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Halloween's almost here

Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Lilly Smith, 2, dressed up as Raggedy Ann for Wednesday's Halloween story time.
(T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Raggedy Ann made a stop in Shelbyville recently for a special meeting of the minds, along with Batman, Spider-Man, several animals, a few princesses, a pumpkin and several other creative characters.

The eclectic group met over cookies, crayons and a special reading by Jessica Osborne, Argie Cooper Library's children's librarian.

Early start

The library hosted its monthly story time and many children attended the event as a practice round for Monday, Oct. 31 -- Halloween. Children and their parents listened intently as Osborne read a few of her favorite books, served tasty treats and offered crafty activities for those in attendance to enjoy.

"What do you do on Halloween?" asked Osborne to the enthusiastic audience. "Do you get candy?"

"I have a lot of candy at my mommy's already, so I don't need anymore!" said one child, whose opinion differed greatly from the majority.

Quick changes

Esther Edwards dressed up as Alice in Wonderland for the event, but she says she has four other costumes, and she plans to use them all. While trick-or-treating traditionally takes place Monday, Oct. 31, many people, like Esther, can hardly wait for the spookiest day of the year to arrive.

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After reading a few books, children's librarian Jessica Osborne, dressed as a pumpkin, serves cookies to her audience members.
(T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
"I am going to be a ballarina on Halloween," she said.

Where to go

From dances to trunk or treats to outdoor festivals, there are plenty of activities taking place this weekend, leading up to Monday night trick-or-treating. Several of those activities are listed on the Times-Gazette's community calendar.

And if you're looking for a place to trick-or-treat Monday, you'll have several activities to choose from, including the Shelbyville public square, where merchants give out candy from 3 to 6 p.m. At 5 p.m., a costume contest will be held on the east side of the courthouse.

For more information, see Community Calendar on page 4A.

Lilly Smith, 2, dressed up as Raggedy Ann for Wednesday's Halloween story time.

After reading a few books, children's librarian Jessica Osborne, dressed as a pumpkin, serves cookies to her audience members.