Archive for Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Spooky evening

Teen group, library staff celebrate Halloween with stories

November 1, 2006

Basehor children and parents have learned that city park can be a pretty spooky place after dark.

The Basehor Community Library put on its annual Scary Stories in the Park event Friday night with special guest Jo Ho the Storyteller, based in Overland Park. Vickey Long, of the library's children's services, said about 125 people came out to city park to hear Jo Ho's "Bone Rattlers and Spine Tinglers."

"It was a really good turnout," she said. "The sky was clear, it stopped raining and we had a really good time."

Attendees were served hot chocolate until it "disappeared" during the stories. After about an hour of spooky tales, children and their parents could make a $1 donation to be led down haunted trails. The library's Teen Advisory Group, which is called TAG, transformed the walking trail that goes through the park into a haunted forest.

"We've been doing Scary Stories in the Park for close to 10 years now, but it is the first year the teens added their haunted trails to it," Long said.

Three teens, dressed up as witches stirring their caldron, greeted guests at the beginning of the trail, while other creatures lurked along the rest of the path.

When the trail came to an end, visitors were invited to the shelter house to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. The teens raised $173, which will go toward the new library building.

"Over 70 people did the trails," Long said. "The teens were awesome. They really worked hard to do this."

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