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Portage Library invites kids to a frightful time

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette The Portage Lake District Library will again host its haunted library for kids elementary school-age and younger.

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake District Library and the city of Houghton Police Department invite the public to have a frightful time at the annual Haunted Storytime and Movies at the library on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m.

As in previous years, there will be age-appropriate Halloween videos, book readings, and a mini haunted house.

The event is designed for children of elementary school-age and younger, said Houghton Police Lieutenant Nick Roberts, one of the event planners.

Due to time conflicts with the library, Roberts said this year the event will take place on a Wednesday.

“Because of training sessions at the library on Friday,” he explained, “we had to move it to a week day.”

Roberts said over the past four or five years the event has taken place, they have had 100-150 kids attend, but this year, he is concerned about the number, because of it being held on a week day.

“Special guests” will read stories for the kids throughout the evening during the Haunted Storytime, said Roberts. There will be Halloween games and activities, hot dogs and veggie dogs, chips, apple cider, and Halloween treats. Kids can walk through the gently “spooky” Michigan Room and watch a Halloween movie. Kids and their families are welcome to wear Halloween costumes for the event.

Roberts said he could not recall if this is fifth or sixth year of the haunted library, it began with a suggestion of the Police Department.

“We actually started it, jointly with the library,” he said. “We suggested it in trying to come up with different ideas to get more involved with the library itself.”

While the ghostly event begins at 6 p.m. kids and their families, as in past years, can enjoy kick off the evening at the Isle Royale Visitor Center on Lake Street, from 4-6 p.m. Kids can go on a scavenger hunt aboard the Ranger III, and there will be other events similar to last year.

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