CRANFORD, NJ - Halloween is just around the corner and the Cranford Public Library, along with the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, will be offering a number of programs to help patrons of all ages get into the Halloween spirit. In October, the Friends’ Tuesday evening classic film series will be devoted to scary films, leading off with The Horror of Dracula, 1958, on Oct. 6, and followed by House on Haunted Hill, 1959, on Oct. 13, The Mummy, 1959,on Oct. 20, and Young Frankenstein, 1974, on Oct. 27. Show times are at 7:00 p.m.

The Friends of the Library will also be sponsoring a special program entitled “Ghost Hunting in New Jersey and New York City” on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be presented by L’Aura Hladik of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society and is based on two of Ms. Hladik’s books, Ghosthunting New Jersey (2008) and Ghosthunting New York City (2010). Ms. Hladik will detail with sight—and sound, in some cases—the history and haunts of New Jersey and the Big Apple. Included in the presentation are Charlie Brown's Steakhouse (Hackettstown), the Hotel Belvidere, the Proprietary House, Snug Harbor, the Van Cortlandt Mansion, and the Palace Theater. The venue for the both the classic films and the ghost hunting program is the Cranford Community, located at 220 Walnut Avenue. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Even patrons who do not attend a classic film or the ghost hunting program can get into the Halloween spirit by merely borrowing a book or other item during October. All adult patrons who borrow at least one item will be automatically eligible to win their choice of a bestselling horror novel, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, or a coupon good for a free hardcover book at the Friends’ next book sale.

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The Library’s Teen Department will host a Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the Raddin Room. Those ages 12 to 18 and/or in grades seven through 12 are invited to share the fun, which will include Ghoulish Games, Freaky Fun, and Frightening Food! Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. Registration is required. To register, stop by the Reference Desk (located on the second floor of the Library), call Fran Housten at 908-709-7272, or email her at cranfordlibrary@gmail.com.

The Children’s Department will offer a “Halloween Hootenanny” on Friday, Oct. 30, at 3:45 p.m. The program will feature stories, games, and crafts, and is recommended for children from ages three to six. In addition, on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, children are invited to stop by the Children’s Department to make a simple craft. Saturday hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both activities will take place in the Raddin Room.

Last, be sure to look for the library’s entry in Downtown Cranford’s Scarecrow Stroll. Scarecrows will be on display in downtown Cranford from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1.