Library to Host Halloween Family Day with Authors R.L. Stine and Mary Pope Osborne
Event Celebrates 30 Years of “Goosebumps” and “Magic Tree House” Series with Authors
The Library of Congress will host a day of family-friendly activities on Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The day will feature a special program at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium with beloved authors R.L. Stine, author of the “Goosebumps” series, and Mary Pope Osborne, author of the “Magic Tree House” series.
Free timed-entry passes are required to enter the Thomas Jefferson Building. Visit loc.gov/visit to reserve a timed-entry pass for all members of your party. Timed-entry passes will provide entry to the author program in the Coolidge Auditorium.
Beginning at 10 a.m., visitors are invited to participate in “spooky” art activities on the Mezzanine level of the Great Hall. Read a scary story in the reading corner or find an adventure with a book about the world. Enjoy creepy music and fantastical images from the Library’s collections, perfect to fill your own treehouse.
Visitors of all ages are welcome to wear Halloween costumes. Weapons and full-face masks are not permitted.
The program with Stine and Osborne will feature spooky elements, including eerie lights, frightening characters and surprises for the audience. The event will be livestreamed on the Library’s YouTube page.
Osborne’s featured book, “Memories and Life Lessons from the Magic Tree House,” shares heartfelt advice from the author’s own life and magical adventures with Jack and Annie. Stine’s featured book, a special edition of “Slappy, Beware!” takes us into the evil ventriloquist dummy’s mind as he tries to cause chaos every day and finds it more challenging than predicted.
The authors will autograph their books following the program at 3:30 p.m. Featured books will be available for purchase along with other select titles.
Stine and Osborne are celebrating 30 years of their bestselling series. Their work has strong intergenerational appeal, as kids who grow up reading their books are now sharing them with their own children.
Families and visitors of all ages are invited to participate in Library activities and enjoy the collections.
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