HALIFAX — The Halifax County Public Library hosted its annual Halloween event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Although the library’s doors were closed from 4 to 5 p.m. in order for staff to get a break and finish up the last-minute preparations, some people arrived as early as 4:30 in anticipation of entry, according to a press release.

“I was honored to be a part of the Halloween event at the Halifax County Public Library,” said Halifax County Library System Director Brenda Faithful. “I would like to thank the staff and Donna Valdes for all the hard work that went into making this event a success. Due to COVID restrictions, the event had to be modified for safety purposes, but the staff and volunteers made it work. Kudos again to all of them. The patrons were delighted to be able to walk through the library stations, see the staff in costume, take pictures with the various props and receive candy, prizes and free books. Throughout the library you could hear the squeals of delight and laughter as parents, grandparents and children enjoyed this event.”

Despite restrictions, the attendance was steady throughout the night and Halifax Library Manager Barb Valdes said she was happy to see many returning patrons from past years as well as some new faces. The biggest compliment staff said they heard throughout the night from attendees was how they were so happy the library was able to return to having an in-person Halloween. Other positive comments heard included how friendly staff and volunteers were and how much they enjoyed the different decorations in each area that made it feel like a trunk-or-treat event.

Because this is one of the HCL’s largest events of the year, staff and volunteers start planning themes and decorations as early as January. This particular year they decided a trick-or treat event would require different themed areas, so the four main ones included a pirate area, Fairy Land, Under the Sea and a pumpkin patch. Sometimes themes get recycled from different programs. The children’s room was already decorated as Fairy Land from this year’s Summer Reading Program and the Under the Sea themed hallway will moved to the children’s room for the 2021 Summer Reading Program.

According to the library staff, even if the public missed this event the decorations would remain up and kids could still come in during regular business hours to get candy bags until the end of the month.

The Halifax County Library is located at 33 Granville St. Follow the library’s Facebook page and website for more program pictures and information on upcoming programs and services.