Enjoy a haunted evening in Chuckatuck

Published 10:20 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019

Chuckatuck Library’s second annual haunted house will return to bring the Halloween spirit to children this Saturday.

“The Haunting at Chuckatuck” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Chuckatuck Library, 5881 Godwin Blvd. This event is free, open to the public and a library membership is not required. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for the spooky occasion, as well.

From 5 to 6:30 p.m., families with small children will enjoy a more “family-friendly” Halloween experience, with “the scares toned down a bit,” before the lights go down at 6:30 p.m. and the scares are ramped up, Community Services Librarian Matthew Thompson wrote in an email.

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This year’s haunted house will have a more “narrative flow,” and children will join an arts and crafts activity to make their own magical amulets “that will protect them from the monsters in the haunted house,” Thompson wrote.

In addition to the haunted house activity inside the Chuckatuck Library, the Library2Go mobile will be outside of the library for “Scooby Doo”-themed escape room from 5 to 7:45 p.m.

“In this game, small groups of four will be given clues to unravel that will solve the mystery of who has been dog-earring library books and leaving messy candy wrappers in the pages,” Thompson wrote. The escape room will take 10 to 20 minutes to complete and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is required.

Things will get spookier with ghost stories around the campfire in the lawn behind Chuckatuck Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m., complete with materials for s’mores and roasting marshmallows. Two storytellers will share some of their favorite stories, folklore and chapters from the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” book series.

Suffolk Public Library staff are ready to bring the fun and scares to get Suffolk in the Halloween spirit.

“One of the reasons I love Halloween so much is that it takes the normal rules of everyday life and flips them on their head,” Thompson wrote.  “Kids tell grownups what to do, stay out late playing dress up and eating candy. Everything that is normal is temporarily put on hold and for one night, everything dark and scary is good.

“I hope folks in Suffolk can join us for these events. Last year, we got about 100 visitors at the Chuckatuck haunted house, and this year is going to be even better.”

Trick-or-treaters are also invited to wear their costumes and get some candy through trick-or-treat stations on Oct. 30, from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. at Morgan Memorial Library and North Suffolk Library.

Visit suffolkpubliclibrary.com for more information.