Eastpointe, Roseville libraries to host Halloween programs for families

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 16, 2020

 Local kids can join some fun Halloween-themed programs hosted by both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and Roseville Public Library this season.

Local kids can join some fun Halloween-themed programs hosted by both the Eastpointe Memorial Library and Roseville Public Library this season.

Photo provided by Jason Novetsky


EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library and Roseville Public Library are hosting several Halloween-themed programs to give families a fun experience during what is a difficult Halloween season for many people.


The Eastpointe Memorial Library will host a Halloween costume contest the week of Oct. 26-31. Patrons can come to the library or post a picture of themselves on Facebook in costume anytime that week. Participants can earn tickets through the contest for a random drawing that will be held Monday, Nov. 2.

“One ticket (is awarded) for being in costume, two tickets if the costume depicts a character from a book or an author, and three tickets if a personal protection mask is created to go along with the costume,” Eastpointe Library Assistant Director Suzanne Todd said in an email. “The mask must cover the nose and mouth. Winners of the random drawing will win a gift card to an Eastpointe business. We hope patrons of all ages will get into the spirit of the Halloween season by participating in this special program.”

The Eastpointe library also will be hosting a special Halloween-themed online trivia night. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. It will be hosted by Sandie and Dan Baker, and costumes are encouraged.

“The contest will run a bit differently than in the past,” Todd stated. “Patrons will need to access Zoom to participate. We will have up to four teams. The trivia questions will include multiple-choice answers. Please call or visit the library to sign up. During sign up, make sure you give us your email as the Zoom link will be sent to participants on the day of the contest. … What has not changed is the winning team will get a gift card to an Eastpointe restaurant.   Program is open to patrons 18 years and older.”

Neither program has a cost to participate. Information on the costume contest and trivia contest is available on the library’s website: www.cityofeastpointe.net/library.


The Roseville Public Library will kick off its Halloween programming with a Trick-or-Treat and Spooky Book Walk. It will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, outside the library. Those attending can pick up some candy, make some crafts and dress up as their favorite fictional character. The book walk will be out all day, but treats will be offered between 2 and 3 p.m. Masks are required at the book walk and trick-or-treating, and social distancing is required. In the event of inclement weather, this event might be rescheduled for Oct. 31. No registration is required and costumes are encouraged.

“We want ... to make sure this Halloween activity is fun and safe for everyone,” Community Relations Librarian Jason Novetsky said in an email. “It will be held entirely outdoors. Staff and volunteers will be wearing protective face masks and observing social distancing, and visiting children and adults will be asked to do the same. Candy and other treats will be set out on tables for trick-or-treaters to collect. We will not be handing treats out (directly) or making physical contact.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Hillary Stone and Jessica Krutell, of the Mystic Mitten, will share some of Michigan’s spookiest tales with the “Haunted Stories for All Ages” program. Kids can learn about the glowing tombstone of the Evart Cemetery, the statues that come to life to play in Flint and more. The program is appropriate for ages 6 and older and registration is available via Zoom. The link is available on the online calendar at roseville library.org/wordpress.

Lastly, a haunted trivia night will be hosted by the Roseville library on Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. The event is aimed at adults and will consist of six rounds of trivia.

“The trivia will be about ghastly ghouls, haunted homes, and more mysteries of the macabre,” Novetsky wrote. “But trivia is more fun with a team. Get your family together or gather with your online friends and see how scary good your team is at answering our questions! Registration for this program is not required, the link to play is on the library’s online calendar.”

More information on the Eastpointe Memorial Library is available at www.cityofeastpointe.net/library. It is located at 23200 Gratiot Ave. More information is available on the Roseville Public Library at rosevillelibrary.org/wordpress. It is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave.