Young visitors to the Elkton Central Library got in the Halloween spirit last Wednesday.
Elementary school age participants built spooky houses with the help of family members and library staffers.
The spooky house program is a spinoff of the gingerbread house activity the library holds each December, said associate children's librarian Karen Berdoulay.
This year's gingerbread house program will be held Wednesday, December 16 at 3:30 p.m. Participants should pre-register.
"I love that these programs help them get in the mood for the holidays," said Berdoulay. "We read them a story and then let them be totally free to express themselves and use their imagination and skills."
She says the spooky house program is fun for everyone involved. "It's pure enjoyment," Berdoulay said. "Families work together and we're proud of their creations."
The houses can be used as a Halloween decoration unless they are eaten first.
The library provides the items needed to create the structure – cardboard (milk cartons recycled by The Tome School), icing, and graham crackers. Participants bring candy to decorate their houses. "It's a cooperative effort," said Bedoulay.
Katelyn McCullough of Elkton says she was having fun. "I enjoy making cool stuff," Katelyn said. "I like coming to the library because they always do fun stuff."