Local children and children-at-heart can bury themselves in the spirit of Halloween in Woodstock with a variety of spooktacular seasonal events this week, from scary movies at the Woodstock Library to trick-or-treating around the Woodstock Square.
New this year, the Woodstock Public Library is setting the scene for Halloween with its Creature Features movie series, starring mummies, vampires, zombies, ghosts, werewolves, Frankenstein’s monster and psychotics.
“It’s unique that we’re doing all old horror movies … almost every classic creature in cinema,” said Sarah Kaminski, event coordinator at the library.
Showings will include: “The Mummy,” Saturday, Oct. 28; “Night of the Living Dead,” Monday, Oct. 30; and “Dracula,” Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Parental discretion is advised and all movies begin at 7 p.m., except “The Mummy,” which will be shown at 2 p.m.
The library will be decked out for the holiday, and Halloween day activities including games and trick-or-treating will be offered from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
For more sophisticated tastes, the Woodstock Garden Club will present a Witches’ Tea from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Stage Left Café. Tickets cost $15 and are available in advance or at the door. The event will include magical raffles, devilish drawings and frightening food. Money raised will benefit the club’s annual scholarship.
In addition to sponsoring the scholarship, the garden club maintains several garden spaces in the city of Woodstock.
“We do a lot of gardens and floral arrangements,” said club representative Mary Fran Madjack. “Our main concern is to beautify the city of Woodstock.”
D.C. Cobb’s will be hosting a Hallo-ween party geared toward adults from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Witches, Boos and Brews will take place on Benton Street in a heated tent. The event will feature a costume contest with prizes and live music all day including the Semple Band. A $10 cover admission will be charged.
Woodstock Halloween festivities will culminate Tuesday, Oct. 31, with a costume contest on the Square. Cleverly costumed kids should gather at the gazebo at 4 p.m. for judging. Prizes will be awarded at 4:15 p.m. for the scariest, funniest and most original costumes in four age categories: 3 years and younger, 4 to 8 years, 9 to 13 years and 14 years and older. Following the costume contest, children are invited to trick-or-treat around the Square. Many businesses will be distributing treats until 5 p.m. Energetic children and parents can continue with neighborhood trick-or-treating until 7 p.m. Residents wishing to participate can expect visitors between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m.
Trick-or-treating hours in Wonder Lake are 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.