Library counts down to Halloween
Some ghouls and goblins made their debuts last week at the Orange County Library’s Countdown to Halloween celebration and film screening.
The festivities began after participants watched the original film “Murder in the Library” by the Teen Services volunteers. The black-and-white silent film follows a young police detective as she solves the mystery of who killed two people in the library.
The film was shot on location in the Hillsborough branch of the Orange County Library and at the Hillsborough History Museum.
Munching on popcorn and candy, the film kicked off the fun that followed.
There was a Halloween trivia contest, a zombie head piñata, a monster treats station where teens and tweens could make delicious monster-themed treats, and a costume contest.
There was David Knox with his sword on his back, shield in hand and ready for adventure as Link, the main character in the Legend of Zelda. Even though he wasn’t rescuing Princess Zelda at the party, Knox did spend some time talking to a bloodied zombie, Vidura Lamkin, who wielded two bloody meat cleavers.
Rachel Buress was a polar bear while Joe Knox was a pop tart, complete with a Star Wars light saber, known as "Darth Tarts." Played by Kay Knox, even Carrie White from the Stephen King novel “Carrie” was on hand for the fun.
David Knox and Buress said that the idea for the Countdown to Halloween celebration came from a brainstorming session about two months ago.
“It was strongly inspired by the last Halloween party we had,” Buress explained.
The entire event was planned, organized and executed by student volunteers, even the film.
“I’m in the film,” David Knox said. “I’m one of the dead bodies. It was really fun to work with everyone and really get into the role.”
“I wrote part of the play but I couldn’t be in it,” Buress said.
David Knox said that the best part was “seeing it all come together.”
When asked what they enjoyed most about Halloween, both soon-to-be teenagers had very different reasons.
“The candy and going out at night are my favorite, all of the things people like about Halloween,” David said. “I also enjoy the cos-play part of it.”
“I’m really interested in mythology and this is in line with that,” said Buress. “I finally get to wear my cool hat. The only thing I prefer to Halloween is my birthday.”
Other Halloween day activities:
• Halloween in Southern Village from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with trick-or-treating at the Southern Village Farmers Market in Chapel Hill. There will be live music from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
• Halloween Carnival from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hargraves Center in Chapel Hill. There will be games, face painting, crafts and spooky entertainment for children and young adults who are 21 years old and younger. There is a $5 fee. Advanced registration is required by Oct. 29 at www.townofchapelhill.org/register.
• Annual Halloween Carnival from 6-8:30 p.m. on the Carrboro Town Commons next to Town Hall.
• Hillsborough Halloween from 6-8 p.m. in downtown Hillsborough. Shops and restaurants will be giving out candy and other treats children.