As Halloween approaches, local libraries are getting into the spirit with parties, parades and trick-or-treating for children.

The Townsend Public Library is hosting Halloween Boo! on Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to noon, where young children will be able to wear costumes and trick-or-treat through the library and the adjoining Senior Center.

Children's librarian Molly Benevides said it's targeted toward kids who are not yet in kindergarten.

"It really is one of the cutest things that we do," Benevides said.

"It's great for kids to have a fun time trick-or-treating without it being dark or scary," Benevides said. "And it's indoors, so even if it is rainy or cold they don't have to put a sweater on over their costumes."

The Townsend Public Library will also be holding a dinner and movie night on Oct. 29. Visitors can bring their own dinners to the library, where "Monsters University" will be screened.

At Pepperell's Lawrence Library, a Halloween parade, arts-and-crafts session, Zombie Day and movie screening will provide options for Halloween fans of all age groups.

Halloween Happenings on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. will give kids in kindergarten through third grade the opportunity to make five or six different Halloween-themed crafts, according to children's librarian Kat Lewin.

On Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m., children can wear their costumes in a Halloween parade and a special spooky-themed storytime.


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"We'll parade around outside of the library if it's nice out, or inside otherwise," Lewin said.

On Nov. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lawrence Library will host a Zombie Day for young adults and teenagers. Attendees will be able to watch zombie movies and learn how to do their own zombie makeup.

Lewin said that although the event was small last year, it was well-received.

"I'm hoping to get a bigger crowd this year. It was just a few of us last year but we had a good time," she said.

The library will also screen the movie "Ghostbusters" on Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. Free pizza will be provided.

At Groton Public Library, a Halloween party for preschool students is being held Oct. 29, from 4-5 p.m.

"They come in their costumes and then we'll have some games -- Halloween bingo, a bean bag toss and some simple crafts. Then they'll get to parade around the library," said children's librarian Karen Dunham.

Teenage volunteers will be helping with crafts and games at the party.

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