Spooky, Scary Halloween Resources & Events @ SCCLD!

To welcome the spookiest month of the year, the Santa Clara County Library District wants to show you some frighteningly good resources and events happening at your local library! 


SCCLD has events for the whole family this Halloween season! 

Halloween Family Magic Show Monday, October 23rd, 5 PM @ Los Altos Library: Join us for an afternoon of family oriented and Halloween themed magic hosted by magician Brian Scott. Brian combines magic, comedy and crowd participation to create a uniquely captivating performance for families! Registration not required, but space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out at the Children's area desk 30 minutes prior to act start.

Teen Halloween Party with Safe Space! Friday, October 27th, 4 PM  @ Morgan Hill Library: For our last Safe Space gathering in October, we will be hosting a Halloween party for teens! There will be Halloween-themed crafts, games, spooky music and snacks! To be sure we save craft supplies for you, please register early! This gathering is for teens ages 13-20.

Hispanic Herbs Saturday October 28th, 11 AM @ Gilroy Library: Explore the history of Hispanic herbalism as practiced by Californios and Native American Californians.  In addition, Charles Garcia will tell us about the herbs used around Halloween to celebrate those who have gone before us and herbs to protect us from malevolent influences. Everyone is welcome! No registration required!

Family Storytime: Halloween Theme Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 11 AM  @ Saratoga Library: Join the Children's Librarians for a fun, interactive 20-minute family storytime indoors in the Orchard Room on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Due to limited space, we will begin handing out free tickets starting at 10:30 a.m.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Online Resources: 

Kanopy: Though the act of terrifying people through storytelling has been happening since the dawn of our species, incorporating fear and folklore into film has really only taken off during the last century. Since those early days, the genre of horror has evolved greatly through the adaptations of literary classics to present day horror that looks to ditch traditional tropes and subvert expectations. With that in mind, the Kanopy team is excited to bring you Fright Fest, a collection of creepy TV shows and movies for your local goblins and
ghouls to take part in.  To access these scary cinematic works, just go to https://www.kanopy.com/en/category/60744

Creativebug:Enjoy unlimited access to over 1,000 online art and craft classes. Topics include art & design, sewing, quilting, paper, knitting, crochet, food & home, jewelry, holiday & party, and classes for kids. Watch videos anytime, anywhere and at your own pace.

Some fun classes to catch this spooky season on CreativeBug: 

  • Crochet Halloween Appliques: Celebrate spooky season and unlock your inner crochet wizardry with seven halloween-inspired appliqués: a ghost, pumpkin, spider, and a bat, a skull, a potion bottle and a witch's hat. Twinkie Chan is a crochet designer, author, and believer in the crafterlife.
  • Halloween Party Decor: This class is jam-packed with six different Halloween craft projects that range from gothic and bookish to add a slightly sinister note to an adult cocktail party to paper decorations and Halloween surprise balls that will enliven any kids’ party. Use these ideas as a jumping-off point to customize your own Halloween decorations.
  • Halloween Pumpking Carving: Sometimes you want more than a toothy jack-o-lantern welcoming Halloween guests to your front porch or dining room table. Courtney shows you how to borrow techniques from printmaking to create fanciful carved designs – in addition to some quick, non-carving ideas. You’ll have plenty of ideas for adding elegant silhouettes, glitter and geometric designs to your Halloween décor.

Freegal: Freegal Music+ is a free music service which offers download or streaming access to more than 18 million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. Intotal, the collection is comprised of 200 genres of music from over 100 countries.    Find your perfect Halloween playlist! 

Spooky Reads: 

You can find the latest Horror book arrivals at SCCLD under our New Fiction Section

For Adults, here are lists on Horror Fiction and spooky Graphic Novels. 

For Kids, try these Silly, Scary & Creepy Stories! 

For Teens, try this YA horror!