Haunted House

October 3 – October 25, 2014

~35 volunteers

428 visitors

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.