October 3 – October 25, 2014
A large-scale, long-time tradition for our library. The teen volunteers, other librarians, staff members and I develop and execute a haunted house in the community rooms for a large audience, mostly young children and their parents.
It’s a huge undertaking. I lost a lot of sleep over this, but I think next year, it’ll be a lot better, since I’ll have had the experience. I had a great time working with my teens and they were very well-behaved.
We decided that our haunted house would be UFO-themed with a crash site and an alien autopsy. I was surprised that the kids would want to go a sci-fi route at first, for a haunted house, but it totally worked. They were also interested in doing an Underworld-themed haunted house; some kids were very interested in doing a Christian-based Underworld, but I basically told them that we would either do a Greek-themed Underworld. I think a Christian-based Underworld/Hell would have been kind of a tough sell for my director and probably would have been unnecessarily controversial.
Next year, I’d want to come up with a list of themes and have the kids votes on those ideas, so I could plan for the haunted house in advanced. It was very difficult trying to coordinate ideas without having any idea what I would be doing beforehand.