens.

“The craft activities were designed for different age groups and skill levels to give participants creative freedom,” Hoekstra said. “The crafts centred on fine-motor skills – weaving webs, assembling skeletons and sun catchers. Our guests could also decorate a photo frame to showcase their photo booth pictures.”

But the perler bead table was by far the most popular with children and adults alike.

According to Hoekstra, when the children were not crafting they were enjoying carnival games, finding puzzle pieces around the library to complete the Halloween puzzles and spinning the prize wheel.

“Some our older guests sampled activities (3-D building and sound production) from our S.T.E.A.M. Saturday program,” she added.

This S.T.E.A.M. program enables participants to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Another library program showcased that evening was the “Read and Rhyme” for ages zero to five, with a storyteller.

“Our numbers were slightly down from last year but the families stayed longer with opportunities to return to their favourite activities,” Hoekstra noted. “We’d like to thank Sean’s No Frills for the refreshments for the evening and all the volunteers who invested their time and expertise – Jordan Fredric, David and Susan Guba, Josiah Keith, Jessie McMillan, Rebecca Rahn, Abby Spencer, Bradley Spencer, Megan Spencer, and the Stettler Public Library Staff.”

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