Halloween with the Ann Arbor District Library

Halloween at the Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library always has great halloween events throughout October. With the libraries closed except for pickups, their 2020 offerings will be virtual. Their Halloween party was always a great kcikoff to the Downtown Trick or Treat (also off for 2020). But they will be having a Halloween Special on AADL.TV instead.

AADL Halloween Contests

For the last few years they have had a costume swap and costume contest. While they can’t hold the costume swap in 2020, they are still having a costume contest.

This year’s contests are:

  • Costume Contest
  • Pumpkin Contest
  • Halloween Scene Contest
  • Worst Spookiest Opening Line contest

Entries for the contests are due by October 18. In order to enter a contest, you will need to have a project title, description of project, and attach one project picture and an optional project video.


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Costume Contest

Enter AADL’s all ages costume contest and compete for the overall best costume (4 winners) or a medal in categories that include:

  • Spookiest
  • Most Creative
  • Grossest
  • Cutest
  • Most Colorful
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Pet as Prop

Pumpkin Contest

Join AADL’s first ever pumpkin contest. It’s your choice how to decorate – carve it, paint it, decorate it. Pumpkin Contest categories are:

  • Most Creative
  • Spookiest
  • Most Sophisticated
  • Grossest
  • Cutest
  • Best Painted
  • Best Carved

Halloween Scene

Who’s got the best Halloween scene. Enter your yard, mantle, table top, or even a diorama in a shoe box. Enter whatever scene you can imagine. Contest categories are:

  • Most Creative
  • Spookiest
  • Most Sophisticated
  • Grossest
  • Cutest
  • Best Yard
  • Best Use of Unique Materials
  • Best Made of Food

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Worst Spookiest Opening Line

Instead of the best spooky line, try to come up with the worst and dullest spooky line. You’ll have up to 100 words. This category does not include categories. It does require you to enter a photo which I thought was odd.

AADL Halloween Crafts & Baking Events

AADL’s virtual programming airs live and is then available for later viewing. This means you don’t really miss a program unless you want a chance to interact in the comments.

Pipe Cleaner Spiders

Premiered on October 2.

Sweet & Spooky Bath Bombs

Premiered on October 3. The video says they are using the recipe for Glittery Candy Corn Bath Bombs found on Crafty Morning.

Yarn Boo Bunting

Premiered on October 4

Halloween Slime

Premiered on October 5

The video flips through the ingredients very quickly. It is Clear Glue,1/2 tsp Baking Soda, 1.5 T saline solution. They they add glitter and food coloring as desired.

Halloween Cake Pops

Premiered on October 6. Suggested materials to make your own Halloween Cake Pops:

  • Halloween Funfetti Cake Mix plus ingredients
  • Festive canned frosting (Funfetti Vanilla Frosting includes candy eyes and sprinkles)
  • Candy melts
  • Sprinkles & candy eyes
  • Lollipop Sticks

You can watch it below or find it on the library’s YouTube channel


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Halloween Nachos

Premieres October 7 at 3p. From the preview picture, I’d plan to have chips, shredded lettuce, sour cream and olives in addition to whatever other nacho fillings you like.

Spooky Stars Decorative Garland

Premieres October 17 at 3p

AADL Trivia, Story Time, & Contest Awards

In addition to the contest, crafts and baking, AADL has a trivia time and a story time. Plus, don’t miss the contest award ceremonies.

  • Trivia Time with Katie & Abbie – Hocus Pocus – Premieres October 24 at 7p
  • AADL’s Halloween Special – Premieres October 31 at 10a
  • AADL’s Costume Awards Ceremony – Premieres October 31 at noon
  • AADL’s Pumpkin Contest Awards Ceremony – Premieres October 31 at 2p
  • AADL’s Halloween Scene Contest Awards Ceremony – Premieres October 31 at 5p

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