Linton library seeks entrants for pumpkin decorating contest

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A week's worth of Halloween hijinks and fall fun is in store at the Linton Public Library.

Librarians first hope to collect some smashing pumpkins, but hold the knife, please: Carving's not allowed.

The facility plans an all-ages pumpkin decorating contest. Organizers will award three winners in the adult, teens aged 12 to 17, and children's categories.

Registration forms can be obtained at the circulation desk, or online at . Young adult librarian Angie Stuckey can also be contacted at 847-7802 for further information.

Voting began Monday, and all entries must be in by Thursday. Votes will continue through Halloween on Monday, and the winners will be announced Nov. 1.

The top pumpkins will be determined by the public, said Stuckey, with entries numbered. Votes will then be cast by pocket change deposited in jars for their preferred pumpkin.

"We'll have prizes, but we're not sure what they will be yet," Stuckey said.

Real or fake pumpkins are both allowed, but must be small or medium-sized and able to fit on library shelves for display.

Pumpkins also can't be high-tech: No noisemakers, candles, sound machines or lighting's allowed.

Further, while the contest encourages creativity, librarians warn inappropriate pumpkins will be dropped from the contest.

The pumpkin parade isn't the end of the holiday fun, either. The facility also plans Spookapalooza from 5:30 until 7 p.m. on Thursday for preteens and teens.

In addition to offering a chance to decorate pumpkins brought from home, the event will also feature spooky campfire stories shared by the staff, Scooby Doo cartoons, games and treats.

One grotesque attraction's the mad scientist's lab, which Stuckey described gleefully. Essentially, kids get the chance to reach their hands into bags and boxes, sight unseen, and feel around.

"Then they have to guess what's inside," Stuckey said, laughing. Cooked spaghetti and other gooey, sticky and icky substances -- all safe, of course -- will get participants guessing what gruesome concoction they're handling, Stuckey said.

"All kinds of stuff that feels strange will be in there."

The festive fun continues on Saturday with a Halloween party from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for younger children in grades 4 and younger.

A costume contest, prizes, games, storytelling and treats are all in store, and costume judging begins at 12:30 p.m.

Space is limited, Stuckey said, so early registration's encouraged.

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