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Our annual after-hours Halloween party is one of our biggest events of the year.  We often have 1,000 people in attendance!  This year we're hosting The Nightmare Before Halloween on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7 p.m.  All the fun is inspired by the twisted genius of movie director/producer Tim Burton.  Each area is devoted to one of his movies.  Boys and girls of every age/Wouldn't you like to see something strange?  . . .  This is Halloween!  Here's what awaits you.

It is the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas!  Jack Skellington and all the spookiness of Halloween Town has taken over the Kid Zone.
Have your official commemorative photo taken with Jack Skellington, Sally, and Zero.
Play the Spin & Dance Game with Oogie Boogie.
Navigate the other holiday worlds in our Holiday Maze through the trees.
Make spooky Magic Scratch Trees and Monster Eyes with a witch in disguise.
Make the perfect Halloween/Christmas ornament -- Jack Skellington Santa Heads.

Tim Burton had a very different take on Roald Dahl's classic novel.  And Johnny Depp was a vastly different Willy Wonka.  Take the Great Glass Elevator (or the stairs) down to the Theatre Level, which we've transformed into Wonka's Factory.
Snap your picture in the Dragon Boat afloat in the river of chocolate.
At the other end of the river, you can Go Fishing for Wonka candy.  Don't be an Augustus Gloop.  You don't want to be stuck in a tube, too!
Pretend you've chewed Three-Course Dinner Gum in the Testing Room.  Once you've turned into a giant blueberry, let an Oompa-Loompa roll you across the Library Theatre stage.
Make a specially trained nut-sorting squirrel in the Nut Room.
Shrink yourself down and star in a television show in the Mike Teavee Experience.
Everyone will receive a piece of Wonka chocolate.  Five of the chocolates also have a golden ticket.  If you find one, give it to Willy Wonka and receive a special treat.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND on the Library Plaza
Have an audience with the Queen of Hearts.  Be on your best behavior or it's off with your head!
Play a game of flamingo croquet with the Cheshire Cat and a playing card.
Make a tiny hat with the Mad Hatter.
Paint the roses red with Alice.
Treat yourself to a tea party.  How will you know what's for you?  Simply read the labels -- Eat Me and Drink Me.

Travel back in time to September 3, 1940 to make a 1940's silhouette.

Get a pumpkinhead or other spooky airbrush tattoo.
Make candy terrariums that resemble a Beetlejuice graveyard.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)
8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book
"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.  Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.  But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."

Now, just a year-and-a-half later, the most-talked about book of 2017 becomes what will surely be a much-discussed movie.  The Hate U Give opens nationwide October 19, 2018.  Starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, and Sabrina Carpenter, with Common and Anthony Mackie.  I will definitely be catching it this month.  See you at the movies.